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  1. As I'm getting ready for the new podcast I ask you to answer a question from the big chair but this month I'd like you to call my toll-free, 24-hour answering machine and first off tell me who you are and where you are from...then give me a brief over-view of whether you are doing in-person visits this year or virtual...or a combination of the two. If you have a new event on your calendar, please include that but try and be as brief as possible. BELOW IS A SAMPLE: "Hi, this is Greg Martin from Washington State and this year I will be doing all live, in-person visits including the tree lighting ceremony in Anytown. I do have a few virtual visits planned for some special people as well. Merry Christmas!" Call my 24-hour number at: 509-392-6072. That's 509-392-6072. Thank you in advance! - Greg
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  2. Radio station that plays non-stop Christmas songs launches from today Source - The Daily Record By - Daniel Morrow Date - 18-10-2021 We're at the point of the year where people are arguing over when it’s appropriate to put Christmas decorations up and if it’s too early for supermarkets to put out their festive stock. And it is anticipated that a number of Scots will bring in the festive cheer early once again this year, because let’s face it... it’s been a rough 2021 for many. For those seeking a bit of a Christmas pick-me-up, then Heart has come to the rescue with the launch of its radio station that is dedicated to non-stop plays of the biggest festive bangers. This year’s launch comes 10 days earlier than it did in 2020 - and we think it’s much-needed, given the disaster that was last year’s Christmas. Although Scots are unable to access the the radio station on DAB Radio, there are many other ways to tune into the Christmas hits. It will be available on Alexa, the Global Player app on smartphones, Google Home, Apple HomePod and Sonos Speakers.
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  3. Back to the basics. 200 years ago Christmas was celebrated a bit differently in both gift giving and meals. Like the Grinch found out, You cannot STOP Christmas from coming. It comes anyway.
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  4. Im not sure what the position over there was, but when the lockdown was ongoing here, if you were found in breach the Police were pro- active in terms of enforcement, imposing hefty fines and also court appearances etc so if the restrictions are to return I will be co-operating Hopefully this wont be the case and everyone can share a normal Christmas, possible minus the Turkey lol
    3 points
  5. Buy American made. No shipping overseas. 😉
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  6. I play Christmas music on my guitar all year long, so I don't have to relearn when "the season" gets here. I can't imagine only thinking about Christmas when December gets here. I see Christmas as the umbrella that other celebrations are under, and I don't mind it as a backdrop any time of year. (my opinion)
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  7. Not sure I want to see this one. Any Christmas movie that comes with a warning just makes me wonder...
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  8. Top 10 Christmas baby names for boys and girls revealed Source - Guardian By - Kieran Doody UK Trending Editor Date - 24-10-2012 The most popular Christmas-themed baby names for boys and girls in the UK have been revealed. Those expecting new arrivals to the family over the festive period will now find new inspiration if they’re struggling settle on a name. Analysing the latest data from the Office of National Statistics, ChristmasTress.co.uk compiled a list of the 10 most popular names for boys and girl inspired by the most wonderful time of the year. Popular Christmas names for boys The three most popular names for boys are Jack, Theodore and Joseph. Here is a breakdown of the meaning behind the names. Jack The name Jack means ‘God is Gracious’, but can also resemble Jack Frost, a popular character in English folklore who personifies winter. Jack Frost has inspired movies, literature, and music that appear each December, and is mentioned in the popular Christmas song ‘Chestnuts roasting on an open fire’. In 2020 there were 2,900 babies born with the name Jack, placing it at the top of the list for Christmas themed names. Theodore A big part of Christmas is gifts, and the name Theodore literally means ‘God’s Gift’. Although of Greek origin, the name was popular among early Christians and it was borne by more than twenty saints. Last year there were 2,737 new-borns named Theodore. It also ranked 14th across all boys’ names born last year, up 123 places since a decade ago. Joseph Joseph’s relevance to Christmas should need no explanation, featured in the Bible as father to Jesus, and husband to Mary, the name Joseph means “increase or addition”. In 2020, there were 1,437 babies born named Joseph. Popular Christmas names for girls The three most popular names for boys are Ivy, Grace and Evie. If you like the sound of them, here is a breakdown of the meaning behind the names. Ivy Last year 2,166 babies were born named Ivy, ranking it top on list of Christmas themed names for girls. Grace Grace means eloquence, kindness and favour. The name itself does not have a direct tie to Christmas, but the sound and meaning have strong connotations of the festive season. 2,010 new-born girls were named Grace in 2020 placing it 2nd in the Christmas-themed list. Evie Evie is the Latin form of Eve, the name itself means living, and the night before, and you can’t get much more festive than Christmas Eve itself. In 2020 there were 1,793 baby girls born named Evie. Top 10 baby girl names inspired by Christmas
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  9. It is in the top 3, but you don't want to know what list.
