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  1. SecretSanta

    SecretSanta

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    Well, most of you probably haven't even started thinking about it yet but, having been on the go for the last 8 months, let me tell you, Christmas isn't that far away!

    Unfortunately, owing to the unique way the BBC is funded Mrs Santa spends my money, I haven't been able to pay the elves their overtime for the last couple of months, so they are currently out on strike in the car park. Their picket line can't actually be seen due to the 3 feet of snow, but that's another story :cautious:

    Unless you all want to receive a rather sorry looking clay ash tray painted and glazed in 'Sleigh Brown' (I never really paid attention in Art & Craft classes at school), I'm going to need your help. As such, I need as many of you as possible to sign up for this year's TP Secret Santa and do me a huge favour. Please!

    We'll do the same again this year as in previous years, whereby everyone who signs up buys one randomly selected fellow member a surprise Christmas present. In return they receive a surprise present themselves (from another randomly selected member).

    Ideally, the presents should cost somewhere around £10 not including postage/packaging/wrapping paper. Although most of you played nicely last year, I need to make sure that those taking part have made over 100 posts on here and have been a member for more than 4 months so that I know you will help me out. Hopefully you'll all have understood what this place is about by then and will make sure you take part in the spirit (don't mind if I do, thanks :beer:) of the whole process. Unfortunately Secret Santa is only open to members who reside in the UK

    You'll send the parcels to the recipient through Royal Mail probably and, as they'll likely all be sat in the sorting office watching the share prices rather than out delivering, history suggests this should be viewed as a mainly 'giving' exercise. Hopefully you'll all get the added bonus of 'getting' too, but please don't join in just to get a big box of shiny new camera bits (you could well be disappointed if you do!).

    If you would like to be part of this fantastic and joyous experience please post in this thread stating that you're in , and also send me a PM including your real name and address at the same time (that way I can match the name and address to the TP username without any hassle).

    (For those who aren't reading the whole post...)
    Once you've posted in the thread AND I've got your PM with your real name and address I'll update this post with a list of those taking part. Once we get to the 4 of December the list will close and I'll PM everyone on the list to make sure they are still in, and begin to randomly allocate Secret Santa buddies.

    You'll then get a separate PM with your recipient's name and address (and their forum name so you can do some research on what they like) so that you can go shopping. Gifts don't have to be photography related, but it would be good if it was linked somehow (this is a photography forum after all!).

    As we'll be using Royal Mail we'll need to have the parcels posted by the 12th December please (even better if you can find the spare cash to send it Special Delivery) and then everything should run smoothly, and hopefully avoid the Christmas Royal Mail chaos.

    Right, them's the rules, join in if you want to have some fun giving a fellow TP member a surprise present, and let's get the community spirit (oooh, go on then :beer:) flowing this Christmas!

    There's also a sexy signature logo for you to use to spread the word and get more people involved. Let's make this year's the biggest yet!

    Simply paste the following in the 'Edit signature' section of your 'My TP':

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    [CENTER][URL="https://www.talkphotography.co.uk/threads/tp-secret-santa-2017-sign-up-here.666922"][img]http://www.talkphotography.co.uk/gallery/data/500/tp_secret_santa.jpg[/img][/URL][/CENTER]

    Right, I'm off to go and fire up the potter's wheel...



    Those on the "Good" list for this year:

    OldCarlos
    tijuana taxi
    Keith W
    Steep
    Stupar
    Stumac
    Norkie
    robmac
    Byker28i
    posiview
    kendo1
    jakeblu
    Joeturner11
    drounding
    nandbytes
    keef32
    Ros
    Downton Mini
    MrDrizz
    shotokan101
    Stu Meech
    Michael Little
    BigJohn
    Mark twiglet
    den
    Dark Knight
    Fatheadedlizard
    mattd85
    newbie1
    SEPkent
     
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2017 at 7:45 PM
  2. OldCarlos

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    I'm in, Santa. (y)

    We're moving house next week (or at least SHOULD be) so could be offline for a few days, i'll pm you our new address.:cool:
     
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  3. tijuana taxi

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    Always enjoyed it before so I'm in please

    Cheers for organising it again
     
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  4. Keith W

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    I'm in! :)

    Will PM you my address
     
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  5. Steep

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    I'll play
     
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  6. stupar

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    Im in Santa!
     
