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PostSubject: Re: The Christmas Thread   Thu Nov 27, 2008 3:16 pm

Is that legal?
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PostSubject: Re: The Christmas Thread   Thu Nov 27, 2008 3:19 pm

cactus flower wrote:
I'm resolved to have an entirely home grown or self-caught Christmas dinner.

This will involve attempts at catching a duck.

I will let you know how it goes.
Photos please of the duck catching. Sounds entertaining!
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PostSubject: Re: The Christmas Thread   Thu Nov 27, 2008 11:39 pm

http://www.whywearewaiting.com/

The Archbishop of Canterbury's reflections on advent. He is a man who more often than not makes absolute sense, a rare species.

Well worth listening to whether you believe in the underlying religious sentiment or not.
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PostSubject: Re: The Christmas Thread   Thu Nov 27, 2008 11:46 pm

Is he a vegetarian?
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PostSubject: Re: The Christmas Thread   Fri Nov 28, 2008 6:13 pm

Aragon wrote:
Kate P wrote:
Aragon wrote:
Horrifying Christmas scam:

Shopping in our local Dunnes Stores this evening we noticed that a chocolate easter bunny had been got up in gold foil livery with reindeer markings...Lindt are the perpetrators of the crime. Still, better than chucking the bunnies I suppose.

Are you sure about this? I've had yummy reindeer every Christmas... - similarly packaged but definitely a reindeer. Did you look insider the foil?


Nothing for it but to open and eat one. Tough work but someone's gotta do it. Get back to you later. Pretty sure of our ground though cause we had some of those bunnies at easter and they were an identical shape.

The great scam that wasn't: the legs on the reindeer were enclosed in deep packaging giving the impression of shorter creatures. I lifted one out and saw our mistake this morning. Top half is still very bunny-like, imo. Apologies to Lindt. Embarassed
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PostSubject: Re: The Christmas Thread   Fri Nov 28, 2008 6:25 pm

Aragon wrote:
Aragon wrote:
Kate P wrote:
Aragon wrote:
Horrifying Christmas scam:

Shopping in our local Dunnes Stores this evening we noticed that a chocolate easter bunny had been got up in gold foil livery with reindeer markings...Lindt are the perpetrators of the crime. Still, better than chucking the bunnies I suppose.

Are you sure about this? I've had yummy reindeer every Christmas... - similarly packaged but definitely a reindeer. Did you look insider the foil?


Nothing for it but to open and eat one. Tough work but someone's gotta do it. Get back to you later. Pretty sure of our ground though cause we had some of those bunnies at easter and they were an identical shape.

The great scam that wasn't: the legs on the reindeer were enclosed in deep packaging giving the impression of shorter creatures. I lifted one out and saw our mistake this morning. Top half is still very bunny-like, imo. Apologies to Lindt. Embarassed

Did you enjoy the chocolate bambi, Aragon Razz
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PostSubject: Re: The Christmas Thread   Fri Nov 28, 2008 6:41 pm

Well we've bought one here in Alicante. The gold Lindt wrapped reindeer chocolate. I'm tempted to check it out(and devour it) but I've been warned off until Christmas. Now that i know its not a bunny, I'm less likely to eat it accidentally.
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PostSubject: Re: The Christmas Thread   Fri Nov 28, 2008 10:52 pm

#1 For Christmas ? Leona Lewis doing the Snow Patrol song 'Run'.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=pcpWQC9prm0


Some dude doing it alone in his bedroom - how do people come up with these chords ? Nicely played, weak voice though. Not bad though.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=00Sj44XXMaw
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PostSubject: Re: The Christmas Thread   Fri Nov 28, 2008 11:08 pm

I always get a festive thrill when I hear 'F*** the Mods' by The Exploited. It's done to the tune of Jingle Bells, if you loosely describe it as having a tune...
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PostSubject: Re: The Christmas Thread   Fri Nov 28, 2008 11:28 pm

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I always get a festive thrill when I hear 'F*** the Mods' by The Exploited. It's done to the tune of Jingle Bells, if you loosely describe it as having a tune...