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  10. Natural History Museum’s early Christmas tree gets frosty reception Source - The Londoner By - George WIlson Date - 20-10-2021 It is not even November and the Natural History Museum has started the festivities early by putting up their Christmas tree. There was a sense of disbelief this morning as people passed by the Natural History Museum in South Kensington as the 20ft decorated tree was erected outside. Christmas is still ten weeks away but the museum felt it was about time the celebrations started. The fake fir tree is at the centre of the museum’s annual Christmas ice rink, a prominent feature of South Kensington for the past 16 winters. This will be the final time that the museum will host the ice rink as they plan to transform their five-acre gardens into a hub for urban wildlife. Onlookers felt that it was way too early to begin Christmas festivities as Halloween and Bonfire Night are still yet to happen. Clapham resident Lucy Bell, 32, said: “I love the ice rink here at the Natural History Museum but seeing the Christmas tree so early in the year feels odd. “It’s getting a bit ridiculous how early Christmas celebrations start.” Hugh Bugg, 56, from Chelsea, said: “The sun is still shining, it’s not even Halloween yet and they are trying to tell me it is 25 December.” Others were quite pleased with the early preparations the Natural History Museum made. Fred Steele, 33, also from Chelsea, said: “I love Christmas and it is nice to get into the spirit of it early. “The tree looks beautiful and I will definitely come and use the ice rink later this year. I can’t wait for it.”
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  11. Boy I'd love to skate on that. My daughter and I always hit our outside rink from November to February.
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  12. This world needs and is seeking after joy. True joy is one of the central focal points of Christmas and the true meaning behind it! I believe this is one of the reasons for these early establishments of that focus!
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  13. Serious Christmas creep here. I have mixed feelings about it, but I do think its in part a reaction to the challenging Christmas we all experienced last year
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  14. I have about 4 stations saved myself. I tried the I heart radio app, but never liked it quite like the Pandora.
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  15. We have a local Christian channel that begins Christmas music in October 24/7 till into the new year! Love it. I too love pandora or Youtube to play it all year round!
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  16. Same here, I've got about four different Christmas stations saved on my Bose SoundTouch!
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  17. That's what I love about Pandora radio, I can listen to Christmas music anytime of the year.
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  18. I do hope the children will receive some of the things they wish for this Christmas! I hope that maybe they will also realize the line from "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." "Maybe Christmas (he thought) doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more."
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  19. Most important for us who reprsent Christmas in the form of Santa is to make no promises, that the best thing we can do is to bring hope that there will be a surprise for the children come Christmas morning.
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  20. I'll be putting the November show together this week and would like a few more calls from you Santa's in addition the those that have already called, which I greatly appreciate! See my note above and CALL ME!!! Please? And thank you.
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  21. Great clip thanks. I loved this programme as a youngster
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  22. This is very touching Bigman. My wife and I watched it and loved it. I don't remember seeing it before. Thanks for sharing.
