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Friday, 24 December 2010

Make your Christmas party go with a swing

We said we wouldn’t do this, but it’s the time of year for lists. We racked our brains for something original and came up with this: a list of Christmas hits. Oh, well.

I’m Dreaming of a White Paper – Bing Crosby
The old crooner reprises his timeless classic, which apparently took more than six years to write. B side: Equity and Excellence (kazoo instrumental).

Baby, it’s Cold Outside – The George Osborne Singers
Pop standard from the boyish bandleader. (Sometimes performed to the tune of the NHS Confederation blues number Commissioning in a Cold Climate.)

Christmas Ain’t Christmas (Without the One You Love)
First performed by the O’Jays and re-recorded in this tear-jerking version by the soon to be disbanded choir of the SHAs. Available to download on Youtube until 1 April 2012.

Ding Dong. Ding Dong – Laurence Buckman
Knockabout musical fun from the chairman of the GPC featuring the negotiating team of NHS Employers. B side: I Wish it Could be Christmas Every Day.

Do They Know it’s Christmas – Jim Easton
Cover of the hit originally performed by the maverick rocker and former frontman of the Boomtown Rats. A Who’s Who of stars guest on this track which appeals to us all to dig deep to end waste, low-value procedures and unproductive working practices. All proceeds to be reinvested in frontline services.

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
Big selling novelty single in the US in the 1980s and fifth most frequent excuse for inappropriate A&E attendance over the holiday period.

A Visit from Saint Nicholson
What all good boys and girls in NHS trusts look forward to most at this time of year (see DH press office for official lyrics and easy to follow chord sequence).

Auld Lansley Syne
Sentimental song harking back to a golden era of GP fundholding and PCGs (younger readers: ask grandma when she gets back from A&E). Usually accompanied by bagpipes.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Well-known carol and traditional way of thanking readers for sitting through lists of eye-watering puns and jokes at this time of year.

We mean it, though. Thank you for supporting NHS Networks in 2010. Let’s stay in touch next year.