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Let the party commence

Things are about to kick off at the episcopal palace, and there's just a moment to wish all my readers a very merry Christmas.

Have fun!

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Bish and family, Have a wonderful Christmas. Thanks much for your many many efforts to keep us informed over the last year.


Dec 24, 2011 at 3:21 PM | Unregistered Commenterj ferguson

Merry Christmas BH, and a Merry Christmas to everyone in the pews. No long sermon today. ;)

"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." -Jn 1


Dec 24, 2011 at 3:22 PM | Unregistered CommenterBad Andrew

Merry christmas and a happy new year to all those attending at the episcopal palace.
May the day be free from uninvited guests (plod etc).

Dec 24, 2011 at 3:32 PM | Unregistered Commenterpesadia

Best wishes for Christmas, and thanks for sharing your thoughts over the past year.

Dec 24, 2011 at 3:45 PM | Unregistered CommenterDavid C

The shortest day of the year is December the 21st. Bishop you and yours have a great Christmas and NYE The sun is on the way back, though here in Cyprus today we are wondering where it has gone.

To all on the site, its been fun but above all and especially TB (Roger) DLTBGYD!

Now, where is that single malt I had hidden!

Dec 24, 2011 at 3:50 PM | Unregistered CommenterPete H

Merry Christmas to you too!

(And even to the Police reading this).

Dec 24, 2011 at 4:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterBruce

Merry Xmas to you and yours Bish and to all members of the congregation.

Dec 24, 2011 at 4:25 PM | Unregistered CommenterGreen Sand

Thanks for all your guidance and information Andrew. Enjoy a restful festive break. Happy Christmas.

Dec 24, 2011 at 4:27 PM | Unregistered CommenterMikeT

Happy Christmas to you Bish, and to all the wonderful, crazy, witty, and jolly good sorts that contribute here, and the lurkers too.

Dec 24, 2011 at 4:34 PM | Unregistered CommenterCumbrian Lad

Thanks for a good book, Bish. I bought "Climategate" as my Xmas present to me, and a fine read it is. Best wishes for a sober and factual 2012.


Dec 24, 2011 at 4:43 PM | Unregistered CommenterAnthony Ratliffe

Happy Christmas, Bish, and thanks for your efforts.

Dec 24, 2011 at 4:52 PM | Unregistered CommenterRobB

Bah humbug ;-)

Dec 24, 2011 at 4:53 PM | Unregistered CommenterJiminy Cricket

A Merry Christmas to you and yours, your Grace, and many thanks for all the good work.

Dec 24, 2011 at 5:02 PM | Unregistered CommenterDreadnought

Thank you for all your hard work over the last year Bishop.

Dec 24, 2011 at 5:15 PM | Unregistered CommenterEddieo

Merry Xmas Bish & everyone!

Dec 24, 2011 at 5:17 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlex Cull

Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année a tous.
I might even be prepared to include Mann, Jones et al in that. We can surely organise a truce for one week of the year!

Dec 24, 2011 at 5:19 PM | Unregistered CommenterMike Jackson

Merry Christmas to everyone. Thanks to all for making this a very interesting year. Here's to the next!

Dec 24, 2011 at 5:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterRoss H

Merry Christmas to the Bishop Hill gang

Dec 24, 2011 at 5:43 PM | Unregistered CommenterShub

Happy Christmas and New Year to everyone, especially the ecclesiastical type that host this thread.

Dec 24, 2011 at 5:44 PM | Unregistered Commentergeronimo

Happy Christmas everyone!

Dec 24, 2011 at 6:01 PM | Unregistered CommenterSimon Hopkinson

Merry Christmas to all, including the plod, Chris Huhne and the Team.

Let battle commence again next year - for the last year!

Dec 24, 2011 at 6:08 PM | Unregistered CommenterRoger Longstaff

Merry Xmas Bishop et al - thanks for the blog!

Dec 24, 2011 at 6:14 PM | Unregistered Commenternot banned yet

Best wishes for a Happy Christmas and Prosperous new Year in your Diocese.
Thank you for making and sustaining such a great site.
Thank you also for your excellent books and the time you spend pointing out the problems of the consensus dogma irt AGW.
Best regards,

Dec 24, 2011 at 6:26 PM | Unregistered Commenterhunter

Bishop and everybody merry Xmas dont get too drunk

This year we were sticking it to the Eurocrats

Back in the New year still sticking it to the "Climatecrats" (A new word i just invented)

Prince Phillip get well soon

Thanks to the Bishop and happy new year everyone
Jim in Catford South London

Dec 24, 2011 at 6:30 PM | Unregistered Commenterjamspid

Let's hope we keep making progress this year.

