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Sidepodcast Hangout Plus - All day, Christmas day // A very merry Christmas to each and every one!

Published by Christine Blachford

It's Christmas! And to celebrate, here's a happy hangout that will stay open all day, so that we can discuss presents, Christmas dinner, that oh-so-terrible-but-brilliant festive television and anything else that you have in mind. There will be a special event for the fabulous Doctor Who episode, but apart from that, feel free to share whatever part of your day you want to with us. We'll be around, so stop in and say hello. A Merry Christmas to all!




  • merry christmas y'all!

  • our usual entertainments manager has phoned in sick on this most festive of occasions, so i've been drafted in at short notice, beer in hand, to say "hello" :)

  • Hello Mr C and a very Merry Christmas to you too! What's your festive beer of choice today?

  • Hello Mr C and a very Merry Christmas to you too! What's your festive beer of choice today?

    hey chappie!

    a had guinness earlier, but didn't put enough in the fridge, so have reverted to a cider who's name i've forgotten, but which came in a light brown box :)

  • i've no idea if mixing stout and cider is recommended, but i'll go with it.

  • Ah, you'll ben fine, best to top it off with a wee festive dram though.

  • Ah, you'll ben fine, best to top it off with a wee festive dram though.

    i may have an issue procuring such an item. bad planning :(

    what are you having?

  • Just had a couple of whiskies and finished the wrapping so heading to bed. Just had to post the picture of a badger in a santa hat. ....as you do.

  • Just had a couple of whiskies and finished the wrapping so heading to bed. Just had to post the picture of a badger in a santa hat. ....as you do.

    we need a link to that :)

  • Badger in a Santa hat? O.o

  • our usual entertainments manager has phoned in sick on this most festive of occasions, so i've been drafted in at short notice, beer in hand, to say "hello" :)

    Merry Xmas to all

  • Badger in a Santa hat? O.o

    hehe! i done found it - badgergp.com/2012…s-from-badger-gp/

  • Merry Xmas to all

    back at ya squire.

  • i've no idea if mixing stout and cider is recommended, but i'll go with it.

    Seems perfectly reasonable to me

  • hehe! i done found it - badgergp.com/2012…s-from-badger-gp/

    lol!

    Happy Christmas y'all btw, though I'm not having mine for another week and a half really. Work.

  • Happy Christmas y'all btw, though I'm not having mine for another week and a half really. Work.

    yay, that way you get two :)

  • yay, that way you get two :)

    ...then my birthday a few days later, lol!

  • Ooo, just thought. Not finished my advent calendar yet! Need to have yesterday's choc yet.

  • the traditional autosport festive quiz. it's kinda mandatory to at least have a go, seeing as they make geoff stay up until midnight to post it!

    www.autosport.com…ristmas/quiz2012/

  • the traditional autosport festive quiz. it's kinda mandatory to at least have a go, seeing as they make geoff stay up until midnight to post it!

    Surely it auto posts. Even wordpress can do that

  • Surely it auto posts. Even wordpress can do that

    if it does, then it auto-tweets and auto-google-pluses too:

    https://plus.goog…posts/WuHnmiQtbFX

    i'll ask :)

  • Surely it auto posts. Even wordpress can do that

    You say that, BBC seem to have botched their 100 Things We Didn't Know Last Year publication earlier...

  • Merry Christmas all!

    I have just got back from my Christmas run to the smell of my roast. Great idea, putting it in the oven before I left. House smells gooooood.

  • You can see him here on our cover photo: http://facebook.com/badgergp

  • the traditional autosport festive quiz. it's kinda mandatory to at least have a go, seeing as they make geoff stay up until midnight to post it!

    Ecky thump, I swear it wasn't that hard last year...

  • I have just got back from my Christmas run to the smell of my roast. Great idea, putting it in the oven before I left. House smells gooooood.

    You may have something you can sell there. Running to cooking food

  • Merry Christmas all!

    and you ms amy.

    it's not quite the same league, but i hope christine is well enough to cook some festive(ish) nachos later :)

  • Ecky thump, I swear it wasn't that hard last year...

    i don't know any!

  • i don't know any!

