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Xmas Tune Acronym Quiz

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If you've been here a while, you'll know what this is all about.

For several years, I've run a "Christmas Tunes Acronym Quiz" through December, whereby I post up a spreadsheet containing acronyms of Christmas tunes, and The Internet attempts to solve them.

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Tavistock Clinic referrals double

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Some interesting nuggets of information have been revealed by the Tavistock Clinic.

The number of young people referred to England's only gender identity clinic for under-18s has doubled in the past year to nearly 1,400, figures show. The data also shows that nearly twice as many biological girls than boys were referred to London's Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust last year.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36010664

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Christmas Tune Acronym Quiz 2015

So we're approaching that time of year again, so it's time to roll out my annual tradition - the Christmas Tunes Acronym Quiz!

This year, I've compiled over 200 tunes to decipher, including a handful of instrumentals in addition to the usual mixture of songs, carols and novelty / parodies. There's also an "Add Your Own!" tab in case your favourites aren't represented in the list (already filled with a handful of songs I discovered which didn't make the 200).

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Another lap around the sun

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As those of you who engage in the Great Waste Of Time known as Facebook may already be aware, today marks my completion of another lap around the sun - not that I feel any different to yesterday or appreciably older. Just an ordinary day at work attempting to make sense of a pile of social care data, hoping to massage it into shape by the end of the week ready for the annual government return.

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Even Classics get 1* reviews!

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A big hat tip to Karin Bishop for highlighting this over on the Book of Face.

Even Classic novels can earn a single lonely star in reviews at Amazon and other online book retailers. Take the following comments for example:

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Study claims cyclists are intelligent, charitable, cool

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Merry Christmas everyone!

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Since I don't know if / when I'll be able to log on tomorrow (hey, it's a busy day!), I would like to wish you all:

Have a Very Happy Christmas.

Eat, drink and be merry (in both senses of the word!) :)

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Interesting song...

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Since you've so far got over 70% of the tunes on my infernal acronym quiz without much difficulty (although I've noticed edits have dried up recently (Hint Hint)), I thought I'd search out some more obscure songs for the next iteration.

Among them, I discovered this ever-so-slightly tongue-in-cheek track, which for rather obvious reasons never makes it onto seasonal compilation albums... :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xqvQOvE0vA

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Xmas Tunes Acronym Quiz

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So, as we're well into advent, it's time to roll out my infamous Christmas Tunes Acronym Quiz again. This year, I've bumped it up to 160 songs - most of which are either carols or secular seasonal pop songs (i.e. ones that actually mention winter / snow / Christmas, rather than just those that share nothing in common with the season other than release date), but there's a handful of secular songs considered traditional and the occasional novelty / parody track.

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Daily Mail: Humans are chimp/pig hybrids!

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The Daily Fail has scored yet another notch in the "WTF?" category with this article:

'Humans evolved after a female chimpanzee mated with a pig': Extraordinary claim made by American geneticist

  • Dr Eugene McCarthy points to features that distinguish us from primates
  • He says that the only animals which also have these features are pigs
  • Controversial hypothesis has been met by significant opposition

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30 million hits!

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I don't know if anyone else pays any attention to the hit counter at the bottom of the page, but over the past day, we've hit a big milestone.

30,016,985 hits

So, everyone, give yourselves a pat on the back as we've all contributed to that figure! :)

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National Coming Out Day

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I wasn't previously aware of this, but courtesy of Wikipedia's Main Page, I've discovered that today is (or has been for those in UTC+3 or greater) National Coming Out Day.

It is apparently "an internationally observed civil awareness day celebrating individuals who publicly identify as bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender–coming out regarding one's sexual orientation and/or gender identity being akin to a cultural rite of passage for LGBT people. The day is observed annually by members of the LGBT community and allies on October 11."

So if you weren't already aware of it, consider yourself informed :)

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Gulf States to 'detect' gays on entry

Admittedly the story's in the Daily Mail, but apparently Gulf Cooperation Countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) are to use a medical test developed by Kuwait to supposedly 'detect' homosexuals and prevent them from entering their respective country.

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Four Years One Day

Who'd a thunk it? I've been entertaining you with my random comments (which I've been assured on previous anniversaries are not incomprehensible gibberish, despite the joke in my Twitter bio) and (very) occasional story for just over four years now.

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Breakout

Completely off-topic, but Google's coders have been having fun again with another "Easter egg"...

Search Google Images for "Atari breakout" and prepare to waste a few minutes or hours of your life...

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1½ weeks' absence

Righteo, tomorrow I'm heading off for Hastings for a week (well, heading to Mum's, then on to Hastings on Friday), so it's likely to be a week Saturday before you start seeing my random comments starting to appear on your stories again :(

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Laura Jane Grace: My First Year as a Woman

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Spotted over at Crystal Hall, a link to a very well handled story about Laura Jane Grace. Laura was previously known as Tom Gabel, and remains the founder and lead singer of Against Me! - whose latest album will be called Transgender Dysphoria Blues:

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Uruguay approves same sex marriage

Just spotted this:

Uruguay's Congress passed a bill on Wednesday to allow same-sex marriages, making it the second country in predominantly Roman Catholic Latin America to do so.

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French study: women better without bras

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Using a slide rule and caliper, Professor Jean-Denis Rouillon spent fifteen years carefully measuring changes in the orientation of breasts belonging to 130 women, at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (University Hospital) in Besançon.

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Bike Wiki

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If you've been following Angharad's Magnum opus you may be aware that a few years ago I had the daft idea to compile a spreadsheet summarising every EAFOAB episode... which gradually grew to include lots of additional information such as character lists, memorable quotes and the occasional humorous episode number. My grateful thanks go to PS, who helped with about half of the summaries from 1 to 1000.

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