And so there it was. Another year of The Weekly consigned to the history books. Fifty editions in 2017, with the next 'outing' in early January, our 200th edition. Over the last year, The Weekly has covered a whole range of topics, ranging from economics, sport, politics and property to the outright bizarre. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our readership for sticking with us!

Whilst Christmas is the opportunity for most of us to turn off our mobiles, put up our feet, relax and enjoy a glass of mulled wine with our families, medical experts have again suggested that care should be taken over the festive period. As its final gesture of 2017, The Weekly thought it would only be right to pass this on. Southampton General Hospital has once again advised not to put presents too far back under Christmas trees due to the risk of injuries such as scratches to the eye from tree branches. However this isn’t apparently the most unusual Christmas injury. For example:

  • Hospitals reported four broken arms last year after cracker-pulling accidents.
  • Three people die each year testing if a 9v battery works on their tongue.
  • Five people were injured last year in accidents involving out-of-control Scalextric cars.
  • Nineteen people have died in the last three years believing that Christmas decorations were chocolate.
  • Five hundred and forty-three people have been admitted to A&E in the last two years after opening bottles of beer with their teeth.
  • Last year a sixty-four year old woman was hospitalised after dropping a four-foot wooden Santa on her foot.
  • In 2014, a man claimed that he had developed carpal tunnel syndrome after writing an excessive number of Christmas cards.
  • In Australia, there were thirty-three outdoor cricket-related injuries on Christmas Day. 

Be careful everyone!