The Star Wars Holiday Special

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Getting Good Seats At The Nativity Play

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When The Decorations Go Up…

When The Decorations Go Up… 0

Stuff To Do Before Christmas

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The Doctor Who Trailer!!

The Doctor Who Trailer!! 0

The Star Wars Holiday Special

I don’t know why I do this to myself. Every year, I try and watch this – I think I just like to see how far I can get. I’ve reached 19 minutes could be a new personal best.

Worth watching for the cultural legendness. Stop watching it for the incoherent wookie speak.

Getting Good Seats At The Nativity Play

Getting a good seat at the Nativity

Christmas. Its a time of goodwill, peace to all men. Apart from obviously during late night Christmas shopping, Tesco, the end of the work do, and when parents wrestle for the best seat at the School Nativity play.

So how can you get the good seats at a school nativity play?

Here’s our tips*:

  1. Involve Spy / Friend on the inside who’s paid enough attention to know the quick way in.
  2. Use your Ninja skills to sneak past people.
  3. Invest in some bribe material for the school receptionist. (Chocolate, or alcohol would usually do the trick)
  4. Wear some American football style armor.
  5. Use any PE Equipment / Zip Wire to your advantage.
  6. Nativity Play at the end of the day? Drop the child off at the start of the day… don’t go home. (May need the above mentioned bribe material to avoid the cops being called).
  7. Walk in while wearing a nativity costume. Enough people may sit far enough away from you, so you end up getting a good seat anyway. Particularly if you’re dressed and smelling like a donkey.
  8. Fly a drone into the school hall, watch nativity via drones camera. Hope the battery for the drone doesn’t die.
  9. Involve a well placed confused old dear to stand in (other) peoples way.
  10. Sleeping bag. Reserve your place when the school closes the day before.

Any other ideas?

*Obviously if you do any of this, people may look at you oddly / arrange for you to be arrested. Good Luck…

Stuff To Do Before Christmas

Devon Dad - Christmas To Do List

Such a peaceful time of year… obviously haven’t included things like decorations… getting to all the Christmas Carol services… finding Santa – just for small one to not speak to him…

Something About Procrastination

Love this. I came across this while doing some research for work, but caught myself relating to this… a little too well..

Love how he talks about wikipedia.

Love how he checks the fridge in case the contents have changed over the last ten minutes.

Love how he talks about the lack of deadlines.

I would say how much we use reminder apps to great effect, but that’s probably not the case, the Instant Gratification Monkey finds something better to do. Like looking at the wikipedia entry for Doctor Who, The Angels Take Manhattan.

I’m off to fall down a Youtube type rabbit hole.

Celebrating Apples at The Apple Festival

The Apple Festival at Killerton National Park

It seems that National Apple Day is “a thing”, and that an Apple Festival is a place to be to celebrate.

The Killerton Apple Festival is on the surface, an almost bizarre event that on the surface seems to be all about apples. Picking Apples, juicing apples, toffee apples, apple juice, cider… you get the picture… But once you start having a nose around you also find… Story telling around a fire… Insect hotel building… Face painting… Making apple people…Live music… Archery… Axe throwing… Chain saw carving… and apple runs.

Basically, if you’re not sure if you want to go. Go. Its a lovely family trip out, with a great laid back feel around the place, and apple juice.

Here’s a sample of what we saw there…

Quick cheeky plug for my instagram stories of the day…

Oh. And the juice you get is amazing…

See the Killerton website for more information about it all.

Bing on Cbeebies. A Few Questions.

What is the deal with Pando’s trousers? - On Cbeebies Bing

Our Little One was very very much into watching Bing on Cbeebies, and because of the series record feature on our YouView… she discovered the joys of binge watching Bing.

Obviously this means I have also discovered the joys of watching Bing (and learning how to make the most use of its 7 minute run time). While watching the same episode for what felt like the 20th time, my wife and I started to ask ourselves a few questions, and generally over think about Bing and some of his friends:

What is the deal with Pando’s trousers? - On Cbeebies Bing

What is the deal with Pando’s trousers?

Whenever you see him in the TV show, the guy is running around in his underwear, except for one moment at the very start when he takes his trousers off. Why doesn’t his carer type character put his trousers back on?

I guess yellow doesn’t look great on him.

On the subject of the carer type characters…

What is Flop on Cbeebies Bing?

What the actual heck is Flop?

The Cbeebies website describe Flop as Bings carer, but where is his parents?

Flop is there when Bing goes to bed, when he wakes up, Bing looks after Flop when he’s ill. If it was just Flop and Bing, I’d suggest that Bing actually had a heart breaking back story, but other characters seem to have similar carer figures. Maybe all the parents have disappeared? Maybe the carers are aliens?

Again, on the subject of the carers…

How do they get Charlie up these stairs?

Sarah and Duck. Some Questions

A couple of years back. our Little One went through a stage of binge watching Cbeebies shows. The most charming of them was by far, Sarah and Duck. Ok, I admit it, I still enjoy Sarah and Duck when its on.

There’s a sense of innocent joy mixed with humour that is captured in the episodes, which makes them fun to watch. Even more once we got Sarah and Duck dvds (Affiliate link), as this meant we didn’t have to switch between episodes on our DVR every 5 – 7 minutes.

As we watched the adventures of Sarah and Duck, Mrs Sofa, and I started asking ourselves a few questions about the world that Sarah and Duck live in…

If Sarah is 7 years old, why doesn’t she go to school?

I guess she’s kinda smart, even for the lack of school attendance, but I guess in a world where a cake can talk back to you, school must be quite interesting.

For all the scenes set at home, why don’t we see her parents?

Seriously. WHERE are they? Is she left home alone all day, with nothing but a duck for company?

Sarah and Duck on Cbeebies. A Few Questions

If Moon can be seen walking around the shop, where does the Sun go?

I kinda wonder why we don’t see Sun wandering around when its night. I guess its ok that we don’t have a massive ball of fire walking around the place… but what impact does moons actions have on the worlds tidal levels? What we don’t see, is that every time that Moon walks around the Big Shop, are there massive floods elsewhere?

How do children and birds understand each other so well?

I tried talking to a duck once.
It was a boring conversation. But people walking around me thought I was quackers.

Sarah and Duck on Cbeebies. A Few Questions

Isn’t bread meant to be bad for ducks?

Duck seems to be tired on a regular basis, maybe he’s just a bit poorly?

What is the narrator?

I have a few theories about this guy. Is he an invisible man? I did wonder if he’s God, and all the  characters can hear God really really well, but thats kinda deeply religious for a cbeebies show. Therefore I questioned if he was Sarah’s conscience, but the thing is, all the characters can hear him. This makes me wonder; Is all of this in Sarahs imagination?

The thing is, If Sarah and Duck is all simply set in Sarahs imagination, then that suggests that real life is a bit of a dark place for Sarah. And thats something that I’d prefer wasn’t true.

Sorry, that got a bit dark there towards the end.

Have you got any questions about the world of Sarah and Duck?