A Not Very Extreme Makeover

Around this time of year I usually change the theme for my blog, to reflect the fact that we’re now in the month of Christmas and that my posts are, in the main, geared more towards entertainment than the more ‘serious’ topics that I often cover. Over the years I’ve used two of WordPress’ themes for this and have returned this year to ‘Spirit’, which on balance is my preferred choice. I’ll go back to the regular style in the New Year – it just wouldn’t be right to have Christmas trees and snow on the blog then!

I’m now in the eighth year of the #adventcalendar which I do on Instagram (and share on Twitter and for Facebook friends). This is far from serious and, on some days, not for the faint-hearted – my sense of humour has been described as ‘warped’ by some who know me. I think that a little harsh but you can judge for yourself if you click the link opposite, in the ‘Be Social With Me’ section. As a taster, here is today’s offering (on reflection, maybe those friends may be good judges, but this is one of the cleaner ones):

I’m also now in the fifth year of my other ‘celebration’ of Christmas, which is musical. That is hardly surprising, given how many of my posts have a musical subject. For December, the #SongOfTheDay that I share on Twitter and on the Facebook page for this blog (again, link to the right) transforms, as if by magic, into #ChristmasSongOfTheDay – I really worked on that, didn’t I! Both the tunes and the ‘funnies’ began on Sunday and will last through to Christmas Day, and they were joined last year by a special post for the Winter Solstice and by #NewYearSongOfTheDay, both of which are likely to get the treatment again this year. For those of you still to exercise the wisdom and good taste to join me on my Facebook page, I will again do what I began last year: a series of posts at roughly weekly intervals, giving you the chance to catch up on what you had been missing. By and large, my musical taste isn’t very oriented towards the pop charts: only four of last year’s selection had been chart hits. This reflects my view that most of what gets into the charts is rubbish! As a taster, this is today’s song. It comes from the brilliant Dropkick Murphys and is one that I’ve featured before. This hysterical video deserves another outing, though

I hope you’ll find plenty to enjoy in my Christmas month posts and on my social media sites, if you follow me there – yup, you guessed it, links are to the right if you don’t already. See you again soon – the first catch up post of songs will be here at the weekend – and I hope that, like the dogs in the picture above, your Christmas planning will take account of all eventualities 😉

13 thoughts on “A Not Very Extreme Makeover

  1. Annika Perry December 4, 2019 / 1:51 pm

    Clive, I’m not on Instagram or FB so will have to catch your funnies and videos. Love both here! The video is brilliant and so funny such as the priest betting the collection money! Wishing you a very Happy Christmas … agree with your latest post about reclaiming the word and holiday for what it is!

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    • Clive December 4, 2019 / 2:13 pm

      Thanks, Annika, I’m pleased you enjoyed them. There is so much to see in that video, and even five years after I first found it I still notice little things I’d not seen before. I’m glad you agree with the sentiment expressed in today’s post too, and reciprocate your wishes for a very Happy Christmas!

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    • Clive December 4, 2019 / 2:14 pm

      PS, I forgot to say that as we follow each other on Twitter you’ll be able to see songs and funnies on a daily basis there, if you wish.

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  2. Prior... December 4, 2019 / 11:13 am

    Good idea to change it up for the holiday – and liking the comic- so fun

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    • Clive December 4, 2019 / 11:24 am

      Thank you. I do it most years, it fits the way I post in December – mostly for fun, although the naughtier ‘funnies’ don’t usually get an airing on the blog 😉

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  3. robertawrites235681907 December 3, 2019 / 5:40 pm

    This sounds like lots of fun, Clive. I take a blogging break between Christmas and New Year but will be following your posts for the rest of the month.

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    • Clive December 3, 2019 / 5:45 pm

      Thanks, Robbie. Having fun at Christmas time seems right to me. Hope you enjoy what you’ll be seeing here – there will be several posts through December, and on both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day to distract you from the food and drink 😉


  4. Hugh's Views and News December 3, 2019 / 3:19 pm

    Clive, it’s a lovely theme you have chosen. I had no idea that WordPress did Christmas themes. I wonder if they are going to introduce the falling snow they’ve had in the last two previous years during December?
    I don’t know about you, but I always find December a quiet month in the blogging world, especially the last two weeks of the month. Entertaining blog posts during the month sounds the perfect idea to me.
    I’m not on Facebook, but I’ll join you on Twitter so that I can follow your Advent Calendar (love today’s by the way) and your song of the day.

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    • Clive December 3, 2019 / 5:27 pm

      Hi Hugh. I’m glad you like the theme. There are five or six of them but I’ve only found two (Cheer is the other) which support my preferred layout. I tried to find the snow effect but with no success. It looks as though they have withdrawn the feature for cheapskates like me who use their free version, but I Googled it and found that there is a plug in, which may be available for you if you want to try it.

      Many thanks for joining me on Twitter, and I hope you will enjoy what you see there: it seems the right time of year to have some fun, doesn’t it?

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      • Hugh's Views and News December 4, 2019 / 4:00 pm

        Oh, I don’t like the snow effect, Clive. I find it distracting when trying to read a post. It’s as bad as a gif moving about on the page of a blog when trying to read it. Last year, I switched the snow effect off on my blog. I hope WordPress does not automatically turn it on again. Finding out how to turn it off was a difficult task last year. I hope that doesn’t make me sound too much like The Grinch?
        Yes, I totally agree, December seems the time of year to have some light-hearted fun in the blogging world. It reminds me a bit of the last few days at school before Christmas. Nobody wanted to work; just have some fun.

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      • Clive December 4, 2019 / 4:29 pm

        The one I used was a bit like that too, and I can recall switching it on then off again. I’m not a fan of gifs either but, with a free blog, I’m rather at WordPress’ mercy when it comes to the display of advertising! You don’t sound anything like the Grinch: it’s your blog and you should be able to control how it looks.

        I once had a boss in my early working years, in a team whose work levels were very variable. We had a very light December one year, and he told us ‘it’s now December, but can you try to make a pretence of working, at least in the mornings.’ I think I’ve inherited that approach 😉

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