Monday Mystery Mime

This week our friends at Feathers and Toast are getting into the festive spirit, with a Christmas themed mystery mime.  And that is your clue, Christmas.  As always you can enter with a comment, and if you win, Tallulah will perform the mime of your choosing.

The correct answer to last week’s mystery mime was “Nutcracker”, and there were too many correct entries to list here, but if you won, you know who you are.  If you didn’t, why not have a crack at this week’s instead?

*To enter go to the Youtube page where the mime originated and post your answer in the comments section. If commenting on Youtube is too complicated you can post a comment here, but Youtube comments will get priority. The winner will be chosen at random from all of the correct entries. Any obscene entries or suggestions will be disqualified and the user blocked. Newsnibbles and Feathers and Toast reserve the right to disqualify any entry they deem unsuitable, without explanation. The closing date for entries is Friday 9th December 2016, 00:00 EST.

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Standing Rock Stands Firm

You may remember in a previous nibblet we reported on Big Oil trying to frack all over the Native American’s holy land at Standing Rock.  The peaceful protest received minimal coverage in the mainstream media, possibly because the police and military were sent in to disperse the peaceful protesters, reportedly resorting to rubber bullets and tear gas.  As with The Great Tangerine himself, it seems that freedom of speech (including the right to protest) is only protected if you are saying what they want to hear.  However, it has been announced that the pipeline will look for alternative routes, which is a win for the protesters!  Whilst it is still possible that the big oil companies will wait for the next administration in January, and appeal, this is a small win, and in a year of possibly the most depressing news of all time, we’ll take a small win.

Read more in The Guardian

Austria Says No to Fascism

With the increasing moves to the far right across the world, most shockingly with the election of The Great Tangerine (rather like Voldemort, Newsnibbles will not use his name) it seemed likely that other countries would follow suit.  However, the election results from last night’s election revealed the a 53% majority voted against the far right candidate, leaving us with hope that 2017 might be better.

Read more in Rueters

There’s Beef in Them Notes

The discovery of “tallow” a by product of beef and mutton, in the new plastic £5 released by The Bank of England earlier this year has caused vegans and vegetarians to raise a petition, which has to date received over 106,000 signatures, and according to The Telegraph the bank are treating the concerns raised with the “utmost seriousness”.  So this is more positive news, take that 2016!  We would like to take a moment in this nibblet to address some points raised to us whilst discussing this story, in typical balanced, fair, Newsnibbles style.

Point 1: Raised by Louise.  “Well, it’s only something like 0.007% tallow.”

Well, yes, but a cow or a sheep still had to die as a result of that tiny percentage, which is totally unnecessary.  Animal by products are not an acceptable medium to use for something as central as money, no matter what percentage it is. DOH.

Point 2: Raised by an anonymous Facebook user: “Why should I sign your petition when you don’t care about people being exploited, people are animals too…” (paraphrased).

This is as stupid as the “all lives matter” argument that white people who don’t understand racism use.  But, because just calling it stupid doesn’t help disperse the ignorance, we’ll break it down for you here:

So, 1, vegans and vegetarians do care about people.  Maybe not you personally, son, as you are, putting it politely being a douche right now.  The fact that they don’t want animals in their money does not mean that they don’t give a shit about the starving children and food bank users created by this government’s austerity measures.  What it means is THEY DON’T WANT DEAD ANIMALS IN THEIR MONEY!  People can choose not to eat meat, they can choose whether they are serious enough about it not to wear leather either, or not use anything containing animal by products.  If they want to live in this country they do not have a choice about money.  They have to use the money until Corbyn comes to power and some communist barter system is established that will be the envy of the western world.  That’s the facts, no choice about money, that’s why it’s a problem.

2. Yes, people are animals too (someone got their GCSE science, didn’t they?). But people have voices – animals don’t.  These people are standing for voiceless animals, that’s why the sheep and cows haven’t started their own petition, the lack of opposable thumbs makes this problematic for them, so the vegans did it.  Back off the vegans and pick a bigger battle.

