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Features US Santas
Title:
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Summary: Sidewalk santas prepare to spread goodwill for charity
Story No: 356549
Source: APTN
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 12/10/2002 05:00 AM
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SHOTLIST:

1. Wide shot of choir singing Christmas songs to large group of santas

2. Mid slow pan of santas listening to choir

3. Close up, focus from one Santa to another

4. Close up, santa boots and bells

5. Wide shot of santa's learning bell ringing technique

6. Mid shot of santas practicing 'Ho-Ho-Ho's'

7. Mid shot of one santa teaching others how to put on Santa costume

8. SOUNDBITE: (English) David Sommer, Sidewalk Santa:

"I think it's exciting, we'll be giving back to the community and doing something positive in a time where there is a lot of trouble in the world."

9. Santas receiving mock graduation certificates from Santa School

10. Santas outside, pull out to wide

11. SOUNDBITE: (English) Jermaine Barker, Sidewalk Santa:

"(It's) kind of like a role model for the kids, in a way. A lot of kids out there, they believe in Santa Claus like I used to when I was a kid, so I'm trying to be the image that I used to believe in for them. So that's what I'm trying to represent as a Santa Claus."

12. Wide pan up from group of santas gathered on a boat, to skyline of New York City

STORYLINE:

For the 100th year, Santas from Volunteers of America are preparing to spread good cheer around New York, and raise money for the under-privileged.

The so-called Sidewalk Santas will collect money that will be used to buy food vouchers for over six thousand of the city's poor.

The Volunteers of America held a press conference to kick off the fund raising season.

Bell ringers were on hand to teach proper bell ringing techniques, as well as the obligatory 'ho ho ho'.

Organisers hope to raise a hundred thousand (US) dollars this year through the Sidewalk Santas programme.

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Germany Competition
Title:
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Summary: Dozens of Santas compete for title in international championships
Story No: 545661
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 12/01/2007 10:20 PM
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SHOTLIST:

1. Various of Santas gathering in front of a stage, shortly before the start of the championship

2. Various of Santas showing their skills in driving a sled

3. Mid of Santas

4. Various of last year's winner and titleholder Oliver Deuken from Hanover, ringing a bell and waving at the camera

5. Various of a Santa riding a "bucking bronco" made up like a reindeer, falling off

6. SOUNDBITE: (German) Unidentified Santa:

"This is a lot of fun for me. To win, you have to be good at sport, and I'm a sportsman"

7. Various of Santa competing to "kick boots"

8. SOUNDBITE: (German) Unidentified Santa:

"First of all, you have to believe in Santa Claus. And those who do not believe in Santa Claus and who do not to have Christmas feelings, won't win here. This is the top duty. Not everyone who's wearing a red jacket is Santa Claus."

9. A Santa showing his skills operating a "forge

10. Santa showing gift wrapping skills

11. Santa showing his skills comforting upset children

12. Two Santas sharing a joke

13. Santa surrounded by children competing in the singing discipline

STORYLINE:

As Christmas approaches, a town in northern Germany on Saturday held its second annual Santa championship.

More than 40 Santas took part in the competition in Celle, near Hanover, including two from England, one from Norway and one from Russia.

Each Santa had to supply his own outfit - white beard, red clothing, and black boots.

Judges considered athletic abilities when scoring the Santas, much to the delight of some competitors.

"This is a lot of fun for me. To win, you have to be good at sport, and I'm a sportsman," said one unidentified competitor after being thrown off a mock reindeer.

Santas were also tested in their skills at sled riding, comforting children, throwing boots, gift wrapping, using a forge and singing.

Another would-be champion Santa said competitors had to really believe in Santa to have a chance of winning.

"First of all, you have to believe in Santa Claus. And those who do not believe in Santa Claus and who do not to have Christmas feelings, won't win here. This is the top duty. Not everyone who's wearing a red jacket is Santa Claus," he said.

At stake was a 1000 Euro (1,474 US dollars) cash prize and a return trip for two to Dubai.

