The world's first printed Christmas card went on display this week, at Charles Dickens Museum in London. The artwork, created in 1843 went on to spawn a global industry. It sold for a shilling (quite a lot in those days!) and was sent via the Penny Post.
We asked who had written and sent their Christmas cards yet? How many did people send? Did they use Scout Mail?
We looked at this image, which announced a 90mph zip wire coming to Margam Country Park next year. The ride will take forty seconds to complete and will be 1.5km long.
We asked who fancied having a go? Who would brave it? Who has a fear of heights?
Next, we look at a YouGov survey, which asked "Of Boris Johnson or Jeremy Corbyn ...
- Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with? - (Johnson 44% vs Corbyn 50%)
- Who do you think would successfully organise the office Christmas Party? - (Johnson 66% vs Corbyn 17%)
- Who would be less likely to pay you back a tenner?" - (Johnson 57% vs Corbyn 24%)
(Answers in brackets.)
The Guardian announced it's pick of the best supermarket luxury mince pies. The results (Top 5) were as follows:
- M&S - £2.50
- Iceland - £1.89
- Asda - £1.50
- Waitrose - £2.50
- Aldi - £1.35
We had some mince pies on stand by, ready to taste and rate.
It was 'World Hello Day' this week. By way of celebration, we looked at a video clip of a Bear waving at visitors to an animal sanctuary. Here's the clip
Next we looked at Richard Browning demonstrating his jet pack to Royal Navy colleagues. The First Sea Lord, Tony Radakin, said on Twitter this would be a huge step forward in addressing defence and security challenges.
Link here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL02e4L-RQo
It was time for our first singalong. After the jet pack story, we had to choose 'Walking In The Air', from the film 'The Snowman'. We reminded ourselves that Aled Jones had sung the song and Raymond Briggs had written the book.
Link here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcKxc_wqF6E
There had been a big turn out in Barry this week, to watch Nessa (Ruth Jones) turn on the Christmas lights. We all agreed that we were looking forward to the new 'Gavin And Stacey Christmas Special', which is to be shown over the holidays.
We noted that it was the 91st anniversary this week of Mickey and Minnie Mouse making their world debut. They both 'appeared' in the film 'Steamboat Willie' on 18th November 1928.
We asked who had visited Disney World/Land and who would like to go there? We discussed favourite Disney movies.
To follow up this story, we sand the song 'When You Wish Upon A Star', sung by the character Jiminy Cricket (Cliff Edwards) in the 1940 Disney movie 'Pinocchio'.
Here's a link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKh6XxYbbIc
The Royal Mint had announced a new £5,000 coin this week. Unfortunately, being the size of a dinner plate, it was too small to fit into your purse. So we all decided against getting one!
The Royal Mint had also produced a 2019 Sixpence, worth £30. We discussed the tradition of putting one of these in the Christmas pudding and what a risk it had represented. Bah humbug!
Freddie Mercury's anniversary was this week. He lived 5th September 1946-24 November 1991. He died aged 45. He would have been 73 had he lived.
We discussed favourite Queen songs. Here's a list of their top selling UK hits:
- Bohemian Rhapsody, 1975
- We Are The Champions, 1977
- Under Pressure, 1981
- Don't Stop Me Now, 1979
- Crazy Little Thing Called Love, 1979
- Radio Ga Ga, 1984
- I Want To Break Free, 1984
- Somebody To Love, 1976
- Killer Queen, 1974
- A Kind Of Magic, 1986
We asked members to choose a Queen song to sing from this list.
'Bohemian Rhapsody' was the choice. Here is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ9rUzIMcZQ
Finally, it was 'Thanksgiving' this week. We discussed the US holiday and how it is celebrated. (The photo is of Snoopy at the Macy's Parade.)
We went around the room and said what each of us were thankful for.