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Old 06.12.2007, 14:06
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Re: Christmas crackers

Get someone in the UK to buy a box of really crappy-quality Tesco crackers and dismantle them. Then they can post the bang-bits out. No more than a few quid, most likely.
Better to have them addressed to your neighbour, so if they do get pulled up by customs, you don't have to do the explaining...
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Old 06.12.2007, 21:16
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Re: Christmas crackers- to make at home

so has any one found a place to buy the 'crack' part of the cracker so to be able to make authentic crackers at home - they are easy to buy at home, but here....

I do a great line of adult directed crackers most christmases at home (you know alcohol and so forth rather than a cheesy plastic toy - the bad joke and hat are an essential though.)

Britshop any chance of bringing them in???
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Re: Christmas crackers

Hi,
Try www.myexpatshop.com. They have a great selection but I noticed a few have already sold out. You can also get just about anything else at the same address which is why I use it so much.

Good luck and have a great Xmas.

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Old 10.12.2007, 11:17
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Re: Christmas crackers

If anyone needs some Christmas crackers in Lausanne, then I saw some at a toy store here on the weekend. The store is called Jouets Davidson, and is at Rue Grand Saint-Jean 20 in Lausanne. Here is a map link, and here is the store's website, which also contains a nice map. The crackers were on the very lowest level, near the stairs. BTW, it's also a great toy store, with lots of educational stuff, wooden toys, etc., you're sure to find something for the little ones on your Christmas list, and also for the big ones who don't always behave as if they are.
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Re: Christmas crackers

Hi Thanks everyone for your help... I found some kids fireworks in Coop (why does that sound so dangerous...?) which are essentially a bit of string with a cracker in the middle...you pull the two ends of the string and it lets of an almighty bang... So I am going to give them a go....I will let you all know how they went after christmas, if we survive


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To answer pamopam: Christmas crackers are called Knallbonbon in German. I don't think you can buy the parts to put them together yourself.
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Old 10.12.2007, 12:01
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Re: Christmas crackers

Just as an aside:

was in UK a couple of weeks back and saw crackers on sale in M&S, with a little notice on the shelf to the effect of

"due to control of explosives and anti-terrorism legislation, Chrsitmas crackers can only be sold to persons over the age of 16"

I mean, come ON.....??!!
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Old 10.12.2007, 12:50
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so has any one found a place to buy the 'crack' part of the cracker so to be able to make authentic crackers at home - they are easy to buy at home, but here....
But you can buy 'party poppers' in lots of places here:

1. Remove the carboard end cap.
2. Take out the streamers.
3. Trim down the extra plastic.
4. Attach the string to one end of your home made cracker *
5. Attach another string to the other end and attach this string to the other end of the cracker.
6. Roll-up cracker.
7. Test one at least.
8. Repeat 1-6 until you have enough crackers.

* Put a hat (tissue paper), a joke and a gift in a cardboard tube (empty toilet roll size).
Using a sheet of crepe paper - roll up this toilet roll with two more, in-line with a light gap between them.
Scrunch up the bits between the toilet rolls by tieing a piece of string around the cracker and pulling tight (remove string afterwards.
Repeat for second scrunched-up bit.

Anyway, I'm going to try making ours this way
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Christmas Crackers

Christmas Crackers - Received an email from Britshop today re Christmas Crackers.

http://www.britshop.ch/index.php?section=news&news=33

I am trying to get a firework license for a party we hope to host for Bonfire Night.
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Re: Christmas Crackers

Aaarghhh! - I was going to bring some back in my checked luggage this weekend from London - doesn't look like that's a very good idea.
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Old 23.10.2008, 15:23
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Christmas Crackers - Received an email from Britshop today re Christmas Crackers.

http://www.britshop.ch/index.php?section=news&news=33

I am trying to get a firework license for a party we hope to host for Bonfire Night.
I also got an e-mail about the crackers today, and put my order of selection boxes, and Cadburys calendars
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I also got an e-mail about the crackers today, and put my order of selection boxes, and Cadburys calendars
ohhh I'm in need of a curly wurly selections boxes yummiee..
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Old 23.10.2008, 15:44
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Christmas Crackers - Received an email from Britshop today re Christmas Crackers.

http://www.britshop.ch/index.php?section=news&news=33

I am trying to get a firework license for a party we hope to host for Bonfire Night.
Does Salma Hayek qualify as a christmas cracker, if so I'll have 2 and camp outside till she arrives
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Old 23.10.2008, 15:57
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ohhh I'm in need of a curly wurly selections boxes yummiee..

Yummy curly wurlys, i will probably get 2 crunchies which if people have read my other posts about crunches will be given free to a good home
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Yummy curly wurlys, i will probably get 2 crunchies which if people have read my other posts about crunches will be given free to a good home
I got into an awful state a couple of years ago when my nearest and dearest forgot to get me selection boxes from the UK.. It still gets to me if I think about it for too long.. How can you forget to buy selection boxes
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Now look what you've done you've gone and made me cry.. there is only one curly wurly nothing else come close.
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Christmas Crackers - Received an email from Britshop today re Christmas Crackers.

http://www.britshop.ch/index.php?section=news&news=33

I am trying to get a firework license for a party we hope to host for Bonfire Night.
According to the guy at the authority, import for private use is still allowed.
Though I have heard of people who had their crackers confiscated by the duty officers at Zürich Airport.
I'm not sure if it was simply because they have to be declared.
You only need a license if you want to import them for retail purposes like we do.

FWIW...the whole thing is an absolute nightmare. They actually want 33 samples for 3 different tests.

- 11 will be disassembled by (rocket) scientists to see what's in there and if the mechanism is safe.
- 11 will be put into a shaking machine to ensure nothing falls out when you shake them.
- 11 will be stored for 28 days in a room heated to 50° celsius to ensure nothing melts or leaks.

All these 3 tests need to be repeated for each manufacturer and each size of crackers. You even need to get a separate number for each decoration (color/pattern) of crackers. If the color changes a year later we will have to reapply.
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Old 23.10.2008, 17:41
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According to the guy at the authority, import for private use is still allowed.
Though I have heard of people who had their crackers confiscated by the duty officers at Zürich Airport.
I'm not sure if it was simply because they have to be declared.
You only need a license if you want to import them for retail purposes like we do.


FWIW...the whole thing is an absolute nightmare. They actually want 33 samples for 3 different tests.

- 11 will be disassembled by (rocket) scientists to see what's in there and if the mechanism is safe.
- 11 will be put into a shaking machine to ensure nothing falls out when you shake them.
- 11 will be stored for 28 days in a room heated to 50° celsius to ensure nothing melts or leaks.

Don't think Salma would like that....better stick to the traditional variety
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I got into an awful state a couple of years ago when my nearest and dearest forgot to get me selection boxes from the UK.. It still gets to me if I think about it for too long.. How can you forget to buy selection boxes
Sorry maybe i should of posted better I meant i have ordered 2 super selection boxes, and last year i had 1 crunchie in each, and i gave them away, and i will be offering my crunchies for free to a good home
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Sorry maybe i should of posted better I meant i have ordered 2 super selection boxes, and last year i had 1 crunchie in each, and i gave them away, and i will be offering my crunchies for free to a good home
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I could even swap you some filled in coop aktionen cards so you might like to purchase something nice there?
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