How many drunk Santas can fit on a double-decker bus?
Hang on, hang on. That’s not politically correct at all.
Let’s try again. How many drunk festive icons can fit on a double-decker bus? Are you still with us? Hope so.
Seriously though, this is a real thing. Except for the drunk part. We added that bit for a dash of seasonal cheer.
So, it is true that the good folks at Farmer’s Hotel at Vacy will try their best on Saturday to fit as many Santas as possible on a double-decker bus.
The idea came about as the hotel planned “The March of the Scottish Santas” – an event featuring a Christmas-themed pipe band.
Hotelier Maurice Harden said the nucleus of this band used to play at retirement villages at Christmas.
“We used to dress as Santa from the waist up and as Scotsmen from the waist down,” he said.
“Given our little pub has a lovely old double-decker bus, we thought ‘why not celebrate Christmas in a fun way and have a go at a record as well?’”
He’s talking about a Guinness World Record for “Most Santas on a Double-Decker Bus”.
“We’re going to regard it as a practice session and, if there’s enough interest, we’ll plan for a formal attempt next Christmas,” Dr Harden said.
“We can always try for an unofficial record if enough people turn up on the day.
“We’re not aware of a similar attempt and have absolutely no idea who will turn up on the day, but we want to have as many people as possible.”
The festivities kick off at 4pm with The March of the Scottish Santas. Santas on a Bus will begin at 5pm.
Steve from Wangi reckons the crazy weather we’ve had lately could have been Santa letting the elves take his sleigh on test runs.
“If you look closely you can just see the back-end of a sleigh doing doughnuts in this storm cloud hovering over Pulbah Island. Either that or ET is coming back for Christmas,” Steve said.
We’ve been reading the new Jeff Apter book about Daniel Johns. The Book of Daniel chronicles the life of Johns from Silverchair’s beginnings to his latest musical projects.
In their formative days, the book tells us, the band jammed together in the garage of drummer Ben Gillies’ parents “if the surf was shit or we had no homework”.
Ben’s home was on the way to school, so Johns and the band’s bass player Chris Joannou would drop in often. “You’d eat all the biscuits and keep going,” Chris said.
The book said the band [then named Innocent Criminals] first recorded at a studio in Cardiff, after the studio owner Terry Farrelly read about them in “the local newspaper”.
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