    Exactly!! I'm sure I had at least 5 "I know that" certs to get me started last year... :/

  • IndyCar: How many ex-F1 drivers started an IndyCar round in 2012? 6, 7, or 8?

    surely answer is "rubens barichello"?

  • ...Justin Wilson, Takuma Sato... uh... uh....

  • Merry Christmas people.

    surely answer is "rubens barichello"?

    Takuma Sato, how can you forget the legend that is Takuma Sato. And that other guy, and the other one, and him, you know.

  • Happy Christmas.

    I'd be happier if I didn't feel so.. odd, and no it wasn't the drink, I stopped and had tea. :) I blame last night, unable to sleep.. I just had some cherry pie which was very nice.

  • Merry Xmas Sidepodders :D

  • Takuma Sato, how can you forget the legend that is Takuma Sato. And that other guy, and the other one, and him, you know.

    oooooooh yeah!

  • the traditional autosport festive quiz. it's kinda mandatory to at least have a go, seeing as they make geoff stay up until midnight to post it!

    That's difficult every year. Might have a bash at that tomorrow afternoon. :)

  • I just got slaughtered by that quiz. I used to know all about the junior formulae and rallying etc and now I know nothing

  • I just had some cherry pie which was very nice.

    doh, everyone has better food than me.

    *runs to cupboard*

  • I've got pringles and hot choc...

  • doh, everyone has better food than me.

    All the 'good' food I want is under wrapping paper. #needschocolate

  • Got a miserable 21 out of 50

  • IndyCar: How many ex-F1 drivers started an IndyCar round in 2012? 6, 7, or 8?

    I've got 5.

    Barrichello, Sato, Wilson, Bourdais - and Alesi started Indy.

  • Ah screw it I'll try the quiz now :)

  • Got a miserable 21 out of 50

    that's a lot more than my 0.

  • Surely it auto posts. Even wordpress can do that

    nope: https://twitter.c…83368108838756353

    have to say, i've had to give up reading autosport.com's news content this year, but the people who work there are bloody extraordinary.

  • Barrichello, Sato, Wilson, Bourdais - and Alesi started Indy.

    Conway was a test driver?

    Pantano is the missing link

  • All the 'good' food I want is under wrapping paper. #needschocolate

    :) :)

  • Pantano is the missing link

    when was he in f1?

  • when was he in f1?

    Jordan F1 towards the end.

  • when was he in f1?

    2004. Got replaced by Glock in Canada and the final three races.....

  • that's a lot more than my 0.

    It's multiple choice. Must be impossible to get less than about 13

  • Jordan F1 towards the end.

    2004. Got replaced by Glock in Canada and the final three races.....

    didn't know that. why was there such a fuss that he was overlooked by f1 teams after winning gp2-thingy?

  • when was he in f1?

    I remember when he was karting and the people in the know thought he was capable of dominating F1. Sometime karting form doesn't translate to cars

  • It's multiple choice. Must be impossible to get less than about 13

    i didn't submit, i looked for any questions i could answer... i'm still looking.

  • Waiting for dinner to be ready, so I can't stay as much as I'd like. But I wanted to wish you all a very happy and a merry Christmas!!! :-)

  • *hugs guille2306*

  • When he dropped down to GP2 after F1, he was consistently running towards the sharp end for several seasons. Experienced head for the young'uns to measure themselves against, it built his rep back up.

  • see, if christine was here you wouldn't get hugs.

  • When he dropped down to GP2 after F1, he was consistently running towards the sharp end for several seasons. Experienced head for the young'uns to measure themselves against, it built his rep back up.

    ahh, fair enough. what i've learnt from autosport today is my memory is worse than i remember.

  • oooh. i do know the "what did Juan Pablo Montoya hit" question. yet none relating to f1.

  • 24/50! I'm sort of happy to note I got 2/3 questions in the HRT/Caterham category, correct.

  • Waiting for dinner to be ready, so I can't stay as much as I'd like. But I wanted to wish you all a very happy and a merry Christmas!!! :-)

    Merry Xmas Guille. I take it if it is dinner time you are back in Argentina

  • see, if christine was here you wouldn't get hugs.

    *Hugs back all Sidepodpeople*

  • oooh. i do know the "what did Juan Pablo Montoya hit" question. yet none relating to f1.