Keyword wacky

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Subjects: Recreational sledding, Recreational sports, Outdoor recreation, Recreation and leisure, Lifestyle
Locations: Germany, Western Europe, Europe
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SNTV Bizarre Santa
Title:
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Summary: Santa Claus World Championships from Switzerland
Story No: S01318
Source: SNTV
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 12/14/2006 03:28 PM
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SNTV Features

The sixth annual Santa Claus World Championships took place at the Swiss ski resort of Samnaun on Saturday (02/12), with hosts Switzerland taking a sweep of the top five places.

A dozen teams from six countries around the world were put through a series of Santa-related tasks ranging from chimney climbing to tobogganing, all in the name of fun, and with prizemoney worth Euros 10000 (US$ 13300) to be distributed, the fun went long into the night.

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The small mountain village of Samnaun, situated on the Swiss side of the border with Austria, doesn't often attract much attention, but once a year it celebrates the start of the winter skiing season by staging an unique event with worldwide appeal - the Santa Claus World Championships.

Known locally as the Clau Wau, 12 teams of four from as far afield as Jamaica and Japan lined up for an eight-event examination of their Santa skills, with the winners picking up a cheque for Euros 5000 (US$ 6643).

After a costume parade, a climb up a five metre chimney and the gruelling gingerbread man decoration time trial, the competition got serious with the Donkey Trek.

The idea was that the teams would distribute presents along an agreed route through the village, but despite all the planning and tactics, especially from the Swiss 'Friends from Heidiland' quartet, the result was totally dependent on the cooperation of their equine teammate.

It appeared that a feminine touch was much more effective.

The 'Friends from Heidiland' team were struggling to live up to their pre-event billing as the favourites, but maintained their high spirits as night fell and the snow events came into play.

First up, the 'Santa Scooter' event tested each team's stamina and cooperation as they pushed each other over an obstacle course, being careful to keep their sack of presents within them at all times.

Competitors would attempt to delay their progress using brushwood barriers, simulating Santa's own journey through difficult terrain all over the world as he delivers his gifts on Christmas Eve.

If the teams found that exhausting, they next had to run up a nursery slope at the ski centre and slide their way back down.

The Santa world championships, now in their sixth year, have had to move with the times like any other major sporting event and the high-tech snow shoes and inflatable toboggans gave the discipline a cool 21st Century appeal.

Points were awarded for the spectacular and the downright daft, as well as for sheer speed - and the organisers breathed a sigh of relief when the crash barriers did their job.

There was now just one event left - the Santa Show, where all the teams would perform a two minute routine on stage that was related to the competition.

One team decided to mime along to a song provided by 80s American rock band ZZ Top - the connection to Santa Claus presumably being the beards.

One of the organisers listed the qualities he considered most important when assessing a potential Santa world champion.

SOUNDBITE: (English)

"A great Santa Claus requires a lot of fitness, that's for sure. They need a lot of fitness, they need to be well prepared, before they come here, and they need to be friendly and nice people. That's very importnat for us."

SUPER CAPTION: Vox PopS

Then the presentation - and after eight events just eight points covered the top five teams.

But only three could make the podium.

The 'Friends from Heidiland' quartet amassed 49 points to take first place, just three points clear of 'Santi Niggis Naggis-Bobchlaus', with 'Samichlausverein Fischbach' third, a further point in arrears.

In fact Swiss teams occupied the top five places with a German foursome the highest placed foreign entrants in sixth.

But the longer the night went on, the placings became more and more irrelevant - the only important matter to discuss was who would be coming back next year for the seventh Santa Claus World Championships.

