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FEATURED: 🎄#Christmas films heres one – Which one was yours ?

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#AceMediaNews – Dec.23: The brassy confidence of Robert Siodmak’s twisted 1944 tale – starring Gene Kelly cast against type as a charming murderer – deserves to win it more plaudits during the annual Frank Capra love-in

Maybe in some far-off galaxy there’s a planet that is a complete replica of Earth, with one exception. No one knows or cares much about Frank Capra’s 1946 movie It’s a Wonderful Life, but every Christmas all the TV stations and cinemas show Christmas Holiday, made a couple of years before.

This entirely bizarre but captivating noir melodrama, which takes place over one Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, is directed by Robert Siodmak and written by Herman Mankiewicz, adapted from the novel by Somerset Maugham.

Audiences expecting feelgood yuletide entertainment reeled out of the cinemas, alienated by this weird, obsessive story.

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FEATURED: These aren’t the 🎁 gifts you are looking for …🎄

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1christmas191Twas the week before Christmas
(almost two till my birthday)…

When all through the blogosphere…
not a blogger was stirring…
ok, some are stirring, but mostly cocktails…

Yet posts were still flying out with hopes that readers might give them a shout!

Christmas isn’t the most wonderful time of the year for bloggers, readers and many bloggers are off prepping for the big day, partying, waiting in line for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and of course, searching for perfect gifts.

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Here are some, er, helpful last-minute gift ideas for those hard to buy for folks:

1. O Christmas tree! As a cautionary note, unlike in the movies, apparently it’s ‘frowned upon’, some might even say illegal, to just randomly cut trees down. Who knew?

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2. Draw happy faces on all their socks/nylons so they’ll feel happy as they start each day. Or sneak into their house or room and draw a happy face on their wall, or mirror in red lipstick or paint. Wait, is that creepy? Nah, it’ll be a fun surprise.

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3. Fix something for them: TV, car, fridge, cellphone, alarm system, computer, appliances, sewing machine, etc. Even if none were broken (but might be after), it’s the thought that counts.

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4. Donate to a cause in their name or better yet, start a foundation in their name, I’m sure it won’t affect their taxes…much.

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5. Sing them a song, but only if your voice doesn’t resemble fingernails on a chalkboard, mastodons dying in a tar pit, Bridget Jones singing, or my Mom singing (love you, please don’t sing).

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6. Indie books. Mass-produced can be good, but a steady diet can leave you feeling flat. Best thing about indie, less cookie cutter, same goes for everything. Like indie author/blogger, A.H. Browne who kindly beamed aliens into my email. As they scurried around my brain, I 1christmas177was laughingly sucked into space to cavort (hey, I can cavort with the best of them) through the Saloon at the Edge of Everywhere. That sounds familiar, did I spend time there in my youth, next to CBGB, right? Book One of The Otherwhere Chronicles made me reluctant to return to Earth, like when you’re at a party, it’s past time to go home, but you think, just a few minutes more. If you’re feeling brave and in need of some fun, visit Arthur at http://pouringmyartout.com/ – don’t say I didn’t warn you! Any indie authors reading this, please add links in the comment box below where your work can be found (heck, it’s Christmas, anyone add links).

And here’s more indie talent (and keep checking the comments for indie author links):
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http://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/10/09/you-may-say-im-a-dreamer/

7. Taco ties, socks, and hats. Also available in: lasagna, kung pao, pizza, chocolate, wine, beer, hamburger, and curry flavours. Hungry? Bored? Clothes never tasted so good!

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8. Make a sculpture, coat, hat, scarf, or quilt out of your hair and nail clippings – natural, organic, and very, very personal.

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9. Lint kittens and puppies. Easy to keep – no walks, no food, soft and cuddly, and simple to house train. Do not expose to water.

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10. Honesty – they may not appreciate it at first, but it might be the best gift ever, someday.

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So, these aren’t the gifts you’re looking for (except the indie books), in the end, the best gift of all is still…you!

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

All the best in 2016!

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Watch Video: Dick Van Dyke sings along with 90th birthday flash mob – Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

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#AceMediaNews – Dec.14: Dick Van Dyke, famed Hollywood song and dance man and famously nice guy, kicked off his 90s in Los Angeles this weekend with a flash mob performance and singalong.