    I don't think anyone who saw him hit that is going to forget it

  • oooh. i do know the "what did Juan Pablo Montoya hit" question. yet none relating to f1.

    Indeed, didn't spot that. I'd forgotten about that incident!

  • Why is it that regardless which channel I switch the TV to Sarah Millican is on it

  • Indeed, didn't spot that. I'd forgotten about that incident!

    i'm shocked it was this year.

  • Merry Xmas Guille. I take it if it is dinner time you are back in Argentina

    Melting at my parents house, 30° at 10pm...

  • 20/50

    Not too bad..

  • Hi Guille

  • 19/50

    And ALL of the WRC ones wrong, lol

  • Melting at my parents house, 30° at 10pm...

    That's slightly warmer than here.

  • Looks like all our quiz scores are around the same area.

    And ALL of the WRC ones wrong, lol

    The WRC is dead. No-one is really interested in it any more. Max did a good job of killing it off so it wouldn't compete with F1

  • And ALL of the WRC ones wrong, lol

    Same. And only 2 NASCAR and 2 IndyCar right. Did get both LM questions and the WEC and a GT. Accurately shows where my priorities were this year!

  • Oh there was a 3rd LM question I got wrong

  • And I got the last IndyCar Q as well about triple winners

  • I have to go now, Merry Christmas again! Bye!

  • Oh there was a 3rd LM question I got wrong

    Got 2/3 Le Mans myself. Got the # of nationalities wrong.

  • I have to go now, Merry Christmas again! Bye!

    Have a good one. :)

  • I have to go now, Merry Christmas again! Bye!

    Same to you too, have a good one :)

  • Got 2/3 Le Mans myself. Got the # of nationalities wrong.

    I changed that at the last minute before hitting submit

  • I changed that at the last minute before hitting submit

    I hovered over the right answer, then "corrected" it, grrrr :/

  • I am good at the 'putting the roast in the oven' bit but I'm not so good at the 'how long do I cook it for' bit.

    So I am gift wrapping instead, I may have left this bit a bit late.

  • So I am gift wrapping instead, I may have left this bit a bit late.

    It's a traditional thing for Xmas dinner to take way longer than expected

  • I have some Johnnie Walker black while I play around with Spotify playlists.

  • By the way I like the idea of calling it a Hangout Plus.

  • Watching old Scrapheap Challenge's (Junkyard Wars if in USA) on YouTube 4oD.

  • By the way I like the idea of calling it a Hangout Plus.

    i guess it'll soon be a lock in :)

  • Place your bets on how many days I'll be eating Christmas leftovers for:

    http:// pic.twitter.com/tl6tfbOv

  • Place your bets on how many days I'll be eating Christmas leftovers for:

    New Year?

  • New Year?

    at the very minimum

  • Place your bets on how many days I'll be eating Christmas leftovers for:

    woah!

  • woah!

    i have this problem where my christmas dinner has to be the same every single year so i have to cook what my mum does. but when my mum does it she does it for at least 6 people :D

  • i have this problem where my christmas dinner has to be the same every single year so i have to cook what my mum does. but when my mum does it she does it for at least 6 people :D

    you need to borrow some children for the day.

  • http:// pic.twitter.com/tl6tfbOv

    Wow, nice going.

    i have this problem where my christmas dinner has to be the same every single year so i have to cook what my mum does. but when my mum does it she does it for at least 6 people :D

    Wait.. all that's for you? :)

  • Wait.. all that's for you? :)

    amy is the anti-scrooge.

  • Wait.. all that's for you? :)

    i have some friends coming over later but they're meant to be coming for a bbq. might throw roast leftovers at them instead :D

  • i have some friends coming over later but they're meant to be coming for a bbq. might throw roast leftovers at them instead :D

    :) Depends if eating xmas leftovers for a week is a thing to look forward to or not. It can be!

  • Merry Christmas from Tundraland everyone! Turned midnight about 28 minutes ago. Still on Santa's black list. No industrial strength covert coal-to-diamonds pressure cooker for me from Santa this year, so already I am on the back foot and I have yet to go to bed!

    As much as the gal does not mind me getting free coal each year to keep our heating costs down, (Our house is so old we have a coal bunker) she woukld like something a little more unpredictable as a present....