It's interesting to see that your incredibly refined and penetrating intellect extends to the enjoyment of the subtly nuanced exploration of such profound themes as explored in such pieces as this here

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PostSubject: Re: The Christmas Thread   Fri Nov 28, 2008 11:50 pm

That's quite a moving example of post-post-modern ironic juxtaposition of image and abstract, a discourse on existentialist ennui in a post-historic, uni-polar global order. Only a philistine would describe it as four untalented and overweight Scottish blokes shouting a lot...
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PostSubject: Re: The Christmas Thread   Mon Dec 01, 2008 6:34 pm

Christmas Bargains - can we bring and share? I found a great little gift today for two of my sons teachers. It's a set of six plain glass night light holders - great to give a room a twinkly christmas atmosphere. 6 euro per set - and they are sturdy too.
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PostSubject: Re: The Christmas Thread   Mon Dec 01, 2008 7:41 pm

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Christmas Bargains - can we bring and share? I found a great little gift today for two of my sons teachers. It's a set of six plain glass night light holders - great to give a room a twinkly christmas atmosphere. 6 euro per set - and they are sturdy too.

Christmas shopping: aaarrgh. The Crash will be a great reason/excuse to downsize and have Christmas Lite.

Finding one thing that a lot of people like is a Christmas blessing. Everyone on the list with a garden is going to get a magnolia from me (again) as they liked the last one.
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PostSubject: Re: The Christmas Thread   Mon Dec 01, 2008 7:41 pm

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Christmas Bargains - can we bring and share? I found a great little gift today for two of my sons teachers. It's a set of six plain glass night light holders - great to give a room a twinkly christmas atmosphere. 6 euro per set - and they are sturdy too.

You must have a gift for everyone by now.
On the otherhand I'm seriously in trouble. I've only bought one thing (and that was the Disney Sleeping Beauty figurine set which includes (and this was important for me) the wicked fairy Maleficent which I had to order from the US. Price 20$ Shipping 40$! But no where else in the states would they deliver to Europe due to warranty issues Sad
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PostSubject: Re: The Christmas Thread   Tue Dec 02, 2008 12:05 am

Respvblica wrote:
Aragon wrote:
Christmas Bargains - can we bring and share? I found a great little gift today for two of my sons teachers. It's a set of six plain glass night light holders - great to give a room a twinkly christmas atmosphere. 6 euro per set - and they are sturdy too.

You must have a gift for everyone by now.
On the otherhand I'm seriously in trouble. I've only bought one thing (and that was the Disney Sleeping Beauty figurine set which includes (and this was important for me) the wicked fairy Maleficent which I had to order from the US. Price 20$ Shipping 40$! But no where else in the states would they deliver to Europe due to warranty issues Sad

Way to handle Christmas shopping: sit down and make a list of exacty what you are going to buy and for whom - then gird your loins, head out to the shops, don't look left or right and only focus on varieties of items you decided on - make your slections/purchases - and then get the hell outta there. Job done Smile .
Arrange to meet family/friends at the end of the day for a couple of scoops at your favourite hostelry and you'll wing it home happy as a sand boy.
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PostSubject: Re: The Christmas Thread   Tue Dec 02, 2008 12:10 am

Aragon wrote:

Way to handle Christmas shopping: sit down and make a list of exacty what you are going to buy and for whom - then gird your loins, head out to the shops, don't look left or right and only focus on varieties of items you decided on - make your slections/purchases - and then get the hell outta there. Job done Smile .
Arrange to meet family/friends at the end of the day for a couple of scoops at your favourite hostelry and you'll wing it home happy as a sand boy.

Or just buy everything over the net like I do. Then I wander into town during the Christmas shopping period to take in the flurry of atmosphere without any of the difficulty of needing to find things.

Any gift I give tends to be nominal in value anyway.
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PostSubject: Re: The Christmas Thread   Tue Dec 02, 2008 12:49 am

Aragon wrote:
Respvblica wrote:
Aragon wrote:
Christmas Bargains - can we bring and share? I found a great little gift today for two of my sons teachers. It's a set of six plain glass night light holders - great to give a room a twinkly christmas atmosphere. 6 euro per set - and they are sturdy too.