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  7. Byker28i

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    I'm in. Been in all the others be a shame to miss out
     
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  8. kendo1

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    I'll give it a go. I've been good this year :)
     
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  9. SecretSanta

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    Yo Ho Ho!

    Many thanks to those who have signed up so far.

    Don't forget you need to send me your real name and address as well.

    Right must dash, reindeer to feed
     
  10. Cobra

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    I know you are busy, Santa, but you need to up date your signature, it links back to a previous one ;)
    The current one is the link at the bottom of your post (y)

    [​IMG]
     
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  11. SecretSanta

    SecretSanta

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    ♪♪♫ Jingle bells, jingle bells... ♫♪♪

    The elves will not know where to send your gifts if they do not have your name and address @Byker28i @kendo1 ;)



    Now where did I leave that mince pie?
     
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  12. stumac

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    I'm in
     
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  14. nandbytes

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    I would leica to join in. Can't WATE to receive my present. :D
    If you still haven't got the hint, I am hoping you'll send the gift around 16-18-21st

    I'll send the PM when I get home :)
     
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  15. Norkie

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    I'm in, sounds like fun :whistle:
    :fuji:
     
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  16. robmac

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    I’m in guys,sounds fun.PM later as Wi-fi is hit and miss in Jamaica.
     
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  17. Byker28i

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    It's coming, it's coming. Some of us have to work to pay for Christmas :(
     
  18. Byker28i

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    Can you get one for a tenner?
     
  19. nandbytes

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    Did you think about budgeting when you asked Santa for gifts? :D
     
  20. posiview

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  21. SecretSanta

    SecretSanta

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    Mrs Santa is all excited, I thought it was because the Secret Santa list is filling up nicely but one of the Elves recon it's because she has found some batteries.

    Not sure what he means.

    Anyway, must dash.

    Ho! Ho! Ho!
     
  22. newbie1

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    I’m in too :)
     
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  23. AndyG123

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    Just a little note for you guys, in the festive spirit, my attempt to save you pennies.
    If you have Amazon prime I'm pretty sure you can gift an item. If not choose a different delivery address. You won't have to pay postage. The item is tracked and you can leave delivery instructions so your giftees have to go to the sorting office a week before Christmas.
     
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  24. jakeblu

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    Yeah, go on lets do it. :)
     
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  25. nandbytes

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    I have Amazon prime and I have had things delivered on free next Day delivery to a different address as gift in the past.
    But for the purpose of this event doesn't it seem a bit impersonal? :thinking:
     
  26. drounding

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    You can me down on the good boy list.
     
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  27. Byker28i

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  28. keef32

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    I'm in... I don't know how many posts I have so might have to edit this and post some more... haha

    Edit: Its all good :)

    I'm in the market for a 10-20mm lens ;)
     
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  29. Ros

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    Count me in.
     
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  30. Paddysnapper

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    :coat:Oh shame I'm non UK resident:(
     
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  31. SecretSanta

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    Mrs Santa and I have decided that Ireland is close enough should you still wish to take part.

    Please let us know
     
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  32. SecretSanta

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    ♪♪♫ We wish you a merry Christmas, we wish you a merry Christmas... ♫♪♪

    Many thanks to all those who have signed up so far.

    There is still plenty of time for some more.

    Right, off to walk the reindeer
     
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  33. Downton Mini

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    Go on then I'm in!

    I'm assuming that it is preferable for the present to be photography related

    PM on it's way Santa

    Ps I hope I'm on your good list this year.......
     
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  34. Byker28i

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    Not necessarily, sometimes its fun to stalk the person through the threads and try to make it personal.
     
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  35. joetheslug

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    I'm in...
     
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  36. MrDrizz

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    I'm in but getting past those Elves was a job n half. Crafty little buggers.
     
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  37. shotokan101

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    Count me in please Big Guy :)

    Jim
     
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  38. Stu Meech

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    I'm in too!
     
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  39. SecretSanta

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    ♪♪♫ Ding dong merrily on high... ♪♪♫

    Mrs Santa and I are very pleased to see all these lovely boys and girls signing up for Secret Santa this year :)

    Mrs Santa is not so pleased with me though, she made a load of mince pies and asked if I would like to test them, apparently that was not an invitation to eat them all.



    Ho! Ho! Ho!
     
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