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Category Archives: Christmas

John Lewis Christmas Advert 2011

‘Nuff said.

Well, not really. It’s a rather long advert playing to a massive cuteness factor of a gormless looking child, waiting impatiently for Christmas day.

On the plus side, YouTube added a snowflakes option (next to the caption toggle) and the progress slider has a snowflake instead of a dot. Strangely, this snowflake option doesn’t appear on any other video I have seen recently. Nice touch though.

Anywho, without further ado, here is the video:

After watching this video, have a read of Charlie Brooker’s latest article (about this advert etc) which is not only hilarious, but shows that the advert doesn’t cause everyone to burst out in tears like they have caught their genitals in a safety door.

Click his face (if you want to, I wouldn’t want to touch his face) to go to the article.


[Update] Having read his article now (and watched all the other dreadful adverts) I must say the John Lewis one is the nicest of the lot for one simple reason.

It’s about giving.

The others are simply “Hey shop with us and buy loads of useless expensive junk”. But the John Lewis one is the opposite. I didn’t (and won’t) cry at the advert, but it’s impressive that they went this route. ¬†Of course it is a marketing thing (make people think we care more about being nice than profit) but at least they are trying to show a non-profit-making side of their company.

Good for them. Makes me glad I shop at their Waitrose store on a regular basis.


Darth Christmas – Flash Mob

Yet another flash mob. This time it’s Darth Vader conducting them:

Speaking of Darth Vader and Christmas, Tomorrow is Ace Comics (Colchester, Essex)’s Vader Grotto:


How the Daleks saved Christmas


How the Daleks saved Christmas


Christmas card (NSFW – Swearing)

I was asked by a colleague what is the best program to create a greeting card in. I tend to use GIMP portable (Link), as it gives you similar abilities to Photoshop (well, at the level I use it at anyway) yet is free and fits on a USB stick.

Here is the result. It’s very simple (even for me), but thought I would post anyway as it is rather amusing.

If you know of a different design for this type of card, please let me know.

Note: It is laid out like this so it can be printed duplex. I printed it in MSPaint (shudder) and set it to 2 pages wide, 1 page high, and printed 2-sided on the printer.