yesterday was...

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a good day for:

Santa Clauses, with the announcement of a one-day course in London next week for trainee Father Christmases. They will learn reindeer names and how to deal with beard-tuggers.

a bad day for:

Prolixity, as the Israeli cabinet became the first to use a chess clock to place a time-limit on ministers' speeches. Only Prime Minister Peres is allowed to talk for more than five minutes.