Barely a month to Christmas, and already the traditional stories are being brought down from their shelves and given an airing. Here's an updated version of that seasonal classic, Scrooge, as told by Biased BBC's David Vance:
Here's how I like to do my charitable givings - privately and in my own way.
Glad to hear it, Mr Generosity.
I seek nothing back and see it as my duty.
Why would anyone seek anything back?
Yesterday in the UK saw the annual BBC driven "Children in Need" charity event.
£20 million for charity. Sunshine in the rainy season, without a doubt.
I can't stand it.
Never mind. You so enjoy the rest of the BBC output.
The laudable aims of providing money for disadvantaged children are, to my mind, compromised by media stars prancing around, in primetime, exercising their already bloated egos.
Damn these egotists. Unlike this retiring chap, whose desire to be seen, despite a lack of presentational skills, camera technique or even a coherent script, mysteriously surfaced on the web.
The BBC newsreader girls are an example of this. It's not that I have on objection to the likes of Fiona Bruce shaking her booty, but I just think it cheapens the charitable process.
A sense of fun sometimes does. Fun bad.
I also got caught up in a very extensive traffic jam in Belfast yesterday.
Sorry to hear it. But need we care?
I presumed the cause was an accident but when I eventually reached the junction it turned out to be "Children in Need" folks dressed up in wacky costumes trying to get every driver to contribute to their buckets.
All in a good cause then...
I didn't and resent the emotional blackmail.
But you're dealing with it. Selflessly. With a good, public whinge.
How do you feel about these kind of in-your-face charity events?
Personally, I'd have fewer boy-bands, soap stars and chatty personalities, but I'm not sure my preference - someone torturing an electric guitar - would raise quite so much.
I believe it behoves us all to give to charitable causes but I am very uncomfortable with the forced style of media driven glitzy charity.
And absolutely not uncomfortable with the fact that it's a feel-good event which reflects well on the BBC?
God Bless Us, Every One.