Some startling news from the far northern hemisphere is that well known sleigh-driver, Greenlands S.Claus, is swopping machines this Christmas and will be doing his annual toy run on a specially equipped mountain bike.
Ive found the cost of fodder for the rein-deer has risen too much to make the Christmas delivery financially viable, so, after a chat with some of the younger guys in Athens, Ive opted for a mountain bike with full suspension, as have all my little elves, who help out in the workshop, said Santa, as he is better known to most of the worlds younger inhabitants.
This radical change will surely provide a marketing windfall for the lucky company which wins Santas favour, but, as usual, he is saying nothing about his choice of bike.
I have obviously been out for a bit of window-shopping, and spent some time recently in Taiwan, California, Canada, Austria, and Italy, but we only expect to place the order in the next few days so, clearly, it hasnt yet been finalised, commented Santa.
* May Santa bring everyone that special wish for 2005 on his new two-wheeled machine, of which very little is yet known, except that its painted in the brightest of reds.