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ON THE TWENTY-FIFTH DAY OF CRANKVENT... MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOODNIGHT

Phew these virtual advents are so DAILY. What a slog! But now we can all breathe a happy and contented sigh of relief and sleep off the Christmas nog or fight over the last mince pie.

May all you lovely cranks have a brilliant, shiny 2015 relatively (but not totally) free of petty annoyances, obscure conspiracy theories and goat-getters. Thank you for all your two bits and grizzles and minor points of order, as well as your retweets and reposts. See you in the New Year, pedants!

It is not ENTIRELY clear what is going on in this image and it might in fact be terribly racist but hopefully ghost Disraeli is pointing out to Gladstone how nice it is to welcome persons of all nations to join in our bountiful repast, but probably he is just pointing out that Gladstone wasn't invited. [ A political cartoon depicting William Gladstone as Charles Dickens' Scrooge. He is being shown a vision by Benjamin Disraeli as one of the Christmas ghosts of Queen Victoria sharing Christmas dinner with people from different parts of the British Empire including India, Africa, the Caribbean, Asia and North America ]. Lithograph by Tom Merry published in  St Stephen's Review , 25 December 1886. Wellcome Library, reference no. 565025i, online image no. V0050360.

It is not ENTIRELY clear what is going on in this image and it might in fact be terribly racist but hopefully ghost Disraeli is pointing out to Gladstone how nice it is to welcome persons of all nations to join in our bountiful repast, but probably he is just pointing out that Gladstone wasn't invited. [A political cartoon depicting William Gladstone as Charles Dickens' Scrooge. He is being shown a vision by Benjamin Disraeli as one of the Christmas ghosts of Queen Victoria sharing Christmas dinner with people from different parts of the British Empire including India, Africa, the Caribbean, Asia and North America]. Lithograph by Tom Merry published in St Stephen's Review, 25 December 1886. Wellcome Library, reference no. 565025i, online image no. V0050360.

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ON THE SIXTH DAY OF CRANKVENT...A FREAKING WORDSEARCH

A Christmas word search! How jolly! Everyone loves a word search, right? NB the letters remaining do not spell out anything interesting.

  • HOME ALONE
  • CROWDED SHOPS
  • FORCED FUN
  • FAMILY FIGHTS
  • ENDLESS CAROLS
  • BRANDYLESS NOG
  • BAH HUMBUGS
  • INSANE SHOPPERS
  • NO SNOW
  • BAD CHERRIES
  • SCROOGES
  • CRASS MATERIALISM
  • TOO MANY PARTIES
  • RAW PRAWNS
  • WEIRD SALADS
  • SNOW
  • BROKE
  • INDIGESTION
  • HOLIDAY TRAFFIC
  • CANDIED PEEL
  • SUNBURN

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FREAKING WORD SEARCHES

What's the best bit of the weekend newspaper? The puzzles and quizzes, of course. Also the funnies, but we don't have any of them yet. Who doesn't love a word search? Those things are ace. Maybe you can print this one out to do while your beloved is burning the toast.

annoying / be quiet / bleeding heart / bugger / damn it all / damn it all to hell / declining standards / flabbergasted / flagrant disregard / foolish / fruitcake / get out of my way / impertinence / madness / radical / ridiculous / selfish / sheer impertinence / sheer insanity / silence / so rude / stop / tomfoolery / unkind / why oh why / wilful / zealot   

annoying / be quiet / bleeding heart / bugger / damn it all / damn it all to hell / declining standards / flabbergasted / flagrant disregard / foolish / fruitcake / get out of my way / impertinence / madness / radical / ridiculous / selfish / sheer impertinence / sheer insanity / silence / so rude / stop / tomfoolery / unkind / why oh why / wilful / zealot

 

WHO AM I?

  • I was born 22 February 1788. 
  • As a young lad I started playing the flute. 
  • I lectured at the University of Berlin but not many people came to my lectures so I gave up.
  • I called Hegel a clumsy charlatan.
  • I fell in love with an opera singer but didn't marry her because marrying means to halve one's rights and double one's duties, and also is like grasping blindfolded into a sack hoping to find an eel amongst an assembly of snakes.
  • My mum told me my first book was incomprehensible and was unlikely to sell many copies. I told her my stuff would be read long after her rubbish and ha I was totally right.
  • I believed humans were motivated by only their own basic desires, and that human desire was futile, illogical and directionless. Therefore, by extension, so was all human action in the world. PROVE ME WRONG.
  • I held that people cannot be improved. They can only be influenced by strong motives that overpower criminal motives. 

  • I had a series of pet poodles called Atman and Butz.
  • I died of heart failure sitting at home on the couch with the cat, on 21 September 1860.
  • My name is Arthur ___________ and I am a famous misanthrope.

FIND THE DIFFERENCES

There are several differences between these two pictures of Schopenhauer. Can you find them all?