blog devoted to CNN International Business anchor, Richard Quest, who looks like a cross between Roger Daltry and a Muppet. You have to see him to believe him...
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Friday, December 26, 2003
What about the Figgy Pudding?
o well, we here at Quest Quips hope you had some happy holidays and wish you a happy New Year! Liz clippped this for us and i'm posting it. Thanks, Liz.
A Look at Traditional English Christmas
Aired December 25, 2003 - 07:38 ET
THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND
JACK CAFFERTY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Time now for one of our most popular
features on AMERICAN MORNING, no matter what time of the year it is.
It's a fairly
regularly scheduled trip across the Atlantic to London and my pal
Quest. He's over there this morning and he's going to tell us a little
how they do a traditional English Christmas -- Richard, nice to have
us. Merry Christmas. What have you got?
RICHARD QUEST, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Season's greetings to you, Jack. Now
what is one of those? Hah! No, it's not an implement that should be
somewhere else. It is a Christmas cracker, the sort of thing that you
Christmas lunch. Now, normally you pull it with a friend. Well, I
find one friend -- you couldn't be here to join me, so I'm joined by
one of my
colleagues, Diana. Now, look at this. We're now going to -- this is how
do it. This is the thing. You basically pull the Christmas cracker. I
But never mind. For the purposes of this I won.
CAFFERTY: Wow. Now, what's in there after you bust it apart?
QUEST: I've had to break another one. What you've basically got in here
little bit of a present.
QUEST: A glow in the dark, a cheap little nasty toy.
QUEST: This is what you really want, though, Jack. This.
CAFFERTY: Well, now that -- that adds a little something, Richard. Much
QUEST: All right, now, and a joke. Here we go. Are you ready for this,
Why is the sky so high?
CAFFERTY: I don't know.
QUEST: So that the birds don't bump their heads.
CAFFERTY: Good answer.
QUEST: Right. Now, with all of this, you need some food.
QUEST: What, forget that -- you have turkey on Thanksgiving, we have
on Christmas Day. But then afterwards, bring on the dessert. Diana's
sterling service here. It's amazing what you can get these days. Look
two, Jack. This is a Christmas pudding. Times are hard at Time Warner,
we've only managed to buy one minced pie.
CAFFERTY: I was going to say, there's not much food there.
QUEST: Well, you know, shareholders and profits, don't you know?
CAFFERTY: Oh, yes.
QUEST: This is the big one because what you do here is you pour brandy
it, heat it up, set it on fire. And minced pies, which are a peculiar
British-English thing. There's no mince meat in them. It's actually
just fruit. And
that's what people eat. So, now, Jack, I've got me hat, I've got me
pudding, I've got me minced pie, now I'm ready. It's three o'clock
QUEST: Time for Her Majesty to call on.
CAFFERTY: Right. Every year the queen gives...
QUEST: Is that it?
CAFFERTY: Yes. She gives a Christmas message every year. I am familiar
that. What's she going to talk about?
QUEST: Well, we never really know what the queen is going to say. I can
guarantee she will be telling us to count our blessings. There will
doubt, be a healthy dose of, "It has been an eventful year," and,
finally, I can
guarantee, Jack, she will wish us all a very happy Christmas.
CAFFERTY: Merry Christmas to you, Richard Quest. And don't forget to
the hat off before you leave the building.
QUEST: Thank you, Jack.
CAFFERTY: All right.