It’s Christmas time, there’s no need to be afraid. At Christmas time we banish light and let in shade.

Bankstone News’ preferred method of so doing is to seek out the deepest and darkest recesses of local hostelry the Badger Baiters Arms, there to remain for as long as we are able, emerging only briefly to fetch a fresh foaming pint of Old Todger with a side order of pork scratchings, or to syphon, if you’ll pardon a potential surfeit of incidental detail, the proverbial python.

Yes, that’s where you will find us (just as soon as we’ve finished hammering out these last few lines on our trusty Typemaster DTP console) from now until some time early(ish) in the new year. So you needn’t expect to hear from us again this side of 2015.

In the meantime, we will leave you will a couple of memorable images from the lavish Christmas party laid on by our sponsors, those highly regarded Professional Handlers of Clams Bankstone Limited. This was an occasion at which, contrary to the lyrical suggestion with which we opened this brief article, there were multiple reasons for being afraid, being, indeed, as they say, very afraid.

The second of these images, depicting Bankstone director Dictaphone Titleist and a friend, comes complete with another of those picture caption competitions you love so well.

Suggestions already in from Bankstone staff, we are sorry to say, include “Under Stacy’s close scrutiny, Mr T struggles to comply with the ‘hands above the table’ directive” and “Startled, but not altogether dismayed, Tysoe begins to suspect, but dare not say aloud, that his earlier offer of sharing his sausage may have been misconstrued.”

Bankstone News suspects you can do better, and we still have that cheese carving to shift (see previous competitions), so answers please to editor@bankstone-news.co.uk.

Not that we’ll be able to read anything (in the strictest of literal senses) between now and the new year.

Have a good one. And don’t forget to tell your friends about Bankstone News!

Or they might end up reading it by accident or something.





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