The star sang and clapped as a group dressed as chimney sweeps, like his “Mary Poppins” character Bert, performed a choreographed dance to “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” at The Grove on Saturday.

Van Dyke joined the group to sing “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” as they held up happy birthday signs. The event was organized in part by his wife, Arlene Silver.

He officially turned 90 on Sunday.

In November, Van Dyke shared with CNN iReport contributor Julie Ellerton his secrets to staying young, which somehow include eating all the ice cream and candy he can get his hands on.

Don’t do anything that isn’t fun,” Van Dyke said, sitting in a dressing room at the Malibu Playhouse, where he performs with his a capella group Dick Van Dyke and The Vantastix. “I may have reached that point in life where I don’t have to do anything that isn’t fun.”

He said lots of exercise and movement keep him going.

The actor starred in the eponymous “Dick Van Dyke Show” alongside Mary Tyler Moore in the early 1960s. He led the long-running program “Diagnosis Murder” in the 1990s. In between, Van Dyke starred in other iterations of the “Dick Van Dyke Show,” many TV programs and 1964’s beloved “Mary Poppins” movie.

It seems this year’s birthday sneaked up on the active nonagenarian.

“It’s such a surprise. I remember at 80 I said this is acceptable, this is just fine. I didn’t know it was a very slippery slope after that,” he said with a laugh.

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FEATURED: Ed Sheeran has decided to shun “seeing the world through a screen”, and announced that he is quitting all social media until next autumn

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#AceMediaNews – Dec.13: With 16 million Twitter followers and 5.5 million subscribers on Instagram, he is one of the most avidly monitored British celebrities on social media. But Ed Sheeran has decided to shun “seeing the world through a screen”, and announced that he is quitting all social media until next autumn at least.

The singer broke the news on Instagram, but apparently will not be in a position to read the tens of thousands of comments: he claims that he is even giving up his phone. Sheeran announced his withdrawal from social media at the end of a world tour promoting his second album, X, saying that although he was travelling the world, he wasn’t actually seeing it.

“I’m taking a break from my phone, emails and all social media for a while. I’ve had such an amazing ride over the last five years, but I find myself seeing the world through a screen and not my eyes, so I’m taking this opportunity of me not having to be anywhere or do anything to travel the world and see everything I missed.”

Even his family and friends will not be hearing from him. “If you love me, you will understand me buggering off for a bit,” he said.

He was careful to stress that this is a pause, not an end, to his showbiz career: “The third album is on its way and is the best thing I have made thus far. See you all next autumn, and thank you for being amazing.”

Born in West Yorkshire in 1991 and brought up in Suffolk, Sheeran built his career on social media. He released his first recordings independently, then in 2011 scored multi-platinum sales for his first album, +, won the Ivor Novello best song award for the single The A Team, Brit for best male solo artist and best breakthrough artist in 2012, and this year another Ivor Novello and Brit for the second album.

In case anyone meets the redhead sitting in a cafe not looking at a smartphone screen, let him know that lowla8, and many many others, pleaded: “Take me with you.”

Quitting social media is in danger of becoming fashionable. Essena O’Neill, an Australian teenager who had become an Instagram star with more than half a million followers, recently left, describing it as “contrived perfection made to get attention”. At 18 she said she could make a good living recommending products to readers, but instead deleted more than 2,000 photographs, which she said “served no real purpose other than self-promotion”. She posted that she was quitting all social media – “for me, personally, it consumed me. I wasn’t living in a 3D world” – though it transpired she was actually launching a new website.

The comedian and author Stephen Fry is a serial social media quitter. Earlier this year he temporarily shut down his Twitter account, to the anguish of his nine million followers, announcing: “During that time I will be taking a holiday from Twitter and, with a few exceptions, not tweeting at all. “

Last March he shut down his Instagram account, which had 92,000 followers, with the words: “Newspapers, as ever, suck all the joy out of everything. Closing down. It was, briefly, fun. Bye.”

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FEATURED: Well it’s is #Christmas even if you work in a #Gift Shoppe – roll on my one day off ……

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17 things you’ll only understand if you’ve worked in a gift shop over Christmas
All of your presents come from the shop you work at (Picture: Getty)

It’s the time of year all gift shops wait for.