  • see, if christine was here you wouldn't get hugs.

    I think I can dispense hugs seeing as it is Christmas. I am mellowing in my old age.

    Merry Sidepodchristmas everyone. Hope it's an excellent day full of fun, food and medium to rubbish TV. Do pop back and let us know what presents you get :)

  • Bad news, friends just left and they ate zero of the leftovers :-(

  • Bad news, friends just left and they ate zero of the leftovers :-(

    Longer that you won't need to cook then...

  • Bad news, friends just left and they ate zero of the leftovers :-(

    Is that really bad news?

  • Is that really bad news?

    I literally can't eat this much before it goes off haha

  • I literally can't eat this much before it goes off haha

    You'll have to drag them back again!

  • You'll have to drag them back again!

    we are going to the cricket tomorrow, maybe I can drag them here afterwards

  • we are going to the cricket tomorrow, maybe I can drag them here afterwards

    Ooh, Christmassy cricket.

  • Ooh, Christmassy cricket.

    boxing day cricket is famous here! Last time I went it was Australia v England in an ashes test which was a little more interesting to me than tomorrow's Australia v SriLanka

  • boxing day cricket is famous here! Last time I went it was Australia v England in an ashes test which was a little more interesting to me than tomorrow's Australia v SriLanka

    We have football, and horse racing.

  • I literally can't eat this much before it goes off haha

    You can give it a jolly good try :)

  • You can give it a jolly good try :)

    :)

  • Merry Christmas you lovely lot! Hope you all have a nice day :) I've been gifted with one thing so far - a Mclaren Membership!

  • Have a great Christmas.

    I may be back this evening. :)

  • Merry Christmas you lovely lot! Hope you all have a nice day :) I've been gifted with one thing so far - a Mclaren Membership!

    JB better watch out!

  • JB better watch out!

    in the card Mum genuinely wrote 'for more JB stalking' :D lol She made me open it early as she was so excited. bless her :)

    right i shall be back this evening, perhaps not for doctor who (depends if i can convince my family to watch it!) :) have a lovely day everyone!! xx

  • Merry Christmas everyone! *hugs new kindle*

  • Merry Christmas everyone! *hugs new kindle*

    Kindle!!

  • What type did you get?

  • Kindle!!

    its so fluffy!!

    ...well its not but the sentiment applies :)

  • What type did you get?

    just a normal kindle with no keyboard, only want one for reading so its perfect :)

  • just a normal kindle with no keyboard, only want one for reading so its perfect :)

    Goodo, that's what the Kindle does best. Never mind any of the other fancy stuff. Mmmm, reading.

  • I just had to throw out a plate of trifle, I just can't fit any more food in :(

    In present news, I got the armband for my phone that I wanted so now I can go running and not have to hold onto it and keep accidentally pausing my Nike+ app.

  • Merry Christmas you lovely lot! Hope you all have a nice day :) I've been gifted with one thing so far - a Mclaren Membership!

    yay!

  • Goodo, that's what the Kindle does best. Never mind any of the other fancy stuff. Mmmm, reading.

    amazon's prices could be very dangerous... Plus I read part one of That'll be the Day ,already!

  • In present news, I got the armband for my phone that I wanted so now I can go running and not have to hold onto it and keep accidentally pausing my Nike+ app.

    That will make quite a lot of difference :)

    I wanted to go for a run today, I did last year on Christmas Day and it was ace. No one about at all. Don't think my throat/chest would appreciate it today though. Rats.

  • amazon's prices could be very dangerous... Plus I read part one of That'll be the Day ,already!

    The trouble with Amazon is, they keep having silly sales that suck me in, even though I have a book backlog a mile long!

  • The trouble with Amazon is, they keep having silly sales that suck me in, even though I have a book backlog a mile long!

    books for 20p is brilliant/evil!

  • I wanted to go for a run today, I did last year on Christmas Day and it was ace. No one about at all. Don't think my throat/chest would appreciate it today though. Rats.

    I saw heaps of others out this morning but I guess we do have slightly better running weather at Christmas :)

    My mum got me this top www.kathmandu.co.…men-v2-black.html but in purple. I had no idea it retailed for that much, its really really nice. Points for her, shes normally so pants at buying me clothes :)

  • books for 20p is brilliant/evil!

