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It was Barry Manilow who came up with the single weirdest observation of the week. Broadcasting inappropriately enough from Palm Springs, he interspersed his medley of old favourites with smoochy insights into the meaning of what we must learn to call "the holiday season". As Barry said, "I love the holiday season. It seems to me that during the holiday weeks, everybody stops yelling at each other. Isn't that great?"

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