It’s 24 weeks until Christmas 2017

Printable Christmas Planning Guide

July 10th 2017, the start of another busy week. It’s now only 24 weeks until Christmas.  You can now keep an eye on how many weeks it is until Christmas here.  As an experiment at this stage you’ll see that I have included a print button on this page. It opens a simplified version of the page ready for you to print out and use for your Christmas planning.  Unlike some other sites that have printable Christmas planning guide this one is dynamic or live and only includes the dates which are ahead of us rather than waste paper on weeks or months that are now history.  Give it a try and let me know what you think and how you would like to see it improved by leaving a comment below.

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Best selling Toys & Games for Christmas 2016

Here’s the unofficial best selling toy & games chart for the Christmas week end December 25th 2016.

Position Picture Name Price*
1 Cards Against Humanity: UK edition
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£25.00
2 Hasbro Speak Out Game
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Out of stock
3 Hasbro Pie Face Game
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£16.99
4 Exploding Kittens: A Card Game About Kittens and Explosions and Sometimes Goats
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£20.00
5 Hasbro Pie Face Showdown Game
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£22.99
6 Dobble Card Game
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£9.49
7 Articulate The Fast Talking Description Game
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£18.04
8 Game For Fame: Hilarious party Board Game for up to 16 players! Family, Friends, Adults, Teens!
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£23.99
9 Wizarding World of Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit game
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£9.37
10 Say It Don’t Spray It Party Game – The Hilarious Speak Out Mouthpiece Mouthguard Board Game – Family Edition
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£16.99

* Price as of publication, click through for live pricing. This is an unofficial top ten best selling toys & games for Amazon.co.uk. This is created by our Intelligent Agent which is constantly monitoring their website to see what is selling. If you have any questions about how this works or if you would like to find out more please leave a comment below.

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Royal Institution Christmas Lecture 2017

Royal Institution Christmas Lecture 2016
I’ll be  tuning into the CHRISTMAS LECTURES at 8pm on BBC Four tonight as chemist Professor Saiful Islam explores one of humankind’s biggest challenges: how to generate and store energy. With guest appearances from Christmas Lecturers past, Saiful will lead us on an incredible journey through energy – with nods to Lectures past and spectacular 21st century demonstrations of the power of energy.
The full broadcast dates and titles of this year’s Lectures are:
Let there be Light! Monday 26 December, 8pm
People Power Tuesday 27 December, 8pm
Fully charged Wednesday 30 December, 8pm

There will be a live tweet stream along with each broadcast – join the conversation by tweeting @Ri_Science or using the hashtag #xmaslectures.

 

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Best selling Toys & Games for weekending Saturday 17th December 2016

It’s nice to see that good old Monolopy has made the top ten best selling toys and games on Amazon.co.uk the week before Christmas. I think people are keen to spend time with friends and family playing traditional board games.

Position Picture Name Price*
1 Cards Against Humanity: UK edition
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£25.00
2 Hasbro Pie Face Showdown Game
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£22.99
3 Hasbro Speak Out Game
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Out of Stock
4 Exploding Kittens: A Card Game About Kittens and Explosions and Sometimes Goats
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£20.00
5 Dobble Card Game
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£6.26
6 Wizarding World of Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit game
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£9.95
7 Say It Don’t Spray It Party Game – The Hilarious Speak Out Mouthpiece Mouthguard Board Game – Family Edition
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£17.95
8 Nuby Octopus Floating Bath Toy (Multi-Coloured)
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£5.99
9 Jibber Jabber Party Game Speak Out Game Challenge – UK Edition – Includes Hilarious Mouthpiece
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£15.91
10 Monopoly Board Game
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£7.90

* Price as of publication, click through for live pricing. This is an unofficial top ten best selling toys & games for Amazon.co.uk. This is created by our Intelligent Agent which is constantly monitoring their website to see what is selling. If you have any questions about how this works or if you would like to find out more please leave a comment below.

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How to cook your Christmas Lunch in a slow Cooker.

How to cook Christmas lunch in a slow cooker.How to cook a turkey in a slow cooker

Just a quick update to share with you this story from the BBC website this morning. Anna Allatt has written a good article on the growing popularity of slow cookers. As an example of how useful they are and the merits of this way of cooking Anna demonstrates how to cook a turkey in a slow cooker.

Turkey can easily be a dry tasteless meat if you don’t get the cooking and prep just right. Slow cookers are a great way to cook cheaper cuts of meat  like pork shoulder and lamb shanks, but when you use one for a turkey the results seem to be very moist tender meat. The meat has also been cooked with the vegetables and some wine which should all help give the meat flavour.

The other great thing about cooking turkey this way is that it takes 12 hours. That means you can do all the prep and start it cooking nicely on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day you just need to use your main oven for roast potetoes etc.

You can find the full article over on the BBC Web Site. 

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