We will be happy to address any other issues you have with any of these Nibblets in similar patient and understanding style in the comments below.  Please feel free to ask.

And read more about the beefy fivers in The Telegraph

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Monday Mystery Mime

It is once again time for the mystery mime, brought to you by our friends at Feathers and Toast.

Every week, life saving chef and sandwich aficionado, Tallulah Grace will perform a mime, and your challenge, Nibblers, is to guess what that mime is supposed to represent. The winner will be chosen at random from all the correct entries, and will win the honour of a shout out on Tallulah’s latest vlog (it’s like a blog, but with videos so “vlog” – it’s an actual thing, we didn’t make it up) and the opportunity to suggest one of Tallulah’s next mime topics.*

And congratulations to last week’s winner;  Doug Morrison won this week with turkey being stuffed, your choice of mime will be posted shortly.

This week’s mystery mime also comes with a clue:

Clue: Ballet

 

*To enter go to the Youtube page where the mime originated and post your answer in the comments section. If commenting on Youtube is too complicated you can post a comment here, but Youtube comments will get priority. The winner will be chosen at random from all of the correct entries. Any obscene entries or suggestions will be disqualified and the user blocked. Newsnibbles and Feathers and Toast reserve the right to disqualify any entry they deem unsuitable, without explanation. The closing date for entries is Friday 2nd December 2016, 00:00 EST.

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Monday Mystery Mime

It is once again time for the mystery mime, brought to you by our friends at Feathers and Toast.

Every week, life saving chef and sandwich aficionado, Tallulah Grace will perform a mime, and your challenge, Nibblers, is to guess what that mime is supposed to represent. The winner will be chosen at random from all the correct entries, and will win the honour of a shout out on Tallulah’s latest vlog (it’s like a blog, but with videos so “vlog” – it’s an actual thing, we didn’t make it up) and the opportunity to suggest one of Tallulah’s next mime topics.*

And congratulations to last week’s winner;   Jamie Morrison, who correctly guessed super moon rising, and a special mention to Richard Goldman for moon rising as was so v close..

*To enter go to the Youtube page where the mime originated and post your answer in the comments section. If commenting on Youtube is too complicated you can post a comment here, but Youtube comments will get priority. The winner will be chosen at random from all of the correct entries. Any obscene entries or suggestions will be disqualified and the user blocked. Newsnibbles and Feathers and Toast reserve the right to disqualify any entry they deem unsuitable, without explanation. The closing date for entries is Friday 25th November 2016, 00:00 EST.

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Starbucks Trumps it’s “War on Christmas”

Warning: contain more sarcasm than previous editions.
Approach with caution.

Trump Cups

Those of you who have been living in a box may not know, that the apocalypse has begun, 2016 is officially the year the world as we know it ended. Not only did Brexit happen, but it failed to serve as a warning to America, who seem to have inexplicably elected Donald Trump as their president. No, really.

The oppressed white male majority have since found the strength to speak out about the oppression they have been suffering over the years, most recently at the hands of Starbucks, allegedly…

According to CNN, a video of a Trump supporter shouting at a barista, went viral.  On the website it states that the man claimed racial discrimination, and that the barista refused to serve him because  he supported Trump.  If you are feeling his pain though, fear not.  The Trump supporting side of the Twitterverse has found the most ingenious way to fight back.  #TrumpCups. They are protesting Starbucks, by asking for the name Trump to be written on their cups.  That’s right, the are protesting them by buying their product.  It is utter genius.  If anyone would like to protest my books in a similar vein, please do so, I am happy to inscribe the inside cover “to dear Donald, with best wishes” if that’s what floats your boat.  I’m told I have lovely penmanship, and the general sway of the stories is quite left wing, so it would be the perfect protest for you, really.

The one problem they may (if they haven’t already) encounter, is that if there is more than one of them protesting at the same time, how will they know whose coffee’s whose?  Maybe they don’t even care, it’s the principle, after all.