SHOTLIST: Samnaun, Switzerland. 2nd December, 2006

1. 00:00 Pan down from mountain top to start line of Donkey Trek

2. 00:06 Close up donkey

3. 00:09 Two teams get away from the start line

4. 00:17 Various of 'Freunde aus dem Heidiland' (eventual winners) team are caught on the start line

5. 00:28 Various of all-female team with Donkey

6. 00:34 Tilt up from model cabin to member of the 'Freunde aus dem Heidiland' team

7. 00:39 Wide shot of cabin

8. 00:43 Member of 'Freunde aus dem Heidiland' team shouts 'Ho, Ho, Ho!' from inside the cabin

9. 00:48 Various of start of 'Santa Scooter' relay event

10. 00:59 All-male team at the changeover

11. 01:11 Various of teams finishing relay

12. 01:31 Pull out from mountain scene to members of the 'Santi Niggis Naggis-Bobchlaus' team (eventual 2nd place)

13. 01:35 Competitor adjusts her snow shoes

14. 01:42 Start of 'Santa Race'

15. 01:48 Various of competitors coming across the finish line

16. 02:15 Wide shot of crowd at night

17. 02:19 Various of team perfiorming in the 'Santa Show'

18. 02:30 Crowd cheer

19. 02:34 SOUNDBITE: (English) Vox Pop

20. 02:51 Various of trophy ceremony, with 'Freunde aus dem Heidiland' in the centre, 'Santi Niggis Naggis-Bobchlaus' (right of picture) taking second place and 'Samichlausverein Fischbach' third

Keyword-wacky

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Subjects: Christmas, Recreational sledding, Holidays, Occasions, Lifestyle, Recreational sports, Outdoor recreation, Recreation and leisure
Locations: Samnaun, Graubünden, Switzerland
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(HZ) Lapland Elves
Title:
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Summary: Children can learn how to be an elf at the 'Elf School'
Story No: 505419
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 12/06/2006 06:01 AM
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LAPLAND ELF SCHOOL

SOURCE: AP TELEVISION NEWS

RESTRICTIONS: HORIZONS CLIENTS ONLY

LENGTH 5:40

SHOTLIST

1. Various of elves icing cookies

2. Elf buried under cuddly toys with children

3. Various of musical performance and dancing

4. Pan from families waiting to elves

UPSOUND: (English) Semir Elf, Elf School Teacher

"Hello everybody... so are you all coming to the elf school ?...good very well and do you speak English ?

5. Cutaways of child waving

6. Semir Elf opens door

UPSOUND: (English) Semir Elf, Elf School Teacher

"so welcome to my school.. come this way please. "

5. People enter room

6. Various of Semir elf addressing class

7. Cutaway elf shaking head

8. Wide of elves

9. Close up of boy watching

10. UPSOUND: (English) Semir Elf, Elf School Teacher

"What do you need to have, something very very important so you can be an elf.....? "

11. Wide of elf handing out hats

12. Various of families wearing hats

13. Various of class

14. UPSOUND: (English) Semir Elf, Elf School Teacher

"Keever ... Oover ... Toover"

15. Mid of Semir Elf

UPSOUND: (English) Semir Elf, Elf School Teacher

"magic happens"

16. Two children watching

17. Wide of Semir Elf and assistant elf

UPSOUND: (English) Semir Elf, Elf School Teacher

"Do you remember the three magic words we just learned ?"

18. Cutaway of tree, christmas lights come on

UPSOUND: (English) Semir Elf, Elf School Teacher

" ... then here we go.... altogether ...Keever ... Oover ... Toover..... oh ...did you do that ? "

19. Wide of people doing the 'magic' actions

UPSOUND: (English) "Keever ... Oover ... Toover"

20. Various of elves and people dancing

UPSOUND: (English) Semir Elf, Elf School Teacher

"....put the trousers on ... hold the hat ... and go very very low and again.. other leg.. now hold the hat and go very very low... now reindeer...now walk like an elf.. oh come on Daddy !... reindeer .. very good.. "

21. Wide of everyone clapping

22. People leaving

SOUNDBITE : (English) Semir Elf , Elf School Teacher

"We teach them (the students) how to be speaking elfish.. which is a very difficult and complicated language, but once I teach them to speak elfish and once I tell them the magic spell, which is 'Keever ... Oover ... Toover'.. then they know how magic comes"

23. Elves playing

24. SOUNDBITE : (English) Semir Elf , Elf School Teacher

"A special announcement for everyone watching right now my name is Semir and I'm the Elf teacher in the Elf school in Santa Park in Lapland on the arctic circle. And I would like to wish everybody a merry, merry, merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.. bye"

LEAD IN :

Lapland is the land of Santa Claus and Christmas magic...

