Archive for November, 2015

Christmas for children is a wondrous time when magical things start to happen.

Far away, in a little workshop, sits a jolly, bearded man with all his little elves hard at work making toys so that he can fly round the world on his sleigh, pulled by reindeer and deliver all the good boys and girls presents.

If you listen hard enough, you might just hear the faint tinkle of sleigh bells in distance, or be sure you heard a distinctive “Ho, ho, ho!” on the air as Santa goes on his way.

Although if the Paypal company’s new Christmas advert is anything to go by, it’s Mum and Dad who go out and buy everything.

Gee, that scenario is SO much more exciting. Not.

The advert starts off with two little boys tucked up in their beds, saying that they didn’t think they were getting any presents this year as Mum and Dad hadn’t been rushing around like headless chickens (OK, I paraphrased the last bit 🙂 ) this year.

Cut to Mum and Dad laughing on the sofa as they’ve bought everything online via good old Paypal.


Way to put a dampener on Christmas, guys.

Its bad enough when some cow-bag gleefully tells you in the school playground at primary that he doesn’t exist (bitter, moi?) so to do it to the whole nation of children who happen to be sat near a television at the time of broadcast takes on epic Grinch proportions.

There’s plenty of time to find out life’s dull and boring bits, and at small children age it’s nice to have a bit of magic as it soon disappears quickly enough.

I’m perfectly aware that at the age of 8 and 12, I’m running on completely borrowed time and they probably won’t be putting the carrot out of Rudolph and the glass of milk and a mince pie out for Santa before they go to bed in the near future.

I think the 12 year old does know, deep down, but he’s refusing to admit it to himself.

Who am I to  argue? I still believe in all the magic and I’m thirty <cough> something years of age.

As Buddy The Elf would say, “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”

A lesson Paypal should take, in that they should get singing to banish the Grinchy blues and rediscover the magic of Christmas.

What do you think?

Have they ruined Christmas? Do yours believe? Or not?

The offending vid

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Alongside all the yummy things you can already buy in Aldi (I recommend the brioche) you can now apparently get gin and tonic flavoured crisps.

Yes, you read that correctly. Crisps. Gin and tonic flavoured. Won’t somebody PLEASE think of the children?!

It’s an outrage. Or at least, that’s one view over on Twitter where PC McNaney has tweeted her disgust.

The tweet voices the dismay at Aldi for a ‘totally inappropriate’ product, and asks what message it gives out to children.

Oh, come on.

Products have been around for years that aren’t suitable for kids. Chocolate liquers, for example.

Or how about we go down the path of calling out rum and raisin flavoured ice cream, and wine gums?

Why did we ever think they’d be acceptable, for goodness sake?!

Anyway, children won’t think too deeply about the type of flavour. They’ll be wanting the cheese and onion flavour ones.

If it’s the teens we’re on about here, I’m sure they see G and T as a Grandma drink anyway and they’d be more bothered about White Lightning Cider Down The Park flavour crisps.

Kids. You can’t always have everything, you know. Some things are just meant for the adults.

Deal with it.

Now I need to know whether our nearest Aldi stocks any……

What do you think? Please leave any thoughts in the comment box below. 🙂

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Another day, another food and drink scare-monger hitting the news headlines.

Last week we were told that red meat can give you cancer, and this week we’re being told to stay away from Diet Coke as it can give you heart failure.

Every week, it seems there’s something different that’s ‘bad’ and we have to stay away from it otherwise we’ll end up with some form of hideous, incurable disease or all our limbs falling off when we’re not looking.

I don’t know about everyone else, but I for one am fed up of being told what’s good, what’s bad, what we need to stay away from and what we can and can’t do.

Whatever happened to good old fashioned common sense? Anyone with half a brain knows that too much of anything isn’t particularly good for you. That’s where the saying “everything in moderation” came into play.

I think it’s more of a dangerous road to go down to start labelling food into bad and good categories.

That way lies fear, eating disorders, and general food anxiety.

Should I be eating this, should I not?

It’s a far more healthy attitude to push that no one food is ‘bad’, but a healthy, balanced diet most of the time with other stuff in moderation is the way to go.

We’re grown adults, we know what is and isn’t a healthy diet. We should be free to make our own choices instead of being thought of as children who need telling what to do.

Anyway, if past form is anything to go by, in a couple of weeks time they’ve probably changed their minds and red meat gives you superpowers whilst green leafy vegetables will make you cark it faster that you can say “cabbage.”

Now, if you don’t mind, I’ve got a craving for a bacon butty and an ice cold can of Diet Coke….

Latest blah and wah stay away or die news

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