December 12th, 2020

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Advent 2020, day 12

A bumper haul from the mystery calendar at the weekend!

The origami instructions are for a sheep! Now where did I put the pad of origami paper.

In the other calendars were another mini Lindt and a Thorntons Gianduiot cocoa hazelnut chocolate. And over in my Nordic e-calendar, the tale of Gryla & the Yule Lads which reminds me a bit of the sort of tales in Grimm's Fairy Tales...
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Weekend stroll

Saturday was a rare dry day in amongst the many wintry showers at the moment, so I ended up going for a stroll up to Knowle and back and only got slightly muddy in the process. I did set out with the aim of actually doing some geocaching though the caches I was looking for were multi-caches, and it turned out that the final locations for all of them were back the way I'd come - so as this was in the afternoon and there wasn't much sunlight left I'm saving the caches for another day, and just enjoyed the gloriously sunny afternoon...

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The highly inaccurate guide to Strictly 2020, Week 8: Semi-final!

Semi-final time, which means each couple has to perform not one but two dances. Bring it on!

Jamie and Karen: Salsa to Last Dance by Donna Summer
This looks surprisingly slow - oh wait, now the music's got going and everything's sped up. Let the party begin!

Ranvir and Giovanni: Waltz to Un Giorni Per Noi by Josh Groban
Wow - so beautiful and elegant, if it did seem a little halting at time. And a complete mood swing compared to the previous dance!

Bill and Oti: Charleston to (Won't You Come Home) Bill Bailey by Ottilie Patterson with Chris Barber
Behind the door of number 10... spontaneous comedic dancing! Y'know, it would explain so much if this was really what goes on inside number 10...

Maisie and Gorka: Couple's Choice: Street/Commercial to Gettin' Jiggy Wit It by Will Smith
We interrupt this game of basketball for an impromptu dance. The final score: 30 points!

HRVY and Janette: Rumba to Only You by Kylie Minogue and James Corden
Dancing inside a snowglobe? Very pretty and Christmassy.

Jamie and Karen: Quickstep to Thank God I'm a Country Boy by John Denver
Welcome to the Strictly farm - watch you don't fall off the corn on the cob?

Ranvir and Giovanni: Jive to Candyman by Christina Aguilera
A ship inside a giant sweet shop? What.

Bill and Oti: Tango to Enter Sandman by Metallica
For a tango we need... ALL THE METAL! Air guitar! And fire, because METAL!
(watch out after the dance for a bonus clip of the band - as Claudia said: "that made Dave Arch's day")

Maisie and Gorka: Viennese Waltz to A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
That looked a bit awkward at first with the guitar prop - it got much better once they got rid of it!

HRVY and Janette: Charleston to Another Day of Sun by La La Land Cast
At Strictly we only have one strength of coffee: ALL THE CAFFEINE. Side-effects include getting 30 points from the judges.

Bonus quotes!
Claudia and Jamie: "Can you describe your next dance in three words?" "Quick... and steppy"
Claudia: "Think of it as Countryfile: the musical"
Motsi: "What did I just watch?"
Craig: "How come Shirley doesn't get booed?"