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  23. There is much momentum, all over the world, to celebrate the various festive holidays this year. It's hard to imagine anything stopping this movement. The human spirit of love and tenacity is a powerful force. Prayers/positive intents, will help
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  24. This is exactly what happened here last year, they waited until the last minute then introduced new lockdown rules just before Christmas. I so hope this isnt the case this year, particularly as everyone seems to be going all out to have the best Christmas ever on the back of last years restrictions
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  25. Santa Claus Is Coming—But He’ll Skip Some Stores Americans have big shopping lists but face emptier shelves and less help this shopping season amid supply-chain and hiring woes the Wall Street Journal By Justin Lahart and Jinjoo Lee Oct. 22, 2021 5:30 am ET Santa Claus Is Coming—But He’ll Skip Some Stores WWW.WSJ.COM Americans have big shopping lists but face emptier shelves and less help this shopping season amid supply-chain and hiring woes. “It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags.” Christmas came to Whoville, despite the Grinch’s efforts to steal it, and it will come to the U.S. this year, despite all the supply-chain and staffing problems the pandemic has brought on. Those boxes and bags will cost more, though, helping the best-positioned retailers avoid markdowns and offset spiraling costs. Americans will grit their teeth and pay up and, when they can’t find just the right physical item, they will opt for more virtual ones—digital games, gift cards and subscriptions. In terms of dollars spent, it will be a holiday season to remember. For companies that can’t provide consumers with what they want, though, it will be the season that might have been. Retailers have labor concerns, too. As of the end of August, there were 1.3 million unfilled job openings in the sector, according to the Labor Department, compared with 901,000 in August of 2019. Since then, a number of retailers have announced ambitious hiring plans for the holiday shopping season. Both Amazon.com and Walmart have said they would like to hire 150,000 seasonal workers, for example. Stores unwilling or unable to pay up for labor face the prospect of struggling to serve customers during the most profitable time of the year. Still, it is hardly as if nothing is making it into ports and onto store shelves. More shipping containers arrived at the four busiest American container ports in July and August than during the same months of 2020 and 2019. Commerce Department figures show the value of inventories at general merchandise retailers, a group that includes giants such as Walmart and Target, as well as department stores, came to a seasonally adjusted $87.2 billion in August compared with $76.3 last August and $82 billion in August 2019. Keeping things on store shelves when demand for wares is strong is another matter: The ratio of inventory to sales at retailers of all stripes is significantly lower than it was before the pandemic. That’s because people are heading into the holidays with plenty of available money to spend: Rising incomes, government relief checks and reduced spending early in the pandemic have left people with more to spend. Federal Reserve figures show that, as of the end of the second quarter, Americans of all incomes held more cash and cash equivalents than a year earlier or prior to the pandemic. Falling Covid cases, the expected vaccine eligibility for younger children and the wide availability of jobs could make it a season of cheer for shoppers. Many of those shoppers are aware of supply-chain constraints and have begun shopping for gifts earlier than usual. A survey from The NPD Group showed that 51% of U.S. consumers plan to start their 2021 holiday shopping before Thanksgiving Day, up slightly from last year. Retailers are nudging shoppers to do so: Amazon started offering “Black Friday-worthy deals” on Oct. 4 and Target started its holiday deals event on Oct. 10. Best Buy and Kohl’s have also already begun their holiday sales events. Best-placed to benefit from shoppers’ eagerness to spend are the companies with the means and scale to work around some of the shipping snags to keep their shelves well-stocked. Walmart, Home Depot, Costco and Target are among those paying for their own chartered ships, for example, which should allow them to bring holiday-specific products most likely to fly off the shelves. Meanwhile, retailers selling higher-value goods such as electronics and luxury items will be able to shell out more for air freight compared to dollar stores that sell cheaper items. Sellers with non-traditional sourcing models, such as Etsy, will still face transportation delays but could have an edge over traditional retail because those products are made in many people’s homes or warehouses, not concentrated in a few factories abroad. One wild card is whether consumers will spend heavily on material gifts—as they did last holiday season—when vaccinations are allowing people to eat out and travel again. A survey conducted by Accenture showed that roughly 43% of consumers plan to redirect their holiday-season spending to gifts that don’t come in physical packages such as travel, dining out, concerts and salon treatments. Moreover, consumers who are unable to locate what they want on shop shelves might opt for non-physical alternatives. A shopper who can’t find the latest game console might opt for a gift card from GameStop or Steam to download video games instead, for example. More people may also opt for gift cards for restaurants—including large chains like Darden Restaurants —or even websites that offer experiences like StubHub or Groupon. Those that can’t find the yoga pants or gym gear they want for their friends may choose to get fitness subscriptions for them instead on Peloton or ClassPass. Americans will spend plenty of money this Christmas, but not every retailer is going to get a pony. Source: https://www.wsj.com/articles/santa-claus-is-comingbut-hell-skip-some-stores-11634895005
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  26. Pet food company launches turkey and cranberry Christmas dinner for your dog Source - The Express By - Catherine Davis Date - 21-10-2021 From a great roast to pigs in blankets, the food is one of the best things about Christmas - and now your dog doesn’t have to miss out on the festive feast. Including Ocado, who recently launched a Christmas pudding just for dogs, lots of brands are providing for a tasty canine Christmas this year. The latest are pet food company Bella & Duke, who have introduced a Christmas range designed specially for dogs - including a meal that they can have alongside Christmas dinner. The limited-edition range includes a turkey and cranberry meal, meaning that your dog can enjoy their own equivalent of your Christmas leftover sandwich. The meal is just one of the festive treats for dogs that will be available from November 1. There are also turkey and venison strips to provide a festive doggy treat, priced at £5.99 per pack. The range also sees that dogs can join in on the exciting build-up to Christmas, launching a £14.99 advent calendar that has chicken coins, duck snow drops and turkey stars hidden behind its doors. CEO of Bella & Duke Matt Scott said, “Christmas isn’t just a holiday for humans anymore but our pets too. We wanted to ensure pets across the country have something to enjoy on the countdown to the big day and are waking up to something special under the tree this season.” Food isn’t the only way that owners can spoil their beloved pets this holiday season. Dobbies garden centre is opening up “Santa Paws” grottos across their UK stores, where dogs will get the chance to meet the big man himself.
