Odd gift idears

So I had time to kill in Gloucester today as I was waiting for the company car to be tinkered with by the fellas at Kwik Fit. I had a bimble through Debenhams and found some Monty Python gifts.

So who would like a Biggus Dickus corkscrew or a Mr Creosote vomiting sauce dispenser?

Monty Python Gifts

Kind of weird.

So a bit further along there’s the New Inn. Been around since 1455 ish. I think the price list needs updating.

Old Prices

But I think one of the best bargains in the “Of no real use” category has to go to the memorabilia shop. Hong Kong Phooey mini statue for a tenner.

Hong Kong Phooey

Unusual statues

Today I found myself over Oxford way. The final job of the day took me over to Bicester in fact. One of the places there is a yard full of statues. Unfortunately it was closed today. But that didn’t stop me quickly taking a peek through the railings and getting a couple of quick snapps.

So What do you do when you have too much tallent and a lod of washers and scrap metal? Why the answer is simple. You make a life sized predator…

Scrap Predator

And to keep him company, you of cource need and alien for him to hunt…

Scrap Alien

Also in amoungst the statues is a slightly random collention of other things. A life sized Grim Reaper, Santa Clause and Jake & Elwood Blues…

The Blues Brothers sing to Santa

It’s Not F*cking Christmas!

I’m not entirely sure, but I think there is something very wrong with the world. My watch is still on British summer time. It’s early October. In fact we’re not quite a full week in to the month yet. On the calendar there is Halloween coming up in 3 weeks time. Guy Fawkes coming up not long after that. And then there will be December and Christmas.

So what in the defiled name of Sally’s shriveled left testicle is Sainsburys in Gloucester docks playing at put up Christmas decorations now? Oh no! I’m not talking about Christmas stock being on the shelves. I’ve kind of begrudgingly accepted retailers taking the piss with that one, on their never ending mission to delve their hands deeper in to my wallet. I’m talking tinsel, baubles and sodding Christmas trees. Here, look…

Sainsbury's Christmas Piss Take

Oh, I forgot to mention. On one of their 32″ TVs they are playing a DVD of the staff from the store singing Christmas carols. Not that you would call them professional singers, but they are giving it a go. There are also little stick on Christmas trees on the customer service desk. Some creative buggers have taken a bunch of the bags for life and made giant five meter tall Christmas tree silhouette on the windows. And to keep the theme going, the white support pillars on the out side of the building near the cafe overlooking the canal have been wrapped in huge spiraling ribbons to look like sugar canes.

It’s eleven weeks till Christmas. Thanks to Sainsbury’s I’ll be sick to the high teeth of the sight of Christmas within 6 weeks I would think. Wasn’t there some sort of tradition of the decorations going up some time in December? I remember being told that the decorations needed to be taken down the by the twelfth night. But this just feels like one massive piss take.

I don’t know, I really don’t. May be this is the early on set of Grumpy Old Man syndrome.