The world economic collapse has flooded John Bull's Island like Tennessee Toxic Ash Flood. Nary a family hasn't had to cut back in these hard times.
Proof of this widespread hardship can be found in this year's Boxing day. Traditionally a time when the gratitude of Christmas giving and receiving spilled over toward the poorer folk in a St Stephen's Day outpouring of almsgiving. In a way, this year was no different except that the poor recipients turned out to be new needy average citizen of the UK.
Ustuf Moneybags said that his Christmas takings were so sparse that he decided to give to himself this Boxing day:
" It's a time for thinking about the less fortunate and as since I'm less fortunate than last year, I'm givin meself the Boxing day surprises."
The United Kingdom's perenially poor folks suggested that from now on December 26th should be called Empty Boxes Day.