You must have a gift for everyone by now.
On the otherhand I'm seriously in trouble. I've only bought one thing (and that was the Disney Sleeping Beauty figurine set which includes (and this was important for me) the wicked fairy Maleficent which I had to order from the US. Price 20$ Shipping 40$! But no where else in the states would they deliver to Europe due to warranty issues Sad

Way to handle Christmas shopping: sit down and make a list of exacty what you are going to buy and for whom - then gird your loins, head out to the shops, don't look left or right and only focus on varieties of items you decided on - make your slections/purchases - and then get the hell outta there. Job done Smile .
Arrange to meet family/friends at the end of the day for a couple of scoops at your favourite hostelry and you'll wing it home happy as a sand boy.

Boo, you're undermining the economic paradigm with your fiscal restraint. For shame! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: The Christmas Thread   Sun Dec 07, 2008 8:48 pm

Just finished decorating the tree - mmmmmmmm!!!

Buying the parent's Christmas present at 9:00 tomorrow morning and then I'm all set to enjoy the season.
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PostSubject: Re: The Christmas Thread   Mon Dec 08, 2008 1:31 am

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Cork Spiced Beef - there's two versions - quick and slow

Quick

I do it this way every year because the flavour is just as good and you dont need salt or salt petre (which I think is banned now anyway?)

7-10lbs of brisket or silverside - silverside is the traditional cut but it can be quite dry
1/4 oz black pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/4 lb brown sugar
1/4 oz allspice
1/4 oz ground cloves
1/4 oz ground mace
1/2 tbsp of fresh chopped time
6 bayleaves
2 shallots
1/4 lb treacle

Method

Mix the dry ingredients.
Warm them in the oven - not too hot or for too long - then rub through a wire sieve
Skin and chop shallots - finely
Wash bayleaves
Chop thyme finely

Mix all the ingredients and add the treacle.
Put the meat in the dish and rub mixture in on all sides - if using brisket you can unroll it to do this bit and retie it afterwards.


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You forget to mention . . . what was it again, Anma? Oh yeah, spiced beef. Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: The Christmas Thread   Mon Dec 08, 2008 1:33 am

I was wondering what to buy my 4 year old nephew, but he instructed me in a phone call that I had to buy him "a tractor, bigger than Mammy!"
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PostSubject: Re: The Christmas Thread   Mon Dec 08, 2008 3:27 pm

Got my parents two tickets to Cliff Richard this morning - they'll be delighted.
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PostSubject: Re: The Christmas Thread   Mon Dec 08, 2008 4:43 pm

Papal Knight wrote:
I was wondering what to buy my 4 year old nephew, but he instructed me in a phone call that I had to buy him "a tractor, bigger than Mammy!"

Sounds ominous. Don't give him the keys just yet ...
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PostSubject: Re: The Christmas Thread   Wed Dec 10, 2008 4:25 am

Are any of you going to a Panto this Xmas? Some of you surely must be.
Have already seen a kiddies's Cinderella panto / youth dancing show featuring friends' kids.

Next week, we attend the Tiger Lillies on the South Bank. I'm a fan, my OH is yet to be convinced ( next week being my last chance to do so! )/

http://www.tigerlillies.com/2003/index.php?main=news&id=245

The show is called "Sinderella - The Twisted Tale of a Christmas Crack Whore" - how can I fail with this, eh? even if it also features half of Kikki and Herb, whom I have never enjoyed!
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PostSubject: Re: The Christmas Thread   Wed Dec 10, 2008 1:46 pm

Christmas can be a very lonely time for many.
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PostSubject: Re: The Christmas Thread   Wed Dec 10, 2008 1:49 pm

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Christmas can be a very lonely time for many.

It most certainly can, it can also be a very unhappy time. I never once remember my grandfather on one side enjoying Christmas. My aunt died a week before Christmas in a car accident when I was 4 and he never enjoyed another Christmas thereafter.

Similarly, as you allude to, Christmas can be incredibly lonely for people on their own and that applies to a huge cross section of society from older people to young people away from home and everything in between.
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