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Something for the weekend (Dec 12-14, 2008)

The real deal Father Christmas, music against racism, super stand-up and the Lancashire Hotpots to keep you warm

Published on December 12th 2008.

Something for the weekend (Dec 12-14, 2008)

Top Santa
“Are you really Santa?” one of Confidential's little helpers inquired, last week, of the chap sat before him in a nylon red and white dressing gown, and whose cotton wool beard was unsteadily losing its grip on the chin beneath.

“Oh yes. The real one.... The only one,” replied our ho-hoing friend.

(Pause) “Why are you wearing that T-shirt?”

“What accent is that?” asked his older brother, sensing Bootle blood.

“North Polean,” briskly chipped in Santa's much bigger ladyfriend helper. “Now, do you want your picture taking, or what?”

Such doubt would never be cast on the young minds of those visiting Father Christmas at St George's Hall this year. This is the real deal. A Santa with bells on. Literally.

Down in the bowels of the Heritage Centre, past the holding cells, resides a splendid FC with MC (Mother Christmas), in the cosiest little grotto imaginable this side of the North Pole.

From the moment the little 'uns enter and wake this sleepy Santa up, there are tales of Rudolph, rednoses and other magical talk in front of the flickering open fire. But here is a Santa with a sense of humour – and a black book for naughty children – so beware.

A lovely, charming grotto experience, another first for Liverpool in 2008, and long may it continue. It lasts around half an hour, and there's also a gift that should last a bit longer than that or the average tat.

The downside? Perhaps pricey at £10, but worth it if you think this is the nearest your kids are ever going to get to Santa without you remortgaging your home to go to Lapland for the day.

The upside? “It's definitely Him,” gravely concurred the sceptics, who didn't ever question the accent. (Although Mother Christmas is soooo a lassie from Lancashire.)
*The Santa Experience, Heritage Centre, St George's Hall, L1. £10. Except Thursdays until Dec 21. Call 0151 225 6967.

Pot luck
Bernard Thresher, Dickie Ticker, Bob Wriggles and Willie Eckerslike: No, not the names of Santa's other reindeers, but the four wild and wacky - if not slightly confounding - funny men that make up the Lancashire Hotpots.

With songs such as Chippy Tea, He’s Turned Emo and I Fear IKEA, the Hotpots have gained an affectionate following in Liverpool, so much so, that they are throwing their Christmas party here on Saturday night.

The gig, upstairs at the Carling Academy, will be based on the band’s new albumm Pot Sounds, available to buy along with a host of other merchandise. A random revolution? Yes. .
The Lancashire Hotpots Christmas Party @ the Carling Academy, Sat 13th Dec, 7pm, tickets £9, call 08444 77 2000<​​/i>

Love Music, Hate Racism
If you were part of or passing by the crowds of peaceful anti-BNP protesters that packed-out Bold Street two weeks ago, you may be interested in the Love Music Hate Racism Christmas Party which hits Bumper this Friday night.

Festivities include live sets from the much-loved primitive punk trio Pete Bentham & the Dinnerladies, The Elementals and hip-hop rapper Nikki Blaze. Meanwhile, reggae-rooted DJ-ing duo Toxteth Rebel Alliance will no doubt treat the crowds with their endless enthusiasm and enviable vinyl collection.

The extremely successful national movement, established six years ago, celebrates diversity using the breadth of the country’s music scene in order to encourage anti-racist, anti-fascist activism. While it’s probably best to leave the banners at home this time, be sure to take yourself along and voice your support.
*Love Music, Hate Racism Christmas party @ Bumper, Fri 12th Dec, 8pm, tickets £3 on the door

Tonkinson and turkey
Ah, the Big Breakfast. Channel 4's once cheep and cheerful morning programme presented live from a Camden lock-keepers cottage. God bless the 1990s, a double bill of Everybody Loves Raymond is all we get these days, but that’s another story.

Paul Tonkinson- former earlybird presenter of the BB, now an XFM anchor- will be stopping by at The Olympia Laughter Lounge this weekend for an extremely rare stand-up gig.

As ever, the cream of the up-and-coming comedy crop will provide supporting chortles which this week includes Tom Wigglesworth, Tanyalee Davies and Vince Atta.

The Christmas menu is up and running so if you’re tempted for a pre-titter turkey with all the trimmings, don’t forget to book your table in advance on the website.

*Paul Tonkinson @ Olympia Laughter Lounge, Fri 12th & Sat 13th Dec, from 7pm, tickets £10 (show) or £25 (inc. 2 course Christmas dinner) for more information visit www.olympialaughterlounge.com

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Orderly condictDecember 11th 2008.

When are you going to block this spam nutter with the website address?

AnonymousDecember 11th 2008.

I was going to go to the Liverpool One grotto until I heard that the Echo had had the santa guy there sacked by ringing them up and asking them about his criminal record which was spent anyway from his teens. So not content with sacking all it's journalists in time for Chrimbo, Father Christmas gets sacked and then they do the story anyway and put a big headline on it saying Ho, Ho Woe. How sick is that?

DigDecember 11th 2008.

Spam Nutter? That's a bit harsh. Is offering Liverpool Confidential readers discounted tickets so bad it needs to be blocked? Nothing wrong with a little advert now and again.Visit The Tea Rooms, upstairs in The Flashback Boutique, 1/2 way up Bold Street on right. Reopened under new management. That management being none other than The beautiful Woman with the pinny from The Pilgrim!

paula harringtonDecember 11th 2008.

Email christmas@tongueincheekcomedy.com for reduced price comedy tickets at The Olympia Laughter Lounge throughout December!http://www.tongueincheekcomedy.com

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