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Tiresome BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has been spotted buying up large quantities of unsold Christmas crackers at a SainsburyÃ¢ÂÂs in Amersham, sources reported yesterday, presumably to replenish his supply of jokes for 2013.
Lawrenson, who despite being paid to appear on television always looks like heÃ¢ÂÂs just brushed his hair with a hedgehog, is understood to have taken advantage of the supermarketÃ¢ÂÂs 80% reduction on many Christmas items, including their range of own-brand crackers.
And this is not the first year that Lawrenson has swooped for festive bargains, according to his BBC colleague Mike Ingham.
Ã¢ÂÂFor Christmas, he gave all the Five Live team these little plastic toys that clearly came out of last yearÃ¢ÂÂs crackers,Ã¢ÂÂ said Ingham. Ã¢ÂÂExcept for Alan Green, who got a paper hat with a rude word written on it. But itÃ¢ÂÂs obvious that the main appeal of the crackers for Lawro is their jokes.Ã¢ÂÂ
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Ingham, who did not wish to be named, exclusively revealed to FourFourTwo the process by which Lawrenson inserts Christmas cracker jokes into his match commentaries.
Ingham: Ã¢ÂÂSome of them heÃ¢ÂÂll just use straight up during games. During QPR-West Brom last year, I asked [Lawrenson] something about Heidur Helguson, and he replied by asking me what the difference was between swine flu and bird flu, and came out with some rubbish about Ã¢ÂÂtweet-mentÃ¢ÂÂ and Ã¢ÂÂoink-mentÃ¢ÂÂ, and I wanted to kill him.
Ã¢ÂÂI know he got that from a Christmas cracker. It canÃ¢ÂÂt have been a Penguin bar; the BBC staff canteen stopped stocking them in 2007 when they noticed LawroÃ¢ÂÂs jokes had all become puns about fish.Ã¢ÂÂ
But, continued Ingham, the Christmas-themed jokes are not the worst of it.
Ã¢ÂÂHe takes the Christmas ones and mixes up the questions and responses, so you get things like Ã¢ÂÂWhy does Santa have three gardens? A mince spy.Ã¢ÂÂ And then he looks really pleased with himself and chuckles through his nose for the rest of the game. I never thought IÃ¢ÂÂd say this, but it makes me long for Alan Shearer.Ã¢ÂÂ
Meanwhile, Shearer has been seen buying a heavily-reduced hardback copy of Ã¢ÂÂAlan ShearerÃ¢ÂÂs Big Book Of Football FactsÃ¢ÂÂ at a WHSmiths in Gateshead, a look of troubled determination reportedly etched on his massive face.
Editor's note: this is satire and not a serious accusation - all quotes are fictionalised. But you knew that, because you're not stupid.
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