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Mer Jul i Gävle

Julbock

Today is the First Sunday of Advent which means you should have made your Christmas Pudding and Why Now? is pleased to present the Fifty-fourth version of the Gävlebocken, The biggest Christmas Goat in the world [now on Twitter @Gavlebocken].

From Steve Bates of Yellow Doggerel Something in the comments from 2006:

Why build a giant goat of straw,
Which most of us would scarcely note?
Some, though, defy the very law,
To vandalize the Gävle Goat.

In some years, they used wayward cars;
In others, flaming arrows smote.
This year’s survives, although with scars…
A fact that gets some people’s goat.

A webcam and some watchful eyes,
A flame-retardant second coat,
Should save it… unless Dubya spies
The thing, and claims it’s his pet goat!

– SB the YSS

6 comments

1 Kryten42 { 11.30.20 at 3:45 am }

I’ve missed Steve. He certainly had The Donald’s number in one of his last YDDV tweets:
Uncle Donald Goes Mad

I wish you all a peaceful Xmas season.

2 Bryan { 11.30.20 at 1:48 pm }

Yes, he is definitely missed in the madness of the Combover Caligula.

3 hipparchia { 12.02.20 at 6:38 pm }

i miss steve too. thanks for replaying this bit of yellowdog doggerel.

4 Bryan { 12.04.20 at 9:59 pm }

No one is gone as long as 1 person remembers them.

5 Kryten42 { 12.04.20 at 11:32 pm }

Hi Hipparchia. I hope all is well for you and you are surviving the insanity as well as you can.

Yes, Bryan. I have many memories of people to keep in my mind. I usually think of them when I first go to bed. It’s the most peaceful time for that. For some, like Mom, I have a little “imaginary conversation”.

6 hipparchia { 12.09.20 at 6:55 pm }

and a peaceful xmas season to you, kryten.

as an extreme introvert, i’m actually doing pretty darn good. i’ve told my employer for YEARS that they should let me work from home, also trump lost the election, and i hate watching tv but have 2 new heroes – john king and steve kornacki, so a bunch of silver linings, actually.

not all the linings are silver though; i haven’t lost any friends or family to covid, but a small handful of them are still coping with long covid.