    Exactly! And the 99p Daily Deal throws up some surprises sometimes too.

    I did spot the Amazon chaps being a bit cheeky though, making the second book in a series 20p so that it's too bargainous to resist, but then if you're anything like me, you have to go back and buy the full price first book anyway. Tricksy :)

  • My mum got me this top www.kathmandu.co.…men-v2-black.html but in purple. I had no idea it retailed for that much, its really really nice. Points for her, shes normally so pants at buying me clothes :)

    That looks good. And purple is always a winner!

  • That looks good. And purple is always a winner!

    definitely!

    in giving news, I gave my friend this notebook www.moleskine.com…9335#.UNmmVW-TySo so she can do a retro analogue version of film watch and she spent all night talking about how awesome it was. I think that may be the most thoughtful gift I've ever gotten someone because I definitely come from the Christmas school of 'tell me what you want and I'll buy it for you, no surprises here'

  • in giving news, I gave my friend this notebook www.moleskine.com…9335#.UNmmVW-TySo so she can do a retro analogue version of film watch

    A dedicated film watch notebook. They think of everything!

  • A dedicated film watch notebook. They think of everything!

    they totally must have seen your site

  • Oh, there's heaps of them! http://bit.ly/12CuyJr Beer Journal, Restaurant Journal. CAT JOURNAL. Goodness me.

  • oh and tips for not ending Christmas early, my friends wanted to play Buzz but trivia, me, and serious competitiveness go together quite nicely so after absolutely smashing them twice in a row they didn't want to play any more and they went home haha. Oops.

  • Oh, there's heaps of them! http://bit.ly/12CuyJr Beer Journal, Restaurant Journal. CAT JOURNAL. Goodness me.

    some of them make sense, but how much can you really need to write about your dog and cat? or do you just rate dogs and cats that you see on the street?

  • some of them make sense, but how much can you really need to write about your dog and cat? or do you just rate dogs and cats that you see on the street?

    Catspotting!

  • Oh, there's heaps of them! http://bit.ly/12CuyJr Beer Journal, Restaurant Journal. CAT JOURNAL. Goodness me.

    Lou and I saw a wine journal on Sunday, it reminded us of giggles :)

  • Accidentally ran my iPad out of juice earlier, but I got F1 shower gel and deodorant. Hope it doesn't smell of engine oil - it does look like it!

  • Accidentally ran my iPad out of juice earlier, but I got F1 shower gel and deodorant. Hope it doesn't smell of engine oil - it does look like it!

    I wonder what F1 smells like.

  • Guess I'll find out!

  • sleeping until 3pm on xmas day. priceless.

    is it time for xmas-lunch nachos yet?

  • is it time for xmas-lunch nachos yet?

    It should be!

  • sleeping until 3pm on xmas day. priceless.

    Merry Christmas everyone! I slept until 10, made pancakes and bacon, and put the chicken in to cook for later. And I had a few gifts sent from family so I had a few things to open. Single people on Christmas with no family around...yep. Mixed emotions.

  • I like the time on my own to do whatever I want, but it would be nice to meet the right guy. The holidays can be a little sad. And after the tragedy in Sandy Hook last week, the most important things like love and friendship come into sharp focus. It's been a rough year. It'd be nice to have a lovely boyfriend to share life with.

    On a lighter note, I'm watching House Hunters and House Hunters International. I like watching people look for new places to live. Living vicariously until next summer, hopefully.

  • It should be!

    yay! we has nachos.

  • It's been a rough year. It'd be nice to have a lovely boyfriend to share life with.

    The good thing about a rough year is that it comes to an end and a whole new one is waiting to take its place.

  • The good thing about a rough year is that it comes to an end and a whole new one is waiting to take its place.

    I'm ready. Sandy Hook is 10 minutes from my school. We were on high alert and no one could go outside for any reason. It was scary. I'm glad to leave all of that fear behind. We have new, permanent security measures that will always be reminders, but we also feel closer as a staff and priorities get sorted out real quick in a situation like that.

  • yay! we has nachos.

    mmm. I'm finishing my chocolate cake from my birthday on Saturday. nom nom.

  • oh, and I woke up to a white Christmas! It snowed last night a little bit! Yes!

