ODDS AND ENDS: Half-lit Christmas tree and other offbeat offerings

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A half-decorated tree equals half the Christmas spirit.

A Christmas tree in Bailiff Bridge — a village in West Yorkshire, England — is being dubbed “the worst of the north” this year after only one-third of it was decorated. According to the Guardian , the village’s council this was done because it was unsafe to decorate the entire tree because it had simply grown too tall to do so.

Jenny Lynn, the public services and communities cabinet minister for Calderdale Council, said the higher sections of the tree “can’t be reached by any maintenance vehicles.”

Councillor George Robinson said, “It’s Elf and Safety gone mad,” noting “it is clear that it is the worst Christmas tree in the north,” wondering why the council even bothered trying to decorate the tree in the first place.


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While the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, Bailiff Bridge residents wondered if a decorated tree would help spread some holiday cheer. Instead, the almost half-decorated tree in Memorial Park leaves them feeling like Scrooge.

In a sort of a make-good, Calderdale council promised residents to selected a different tree to decorate next year.

Members of the death metal band Omicron.
Members of the death metal band Omicron. Photo by Screenshot /Facebook/OmicronMetalBand


What a bad name to have at such an unfortunate time.

Belgian death metal band Omicron has no plans on changing its name in the midst of a COVID-19 variant of the same moniker spreading across the globe. According to Sky News , the band had considered changing its name because of the coronavirus but ultimately decided against it.


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Omicron founder and lead guitarist Philippe Delhaute told Sky News he hoped the publicity from the name will get more people to listen to their music while killing “the bad association with Omicron” the virus variant.

“We thought we were building our album – which is out next spring – and putting it together,” said Delhaute. “But then the news hit in November and people started getting in touch with us. The attention is cool, but we don’t want people to think we are using the disease to get our band widely spread.”

The band was named Omicron five years ago after Delhaute read up about articles about Omicron constellations. Delhaute said the band felt a responsibility because of the name clash because everyone knows someone “who have lost someone” due to COVID-19.


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He hoped people “listening to our music and maybe lose the bad association.”

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A bear dukes it out with an inflatable reindeer lawn ornament.
A bear dukes it out with an inflatable reindeer lawn ornament. Photo by Screenshot /Facebook/donna.k.hargett


Round one, fight!

It’s not every day that you see a bear cub brawl with an inflatable reindeer. So when Monrovia, Calif., resident Donna Hargett saw such a battle on her neighbour’s front lawn, she didn’t hesitate to film it.

Hargett posted a video of the bear duking it out with the inflatable Christmas lawn ornament to Facebook.

“Rudolph pisses off the bears,” Hargett captioned the video.

Rudolph pissed off the bears #ABC7Eyewitness

Posted by Donna Klotzle Hargett on Wednesday, December 8, 2021


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The woman told CBC Los Angeles that she “looked up and there it was jumping on the reindeer.

“I was laughing to myself out in the street,” she said.

Hargett said the bear cub and his mother are frequently seen in her neighbourhood, noting “they’re trouble.” She believes the bears come down from the nearby San Gabriel mountains, stating they once broke into her home.


A Florida man likely channelled his inner Hank Scorpio while trying to send a message to his annoying neighbour.

According to ClickOrlando , 57-year-old Andre Abrams of Gainsville, Fla., is facing three counts of felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intending to kill, after allegedly using a commercial flamethrower on a car with three teenagers inside.


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The mother of one of the teens told ClickOrlando her neighbour would frequently use the flamethrower to scare off guests at her home.

In an interview, Abrams said the alleged incident was a result of a longstanding dispute over parking with a neighbour.

“This family, how could I say this — the worst thing that could ever happen to a neighbourhood,” Abrams said. “They’ve had issues with other residents, and it needs to be brought to light.”

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Cops say Abrams admitted to shooting flames towards the vehicle but denied targetting the teens inside.

Cops say the driver of the vehicle, Amari Singleton, told them she and two other passengers saw Abrams approach her car with flamethrower in hand. He then began spraying fire, with flames coming within five feet of the car.

The vehicle’s occupants escaped through the passenger side door.


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