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The Usual Characters

One of my none-fiction writing heroes came to town the other day although I didn’t make the effort to go and see him; partly because £16 a ticket is too rich for my blood, but mostly as he was here to talk about his new film Frank.frank2

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A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is one of the most adapted stories with countless films, adaptations, parodies and pastiches… And so now may I present my own re-telling with a certain supermarket who, like in the tale of Scrooge, I visited three times in search of festive cheer during the long run-up to Christmas. Featuring my favourite blonde checkout girl, I’ll be playing the roll of all three Christmas ghosts, and Tesco will be providing the lack of Christmas spirit… The analogy kind-of breaks down after that…  Christmas Carol Tesco Ghosts Scrooge 600b

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Steak Muffins

I’m kind-of dropping the Christmas ball with this post, but this past week whilst my Mum jetted off to Washington I went through the old family photos in her bedroom cupboard looking for period Santa pictures (see the previous post) and I ended up finding so, so, much more… I ended up discovering the world of Steak Muffins.  Christmas Eva Habermann Steak Muffins

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The Many Faces of Santa Claus

I only remember visiting Father Christmas once or twice in my life and on December the first this year, on the inevitable slide towards Christmas, I went along into town where the Art Gallery was holding a local Craft Fair where he was set to put in an appearance with the flyer advertising a “rare opportunity” to immortalise him, in the medium of your choice, with a Santa life-drawing class…The Many Faces of Santa Claus Father Christmas

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Robin Gibb is Sleeping with the Fishes

He pulls a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue! So was said when Sean Connery and Kevin Costner were taking on the mob in The Untouchables (1987).

Risqué BBC comedy panel shows often feature jokes at the expense of certain individuals whose private lives are secret, to the general public, but common currency on the celebrity circuit. They cover a myriads of topics and subjects from the fact that Robbie Williams is actually gay, to that Cliff Richard is actually gay, or that Simon Cowell is actually gay, but the biggest behind-the-scenes secret must be the bitter celebrity gang war that’s been rumbling on for a number of years.

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The Robot Nelson Mandela

As a child I was blown away by the extended 1969 Monty Python’s Flying Circus Science Fiction sketch which had most of that week’s episode dedicated to it. It was an epic science fiction adventure, ahead of it’s time and no more truer than today, where a group of invading aliens, later revealed to be giant Blancmanges, were causing panic by turning the population of England into that they feared the most: Scotsmen! Yeah…

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The Great British Disaster

Ever since the Costa Concordia, and her party Captain, ran aground in Tuscany, and her sister ship the Costa Allegra lost all power in the pirate-infested Indian Ocean, I’ve been getting pretty worried about sitting here typing away in Costa Coffee as bad luck always comes in threes.

And, to borrow an opportune Jimmy Carr gag from 10 O’Clock Live last week:

“It would seem Costa ships are like buses… Not seaworthy.”

Which brings us all to mind, I am sure, of the famous Great British Disaster of 2011…

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