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  27. I agree, no good with a Santa Suit on, ovrealls and gum boots , perhaps the Santa hat too
    1 point
  28. I could do it. I'd have to wear workshop Santa clothes, but it'd be fun.
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  29. I could be tempted,in desperation to try the dinner but good Lord a Santa Paws Grotto! Well thats a new one on me
    1 point
  30. That's spellbinding! JK Rowling scores her 16th literary Number One as her Christmas story shoots to top of UK charts Source - The Mail Online Date - 21-10-2021 The Christmas Pig has sold 60,010 copies during its first week of sales It follows a little boy called Jack who has a special toy pig that he loses An identical replacement called Christmas Pig takes him on an adventure JK Rowling has secured her 16th number one book. The Harry Potter author’s children’s story – The Christmas Pig – has shot to the top of the official UK charts. It sold 60,010 copies during its first week – almost double that of the book in second place. The Christmas Pig – illustrated by Jim Field – follows a little boy called Jack who has a special toy pig that he loses. An identical replacement appears, called Christmas Pig, which takes him on an adventure to find his original toy. The official book chart is compiled by market measurement firm Nielsen. This marks Miss Rowling’s 16th book to reach the number one spot. Her previous chart-toppers include her five-part crime series written as Robert Galbraith as well as her Harry Potter novels which have sold hundreds of millions of copies worldwide. It is also the author’s 85th week in the top spot overall since Nielsen records began in 1998. Miss Rowling, 56, beat competition from a host of other writers after last week’s ‘super Thursday’ saw a glut of new titles released. Current Strictly Come Dancing star Tom Fletcher’s book – The Christmasaurus and the Naughty List – written with Shane Devries, took second place. It sold 33,074 copies in its first week. Billy Connolly’s Windswept and Interesting was number one for hardback non-fiction.
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  31. First look at Downton Abbey and Love Actually stars in new Christmas movie Source - Digital Spy By - Matilda Davies Date - 19-10-2021 Love Actually star Keira Knightley and Downton Abbey's Matthew Goode are starring together in a new dystopian Christmas film, and the first previews have just been released. Dark comedy Silent Night is set to hit UK cinemas on December 3, having already won Best Screenplay and the Audience Award at the 2021 Sitges Film Festival. The official synopsis reads: "In true British fashion, (while the rest of the world faces impending doom), a group of old friends reunite to celebrate Christmas in the comfort of an idyllic country home. "Burdened with the inconvenience of mankind’s imminent destruction, they adopt a stiff upper lip, crack open another bottle of prosecco and continue with their festivities. But no amount of stoicism can replace the courage needed for their last night on earth." Alongside Knightley and Goode, the movie will also star Roman Griffin Davis, who played the lead role in Jojo Rabbit, The King and Voyagers star Lily-Rose Depp, and Peaky Blinders' Annabelle Wallis. The movie centres on Knightley, Goode and Davis, who play couple Nell and Simon and their son Art, as they host the dinner party for their family and friends. It marks a reunion for Knightley and Goode, who previously starred together in Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game and true crime film Official Secrets. Ṣọpé Dìrísù (The Huntsman: Winter's War, Gangs of London), Kirby Howell-Baptiste (The Good Place, Killing Eve), Lucy Punch (Bad Teacher, A Series of Unfortunate Events) and Rufus Jones (Episodes, Hunderby) also star. The festive film was produced by UK studio Altitude Media Group, which was also behind Academy Award winners Moonlight and Minari, and recent hits Pig, starring Nicolas Cage, and Night of the Kings. The movie marks writer and director Camille Griffin's feature film debut, supported by producer Matthew Vaughn of Marv Films, and Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray of Maven Screen Media.