The CNN report also states that:

Starbucks has responded to the protest by clarifying that it doesn’t require its partners to write or call out names.
“Over the years, writing customer names on cups and calling out their names has been a fun ritual in our stores,” a Starbucks spokesperson said. “Rarely has it been abused or taken advantage of. We hope and trust that our customers will continue to honor that tradition.”
Damn, foiled again.  If you thought the whole Starbucks “war on Christmas” was hilarious, this is even better.
What’s the Starbucks war on Christmas, we hear you cry (because apparently, whilst we noticed it, we failed to publish it).  Basically, at Christmas Starbucks changed it’s cup from white to red, but this wasn’t festive enough for some people, who seemed to feel that anything less than a full blown Nativity scene on their cup was a war on Christmas. We could be simplifying, or not.  However, Starbucks did attempt to make the cup more festive by turning it into a tree decoration.  There’s just no pleasing some people…
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Monday Mystery Mime

It is once again time for the mystery mime, brought to you by our friends at Feathers and Toast.

Every week, life saving chef and sandwich aficionado, Tallulah Grace will perform a mime, and your challenge, Nibblers, is to guess what that mime is supposed to represent. The winner will be chosen at random from all the correct entries, and will win the honour of a shout out on Tallulah’s latest vlog (it’s like a blog, but with videos so “vlog” – it’s an actual thing, we didn’t make it up) and the opportunity to suggest one of Tallulah’s next mime topics.*

And congratulations to last week’s winner; Melissa Spors Hubbard and Shawn Morrell, who both correctly guessed penguin looking for her lost love on last week’s mime.  Watch out for your mention soon.

*To enter go to the Youtube page where the mime originated and post your answer in the comments section. If commenting on Youtube is too complicated you can post a comment here, but Youtube comments will get priority. The winner will be chosen at random from all of the correct entries. Any obscene entries or suggestions will be disqualified and the user blocked. Newsnibbles and Feathers and Toast reserve the right to disqualify any entry they deem unsuitable, without explanation. The closing date for entries is Friday 19th November 2016, 00:00 EST.

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Monday Mystery Mime

It is once again time for the mystery mime, brought to you by our friends at Feathers and Toast.

Every week, life saving chef and sandwich aficionado, Tallulah Grace will perform a mime, and your challenge, Nibblers, is to guess what that mime is supposed to represent. The winner will be chosen at random from all the correct entries, and will win the honour of a shout out on Tallulah’s latest vlog (it’s like a blog, but with videos so “vlog” – it’s an actual thing, we didn’t make it up) and the opportunity to suggest one of Tallulah’s next mime topics.*

And congratulations to last week’s winner; Melissa Spors Hubbard who correctly guessed umbrella opening.  Watch out for your mention soon.

*To enter go to the Youtube page where the mime originated and post your answer in the comments section. If commenting on Youtube is too complicated you can post a comment here, but Youtube comments will get priority. The winner will be chosen at random from all of the correct entries. Any obscene entries or suggestions will be disqualified and the user blocked. Newsnibbles and Feathers and Toast reserve the right to disqualify any entry they deem unsuitable, without explanation. The closing date for entries is Friday 11th November 2016, 00:00 EST.

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Donald P*ssed off the Wrong Pussy!

Apart from the occasional witty meme (brought to you in association with our friend Angelika Rust) we have stayed out of reporting on the American Election.  This is because, much like Brexit, all this seems to have done is brought out of the woodwork all the bigots, who are now allowed to speak their mind, and somehow feel validated in their small minded views.  There are enough tirades on both sides, without us stepping in and giving our 2 Pennyworth.  The fact is that people are happy making excuses for sexual assault, so trying to open their minds with reasoned arguments are quite frankly, pointless.

However, Pussy Riot has released a video of how they see the future under Trump.  As we like to keep you informed on what Pussy Riot are up to, and since it was quite topical, we thought we’d share it below, and leave you with this final thought.

