And a very Merry Christmas to all and a wave of the big fat capitalist cigar from the battlements of Netsmith Towers to you for the New Year!

Assuming that The Palace has mastered the technology the Queen's Speech should be on the Royal Channel on You Tube. 

A Christmas update to The Tale of Two Cities. 

And of course Mencken's Christmas tale

More up to date: Gordon Brown's letter to Santa

Hillary stars as Santa

There is, of course, more than one form of religious experience at this time of year. 

A rather different way one might help others in the coming year. The only person who will be upset is your barber.

And finally, what would the festive season be without some Polly kicking? Good will to all men and so on but really, there are limits.