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Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Ho! Ho! Hum!

Trafford Centre, Christmas, Selfridges, Santa Claus
Spotted lurking outside Selfridge’s store in Manchester’s Trafford Centre, this pathetic looking Santa might struggle to make it through his Big Night.  Has he been recently exhumed?  Or perhaps there was an indelicate little accident involving Rudolf’s antlers.  What WAS the store thinking? - Poor old Harry S will be spinning in his grave*.  Makes me feel decidedly spry, particularly having successfully tackled all those little ‘jobs’ it is decided must be done before 25th December.  Why do we do this to ourselves?  Every year?  Anyway, we’ve redecorated, rebuilt etc; I hardly recognise the place.

Which means that at last I have the opportunity to wish my reader, and anyone else that chances upon this little project and dips back every now and again, a very Happy Christmas and everything that is good for the New Year.  Let’s hope it’s a good one, without any fear.

*Awful after-thought: I assumed this Santa Claus was a model… 


  1. he does look exhausted and overwhelmed! hope you have a good christmas. :)

  2. Looks like he's had a few too many wee drams!!!
    Have a wonderful Christmas.

  3. Merry Christmas Mike from one of your readers and followers

  4. I agree. I think Harry would have been horrified. A slender, exhausted and bored Santa is not what any kid is hoping to catch a glimpse of on Christmas. Obviously Santa needs to have a few slices of plum pudding and listen to Billy Connolly. Have a great post-Christmas week, Mike!

  5. He does look a little weary! Have a wonderful festive weekend.

  6. Maybe it's a mummified Saint Nick....


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