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Have you seen the surest sign yet that Christmas is on the way again? I’m talking about the return of The Calendar Shop.

These places just seem to appear in shopping centres and on high streets out of nowhere, don’t they? A bit like the shopkeeper on Mister Benn.

I’d love to know what the people who run these shops do for the rest of the year. Maybe they think of more weird things they can have calendars about, like Greek bouzouki bands or different types of root vegetables?

And I’d love to know exactly what date in the new year they’re going to decide to disappear again; just so we could follow the people in them and find out where they go. This has to be one of the cushiest jobs around! The only better one I can think of is returning officer at the elections.