The 12 Days of Christmas Slang

After reading this post, singing about a partridge in a pear tree will never be quite the same again... Twelve drummers drumming, Eleven pipers piping, Ten lords a-leaping, Nine ladies dancing, Eight maids a-milking, Seven swans a-swimming, Six geese a-laying, Five golden rings, Four calling birds, Three French hens, Two turtle doves, And a partridge in a pear tree! So they do sing. ... Read More...

The Seasons: Christmas in England

Professor Nick Groom's new book The Seasons: An Elegy for the Passing of the Year is a celebration of the English seasons and the trove of strange folklore and often stranger fact they have accumulated over the centuries. In an exclusive post for The Dabbler, Nick looks at the English Christmas... Hallowe’en, ... Read More...

Ghosts of Christmas

As is now a Dabbler tradition, here's Brit's Christmas poem... Ghosts of Christmas Christmas, like revenge or copulation, Is mostly fun in the anticipation. It’s weeks, it’s days, and now it’s here, it’s here! And now it’s gone, in a haze of port and beer, And leaves you wondering where the hell it went. Children learn this ... Read More...

Dabblers at Christmas

Merry Christmas to all our readers! In lieu of a card, here are some Christmas memories from the Dabbler Editorial staff, plus some lovely music... Gaw - Arguments About War Some of my fondest Christmas memories are of the arguments (and I don’t mean rows). There was a golden period for arguing: two ... Read More...

2011: freedom or bust?

Daniel Kalder looks back at the various vernal revolts of 2011 and argues we shouldn't get too excited. Sometime around the arrest of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a long period of abject Western media failure regarding the Putin phenomenon began. Journalists were so busy making fatuous comparisons to Stalin or hyping The New ... Read More...

Images of 2011, Part 3

Stop the year! We've just received a last minute entry for our Images of 2011 feature. Rosie Bell: There was so much news this year.  You had barely digested one item when another meaty one was put down in front of you.  Here’s a picture that for convenience combines two news ... Read More...

Images of 2011, Part 2

We've invited Dabblers to contribute their image of the year. Today, in our second installment, we hear from Brit, Noseybonk, Mahlerman, Jassy Davis and Daniel Kalder. Brit: I've picked this image of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and others watching news from Pakistan of the mission that would kill Osama Bin ... Read More...

Images of 2011, Part 1

We've invited Dabblers to contribute their image of the year. Today we hear from Gaw, Mark Pack and Susan. Gaw: My picture of the year (top) is in memoriam: the cover shot from Christopher Hitchens' recent memoir. A grave-dancer left a comment on the New Yorker's remembrance accusing Hitchens of being full of himself. ... Read More...

Images of Christmas

Today we present a Dabbler Christmas extravaganza. Later Susan takes us on a 3D Christmas Eve adventure, but first we invited Dabblers to contribute an image of Christmas and here are those of Nige, Skipper, Philip Wilkinson and ZMKC. Nige: Let us define our terms. As the scrupulous Nigel insisted in ... Read More...