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Santa caught in LA traffic jam
a funny clip about Santa. With his laughing sound in the air mixed with sound of car horn in a busy road.
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Submitted by:  Lunatic2010
Total Downloads:  3572
Release Date:  Nov 30th, 2005
File Size:  713KB
Rating:  Very Good | 7 rate(s)

Tags: Christmas  Happy New Year  funny  jam  merry christmas  noel santa claus  santa  santa claus  traffic  xmas 
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Comment:  6 [Add Comment]
Oh Poor Santa! (by forestgum, Jul 19th, 2007)
Please help him to get out of that traffic jam, there are many kids are waiting for him :O
Oh Poor Santa! (by forestgum, Jul 18th, 2007)
Please help him to get out of that traffic jam, there are many kids are waiting for him :O
Exciting (by nautin, Jul 10th, 2007)
I like it. I will send it to my friends.
Rush hour.... (by kitty, Jul 9th, 2007)
Hurry up, Santa. Kids are waiting for you. Really kool.
Santa caught in LA traffic jam (by billyoung, Jul 9th, 2007)
Poor him!!! He'll be late to give presents to everybody, me too.
Ho ho ho (by Frank Tran, Jun 26th, 2007)
Funny and interesting...I love this piece
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Snogging, bickering and the cost of ringtones

Helen Brown joins the divas and David Brents at the music industry's annual jamboree

The accordionist on La Croisette has a limited repertoire, and during the 72 hours I've spent in Cannes, I've come to know it pretty well. His fingers move passionlessly through La Vie en Rose and Yesterday while he stares blankly out toward the yachts.

The industry types swarming between the concrete conference centre and the swanky beachfront hotels sometimes throw a coin in his pot. It's not exactly the rock and roll dream, but he's found a reliable formula for what everybody here is trying to do: "monetise music".

Welcome to the 41st Midem conference, which ends today – a trade fair and frantic five-day networking slog for the music business.

"Cannes? Music?" asked a friend. "Wow. Sounds glamorous!" Hardly. Waiting for my EasyJet early-bird at Luton airport I get an amuse-bouche of what will be on the Midem menu. You can spot the delegates a mile off.

A couple of young dudes whose hair products are fighting a losing battle with their oversized headphones, but mainly men pushing 50, uniformed in battered leather jackets, clutching record bags and scouring the Midem magazine. Three of them are already slugging back the lager at 6am. "D'you know what I call it?" announces the baldest of the trio. "Madem. Because it's completely mad. You'll get mashed, man." He's David Brent with an iPod.

And he's not alone. Midem attracts around 10,000 participants from 93 countries. The long line of travel-crumpled individuals queuing up for registration on Saturday morning are from tiny record labels, law firms, CD packaging outfits and mobile phone companies. They've paid a minimum of €550 to be here.

At the press desk I'm handed booklets and schedules and allocated one of 100-odd pigeonholes in the press lounge, where an Austrian journalist is arguing with a Belgian colleague about the cost of ringtones. I think of Arctic Monkeys' recent comment – "There's only new music so that there's new ringtones" – and lift an Ericsson brochure from my already-bloated pigeonhole to read that: "In the first half of 2006 sales of physical formats such as CDs were down 10 per cent on the previous year and download sales up by 106 per cent … Music bought over the mobile phone is the fastest-growing sector of the UK music market."

I download an espresso and head into my first press conference. It's the launch of "Merlin", a ground-breaking licensing agency designed to help independent labels protect themselves from piracy. Indie labels are responsible for 80 per cent of annual music releases, and they've finally realised that they need to club together to defend themselves. Within minutes, the press pack have nicknamed Merlin "the fifth major label". Everybody's saying the CD is dead. More than that, maybe the record label is dead. Music comes straight from the artist to the consumer in a keystroke these days. Hopefully with the consumer's credit card details involved at some point.

"D'you cover new media?" asks an American hack.

"Uh… no," I confess. "Music."

She laughs very loudly.

'Boy, are you ever in the wrong place! Still, there's the NRJ Awards tonight, right?"

Pronounced "energie", the NRJ Awards are France's equivalent of the Brits. Alongside les grandes étoiles of the Francophone market, US celebs like Christine Aguilera, Nelly Furtado and Gwen Stefani have flown in. But though the streets are full of clamouring fans, the hall feels rather empty, with music industry types chattering into their mobiles throughout the performances.

Tiny Aguilera wins "Album of The Year" for Back to Basics and almost struggles to lift the huge chunk of metal thrust into her hands. Last year James Blunt used his award to bludgeon a burglar who broke into his hotel room after the ceremony.

There's far more excitement at the MTV Border Breaker Awards the following day. This smaller event celebrates European acts who have broken out of their own country. The hall is packed with excited children, aged around seven to 12. The atmosphere is like Prize Day at a rather cool, multilingual junior school. The UK's Corinne Bailey Rae picks up an award in absentia.

These acts may have shifted units beyond their own borders, but the extent to which they conform to national musical stereotypes is astonishing. The French winner does disco-pop with an accordion; the Portuguese act includes flamenco guitar; the Italian does opera; and Ireland's "Celtic Ladies" play fiddles and cover Enya tunes.

After the show, I wander around the vast hall of stands, many organised by slogan-branded nationality. "Because Life's Too Short to Listen to Shitty Music," advise the Canadian posters. Scandinavia promises "Moosic" with an earphone-antlered moose, and "Schnappster". There's a stall claiming to be the official label of Santa Claus.

At the Taiwanese stand I am handed a nice cup of green tea and invited to hear some goth music. The British stands include everything from recognisable labels to a stall whose dubious claim is to offer "karaoke in every known format!"

At a party where, bizarrely, there's a 20-minute queue for the free beer while tables crammed with champagne flutes stay untouched, I chat to Paul Sheddon, who's here to sell acts like girl group Brown Eyes Blue.

"Crystal Gayle fans?" I ask.

"No. They're too young. It's just that some of them have brown eyes and some of them have blue eyes."

Odds on out of four girls, I'd have thought. But the quartet played the Clothes Show last year and have just signed a clothing deal with Miss Selfridge. Sheddon spent around £900 getting out here and says it's more than worth it. There's a guy walking around with a list of major acts like Annie Lennox and Kelly Clarkson who are looking for songs. The few lucky agents and songwriters to provide them will make a mint.

Amy Winehouse takes to the stage in a crow's-nest beehive for the climax of the British showcase. When she sings of "homegrown", she's the only person here not talking about the talent. It's just like the end of any conference. There's snogging, bickering, a girl in tears and a young man making a valiant effort not to vomit.

"They tried to make me go to rehab, but I said, 'no, no, no'," sings Winehouse, and the front row raise their plastic cups and chant along. I head into the night, paying my toll as I pass the accordionist one final time.

About 20 palm trees down, I hear a disturbance on the beach. An older man of Teutonic extraction is shouting and frisbeeing CDs into the waves. "Best thing he can do with them, mate," confides a fellow onlooker, as the weeping man is led from the shore by his friends.

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