Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal
This week we celebrate the culmination of 2014’s #25DaysOfXmas by exchanging gifts and wassailing late into the night. As our month-long celebration of the season finishes, we’re going to have a special Movie Monday question: What is your favourite Christmas special? This can be any seasonal episode, television special, or any film where Christmas is central to the plot. Mine isn’t just any Christmas movie, it’s THE Christmas movie….
Die Hard is a 1988 American action film directed by John McTiernan and written by Steven E. de Souza and Jeb Stuart, based on the 1979 novel Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp. Die Hard follows off-duty New York City Police Department officer John McClane (Bruce Willis) as he takes on a group of highly organized criminals led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), who perform a heist in a Los Angeles skyscraper under the guise of a terrorist attack using hostages, including McClane’s wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia), to keep the police at bay. (Wikipedia)
It was pining for the fjords.
A woman in Aberdeen, Scotland, was mortified by what appeared to be a hurt parrot lying in the road. Animal rescue officer Karen Hogg was pleased to find a wet hat: “the lady was driving at the time she wasn’t able to stop and get a good look.”
You’ve probably heard the phrase “Keep Christ in Christmas,” either on a church sign, or a Facebook wall. You might have even heard it this month. The idea is always the same: let’s not rub out the religious roots of this holiday by saying “Xmas,” instead of Christmas.
Why don’t your Christmas lights work? Sadly, in the event of a string of lights going out on your tree, replacing the strand is usually the best option. It’s pretty difficult to find that one bulb that’s causing the problem. However, this is a great time to look at the difference between series and parallel circuits.
Your tree has a complicated backstory, one that includes daredevil helicopter pilots, 18-hour days battling Oregon sleet and, of course, the fickle hibernation habits of squirrels.