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10 Ideas For A Better Christmas.

In the true spirit of the season.....
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1. Wing Mirrors for Pantomime Characters - dispenses with all that "he's behind you!" nonsense.

2. Scratch And Sniff Christmas Cards - tree, holly, turkey and little baby jesus flavours.

3. Contemporary Carol Singers - come on, move those tunes on - I want So Santa Crew giving me a bit of Bling Bling Merrily On High on the porch of my crib.

4. The Queen's Speech - It's the Queen for chrissakes, it may be boring but you only listen to her for 10 minutes a year. On Very Loud Tannoys From Every Street Corner please with a lot of crackly reverb. Everyone on their doorsteps - enforced by guardsmen in bearskins (with a dusting of snow on the top).

5. Government funded Santa Claus - Just cos I stopped believing in him doesn't mean I don't want a present. I pay my taxes, send me a bottle of brandy, wrapped up nicely, delivered on Christmas morning by the postman in a santa suit saying ho ho ho.

6. A Longer Countdown To The New Year. At noon on the 31st December everyone (and you've all got to do it or it won't be any good) starts counting down. All together now "forty three thousand two hundred, forty three thousand one hundred and ninety nine etc). Imagine the anticipation.

7. National Lottery Christmas Puddings - One of them's got a million pounds inside, in sixpences. It could be you.

8. Boxing Day Pawn Shop in every town. Take back all those unwanted socks / jumpers / perfume / videos / cds and swap them for cash or booze - no present refused.

9. A Winter of Content. Industrial action by the workers - eveyone pulls a sickie until the 15th of January. Together we stand. No shirking your responsibilty to your fellow skivers now.

10. White Christmas For All - Astrosnow laid out by council workers on Christmas Eve if it doesn't snow. Deep and crisp and nylon.

notripe, Dec 19 2001

(?) White Chocolate Jesus with Liquid Cherry Center http://www.halfbake...d_20Cherry_20Center
by Maestro. [my face your, Oct 17 2004]

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       I like #5 the best. I want a present from my government too.
TeaTotal, Dec 19 2001
  

       [TeaTotal]: Didn't you get your present in the mail back in August?
PotatoStew, Dec 19 2001
  

       You go boy.
phoenix, Dec 20 2001
  

       nice one, faceache
po, Dec 20 2001
  

       Not so sure about #4,, but the rest of them are smashing, notripe. Croissant.
Guy Fox, Dec 20 2001
  

       I especially like "Bling Bling Merrily on High".
lewisgirl, Dec 20 2001
  

       ::::::::::!applause!::::::::::
st3f, Dec 20 2001
  

       Custard, not Pudding
thumbwax, Dec 20 2001
  

       hooray queens speech from every corner hee hee
king chay, Dec 20 2001
  

       Croissant.

Rods, I'll swap you an old issue of 'Farmyard Bondage'' for a 'Hooj Hooters'.
DrBob, Dec 20 2001
  

       blimey, I'm not sure if I'm happy or not that I have a croissant for Christmas. The queens speech thing was more to get people out of their houses for ye olde worlde street party - I always thought there was something quite chrismassy about guardsmen (red & white outfits?). Maybe if the tannoys start going up now there could be a bit of golden jubilee street party action next year by order HRH. Better than endless earnest TV voiceovers about ooh look at that lovely blue hat she's wearing what fashion sense for a monarch blah etc.
notripe, Dec 20 2001
  

       Sixpence is worth 2.5 pence since decimalisation, so there are 40 of them to one pound sterling.   

       A current penny weighs around 3.5 grammes, and I recall that a sixpence was slightly smaller, so let's call it 3 grammes.   

       So that's 3 x 40 x 1,000,000, or 120,000,000 grammes. Which works out at 88,106 lb, or a little over 39 tons.   

       Now we need someone to work out how much Christmas pudding mix we'll need to hide that little lot in....
Lemon, Dec 20 2001
  

       Ah yes. 264,317 lb. That's 118 tons. A slip of the calculator, I apologise. Should've stuck with metric, you're right.   

       Your six semi-trailers would only carry the sixpences I'm afraid. If we want to "hide" them in the pudding, we're going to need at least three times that amount of Christmas pudding mixture.
Lemon, Dec 20 2001
  

       So bigger Christmas puddings then. Wicked.
notripe, Dec 20 2001
  

       Don't forget that if you don't want it to be obvious which pudding has the pence, then ALL of the Christmas puddings need to be that size...
mwburden, Dec 20 2001
  

       Sure, and our guv would party up 120 MM puddings, only 40 MM of which would have a sixpence inside. Grumble, murmur, humbug … read the fine print and no, don't get your flippin bob back.   