Seriously, America? Seriously? Sort your sh*t out!

 

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Monday Mystery Mime

Tallulah is back from the desert, and the Mystery Mime is back on Newsnibbles.

Every week, life saving chef and sandwich aficionado, Tallulah Grace will perform a mime, and your challenge, Nibblers, is to guess what that mime is supposed to represent.  The winner will be chosen at random from all the correct entries, and will win the honour of a shout out on Tallulah’s latest vlog (it’s like a blog, but with videos so “vlog” – it’s an actual thing, we didn’t make it up) and the opportunity to suggest one of Tallulah’s next mime topics.*

It’s been a while since the last mime, so if you want to know who won last time the tweet Tallulah she’d probably like the company anyway.  Badger certainly would, she often tweets to no response, but none of you care about that, do you? No, you only care about yourselves….

*To enter go to the Youtube page where the mime originated and post your answer in the comments section. If commenting on Youtube is too complicated you can post a comment here, but Youtube comments will get priority. The winner will be chosen at random from all of the correct entries. Any obscene entries or suggestions will be disqualified and the user blocked. Newsnibbles and Feathers and Toast reserve the right to disqualify any entry they deem unsuitable, without explanation. The closing date for entries is Friday 4th November 2016, 00:00 EST.

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7 Questions

This special Halloween edition of 7 Questions is with horror author Jacky Dahlhaus.  Her book, Succedaneum – Living Like A Vampire has been re-released this week, and she has taken some time out from her busy schedule to chat vampires, twins and pet couture.

1. As a vet you must have an opinion on pet couture, right?Best response yet to this question...

But only at Halloween!

2. Vampires, you can kill them with a pencil, how is that scary?

Anybody can be killed with a pencil… now that’s a scary thought! 😀  It’s not what you can do to it, but what it can do to you!

3. Who is your favourite vampire?

Caleb is my favourite vampire, although technically he’s not a real vampire (you’ll have to read my book to find out what he really is). He’s handsome, kind and just. I mourned for two weeks when I had to kill him.. He looks a bit like a young Ioan Gruffudd, a Welsh actor know for his role as Horatio Hornblower and Mister Fantastic in the 2005 Fantastic Four movie. You’ve got to agree, he is a hunk. Those eyes, that smile!
Like we'd edit out the boobs, we're not boobist.

Like we’d edit out the boobs, we’re not boobist.

4. It’s Halloween, and there’s a crazed killer on the loose, what is your weapon of choice?

My favourite weapon of choice to fight a crazy killer during Halloween would be my pen(cil). I one day hope to change the world with it (by either killing the killer with it (see my answer to question 2), or in a more conventional way :D).

5. Isn’t the Oxford comma a bit annoying?

I had to look up what an Oxford comma was, found it, and must admit I do use it. As English is not my first language and my memory isn’t what it used to be (it’s been thirty years since high school), I had to learn the English grammar from the internet and picked up anything that people post on there, good or bad…

6. Do you and your sister ever switch places just to mess with people?

Unfortunately my twin sister and myself aren’t look-alikes. She’s unnamed-2tall, with the darkest brown eyes and an hourglass figure. I’m short, apple-shaped, and  have blue eyes. Her hair is thin and sleek, my hair is thick and wavy. I’ve got bigger boobs though (feel free to cut them off for your website :) ). My Mum keeps telling me I was found behind a tree, lol!  ​This is my Halloween look, wearing a wig, fangs, and red contact lenses.  This is my ‘normal’ look. Better put that one on the website as some people are starting to think I’m a real vampire, lol! Sorry, but my sister doesn’t want her photo on the internet… ​Some people even won’t accept we are related anyway, so just imagine a complete stranger :D.

7. Who will like your book and why?

People who will like my book are people with a sense of humour, adventure, are terribly romantic, and haven’t got a dicky ticker! Oh, and they have little time to read (it only has 70K words and short chapters).
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