A quick introduction to The Alternative Advent, update on the monkeys & an animated tree…

The Alternative Advent: Day 1

day one of aaGreat ideas often receive violent opposition from mediocre minds—


As true as this little ditty may be, I’m a great believer in giving the mediocre mind a voice so their ideas can be violently laughed at by greater ones, just so I can put these awful people in their place, instil a few manners and bring a little order and decorum to world. I would however prefer a little less barracking, a little more embracing; and positively no snootiness at all. Especially, when it is an ideas month.

It is because for the fourth time I have declared it so. Gone are the days once more of the advent countdown where we feast on miniature chocolates and welcome to the 21st Century count up, complete with animated tree. And as before, I intend to invent a brilliant idea per day until Christmas— as Linus Pauling said, the best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas and bollocks to the chocolate.

Update on the monkeys:

It’s been a while since I took leave with the many monkeys I had under my wing and allowed them room to flap into hat shops in search of the perfect fitting trilby. No mean feat— in fact it’s a deliberately assaulting one, since their heads are a little on the petite side.

And post hoc ergo propter hoc— they tend to require certain necessitations previously unheard of in respectable outfitters, as their clientèle are traditionally more evolved. Hat sizes in the 32th inch for instance are a curiosity that extends beyond their woolly bodies and into the vast canyons of their toothy grins. For they must ‘eek’ and ‘akk’ loquaciously and skittle mannequins before catching so much as a glimpse from a tape measure; and though they may hold out for a tickle up the inside-leg, they generally make do with some brand spanking head-wear.

So, with that cleared up and as we’re already on day one, I felt like warming up to the task with an idea that is far from warm but very, very cool…

We’ve had the book, the film and we’ve had the rock opera. But we haven’t had:

War of the Worldson ice

It’s such a novel concept— because we wouldn’t have to wait for the Martians to catch a cold. Just trick them into using the Heat Ray and wait for them to sink!

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas…

George Bernard Shaw


Author: DB James

It's one of the finest things we do; write about our lives, because not only do we reveal our minds through revelations our thoughts provide us— But it gives us an incentive to be honest... It's almost impossible not to consider the value of thoughts with the fairly steady flow of them; their rudimentary worth, relevance to our lives and the importance to the people who have them. It's easy to see how distorted a thought can become when left to constant re-examination and how faceless victim/culprit dichotomies are given grounding by a name or a hover-card. If the last few weeks has demonstrated anything, it's how something as simple as a pen-stroke can release the burden and stresses they invariably cause. I've had glimpses into how fears, confessions, pains and crises can be put right by words creating deeds by changing little parts of the world. And I shouldn't be surprised: we write about things and repeat ourselves about things that have meaning to us. It keeps me humble...

7 thoughts on “A quick introduction to The Alternative Advent, update on the monkeys & an animated tree…”

    1. You could be right about that! 😀

      Though I read some rather interesting data on zero-hour workers last week which may be worth commenting upon, once I’ve cleared the backlog of a thousand things first!

      I’m back home after a tortuous journey yesterday, so hopefully I can catch up and get my swing back. I do like to take a break from everything when away from my desk – otherwise it defeats the purpose of breaking it… But what a mess we come back to!

    1. He is immensely quotable, one of my favourites for sure, because there’s always a delicious simplicity to his reasoning!

      I don’t believe that for one minute! I think you should have a play too. Any apples will be welcome – which, will be relevant shortly, had Einstein ever had scurvy of course!

  1. p.s. i love scrabble pieces and i make collage art using letters and words pieced together like ransom notes, so i was drawn to today’s post and could not take my eyes of the letters. p.s.s. i love your ice show theme idea and would like to offer up a ‘breaking bad – the electric bugaloo on ice’ idea for next season perhaps.

    1. Hahaha! Any and all ideas will be welcome to mull over 😀 I love collage too – I just hope I can produce something appropriate every day with out resorting to anything too ordinary!

      I’ve written so much about Antarctic exploration and know the diaries, accounts, film and photography really well – I have a tie in later, which was to be a preamble, but I completely forgot to prepare before leaving for my trip… The importance of the apple will become clear too!

      It’s all about chewing stuff over! Thank goodness for scrabble! 😀

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