Elves are mysterious beings who help Santa Claus, and spread the magic of Christmas. But what does it take to become an elf?.

Children who travel to Lapland to visit Santa can learn how to be an elf at the Santa Park's 'Elf School'

STORYLINE:

Not far from Santa's village near the arctic circle in Lappish Finland, lies the home of Santa's elves.

Deep under ground, in the place called 'Santa Park', the elves are engaged in elfish activities from the productive, such as baking cookies, to the downright silly, like be buried in a mound of stuffed toys.

They are always pleased for an excuse to play with the children who visit from all across the globe in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

The multi-talented elves can dance and sing, and delight in performing for their visitors.

But what does it take to become an elf ?

Visitors young and old can find out at the Santa Park Elf School.

The elf school teacher is called Semir, and he is not to be trifled with.

Semir is assisted by another elf who translates everything he says in English into Finnish.

Semir greets the children and their parents outside the Elf School.

UPSOUND: (English) Semir Elf, Elf School Teacher

"Hello everybody... so are you all coming to the elf school ?... and do you speak English"

UPSOUND: (English) Semir Elf, Elf School Teacher

"So welcome to my school.. come this way please. "

Once inside, everyone removes their hats, so they can get a special elf hat instead.

UPSOUND: (English) Semir Elf, Elf School Teacher

"What do you need to have, something very very important so you can be an elf.....? "

The correct answer is a special hat.

Once the hats are distributed and everyone is wearing them, the lesson continues.

Now comes the most important lesson .. the three magic elfish words...

UPSOUND: (English) Semir Elf, Elf School Teacher

"Keever ... Oover ... Toover"

They mean nothing in particular, but bring magic.

UPSOUND: (English) Semir Elf, Elf School Teacher

"Magic happens"

Now the magic words have been learnt, then the music starts.

UPSOUND: (English) Semir Elf, Elf School Teacher

"Do you remember the three magic words we just learned ... then here we go.... altogether ...Keever ... Oover ... Toover..... oh ...did you do that ? "

The spell certainly has worked its magic on the Christmas tree as the lights mysteriously come on.

Now teachers and students must do a special elf dance.

UPSOUND: (English) Semir Elf, Elf School Teacher

"Now follow us with a dance..... here we go....put the trousers on ... hold the hat ... and go very very low and again.. other leg.. now hold the hat and go very very low... now reindeer...now walk like an elf.. oh come on Daddy !... reindeer .. very good.. "

Lesson over, the newly qualified elves leave to continue their holiday in Lapland's winter wonderland.

But for everyone who can't make it to Elf school Semir Elf has a special message ...

"I would like to wish everybody a merry, merry, merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.. bye"

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Subjects: Language education, Christmas, Dance, Education, Social affairs, Holidays, Occasions, Lifestyle, Performing arts, Entertainment, Arts and entertainment
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Lithuania Cheese
Title:
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Summary: Young sculptor carves Christmas scene from cheese
Story No: 548252
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 12/24/2007 11:16 PM
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SHOTLIST:

1. Wide of Rokiskis town

2. Various of Rokiskis cheese factory

3. Cheese being manufactured

4. Angelo Frosio, cheese exhibitor, watching cheese making process

5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Angelo Frosio, Exhibitor:

"This now is cheese. Is (sic) possible now one cheese, one Christmas. Another process, because I made the water, warm water, and (unintelligible) process. But this is one cheese for souvenir for Christmas, but is (sic) possible. This cheese Christmas - one Christmas one cheese."

