Saturday, 12 December 2009

Advent Bin-Men

It was meant to be a Thornton's chocolate Advent calender. That's what grandma gave us money for. All would have been well if we'd gone shopping for it just a little earlier. But by the time we got there they had sold the last one. So it was off to M&S for the Peppa Pig version.

Day one was fine; day two was ok and day three. Day four was a little chocolate choirboy and I had fond hopes of finding Sir David Willcocks in day five. But no. We got this instead....



As if THAT wasn't bad enough, day ten was EMPTY! Completely, utterly and absolutely empty. As empty as empty can be. Nothing! Can you imagine? You open the little cardboard door; you push your little not-quite-two-year-old finger through the silver foil and.... uh oh! Not a candle, not a chocolate choirboy, and certainly not a chocolate bin-man. A chocolate hole. A big, fat chocolate zero.

Disaster was narrowly averted when I remember we were still munching our way through one of Charlie's Easter eggs. But... it was a narrow escape.

We ought to have opted for food for the soul instead. No disappointments there. The Royal Opera House, for example, is doing a digital advent calendar based on The Nutcracker. Each day a clip from the performance is being revealed. The whole ballet will then be shown in cinemas up-and-down the country, apparently. We thought we might take Charlie.

Wonder which of the digital doors contains the Dance of the Sugar-Plum bin-men?

20 comments:

  1. This happened to N3S once and it turned out that a lot of the chocolates had dropped to the bottom. I hope you've complained to M&S though.

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  2. Ah, yes, chocolate binmen...how festive! What a lovely clip to have to show Charley when he's a big gruff teenager!

    This is the first year my girls haven't had an advent calendar. They usually get them from their Grandma but she left it a bit late and they were all sold out, everywhere. Seems there isn't any surplus in the advent calendar industy!

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  3. An empty door. That used to be a hanging offence, if there is one good reason to bring back Capital Punishment, that is it.

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  4. Shocking. I'd march down to M&S and demand a refund. In fact I'd get on the phone to Stuart Rose. There could be a compensation claim here!!

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  5. I checked for that DJ, and no luck. All I found (by holding it up to the light) were other empty doors. We're on our way to M&S today.

    We were lucky with that NSM, as we don't film every door being opened I can assure you! But yes, a lovely bit of footage for an eighteenth birthday party.

    Well, the wailing and gnashing of teeth was up there with a capital offence Jamie... Mind you, hanging's too good for 'em. I'd make them change a few of Charlie's nappies. Or get up with him at five-thirty in the morning.

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  6. Have you got his 'phone number Rosie?

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  7. Perhaps the chocolate binman ate those other chocolates?

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  8. I vote for the Nutcracker. We took our kids every year, until they got to be about 16, even! It became an annual event with more and more food each time. I do miss it....but I'm heading off to find their advent calendar right now!

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  9. I wrote my last comment before watching the video...serves me right...I love the fact that he said Bin Man. That's a riot. But I must say, the picture of the whatever it is on the front looks a bit scarily Picasso-like for me...

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  10. Poor little one - That is NOT fair :( I expect better of Peppa Pig! That really is pretty rubbish when you think about it - how hard is it to fill what is essentially a box of chocolates? I am grumpy on your behalf.
    I hope the next one is full of delicious choclatey treats

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  11. Oh bless him. Good job you had chocolate back-up for day ten. (But an Easter egg?!)

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  12. Empty?! Empty! Oh, dear me, i thihnk i just had a mini heart attack for you. thank goodnes for the easter egg!

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  13. Bet they did DD. Well, that's their Christmas tip gone this year!

    It's Peppa Pig, Sue. Surely everyone knows Peppa Pig? Nice to think Pablo's later works are inspiring childrens' cartoon characters though!

    As litigation is now under way, I'm afraid any further comment is sub judice April.

    We keep the Julian calendar here MDM. At least, we do when it suits us. That makes Easter later and gives us two whole Christmases!

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  14. It was touch and go, Heather. But world war three was narrowly averted. If I were a cat I'd have had to forego eight of my nine lives....

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  15. I love the chocolate Bin Man, I bet that made Charlie very happy. We veto's chocolate ones this year and the boys havnt missed then at all!!

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  16. Oh I would be mortified. Nothing like a bin man to start the day.

    CJ xx

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  17. I'm sure my boys would have said it was something involving a big truck when they were little, too. We get Peppa Pig over here (and Charlie and Lola, by the way), and I'm pretty sure it's not her fault about the chocolate! Good for you for marching the incomplete calendar back to M&S (we even have one of those in the main shopping mall in Victoria - I think it is still there!) Great to see Charlie in action. Cheers!

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  18. We probably wouldn't have gone that route by choice, MH. But we were under orders. From Charlie's grandma!

    Well, you said it CJ!! Not quite sure what I can add to that!

    Glad you liked the vid, Rebecca. Don't want to see Charlie in reality, do you? I mean, I could arrange for him to be sent over for a while?

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  19. Delightful. When you want a bi' man enough, even a candle can look like one.

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  20. Spot on, Katherine. Everything's a bin-man at the moment!

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