The opportunity to make some serious cash as consumers empty their wallets on anything they can get their hands on.

It’s Christmas, yay.

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The internet hasn’t won just yet. Traditional shoppers are still out in their masses, perusing and choosing the gifts that their family and friends will receive on Christmas morning.

Who will be there to help them complete this task? The humble gift shop of course.

Here are 17 things you’ll only understand if you’ve worked in a gift shop over Christmas…

1. The Christmas Eve panic buyer. You don’t want to laugh at this poor twenty something male but he has no idea what he’s doing. It’s 3.30pm and all he has so far is a basket of soaps from The Body Shop and a bottle opener in the shape of Darth Vader. His family are in for a disappointing Christmas… again.

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2. On the flip side there is the organised shopper. You remember them because they had a long conversation with you about dinosaur cookie cutters back in September. They glide through the doors in early December without breaking stride, make their purchase and give you a knowing wink on the way out that says ‘and that’s how it’s done’.

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3. Everyone is up for going out at Christmas so you do your best to maintain a good social life. However, when you’re six rum and cokes deep late on a Friday night with work at 9am the next day you realise you’ve made a huge mistake.

4. Secret Santa shoppers are everywhere and chances are they don’t know anything about the recipient. They literally have no idea what to buy Janice from accounts. A tea towel with a cat on it is then.

The classic secret Santa gift (Picture: Amazon)
The classic secret Santa gift (Picture: Amazon)

5. You pull out cruddy items that have been at the back of the stock room all year and place them carefully amongst the shiny, new stuff. People will literally buy anything at Christmas.

6. You’re incredibly busy but a sweet old man wants to tell you the story about how he came to buy this particular gift for his granddaughter. It’s a sweet tale but can you tell me it in January please Malcolm as I’m drowning in a sea of carrier bags and receipts.

7. You tell the new stock boy to go and sort out a delivery on the 1st December. You never see him again.

8. People expect you to know everything. And not just about the products in the shop you work in. They’re visibly shocked if you don’t know where to buy the latest Nerf gun for their seven year old nephew. I work in a bookshop, do your own research.

9. The shops are open late every bloody night which can mean only one thing… drunk shoppers. They can be entertaining and they don’t care how much they spend but you turn around for five seconds and they’re slumped against a display of Unicorn Night Lights. Come on, time to go buddy, we’re closing.

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10. Your family know to expect all their gifts to come from the shop you work at. It’d be rude not to take advantage of staff discount.

11. Christmas music. On repeat. I don’t wish it could be Christmas everyday, everybody is not having fun and it’s not the most wonderful time of the year. Help me.

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12. It’s busy. Things sell out. Excuse me, you had this yesterday, where’s it gone? Sold out mate. But, but… buy it when you see it you berk. Christmas takes no prisoners.

13. The shop is heaving, you’re rushed off your feet and some butter fingered shopper drops their overpriced seasonal latte right in the middle of the Christmas cards. You clean it whilst giving them the biggest stink eye.

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14. The intensity will become too much for one staff member. They’re still smiling but they’ve lost the plot. They have suddenly forgotten how to take a simple credit card payment and are trying to squeeze a One Direction mug into a tiny paper bag. Take five Dan, take five.

15. Customers become so desperate they make gifts up and just pray they exist. ‘My friend is really into trains and computers, do you have any laptop chargers in the shape of The Flying Scotsman?’ No. Nobody does. No no no.

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16. Shutting the doors at 5pm on Christmas Eve is the most amazing feeling ever.

17. Remembering that the sales start on Boxing day quickly takes the shine off it. All those organised shoppers are going to be back as the gates to refund city officially open. Give me strength.

Merry Christmas! Enjoy your one day off…

25 struggles you only understand if you work in retail at Christmas

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FEATURED: ‘ The 🎁Christmas 📖 Carol 👻 Awakens ‘

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christmas159I had too much to dream last night. I feel like I have a dream hangover.
I woke from my confusing, at times,
exhilarating Dickens’
A Christmas Carol-like dream
(unfortunately no Muppets), but
filled with revelations.

First, I was visited by Donald Trump who told me 3 others would visit that night. It was terrifying, he wore the chains of greed, intolerance, and suffering he’d forged link by link…it seemed like there was more of the hairspray than grave about him.