6. Cheese of shelves

7. Frosio talking with cheesemaking colleagues

8. Frosio smelling cheese

9. Frosio slicing cheese

10. Frosio modelling cheese into model of Jesus and Mary

11. Wide of museum

12. A. Frosio going to the museum.

13. Various of cribs/nativity scenes in museum

14. SOUNDBITE: (English) Angelo Frosio, Exhibitor:

"This is special cheese. This is (unintelligible). This is cheese but now this is Christmas, (unintelligible), with colour (unintelligible) but this is Christmas for it and (unintelligible)

15. Various of cheese nativity scene

16. Various of Frosio talking to visitors and showing them round

17. Various of nativity scenes

18. Various of visitors in museum

19. SOUNDBITE Lithuanian, Agne, first visitor to museum:

"This is very interesting, you can see and touch these nativity scenes"

20. Wooden nativity scene

21. Various of houses in the town of Rokiskis

22. Wide of Rokiskis town

STORYLINE:

A nativity scene partly made of cheese has opened to the public in Lithuania.

Angelo Frosio, an Italian who has lived in Lithuania for 16 years, designed the exhibition, which also includes wooden models.

The cheese that comprises the one cheese exhibit in the nativity scene comes from a factory in Rokiskis, and is the biggest in Lithuania.

The cheese factory and the museum are in Rokiskis, 170 kilometres (105 miles) north of Vilnius

The exhibit is in a 200-year-old farmhouse which Frosio had moved from 100 kilometres (60 miles) away to its current location.

The exhibition features around 40 original nativity scenes, including the one made of cheese.

Keyword wacky bizarre

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Subjects: Dairy product manufacturing, Food manufacturing, Food, beverage and tobacco products manufacturing, Consumer product manufacturing, Consumer products and services, Industries, Business, Dairy product manufacturing, Agriculture
Locations: Rokiškis, Lithuania
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FRANCE CHRISTMAS SHOPS
Title:
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Summary: SYND 14/12/73 CHRISTMAS SHOP WINDOW DISPLAYS
Story No: z015474
Source: AP Television
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 12/13/1973 12:00 AM
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Paris Christmas shopping rush despite energy crisis

++NIGHT SHOTS++

1 gv street scene

2 mcu shop sign

3 ms puppets in shop window

4 boy watching

5 ws shoppers looking in windows

6 cu frog and other animal puppets

7 cu string puppets

Film: Rev - Sound: Mute - Colour - NYFilm: c0041220 - LN Number: LN48897 - Available in HD

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Subjects: Christmas, Holidays, Occasions, Lifestyle
Locations: France
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US Santas
Title:
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Summary: More than 200 Santas take to the streets, in event organised over internet
Story No: 404205
Source: APTN
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 12/16/2003 09:31 PM
People: Elvis Presley
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SHOTLIST:

1. Wide shot Santas exiting subway cars at 125th Street

2. Wide shot Santas walking up stairwell

3. Wide shot Santas leaving station with onlookers cheering

4. Wide shot Santas crossing street on 125th Street

5. Zoom Out Harlem sign to Santas walking down street

6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Vox pop, man on phone:

"You need to come down the stairs. They got a million and one Santa Clauses out here. Anybody giving free fish?"

7. Medium shot Santas in congo line

8. Wide shot Santas walking through Central Park

9. SOUNDBITE: (English) vox pop, Santa:

"It's being Santa. It's not about fun. This is a job. It's a lifestyle. This is who you are."

10. Wide shot Santas in subway car, singing "Let it Snow"

11. Wide shot Santas exiting subway car

12. SOUNDBITE: (English) Vox pop, Santa

"It's the ultimate power. It's like being part of a mob, but you're Santa Claus. People love you. People love us!"

13. Wide shot Katz's Deli exterior

14. Wide shot counter at Katz's Deli

15. Wide shot interior of Katz's Deli

16. Medium shot Hanukkah Harry (Jewish Santa) in Katz's Deli

17. Medium shot Santas dancing

18. Pan woman looking at dancers

19. Wide shot Santas toast drinks at bar

20. SOUNDBITE: (English) Vox pop, Santa

"Santas on the move! We're taking the F to West 4th!"

