Thursday, 22 December 2016

A seasonal miscellany of links

Here is a set of links - one for each of the Twelve Days of Christmas - some of which I have struggled to fit into seasonal clothing.

1. Is Stay Another Day a Christmas song? (No painful contortions required for that one.)

2. 'Tis the season to be jolly. And what could be jollier than a compilation of newspaper corrections?

3. When will your Christmas 'turkey' become a vegetarian substance? Sooner than you think?

4. Those Wise Men from the East are very good at disappearing.

5. This is a prize-winning Chinese science fiction story. Perfect for whiling away a long winter's evening.

6. Did King Herod violate anyone's safe space?

7. Would Mary have said yes to the Angel Gabriel if Joseph had been in the room at the time? I ask because unmarried women hide their ambition from men, perhaps to appear more attractive. (More interestingly, do married women not bother appearing attractive? or do they realise that men like ambitious women? or are they self-selecting in some way - e.g. do men who like ambitious women get married earlier, leaving other women increasingly presenting themselves as unambitious to attract the remaining men? or are the unmarried women trying to compensate for some other factor? So many questions here.)

8. It's the time for giving, so think about giving to charity shops. And think more.

9. Yule have spotted that a year is a very long time in politics.

10. Hip-hop Nutcracker.

11. Christmas is for everyone: "...I claimed the moniker “atheist” to stand in solidarity with Bangladeshi bloggers at a time when their lives were being threatened (as they still are). It may not have been the most politically savvy thing for a minister in a Christian church to do ...". (That bit tells you all you need to know about that link.)

12. And, finally, Phoebe Waller-Bridge experiences the Twelve Days of Christmas. (Not her finest effort, I'm afraid, but definitely seasonal.)

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