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Gingerbread cake


Serves: 12

  • 115g margarine
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 175g golden syrup
  • 200g plain flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 125ml water

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Extra time:50min  ›  Ready in:1hr40min

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and lightly flour one 20cm square baking tin.
  2. Cream margarine and sugar until light. Add the egg and golden syrup and beat thoroughly.
  3. Sieve together the flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda, ground ginger and ground cinnamon.
  4. Bring water to the boil and add alternately with flour mixture to the creamed mixture, beating well after each addition. Pour batter into prepared tin.
  5. Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 for 35 to 40 minutes. Serve warm and enjoy.

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Christmas cracker jokes 2.

Why are Christmas trees so bad at sewing?
They always drop their needles!

What’s worse than Rudolph with a runny nose?
Frosty the snowman with a hot flush!

Did Rudolph go to school?
No. He was Elf-taught!

Why did the Rudolph cross the road?
Because he was tied to the chicken!

Why did the turkey cross the road?
Because he wasn’t chicken!

Why did the turkey cross the road?
Because it was the chicken’s day off!

What happened to the turkey at Christmas?
It got gobbled!

Why did the turkey join the band?
Because it had the drumsticks!

What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?

What do snowmen wear on their heads?
Ice caps!

How do snowmen get around?
They ride an icicle

What song do you sing at a snowman’s birthday party?
Freeze a jolly good fellow!

How does Good King Wenceslas like his pizzas?
One that’s deep pan, crisp and even!

Who hides in the bakery at Christmas?
A mince spy!

What did Adam say on the day before Christmas?
It’s Christmas, Eve!

How many letters are in the angelic alphabet?
The Christmas alphabet has “no EL”!

What carol is heard in the desert?
O camel ye faithful!

What do angry mice send to each other at Christmas?
Cross Mouse Cards!

What is the best xmas present in the world?
A broken drum, you just can’t beat it!

How do sheep in Mexico say Merry Christmas?
Fleece Navidad!

How did Scrooge with the football game?
The ghost of christmas passed!

What athlete is warmest in winter?
A long jumper!

What do you get if you eat Christmas decorations?

What is the worst disease that you get at Christmas?

What’s the most popular Christmas wine?
‘I don’t like Brussels sprouts!’

Why do ghosts live in the fridge?
Because it’s cool!

What happened to the man who stole an Advent Calendar?
He got 25 days!

What did the beaver say to the Christmas Tree?
Nice gnawing you!

Why are Christmas Trees like bad knitters? They keep loosing their needles!

What do crackers, fruitcake and nuts remind me of?

What’s the best thing to put into a Christmas Cake?
Your teeth!

What do you get if you cross a bell with a skunk?
Jingle Smells!

Where would you find chili beans?
At the north pole!

Why don’t penguins fly?
Because they’re not tall enough to be pilots!

What do sheep say at Christmas?
Wool-tide Bleatings! or A Merry Christmas to Ewe!

What do you call a bunch of chess players bragging about their games in a hotel lobby?
Chess nuts boasting in an open foyer!

What’s green, covered in tinsel and goes ribbet ribbet?

Which football team did the baby Jesus support?
Manger-ster United!

Knock Knock!
Who’s there?
Pudding who?
Pudding in your face!

Knock Knock
Who’s there?
Snow who?
Snow business like show business!

Knock knock!
Who’s there?
Hanna who?
Hanna partridge in a pear tree!

Knock knock!
Who’s there?
Holly who?
Holly-days are here again!

Santa went to the Doctors with a problem.
Doctor: What seems to be the problem?
Santa: I seem to have a mince pie stuck up my bottom!
Doctor: Well your in luck because I’ve got just the cream for that!



Christmas cracker jokes 1.

What does Santa suffer from if he gets stuck in a chimney?

Why does Santa have three gardens?
So he can ‘ho ho ho’!

Why did Santa’s helper see the doctor?
Because he had a low “elf” esteem!

What kind of motorbike does Santa ride?
A Holly Davidson!

What do you call a cat in the desert?
Sandy Claws!

Who delivers presents to cats?
Santa Paws!

What do you call Father Christmas in the beach?
Sandy Clause!

What did the sea Say to Santa?
Nothing! It just waved!

What does Santa do with fat elves?
He sends them to an Elf Farm!

What do you get if you cross Santa with a duck?
A Christmas Quacker!

Who delivers presents to baby sharks at Christmas?
Santa Jaws

What says Oh Oh Oh?
Santa walking backwards!

Who is Santa’s favorite singer?
Elf-is Presley!

What do you call Santa’s little helpers?
Subordinate clauses!

What do Santa’s little helpers learn at school?
The elf-abet!

What did Santa say to the smoker?
Please don’t smoke, it’s bad for my elf!

Where do elves go to dance?
Christmas Balls!

What do elves eat for breakfast?
Frosted Flakes!

What type of Shoes does Santa wear when he travels on a train?

What do you get if Santa goes down the chimney when a fire is lit?
Krisp Kringle!

How long do a reindeers legs have to be?
Long enough so they can touch the ground!

What do reindeer hang on their Christmas trees?