21. Pan Santas walking down street

22. Wide shot Santas singing "More Beer, More Beer" to the tune of 'Auld Lang Syne'

23. Wide shot Santas singing "Come and get plastered and let's find some ho-girls. Oh come let us enjoy them, ... brothels galore" to the tune of traditional English carol 'Come All Ye Faithful'

STORYLINE:

More than 200 Santas descended on New York City on Saturday in a mob of festive cheer called "SantaCon".

They stormed the city neighbourhood by neighbourhood, filling entire subway trains en route, and leaving bystanders befuddled.

SantaCon began in San Francisco in 1994, and has since spread world-wide by word of mouth and over the internet.

Their website defines SantaCon as a "not-for-profit, nonpolitical, non-religious demented Santa Claus convention."

And adds: "We do it for no reason."

Santas swarmed across the city in a big group, sometimes forming an enormous snaking conga line.

The Santas also visited Central Park and the quiet downtown deli, Katz's.

Costumes were not limited just to Santa, though.

There was an Elvis Presley lookalike, as well as "Hanukkah Harry", the Jewish answer to Santa Claus.

In one restaurant the Santas stopped for an impromptu dance party, before crowding out the Broome Street Bar for drinks.

Another favorite Santa activity is of course carol singing, but these Santas had carols all their own.

"Auld Lang Syne" has been transformed to "More beer - more beer."

And "Come All Ye Faithful" has become an ode to prostitution with the chorus "Oh come let us enjoy them."

The Santas will be back in 2004, but as yet no one knows where.

Keyword-WACKY

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Subjects: Religion, Dance, Prostitution, Social affairs, Performing arts, Entertainment, Sex in society, Social issues
People: Elvis Presley
Locations: New York City
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Entertainment Japan Santa
Title:
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Summary: US$2 million gold santa unveiled
Story No: 544279
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 11/20/2007 09:04 AM
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SHOTLIST

1. Close-up of statue at Ginza Tanaka jewellery shop

2. Close-up of sack and tilting up to Father Christmas

3. Wde with Christmas tree behind statue

4. Close-up of statue

5. Close -up of belt with diamonds

6. Tilt- up from foot on chimney to face of santa

7. Various set-ups of Harou Inoue

8. SOUNDBITE (Japanese) Haruo Inoue, marketing merchandiser of Tanaka Kikinzoku Jewellery

"We created this piece to provide the feeling of richness and glamour to the people who look at it. If anyone is interested (in buying the statue), we are available for consultation."

GOLD SANTA UNVEILED

For the ultimate Christmas present, look no further than the Ginza Tanaka jewellery store in Japan's capital.

On Tuesday, it unveiled a golden statue of Father Christmas said to be worth around two (m) million US dollars.

It is the third consecutive year that the jewellers presented a special creation made out of gold just for Christmas.

But this year, they excelled themselves, adding sparkling diamonds to their golden Santa.

The shiny Father Christmas weighs 20 kilogrammes (44 pounds) and is 41 centimetres (16 inches) tall.

The diamonds are placed in his belt - there are 23 of them in total.

The intricate detail of the statue took approximately three months to complete.

Father Christmas will be on display at the Ginza Tanaka shop in Tokyo until Christmas Day.

Keyword wacky

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Subjects: Christmas, Holidays, Occasions, Lifestyle
Locations: Tokyo, Tōkyō, Japan
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FRANCE: PARIS: SANTA CLAUS MAKES FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE
Title:
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Summary: FRANCE: PARIS: SANTA CLAUS MAKES FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE
Story No: 68404
Source: APTV
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 12/13/1997 05:00 AM
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Eng/French/Arabic

Santa Claus made his first public appearance in Paris today (on Saturday) - by climbing one of the city's highest department stores.

Santa's antics were part of an effort to increase tourism in the French Alps.

Children watching Santa scale the heights each got their own chance to climb on to Santa's lap and have a pre-Christmas chat.

