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Sunday 21 December  

Network Europe Week - A sackful of Santas

On air: 25 December 2010 16:20 (Photo: Flickr/Wit)

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Network Europe Week - 25 December 2010:

  • A sackful of Santas: Do Slovenians really believe three Father Christmases are better than one?
  • White witch: Italy’s La Befana celebration leaves blokes out in the cold.
  • The ghost of Christmas past: Ukrainians get all nostalgic for old traditions.
  • And pass the eyeball! The Norwegian holiday feast with a difference.

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Daniel Rey M. 27 December 2010 - 11:28am / Colombia

We're taken by the hand and guided gently through the story about the three varieties of Father Christmases in Slovenia, then the one about La Befana, and then, all of a sudden, we get the shock treatment. The sheep's eyeball thing is revolting, even more so than rotten shark (they love it up in Iceland).

It brought back memories of the human-eyeball-devouring Kromaggs in the sci-fi TV series "Sliders". Making the R.N.W. envoy go "above & beyond the call of duty" --he had to slice away the pupil and put it aside, then cut the eye in half and start eating-- was cruel and unusual punishment. What will P.E.T.A. have to say about this?

I don't know if they're vegans, though. As far as I'm aware, they could very well be just as carnivorous as their pets, in which case they're another case of ambiguity. Just so there will be no misunderstandings, I'm no vegetarian, but I won't eat any vertebrates except fish, and I also enjoy eating insects.

This disqualifies me as far as Gabriele is concerned. She's the German medium whose spiritual guides claim that ONE MUST NOT EAT ANYTHING THAT HAS EYES. This new concept is odd and disturbing. It makes you feel that dead fish are staring back at you.

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