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Christmas quiz

  1. What’s the name of the period leading up to Christmas?
  2. How many Wise Men brought gifts to Jesus?
  3. How does Good King Wenceslas like his pizzas?
  4. What was the name of John the Baptist’s Mother?
  5. Who brings presents to children in Holland on the 5th/6th December?
  6. How many letters are in the angelic alphabet?
  7. In what town was Jesus born?
  8. How many presents were given in total in the 12 Days of Christmas?
  9. In what decade was the first Christmas Card sent in the UK?
  10. What country did the family escape to?
  11. How many of Rudolph’s eight companions names start with ‘D’?
  12. What country did Christmas Trees originate from?
  13. Who was the Jewish King who ordered the babies to be killed?
  14. What’s the second line of “I’m dreaming of a white christmas”?
  15. What was Joseph’s job?
  16. Who started the custom of Wassailing?
  17. Who were first people to visit the baby Jesus?
  18. What’s lucky to find in your Christmas Pudding?
  19. What Angel visited Mary?
  20. Where did the baby Jesus sleep?

The answers are:

  1. Advent
  2. More than one, the Bible doesn’t say how many!
  3. Deep pan, crisp and even!
  4. Elizabeth
  5. St. Nicholas
  6. 25; ‘no el’!!!
  7. Bethlehem
  8. 364
  9. 1840s – 1843 by Sir Henry Cole
  10. Egypt
  11. Three – Dasher, Dancer and Donner
  12. Germany – it was Latvia but it was part of German then!
  13. King Herod
  14. Just like the ones I used to know
  15. Carpenter
  16. The Anglo Saxons – it means ‘good health’
  17. Shepherds
  18. A six pence
  19. Gabriel
  20. In a manger



Sayings about justice

A just war is better than an unjust peace

Fighting between countries for a fair and good cause is better than no fighting in a situation that is unfair.

Comparisons are odious

Comparison (especially of people) is not productive and can have unpleasant consequences. People should be judged on their own merits.

Fair exchange is no robbery

Swapping one thing fairly in return for another is not the same as stealing.

Give credit where credit is due

The implication is that even if we are reluctant to praise someone, we should do so if the praise is deserved.

Give the devil his due

We should admit the good qualities of even a bad or undeserving person.

Ignorance of the law is no excuse

It is no defence to say that we didn’t know that something we did was illegal.

Share and share alike

Give everyone an equal portion.

There are two sides to every question

In any dispute or discussion, we should acknowledge that people have different points of view.

There’s one law for the rich, and another for the poor

The legal system treats people with money better than people without money.

What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander

In any question, what is appropriate in one case is also appropriate in the other case.
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Sayings about danger

Any port in a storm

In times of danger, any shelter is better than none. In an emergency, we have to accept whatever solution presents itself (for the time being).

Better safe than sorry

We should be careful in a dangerous situation. It is better to stay safe than to have an accident (and be sorry about it). The full “grammatical” sentence would be: “It is better to be safe than to be sorry.”

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

If all your eggs are in one basket and you drop the basket, you lose everything. Don’t put all your money in one bank. Don’t put all your faith in one person.

He that will learn to pray, let him go to sea

The sea is supremely powerful, and can be a terrifying and awe-inspiring place.

If you play with fire you get burned

If you fool around with something that is potentially dangerous, you must expect to get harmed.

It is best to be on the safe side

1) Don’t take risks. Be careful and cautious. 2) It’s best to be sure. It’s best to be absolutely certain.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained

We can’t expect to achieve anything if we never take any risks.

Out of debt, out of danger

When we no longer owe money to anyone, we are safe and secure. The implication is that it is dangerous to owe anyone.

Out of office, out of danger

The implication is that people in high government or official jobs are not safe. They will be safe only when they leave their job.

There is safety in numbers

You are safer as part of a group of people than as an individual. Being in a group makes people more confident about taking action.

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Sayings about looks

All cats are grey in the dark

The implication is that beauty, or physical appearance, is unimportant.

All clouds bring not rain

We can rephrase this: “Not every cloud brings rain.” And that’s true. Sometimes there are many clouds in the sky, but it doesn’t rain. Don’t judge things by appearances.

All that glitters is not gold

The attractive exterior of something is not a good indicator of its real nature. It may look valuable, but not be valuable.

Appearances are deceptive

The way something or someone looks from outside may give us the wrong impression.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Different people see beauty in different ways. What one person finds beautiful may not appeal to another person.

Beauty is only skin deep

Physical beauty is superficial. A pleasing exterior is no guide to a person’s interior or character.

Handsome is as handsome does

Good character and behaviour are more important than good looks.

Still waters run deep

Some rivers have rough surfaces with waves. That’s usually because the water is shallow and there are rocks near the surface. But deep rivers have no rocks near the surface and the water is smooth and still. “Still waters run deep” means that people who are calm and tranquil on the outside, often have a strong, “deep” personality.

Things are not always what they seem

Things may look like one thing but be another thing. This saying is often applied to situations, not just things or people.

You can’t tell a book by its cover

You cannot judge what something or someone is like by looking at the exterior.
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