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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Oslo’s Christmas tree gift wins a nod

Not everyone is griping about the large Christmas tree that the City of Oslo sent to London. Our report about complaints over its appearance has attracted a response from one London resident that we felt was worth sharing.

In an email to, Kevin Stone of London duly noted that there’s been “a bit of a fuss” about the tree. It was chopped down a few weeks ago in an Oslo forest, and the city’s government shipped it across the North Sea in an annual show of gratitude for London’s help during World War II.

“Sadly,” wrote Stone, “moaning is now the greatest pastime of the British, so it’s no wonder people have been grumbling. We moan when things are good, let alone bad.”

“Let’s face it,” Stone continued, “trees become great at Christmas when they’re dressed up, so I’m sure it will be fine. The gift is a wonderful sign of unity, which I hope will continue. I, for one, am delighted with your present, so thank you all very much.”

“I don’t suppose you get anything from us,” Stone added, “except maybe another variant of Covid, so sorry for that. It only remains for me to wish all of you citizens (of Oslo) a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year.”

God jul, Happy Christmas, to you, too, Kevin! staff



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