Tag: Christmas

January 5, 2021 admin123@ No comments exist

Visit So how did Santa visit on 25 Dec despite Covid restrictions?  He secured priority classification (essential work).  He reassured (social-distancing).  He used allies (NORAD), tech (online delivery) & experience (past pandemics).  He ensured the Team was briefed (time/quantity targets) and fit (elves/reindeer).  His paperwork was correct & complete (no quarantine/delays).  UK firms – apply…

December 31, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Little 2020 turned out to be The Year of the Little People.  SO many world leaders, big organisations & leading countries fell short.  But little people, workers, firms & nations delivered – care, food, improvisations or whatever was needed.  Ordinary folks did extraordinary stuff.  Never write off the little people!  Happy, healthy & prosperous New…

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January 3, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Inn No room at the inn this Christmas?  Raise a glass – UK pubs report c.12% higher festive season sales, compared to 2018. The sector is facing drinking habit changes – young people socialise online rather than go to a pub.  476 pubs, mostly small independents, closed between Jan – Jun 2019.  But good booking systems &…

December 29, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Bah humbug! Cost of Christmas dinner was up again!  Erratic weather & African swine fever affected food prices around the world.  Higher turkey (up 6%, due to higher temperatures in summer), pork & Brussels sprouts prices increased wholesale cost of UK Christmas dinner by 3% from 2018.  Vegetables were affected by rain in recent months.  Chilled…

December 20, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Bauble Roman tradition to hang fruit on trees led to Christmas baubles.  Apples, candy canes & pastry stars, hearts & flowers decorated trees until glass baubles were invented in mid-16th c. in Lauscha, Germany.  Queen Victoria’s tree, hung with baubles from her husband’s native Germany, appeared in a London newspaper & set off a trend.  FW…

December 17, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Outdoor lights Outdoor lights symbolise the Christmas season.  Evolved from 17th c German tradition of lighting the tree with small candles. 1880 – 1st outdoor electric light display by Thomas Edison.  2 years later, his colleague, Edward Johnson made the 1st string of  lights, with 80 small bulbs.  Outdoor Christmas lights spark joy – &…

December 13, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Rustic The rustic cottage offers refuge from politics, commercial pressures & the cold.  Consumers fulfil the fantasy of a Christmas country cottage by renting one – even the smallest & most remote dwellings get snapped up quickly.  Time with family & friends, in a timeless rural setting, is the antidote to urban noise, hustle &…

December 28, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

Unify A Unified Payments Interface (UPI) enables instant & easy money exchanges from person-to-person or person-to-merchant. India’s 2-yr old UPI system has 115 lenders & handled ₹542bn rupees ($7.5 bn) of transactions in Aug 2018, up from ₹31m in Aug 2017.  All together now: the ramp-up power of a network Guessed the Word?       …

December 26, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

DRAMNow superseded by metric measures, a dram was a small draught of cordial or alcohol equal to 1/8 of a fluid ounce in the British Imperial weight system. Comes from the Greek drachma – an ancient coin or weight, & probably the amount one could hold in one’s hand. Wee dram o’ whisky? Cheers! Guess the…

December 19, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

Incense Traded in Arabia for >6,000 years as incense, perfume & skincare, 80% of frankincense comes from Somalia.  Was a standard gift, with gold & myrrh, to honour kings & deities, maybe for medicinal use.  But aromatic resin-producing Boswellia trees now under threat from fire, grazing & insect attack Guessed the Word?      Series 35 (6/8)   …