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December 2011

Taking Back Control

20th December 2011

So while I was off last week our Christmas tree hijacked my Blog. Thinking it was clever with it's different colours and observations around the office and it's perfect spelling, well I'm back now and I've had the last laugh because it's looking a little worse for wear and shabby. I'm still not sure how it managed to Blog though, must have had a bit of Christmas magic!    

           xmas tree alive   christmas tree dead

                                    Before                                                     After

While I was away plenty happened, with Little Mix winning X-Factor (although their single sales haven't been too good) Harry Judd winning strictly and we had a bit of snow. Forecasters have been telling us for a while that we could see snow but it hasn't quite happened, well not on the scale of last year. Remember last year, it was a nightmare. Even seeing that tiny bit of snow made me go out and buy some wellies. I'm slowly accepting that I'm getting older and am choosing comfort over style. I don't mind snow, and would love to see a white Christmas, but just a nice dusting nothing that is going to make me get stuck in traffic or ditch the car and walk places.

Have you done your Secret Santa at work yet? I arrived back to my desk to a small piece of paper with the name of who I was to buy for on it. Now of course I can't say who it is (it's a secret) but I am going out tonight to buy the gift. It's a toss up of who is more tricky to buy for, my dad or a co-worker! You'd think it was easy, because it doesn't really matter what you buy because in theory they should never find out it is you, BUT everyone of course finds out. The easy option is to buy a nice bottle of wine, but that's a bit of a cop out isn't? That doesn't mean if you recieve a bottle of wine it was me in the secret santa...honest.

I think we are pretty set for Christmas, it's quite good as we are going to other people this year, which is great because we don't have to stress about what food to get in, but of course we've got a few things 'just in case'. I know very fine well all of this 'just in case food' will still be there come January, and I'm not allowed to touch any of it, with Laura telling me "don't open that, it's for Christmas", I guarantee it'll all still be there in January. Atleast I'll be able to be smug.

Merry Christmas, have a good one and I'll probably Blog again in the new year, 2012 can you believe that?

Posted by Mark Black at 3:37pm


15th December 2011

Hmm... well hello there.

It seems Mark Black is off this week but has left his blogging account open, how silly of him.  I'm the Sun FM Christmas tree:


Check me out eh... pretty fine-looking tree aren't I?  I came all the way from Thoburn's in Jacky White's and I've seen a few things in this office since then!  You might be finding it hard to read a post from a tree, what do I sound like?  Well as you're reading, imagine me talking in a Morgan Freeman voice.  That's right, you're doing it now... aren't you.  You've slowed down the speech in your mind and given it a rich, deep tone, hahaha.

It was Mark Black who decorated me actually, along with a bit of help from the Sun FM fairy Helen Rogers.  He wasn't gentle either, hands EVERYWHERE *shudder* I was glad when all that was over.

Lately, the one with the loud sucking machine that they call Tina The Cleaner has been talking about toilet rolls going missing.  I haven't seen anyone stealing them but the One With The Bald Head and Glasses always has a full looking bag with him when he leaves and seems to spend a lot of time in the toilet!  Although he does eat a lot of fruit.

I've become convinced that The Pretty Girl Who Reads The News is secretly an alien, spying on us.  She's started to communicate in a series of weird clicks (think Skippy the bush kangaroo) and although no one seems to understand her, they've started replying in clicks!  I think she may be using some kind of brainwashing technique but thankfully it doesn't seem to work on trees *click*.

I don't know what all the people in this office are supposed to be doing, but there is a lot of laughing that goes on, and the occasional elastic band war, which the One With The Silver Hair and Glasses seems to win quite often.

There are Some People Who Live Upstairs but some of them spend a lot of time outside.  I don't know what's out there, but it must be pretty exciting because they're alwaaaaays out there.  Sometimes they go in twos or threes so maybe it's a scary thing?  They always come back smelling like smoke so maybe there's fire involved?  I hope not, trees catch on fire very easily :(.

I don't think I've got long left to live you know... :( I heard One With The Silver Hair and Glasses talking about how when I died I'd be recycled by some people called the Council.  I looked up what this meant and maybe it's not so bad because apparently it means I'll be used again.  I hope I come back as something in this office, it's quite interesting living here.  I hope I don't come back as toilet roll though, not with One With The Bald Head and Glasses about!

Uh oh, I have to go now, I can hear the Blonde One That Talks A Lot coming back into the office.  Merry Christmas!

Posted by Mark Black at 10:04am

Flicking the Switch

5th December 2011

It is now officailly Christmas EVERYWHERE, as we have now finished all of our light switch ons (just my own Christmas tree to do now). If you came down to any of them can I say a massive thankyou, especially for braving the cold. These events are some of the best that we do, but because of the time of year they are on the chilly side. The final switch on we did was in Peterlee and that was particularly cold. One of those nights where you lose feeling in your nose. It was worth it though as we had a great time, gave away a huge prize and Matt and Darren from Hollyoaks were brilliant, even when asked if they were going back into the show, only for one of them to say "well my character was killed off..." awkward!

So even though I haven't got my Christmas tree up, it should happen in the next couple of days, I have been feeling Christmassy especially getting the classic Christmas movie clips together. You forget how many great films there are, Elf, scrooged, It's a wonderful life, Love actually, The Grinch. I mentioned this to a few people and they all had their favourites and would start reciting lines from it. If you google Greatest Christmas films, you come across various different lists and they include some odd 'christmas' movies. For example on one list you had Die Hard and Gremlins! Now I know they are taking place at Christmas time, but does that really qualify them as Christmas movie? The only reason they make the list I think is that they are always on at Christmas, it's the only explanation. You can win all this month on our advent compitition just listen out for the classic Christmas movie clip.

Talking about Christmas means I realise that I've nearly been married a year! which has flown over, and on that note I probably should go and get a card. See you soon.

Posted by Mark Black at 4:45pm


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