  • oh, and I woke up to a white Christmas! It snowed last night a little bit! Yes!

    Enough for a snowman?

  • Happy Christmas gang :-) Hope it's been a good day wherever you are celebrating xx

  • Enough for a snowman?

    Not yet. I think we'll be getting some more in a few days. I hope so. I love snow. I was born in a snowstorm.

  • Not yet. I think we'll be getting some more in a few days. I hope so. I love snow. I was born in a snowstorm.

    well, not, like, out in it. My mom was taken to the hospital to have me while there was a snowstorm outside. #clarity

  • How To Train Your Dragon. Good film.

  • Evening all.

  • Finally time to breathe. Been busy since 7am, and now time to settle down and an opportunity to wish you all a merry christmas. :D

  • Finally time to breathe. Been busy since 7am, and now time to settle down and an opportunity to wish you all a merry christmas. :D

    Merry Christmas, Will. I'm watching Giggles Advent. I missed a bunch of them. It's fun to see so many different people contributing.

  • I still have a lot of those to watch, now I have time instead of getting ready for the big day. I feel this next will provide the time.

  • Think we're gonna see about watching a film (festive or otherwise). Back in a bit peoples!

  • Fine, gravy, be like that. Don't thicken! Stupid gravy.

  • Took the dogs out for a walk. Naturally they found the only muddy area for miles around. Dumb dogs....

  • Well, I'm making stew. None of that turkey nonsense.

  • Well, I'm making stew. None of that turkey nonsense.

    Not turkey stew then :)

  • Took the dogs out for a walk. Naturally they found the only muddy area for miles around. Dumb dogs....

    Are they secretly hippos?

  • Are they secretly hippos?

    Secret hippos sounds like some kind of spy ring or secret society

  • Secret hippos sounds like some kind of spy ring or secret society

    Secret Hippos? I preferred their earlier work ;)

  • Secret Hippos? I preferred their earlier work ;)

    They were never as good after their third album when they started believing their own publicity and started refusing to go into a room unless all the blue M&Ms had been removed

  • They were never as good after their third album when they started believing their own publicity and started refusing to go into a room unless all the blue M&Ms had been removed

    And when the Hungry Hungry Hippos game came out, it pretty much cornered the hippo market.

  • And when the Hungry Hungry Hippos game came out, it pretty much cornered the hippo market.

    You are just wallowing in hippo humour now :)

  • You are just wallowing in hippo humour now :)

    We're charging right at it. A muddy business.

  • We're charging right at it. A muddy business.

    When I was at the zoo a little while ago they had pygmy hippos. They are about as big as a labrador or retriever. Very cute. If I had land I would want to have a dozen or two

  • Aww. Baby pygmy hippo

    www.youtube.com/w…tch?v=mjdr-FwG71s

  • Aww. Baby pygmy hippo

    Edinburgh Zoo has a male, a female and a baby. The baby is tiny

  • Hope you had a good day. I got a Motor Sport subscription, F1 calendar, and some nice lenses for taking to racetracks :)

  • Nice, Pat. Merry Christmas.

  • Nice, Pat. Merry Christmas.

    you too, and belated happy birthday :)

  • you too, and belated happy birthday :)

    oh, thank you. :)

  • Hope you had a good day. I got a Motor Sport subscription, F1 calendar, and some nice lenses for taking to racetracks :)

    That is a nice collection of presents. Now you just need a race meeting to try your lenses

  • That is a nice collection of presents. Now you just need a race meeting to try your lenses

    yes I'll have to wait until March though. Will soon road test out and about, when it eventually stops raining.

  • yes I'll have to wait until March though. Will soon road test out and about, when it eventually stops raining.

    Weather is always a problem. There used to be racing on Boxing Day traditionally

  • am gonna close up this thread now. huge thanks for all the lovely comments. there's another one planned for new year's day ;)

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It's Christmas! And to celebrate, here's a happy hangout that will stay open all day, so that we can discuss presents, Christmas dinner, that oh-so-terrible-but-brilliant festive television and anything else that you have in mind. There will be a special event for the fabulous Doctor Who episode, but apart from that, feel free to share whatever part of your day you want to with us. We'll be around, so stop in and say hello. A Merry Christmas to all!

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