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10 million refugees would have liked socks for Christmas

Shovelling snow from his tent, one refugee commented: ‘Yup, thanks for the gift of war, famine and persecution…but we’d have preferred a chocolate orange. This all feels a lot less like an Arab Spring, more like a Norwegian Permafrost’.

The Red Cross has warned that unless oil or weapons of mass destruction are found in the region, the international community is unlikely to take much notice. A UN official said: ‘People are literally freezing to death in Lebanon, but please spare a thought for Mr. R. Dawes of Cirencester. Poor Mr. Dawes was sent not one but three matching sets of pyjamas. Worse still, none of them were wrapped with their Marks & Spencer receipt’.


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