It's not too often that Alpine climbers scale up and down one of Paris's favourite department stores.

It's less often that Santa Claus follows suit.

Just twelve days before Christmas Santa Claus took a break from his heavy schedule to help out tourism officials in the French Alps.

It was hoped Santa's high climbing feat would remind Parisians about the Alps.

The move could be a huge success - both for Santa and the skiing areas the event was hoping to publicise.

Considering Santa's bulk - there were several other more experienced Alpine climbers on hand to give him an extra hand - or head up.

Without any little helpers - it appeared Santa had a weighty task ahead of him.

SOUNDBITE: (English)

"It is hard to be the Pere Noel because so many people await you and it's not easy to see everybody."

SUPERCAPTION: Santa Claus

But his efforts didn't go unnoticed.

VOXPOP: (French)

"I have seen Santa Claus climbing and climbing all to the top."

SUPERCAPTION: Young onlooker

With less than two weeks to go before Christmas - Santa will have to fly off to his next job before the big day.

Paris, France, 13 December 1997

1. Wide zooming of the exterior of the Department store Le Printemps

2. Pan on public watching from the terrace

3. Tight shot of Santa Claus and alpinists preparing to climb

4. Medium shot of crowd on the pavement

5. Wide shot of Santa Claus starting climbing

6. Wide shot zoom in on Santa Claus climbing

7. Close-up on children

8. Wide shot of crowd

9. Medium shot of Santa Claus and Printemps sign

10. Tight shot of Santa Claus waving

11. Wide shot of Santa claus , zoom in on balloons being launched

12. Medium shot of Santa getting to the top , with Eiffel Tower in the back

13. Medium shot of children and parents waving at Santa Claus

14. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sylvain Claudel

15. Medium shot crowd

16. VOXPOP: (French) Young boy

17. Medium shot of Santa Claus talking to children

18. Tight shot of Santa Claus hugging a child

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Locations: France, Paris, Western Europe, Europe
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SOUTH AFRICA: CHILDREN VOTE NELSON MANDELA 'SANTA OF THE YEAR'
Title:
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Summary: SOUTH AFRICA: CHILDREN VOTE NELSON MANDELA 'SANTA OF THE YEAR'
Story No: 18850
Source: APTV
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 12/05/1995 05:00 AM
People: Nelson Mandela
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English/Nat

South African President Nelson Mandela has received an unusual early Christmas present from children in Greenland.

The children voted Mandela as Santa of the Year - and he was presented with a life-size wax statue of himself dressed as Santa Claus plus a cheque for 100-thousand U-S dollars towards the President's Children's Fund.

South African President Nelson Mandela was clearly delighted as he stood next to his double - a life-sized model of him dressed as Santa Claus.

The President, who has been made Santa of the Year by youngsters in Greenland for his charity work with children, received a boost for his Children's Fund Charity - a cheque for 100-thousand U-S dollars presented by the Greenland Premier Lars Emil Johansen.

SOUNDBITE:

"To get a Santa Claus prize is a great honour but to be the very first to get that honour is more than I can put in words and we are very grateful indeed that a country which is geographically so far away should indicate to our children that they care and I'm tremendously impressed and this is what I have said to the Prime Minister. Thank you very much."

SUPERCAPTION: Nelson Mandela, South African President

Mandela has repeatedly proved his love for children, whose company he sorely missed during his 27-year imprisonment.

One of his first actions after becoming South Africa's first black president in May 1994 was to set up a children's charity to which he donates one-third of his annual salary for the next five years.

The fund also receives donations from almost every leader who visits South Africa.

Pretoria, South Africa, 5th December 1995

1. Wide shot of Mandela and the Premier of Greenland Lars Emil Johansen standing with cheque and statue of Mandela.

2. Cutaway to press

3. SOUNDBITE: Nelson Mandela, South African President

4. Cutaway press

5. Mandela looking at statue and talking

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Subjects: Government and politics
People: Nelson Mandela
Organisations: South Africa government
Locations: South Africa, Southern Africa, Africa
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