       Boxing day -- USA -- go, ¯notripe!
reensure, Dec 20 2001
  

       love the astrosnow, i want some!(lol) this must the same stuff they use on manmade practice ski slopes. and a longer new year countdown. would help every time the canapes in the oven.   

       or you could have 12 hour new year parties and realy get smashed. (lol)
wess, Dec 20 2001
  

       nice.
iuvare, Dec 20 2001
  

       I don't like Christmas pudding. Can I have my sizpences in a big Harvey Nicks Panetone?
lewisgirl, Dec 21 2001
  

       [blissmiss] I'm sure half of your countrymen find it upsetting that the Democrats got so many votes in the last election. After all the Republican Party is so superb.
stupop, Dec 21 2001
  

       Cancel Christmas.
sven3012, Dec 21 2001
  

       I wonder what baby jesus tastes like...
barnzenen, Dec 21 2001
  

       Well, I haven't been to a church in over 15 years, but as I recall, he tasted like bread...
NeverDie, Dec 21 2001
  

       Well, I've got a fire in my hearth for him. If he grows up he'll just get tough, so I say go with the last wishes.
reensure, Dec 21 2001
  

       Ten ideas in one. Kool.
snarfyguy, Dec 21 2001
  

       Barnzenen: I believe he tastes just like chicken.
RobGraham, Dec 22 2001
  

       Kabobs, that is
thumbwax, Dec 22 2001
  

       From a sorta Willy Wonka perspective, just say that next year the National Lottery got together with the big supermarkets and co-branded puddings with some having a million pound token sixpence in them (to save the hassle of the pudding being six storeys high). It'd need a lot of TV advertising and an ability to move quickly with re-orders - but I bet they'd fly.   

       There are ethical issues, in that very unchristmassy pang of deflating optimism that most lottery players feel on a saturday night at 8.01pm (although that could be just cos Casualty's on) would be taken to christmas dinner. And the usual demographic of lottery ticket buyers, which has always been a tax on those that can least afford it. To fix that you could pile an extra £3 on M & S puddings, £2 on Sainsbury's /Tescos etc and £1 on Costcutter, but then only put the tokens in the latter. A sort of stealth benefit. Anyone got any Camelot connections?   

       [Neverdie] Jesus does taste like bread or rather a nasty old wafer that sticks to the roof of your mouth (I always found Catholicism hard to swallow) - but that's Jesus at 33 (I think) not a little baby. Thing is, it being scratch and sniff it's what would he have smelt like and that's bound to be a donkey manger with undercurrents of frankincense and confused dad. Maybe a bit of cordite from the angel.   

       [wess] 12 hour NYE parties is the bare minimum - 48 to 72 hours is ideal, and that's why you have to do #9.   

       [blissmiss] dunno where the enemies could've come from - maybe they can't see my spiritual core.   

       [unabubba] if *real* = proper, then I always was.
notripe, Dec 23 2001
  

       It's equal to 1.44050 US dollars, according to the currency converter I use. It's the English base unit of money, like the dollar is in the US.
StarChaser, Dec 23 2001
  

       well, get a new job. you don't deserve to be around these people.
lewisgirl, Dec 23 2001
  

       blissmiss: that's a squib. No wait, a squab. Squibs explode, squabs don't. Well, not unless I'm the cook. A quid is the gummy brown lump of fibrous matter kept tucked inside a cracker's lower lip. I certainly would not pay a buck or a pound or a yen or a mark for a quid.
Dog Ed, Dec 23 2001
  

       in no 4 perhaps the lite dusting of snow on the guardsmen should be Astrosnow, although it might make them look rather ridiculous.
shan't, Dec 24 2001
  

       Dog Ed: That's not a quid, it's a cud. Like cows...
StarChaser, Dec 24 2001
  

       Thank you, I need to go through the archives more often. . .
Isis, Dec 13 2002
  

       I just sprayed my monitor with tea in a fit of giggles from reading "Deep and crisp and nylon" - brilliant.
Seaneeboy, Dec 18 2002
  

       about rule number 2, how exactly would baby jesus taste? otherwise i love it (not that i dont love a good tasty baby jesus ) croissant for you!!   

       11. Eliminate the commercialism of christmas. (Enough said.)
andrewm, Feb 22 2003
  

       Merry Christmas! Nice one [notripe] wherever you are. +
k_sra, Sep 22 2003
  

       I love that. Deep and crisp and nylon. hahahahaha. Still don't know what bling bling means though (am thoroughly unhip).
squeak, Sep 23 2003
  

       Yes, yes, yes! [Croissant]
SpeedDemon, Dec 07 2003
  

       Danged pre- anti-list law grandfathering.
phundug, Dec 08 2003
  

       As I understand it, this isn't a list in the mfd sense - that is, it isn't calling for the annotations to make a list.
yamahito, Dec 09 2003
  

       What does #1 mean?
Acme, Feb 06 2004
  

       I like number 7 very much. For it to work, the national lottery has to make hundreds of puddings of astronomic dimensions, however. The procession of space shuttle transport crawlers delivering them would be quite a sight. Decorate the free space on the crawler and place some Santa Clauses on it. Then, the "lucky" recipient digs in and is immediately crushed by a deadly flood of sixpence coins...
Saruman, Nov 25 2004
  

       The best bit would be hauling all those sixpences to your local bank or post office only be told that they haven't been legal tender since about 197x. Can you imagine the humiliation?
PeterSilly, Nov 25 2004
  

       are you all still here? aww, it's like bumping into long lost friends at a new year's eve, eve party. I point you all in the direction of 6. happy new year.
notripe, Dec 30 2009
  

       Hi there, old-timer! I'm starting my countdown now.
wagster, Dec 30 2009
  

       saw this and thought - I quite miss [faceache]!
po, Dec 30 2009
  

       Count me in for the greeting, you, notripe you are a sight for sore eyes.
blissmiss, Dec 30 2009
  
      
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