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  32. The true spirit of Christmas is all about giving and this man is giving more than just time or funds, he is giving his heart. That is what Christmas is about and I agree he is a real Santa!
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  33. Talk about motivational, its gestures like this that reconnect or should reconnect people with their social conscience. He is a real Santa in my book
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  34. This looks like a fun spectacle, I hope they clean the tyres off once they are out of the Farm yards though!
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  35. These look so nice I could probably have a go at one myself Perhaps that would just be barking mad
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  36. Its becoming somewhat crazy over here now. I know what will happen in some quarters, there will be a number of people who have purchased popular toys/games etc with the sole intention of profiteering from them in the coming months, charging ridiculous prices for them too. This happened when Furbys were released in the 90's and were the hot item for Christmas, they were selling on the black market for over ten times the retail price! Someone on CN suggested Santa's having a back story this year for children, in that they may not receive the gifts they wish for, it may be a good idea, ??
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  37. Scenes from New York's Christmas parade, sponsored by R. H. Macy and Company, shot from corner of 80th Street. The parade started at 110th and Broadway and ran to 34th Street, site of Macy's Department Store. Floats feature the comic strip Katzenjammer Kids and other comic series of the time. On Thanksgiving morning in 1924, Macy’s department store in New York City held a parade to drum up business and publicity. The theme was Christmas (and shopping for gifts). Store employees dressed in outrageous costumes and walked six miles from Harlem down to the Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square, accompanied by festive floats and animals from the Central Park Zoo. The first parade ended with Santa Claus ascending to a golden throne above the store’s entrance and inviting thousands of customers to come and shop. The parade was such a success that it became an annual tradition.
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  38. If You Have the Post Christmas Blues You’re Doing Christmas Wrong MyMerryChristmas.com B. Francis Morlan December 27, 2018 EXCERPT The post-Christmas blues are a very real thing. Once the date of December 25th has passed the specter of December 26th is an ominous marker to many. It sits there on the calendar like the Ghost of Christmas Yet-to-Come. Silent and foreboding, the very image of the hooded Angel of Death it seems to be. And why not? Just about anywhere you look Americans are tossing trees to the curb, ripping down lights from rooftops and radio stations are flipping back to everyday music. What took months to build gets deconstructed in a matter of a couple of days. It does not have to be like this. You do not have to take down your tree. You do not have to kill your lights. You do not have to turn off your music. You can, instead, stand up to the madness around you and let Christmas linger a little longer. The secret to avoiding the post-Christmas blues is deconstructing it much the way you built it in the first place. For me, Christmas often gets started in July. It is easy then, in the heat of summer, to imagine the frosty glow of our Christmas windows, the frothy foam of our cocoa, and the homey warmth of the decorated tree. Of course, we can’t GET those things in July…but it’s fun to think of them as we sit in a darkened room and watch Christmas movies when it is blazing outside. This is classic, hardcore denial. And it is good for you. SOURCE: https://mymerrychristmas.com/christmas-blues/
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  39. Here's my Santa Claus promo video for 2016!
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  40. I'm reposting this because the first time it was linked to a Faceboom video and I'm not sure some people could see it.
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  41. Teaser Trailer #1 for They Wore The Red Suit
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  42. Santa Johnny Boy parade 2009
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  43. Government Covid adviser fears we're heading for another 'lockdown Christmas' Source - Wales Online UK News By - Daniel Smith Date 23-10-2021 Professor Peter Openshaw, a member of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag) which advises the Government, said he fears another “lockdown Christmas”. He was asked what people can expect from Christmas if Government policy does not change. Speaking in a personal capacity, Prof Openshaw of Imperial College London told BBC Breakfast: “I’m very fearful that we’re going to have another lockdown Christmas if we don’t act soon. “We know that with public health measures the time to act is immediately. There’s no point in delaying. “If you do delay then you need to take even more stringent actions later. The immediacy of response is absolutely vital if you’re going to get things under control. “We all really, really want a wonderful family Christmas where we can all get back together. “If that’s what we want, we need to get these measures in place now in order to get transmission rates right down so that we can actually get together and see one another over Christmas.” He said: “I think we all are desperate to get back to normal life and I can absolutely understand why the Government is listening to pressure from industry and its own inclinations to really open up, but the figures at the moment really do show we’ve got too many cases out there. “It’s just, I think, unacceptable to be letting this run at the moment.”
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