Filed: Christmas

Sunday Round-up

Music Charts
A UK-based design shop has made it easier to visualise the development of different genres of popular music by creating ‘blueprints’ of acid house, alternative, hip-hop and electronic music.

Tasty Trees
The holiday has fizzled out and we are faced with that familiar problem – how to dispose of the Christmas tree? One option is to eat it. Read more ›››

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Free from ’23
1st January was Public Domain Day 2019 when works from 1923 became free for all to use without permission or fee.

They include films such as Cecil B Demille’s The Ten Commandments, Agatha Christie’s The Murder on the Links and The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran – and the song Yes! We Have No Bananas. Read more ›››

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Sweet tooth
Tesco announced in 2015 that they would operate sweet-free checkouts to avoid tempting children so you can imagine how they were mocked when this mountain of chocs turned up at their Kingston store.

Surf’s up!
Six hundred surfing Santas took to the waves to raise money for charity. Read more ›››

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Santa Rebranded
Father Christmas has been reimagined for the modern era based on an open survey in the US and UK and then voted on by 4,000 people in the same countries.

Who’s a cheeky boy
An African grey parrot has been using his owner’s Amazon Alexa to play his favorite music, tell jokes and even order snacks. Read more ›››

X is for Father Xmas

Certain letters are getting harder to fill and none is more eXasperating than X. So yet again I have decided what could be more timely than to resurrect my post about Father Xmas.

Actually, the Father Xmas I have in mind is not the Coca-Cola swilling, red-coated fellow in his speed of light sleigh, but rather the English Father Xmas who has quite different origins to St Nicholas and Santa Claus. Read more ›››

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Deck the halls
For an unusual piece of house bling, try the giant inflatable and illuminated bottle of Ranch dressing. And for your tree, this seasonal Star Wars Death Star tree topper.

It’s a cracker
The annual Christmas cracker joke competition winner is: ‘What does Donald Trump do after he pulls a cracker? – Pays her off’ Read more ›››

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Cornflake Ale

Flake News
The Seven Bro7thers Brewery in Salford is using cornflakes rejected by the nearby Kellogg’s factory to make Throw Away Ale and so cut down on food waste.

Not annoying at all
Parents of young children in America are about to be driven mad by the latest craze for cuddly singing sharks. Read more ›››

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Dreaming of a White House Christmas
Melania Trump has decorated the White House in typically understated style but what on earth are the red trees about? It looks like a weird Dr Who set.

Treasure Trove
Two lost episodes of the Morecambe and Wise from 1968 have turned up in a derelict cinema in Sierra Leone. Read more ›››