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I wish all of you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas, a blessed Yuletide and a peaceful, healthy New Year with many memorable moments and lots of laughter (and at least 17 seasons of “Flash Forward” for the dedicated fans of Jack Davenport!)

It wasn’t easy to convince Sparky to pose for a picture, but the prospect of a Sirloin steak did the job:

And because Christmas and Yule are actually more about giving than receiving, why not make a donation to my charity of choice these holidays?

Usual disclaimer: this is the charity of choice of the webmaster.

ACTION FOR CHILDREN

We live in a society that’s surrounding children either with paranoid overcaution or hostility born out of fear. We’re all quick to lament neglected children, but drag our feet when it comes to prevent or stop neglect and abuse. That goes for the government, but also for each of us personally. Because we are the relatives and neighbours who should notice.

If parents, for whatever reasons, neglect their children, we have to take action – before the next “WHY?” headline in the tabloids. As long as we ignore the problem, neglect will happen. So please – don’t look away. Thank you.

ACTION FOR CHILDREN: BLOG

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SPARKY’S BIG YULETIDE CONTEST

is over, and our mailbox was flooded with mails from all over the planet, giving the correct answer:

In the “Pirates of the Caribbean” trilogy, Jack Davenport played James Norrington.

The winner was drawn this morning, and it is

~~°~~ JEMMA ~~°~~

Congratulations!

The DVDs of “That Deadwood Feeling” and “A Christmas Story” as well as a lovely scented candle from L’Occitane and delicious chocolate are on their way to Canada.

Thanks a lot to everybody who participated in the contest, and also thanks for the many lovely comments about Jack and Flash Forward!

Many asked if Jack would be in the next “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie. Unfortunately, I don’t know more than you, folks. Sorry!

Jack Davenport’s presence would be about the only thing which might tempt me into buying a ticket for “PotC: On Stranger Tides”. And only if James Norrington was alive, shaved, washed, wearing the uniform of the Royal Navy and in the movie for more than two minutes. Nyah!

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With Flash Forward being on hiatus, Jack Davenport might be out of sight – but he’s certainly not out of earshot. He’ll read a short story by Joanne Harris on BBC Radio 7:

LAST TRAIN TO DOG TOWN

An author is stranded with the characters of his unfinished Western story.

There are two broadcasting dates:

Tue 15 Dec 2009, 2.15pm
Wed 16 Dec 2009, 4.15am

You can also listen to the drama for a week after on BBC iPlayer.

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Don’t know how to survive the “Flash Forward” hiatus?
Already counting the days to the return of Jack Davenport?

Then you should enter our

SPARKY’S BIG YULETIDE CONTEST!

Sparky’s been a friendly dog – he’ll keep his favourite squeaky toy, but found some goodies which will add some extra fun to some lucky winner’s festive season:

1 x DVD “That Deadwood Feeling”
Jack Davenport, Dexter Fletcher, Demetri Goritsas, David Soul and others in a blackly comic film noir, a tale of three guys who dream of making a movie, of becoming players in the game of life. What could be simpler?

1 x DVD “A Christmas Story”
Peace, harmony, comfort and joy? Maybe next year. Ralphie Parker desperately wants a Red Rider BB gun for Christmas, but his mother refuses, fearing he’ll shoot his eye out. But neither his mother, Santa Claus nor the neighbourhood bullies can destroy Ralphie’s dream… hilarious Christmas comedy, set in the 1950s and one of my favourites.

1 x L’Occitane en Provence: Bougie parfumée “Fleur d’Oranger”
Orange blossom scented candle from L’Occitane. Sparky has one in the doghouse, too! L’Occitane is a French company, known for cosmetics of best quality. They support local production and don’t test their products on animals. Woof!

And because Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without sweets, you’ll also get some chocolate!

And what do you have to do to win this smashing Yuletide package?

Just send an email to

sparky  at  goodboysparky. net

and answer the following question:

“What’s the name of Jack Davenport’s character in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ trilogy?”

That’s all. Even a wiener dog could answer that!

Deadline: 15 December, 2009, midnight GMT.

Please read the following rules before you send off your mail.

RULES:

1. By participating in this contest, you confirm that you have read, understood and accepted the rules.

2. You have to be at least 18 years old to participate.

3. Please be fair: only send in one mail per person.

4. No cash pay-out of your prize.

5. No correspondence will be held over the outcome of the contest.

6. If you are the winner, you’ll have to provide us with your name and address.

7. We’ll send your prize out asap, but have no influence on postal services. We hope the DVDs will be with you before Christmas, though.

8. Should, for any reason beyond our control, one of the prizes not be available, we’ll replace it with a different prize of the same value.

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