Bloody Vikings and Other Spam

After the Annual Banning of Christmas Stories have arrived in the manner of Beaujolais Nouveaux and early daffodils, I noticed these little bits and pieces from the Liverpool Echo that fit nicely.

1] NORWEGIAN language classes and folk concerts are among the events planned for a Nordic Winter Festival in Liverpool.

The event, which also coincides with the NICE08 festival, is being organised by members of the Liverpool International Nordic Community (LiNC).

A series of celebrations for Capital of Culture year will take place at the Scandinavian Seamen’s church, Gustav Adolf Kirka, organised to mark 2008 and celebrate 125 years of the Scandinavian church in Liverpool.

Stan Royden, chairman of the church council, said: “On November 23, we will mark the 125th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone for the church. We also wanted to contribute towards Capital of Culture. We are part of the faith in one city.”

The programme, runs from November 24 to December 14.

An open day and exhibitions will be held at the Park Lane church on November 24, 26, 28 and 29.

Films from Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, and Finland’s The Christmas Story will be shown and there will also be dance workshops and a Finnish Independence Day celebration on Saturday December 6.

The festival culminates with the traditional St Lucia service at Liverpool Cathedral on December 13, featuring a choir from Gothenburg in Sweden.

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2] STILT walkers, snowmen, musicians and a Liverpool legend all lent a hand to light up Christmas.

Comedian Ken Dodd kicked off the festive season in style, offering city centre shoppers a unique “plumptious” celebration.

Church Street’s Christmas tree was lit up with a huge red button for the Squire of Knotty Ash to push, accompanied by a brass band.

Despite a false start, the tree was illuminated at the second time of asking, and the shoppers were amazed by a dancing robot - which found itself in a tickling stick face-off with Doddy.

Doddy told the ECHO: “It is great to see all the people watching the entertainers. Liverpool people know how to enjoy themselves and hundreds have turned out for a good time.”

Next week, children from Liverpool schools will complete the second part of the Christmas lights switch-on, when St George’s Hall and the cultural quarter will be lit up.

3] The Potting Shed cabaret, which takes place on board Walk the Plank's
theatre ship in Canning Dock, offers a Beaujolais Nouveau special on Friday
21st November,
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4] IS this Liverpool’s first daffodil – three months too early?

The bright yellow bloom burst into flower much earlier than usual this year at Greenbank Park, in Mossley Hill.

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