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Then Colin Firth showed up as my Ghost of Christmas Past in the white shirt from Pride and Prejudice (you know the one ladies). This dream just got a whole lot better. He reminded me that all things past are actually always still with us…

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1. Christmas songs are playing everywhere yet I rarely hear Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron by The Royal Guardsman. It’s my all-time fav, it’s about peace on Earth, goodwill, and about how even the worst of enemies can put aside their differences, if only for a little while…we sure need more of that.

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2. Dean Cain and many others we haven’t seen in a while do still have careers, kinda, hey, I like Christmas movies.

3. And even on a crummy morning a gingerbread man still makes his bed with cookie sheets.

Then Taylor Kinney (without fiancée, Lady Gaga…hey, it’s my dream) floated in as my Ghost of Christmas Present (subconscious you’re so good to me) dressed as Fireman and reminded me that despite the season, it’s getting hot in here. Whether it was just a hot flash or I’m watching too much Chicago Fire (is that possible?), I woke up in a sweat. Back to my dream, rescue me.

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4. Christmas is about giving. Though I’m broke and obscure I still believe in giving to others and weirdly, sometimes you get stuff back. For example, by donating, I won a month gym membership and a few other goodies. So now I can be buff like Arnold, though I’m saying this in Schwarzeneggar accent, the buff part seems unlikely.

5. I’ve noticed my Mom (a senior) and my son (a teen with Autism) have a much fuller social life than I do, I need to work on that. And the only action I’m getting is from my latest mammogram.

6. I don’t have to wait in line for some guy in a red suit to make me promises, I’ll make some to myself.

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My Ghost of Christmas Future was Norman Reedus, well, actually Daryl Dixon (my dream, so he’s holding a cat reminding us to Shop Cruelty Free https://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/ – I’d like to add, that goes for people as well), who showed me that…

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7. Christmas could be a little late this year, instead of making toys, Santa and the elves are already lined up to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

8. The Christmas feeling could be there, even without the gifts, the lights, the decorations, chocolate (this one is iffy), turkey and toys, even without the Christmas.

9. Ordinary rules of time and space don’t apply to Santa or The Doctor (Hello Sweetie, Doctor Who Christmas Special on almost Boxing Day – Christmas but late, can’t wait, but it’s times like these I miss David Tennant), but they do apply to us, we only have so much time in this world.

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Can happiness or success be measured by what we have instead of the joy and comfort we bring to others? Do we really think in the end, we’ll care about how much we shopped, what car we drove, how big our home was, if we had the latest iPhone, or what we were wearing? Or will we remember the good times, the fun times, the laughter, the kindness, the little moments.

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This season, remember a date on a calendar is just that, but life, life is for living, every day.

Oh yes, and if you don’t see me around here for a bit, I’ve checked myself into Clementine rehab.

I can quit anytime I want.

Just…one…more.

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Apple’s iPhone Live Photos Now Work On Tumblr

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Screen Shot 2015-12-10 at 3.53.40 PM #AceSocialNews – Dec.11: If you’re a Tumblr user who happens to have an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, today is your lucky day.
The Tumblr team dropped an update that includes support for both 3D Touch and Live Photo. The Live Photo bit is super interesting because Tumblr is a place where GIFs and animated images tend to get shared and re-shared at pretty rapid rates.

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#SERIES Call the midwife will not just have fifth series but sixth as well – BBC confirms

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#AceMediaNews – Dec.11: Tony Hall makes surprise announcement of fresh commission before fifth series of BBC1 drama starts in January

The BBC has revealed it has commissioned a sixth series of Call the Midwife, more than a month before the fifth series starts on 24 January.

The announcement was made by BBC director general Tony Hall at a surprise appearance at the London launch of series five of the BBC1 drama, which deals with the heart-rending story of thalidomide.

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#REVIEW – The Forbidden Room – Released today in UK cinemas

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#AceMediaNews – Dec.11: Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw and Henry Barnes review Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson’s portmanteau film, a bizarre and stylised collection of shorts featuring woodland bandits, child soldiers and a famous surgeon who cuts into a patient who offers up more than he bargained for.

Starring Mathieu Amalric, Charlotte Rampling and Udo Kier, The Forbidden Room is released in UK cinemas on Friday 11 December

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