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Top Dog had the feeling the Dedes had returned to their daily routine and sort of forgotten about him. This of course is not allowed to happen. Today he came up with a new scheme. “I want to have all the presents” said Top Dog “Let’s cancel Christmas and have Top Dog Day on the 28th of December instead.”

“Wise move” confirmed Norman T Newbie III “then you can collect everything they will buy at the Boxing Day Sales as well”

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Finally the birds managed somehow to peck Cash Cow’s tummy. This gave her a big fright. “That hurts, you silly things,”  shouted Cash Cow angrily, while she let go of them and they could escpae. “And you also  ruined my ear drum.”

“What were you thinking?” asked Nitpicker who also has a rather large beak.

“What’s it to you?” asked Cash Cow dismissively “they are not even Dedes!”

“Only because you have Cash to your name, doesn’t give you the right to use whatever or whoever you want!”

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The Dedes live in New Zealand and summer is in full swing. For most of them their spirits are up, except for poor Deutsch Fraulein who is smiling through gritted teeth. She misses the cold and darkness in the weeks leading up to, what she thinks is a proper, Christmas so much. This is a throwback to a year when the Dedes could still afford Christmas cakes. No such thing this year. So Deutsch Fraulein really got a double whammy.

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“That puppet is such a loser!” said Harvey, the gambling buck rabbit pointing in the direction Scardy Pants had wandered off. The rabbit knows a thing or two about soldering on after losing everything. “Calling him a loser doesn’t help,” said Court Jester. “He is exactly the kind of puppet we have to engage with. He might turn around when we show him more respect.”

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“You can’t spoil it for me,” said Scardy Pants and turned away to leave the meeting. “I will wait for the helicopter and I know it will come.” he added.

“Okay, there is of course always a chance” agreed Court Jester, “but it will cost us dearly and will only take you to the nearest hospital. You still have to recover and start all over again.”

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Philosopher decided to speak out today. “Our society is on a journey to the top of a mountain. We know it is a long and hard climb but the promise of a beautiful view keeps us going. While the fitter ones race to the top, some of us are only half way there, or even worse, have slipped and fallen. Now, without hope of ever making it on their own, they have decided to call the rescue helicopter.” Then he pulled out his diagram. “Here, this shows we are all in it together. We are all Dedes. Let’s focus on the similarities not the differences. It doesn’t help telling the exhausted ones they should have trained harder. They can’t suddenly grow wings. The ones that are ahead have to go back a little way and share their water and their sandwiches.”

“And what about the rescue helicopter?” asked someone from the crowd. “I doubt it will ever come,” said Philosopher, “the one who pretends to be the pilot doesn’t have a licence.”

 

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Then Top Dog was asked to position himself on the diagram. He looked at it for a brief moment. “No way will I tell anyone how much money I have” he said and he placed a big fat dot on the word ‘Right’. “But there is one thing everyone should know, I am always right!”

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Philosopher handed Deutsch Fraulein his diagram, which now showed a lot of red dots. “What’s that?” she asked. “I am asking all the Dedes to put a dot where they see themselves” he answered and handed her the red pen. She looked at the result and commented, “but I know for a fact there aren’t any rich Dedes, so what are the dots doing there?”

“That of course depends on how you define rich” Philosopher explained. “In monetary terms we are all as poor as church mice, but there is more to being rich than that!”

 

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Philosopher is right” said Deutsch Fraulein dreamingly. “All I need is a warm little house with a vege garden and my personal peace, and then I will simply watch the world go by.”

“Withdrawing from society is not the solution” said Socialite with a scornful glance, “you have to engage. I can tell you, as long as the Jones’ keep buying, I’ll keep buying too. I don’t want them to get the better of me!”

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Foreign Correspondent has been looking for Philosopher all week. He wanted to find out what he thought about the political shift we currently see the world over. Philosopher pulled out a diagram he had prepared: “we pretend these dichotomies are the problem. But the real problem lies in the secret motivation for our actions: eat or be eaten. And as long as we don’t tackle overly self-serving behaviour, nothing will change.”

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