Tis soon the season to be merry (even if the economy is tanking, various countries around the world are squaring up to each other and several large European banks may well fall over).
As such, it should come as no surprise at all to anyone who regularly follows this site to learn that Nanny is doing her best to put the kibosh on any possible merriment.
Nanny has decided that a newly recorded Christmas special of Thomas The Tank Engine (created by the Rev W Awdry) should omit any reference to Christmas
The new episode "Keeping Up With James" (where the trains compete to carry Christmas presents) has all mentions of Christmas removed, instead the phrase "the winter holidays" is used along with other "cheery" expressions such as "holiday tree".
For fark's sake!
Irrespective of whether you are a Christian, Atheist, Muslim or worshipper of green men from Mars, we all know that there is a festival/celebration called "Christmas" (just as we know about Eid, Hanukkah etc etc). It is completely daft to try to expunge references to something (ie the celebration, rather than the event that the celebration is referring to) that is a fact.
Hit Entertainment, which is behind the show, claims that references to Christmas were removed because the DVD on which it featured was designed to be sold all the year round.
Well that is complete bollocks for a start!
Have these people never sat down to watch the BBC in the height of Summer, only to be confronted with end to end repeats of the Christmas episodes of the Two Ronnies and Morecambe and Wise show etc?
What about the song and movie "White Christmas", those didn't do so badly did they?
All in all it is a bollocks idea!
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