Dec 24, 2011 at 7:12 PM | Unregistered CommenterTheBigYinJames

Very best wishes for Christmas to the Bishop and family and all his flock at home and overseas.

Dec 24, 2011 at 7:19 PM | Unregistered CommenterPharos

A great Christmas to everybody!

Dec 24, 2011 at 7:26 PM | Unregistered CommenterJosualdo

Happy Christmas to you and yours, Bish, and the same to all you wonderful posters here.

Can I say that I, for one, am also very happy that this is (probably, according to the AGWers) another of those 'warmest evah' Christmas Holiday.
Anybody who would rather be stuck in ice and snow for weeks, like Christmas a year ago and the one before, surely needs to be committed in a safe place.

Dec 24, 2011 at 7:27 PM | Unregistered CommenterViv Evans

Yuletide Felicitations

Dec 24, 2011 at 7:27 PM | Unregistered CommenterAnoneumouse

Merry Christmas to all, and may the New Year bring you all Prosperity and Happiness.

Dec 24, 2011 at 7:35 PM | Unregistered CommenterHeading Out

I am a faithful reader, but do not post as I am not a scientist - rocket, brain or otherwise.

Just want to say thank you for all the work you put into this site and to send my best wishes for a Merry Christmas.

Dec 24, 2011 at 7:47 PM | Unregistered Commenter2SoonOld2LateSmart

Merry Christmas from Australia

Dec 24, 2011 at 8:08 PM | Unregistered CommenterMargaretO

Merry Christmas from New Zealand and England

Dec 24, 2011 at 8:23 PM | Unregistered CommenterJack Hughes

Happy Christmas to you Andrew, your family and all bloggers.

It must feel like pushing water uphill sometimes, but your efforts are much appreciated.

Truth will eventually win.

Dec 24, 2011 at 8:38 PM | Unregistered CommenterJohn Hewitt

May next year be better for us all, and a Merry Christmas.

And ZED, next year try being nice -- see what naughty got you. ;--}

Dec 24, 2011 at 8:51 PM | Unregistered CommenterDon Pablo de la Sierra

Hey Bish! Have an Inspirational, Preposterous, Convivial Christmas!! Best wishes.

Dec 24, 2011 at 8:51 PM | Unregistered CommenterSnotrocket

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

"Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

I wish you all the magic that is.

Dec 24, 2011 at 9:03 PM | Unregistered CommenterLord Beaverbrook

Thanks Andrew - you're a star. Have a wonderful Christmas and please keep up the good work in 2012. And Season's greetings to all here for your enlightened contributions - I spend *way* too much of my time here :-)

And here's one for Bad Andrew -

John 8:32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free

Different original context, but same eternal reality.

Dec 24, 2011 at 9:42 PM | Unregistered CommenterSayNoToFearmongers

Merry Christmas and a warm New Year!


Sorry :(

Enjoy the snow

Dec 24, 2011 at 9:48 PM | Unregistered CommenterPatagon

I hope all will be peaceful in the bishopric this Christmas and that 2012 AD will be a year of victory over the forces of sanctimony.

Dec 24, 2011 at 9:53 PM | Unregistered Commenterjorgekafkazar

Merry Christmas Bish - and the gang.

Here's to a cooolll 2012

Dec 24, 2011 at 10:34 PM | Unregistered CommenterFoxgooose

Happy Christmas to all.

Just inertia

Dec 24, 2011 at 10:35 PM | Unregistered CommenterJustin Ert

Merry Christmas Bish & Josh and all who visit here...

Dec 24, 2011 at 10:45 PM | Unregistered Commenterpat

Merry Bishmas ... <|:-)))

Dec 24, 2011 at 10:49 PM | Unregistered CommenterJames P

Cheers to all from an unusually cool Brisbane (28 deg max) on Christmas day. Barely warm enough for the Moreton Bay bugs and beer, but we'll soldier on.

Dec 24, 2011 at 11:01 PM | Unregistered CommenterGrantB

A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all the Hills.... and the Montford's too.

Dec 24, 2011 at 11:11 PM | Unregistered CommenterRobert E. Phelan

Merry Crimbo BH and to all the regulars (and lurkers) - lang may yer lums reek...

Dec 24, 2011 at 11:12 PM | Unregistered Commenterlapogus

Happy Christmas . I must go very soon!

Dec 24, 2011 at 11:18 PM | Unregistered CommenterHuhMustGo

Happy Christmas BH.

Dec 24, 2011 at 11:24 PM | Unregistered CommenterBBD

Merry Christmas to you and yours Bish! I hope the episcopal wine stock is being put to good use.

Dec 24, 2011 at 11:29 PM | Unregistered CommenterJohn Shade

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