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Well, it should have been all easy peasy. But you would not believe what happened last week. As usual, the readers voted who will take part in this year’s Super Dede competition.  To give all contestants the same chance, voting closed on Tuesday, two days after the last contestant was introduced. Unfortunately the management committee gave an example on how someone could still affect the temporary result.  If someone wants Eve L. gone, they could leave a comment on Cool Cats post. NOT COOL at all. Sure enough two people followed that ‘advice’ and left a comment on the cats post, with the result that Cool Cat passed Eve L.

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Of course Eve L was not taking it lying down. As we already know he was working on a complaint but miraculously he also got a comment from St Petersburg, Russia. (Truly, I could not have made this up!)

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No idea what it says**, but nifty as Eve L is, he figured out the rules mention comments but don’t stipulate the language or whether the comment makes sense.

The next day Mouse, the organiser, wanted to chuck it all in after she looked the the revised vote count.

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“This competition is such a mess.” she said. “Now Cool Cat and Eve L. both wiggled their way into the competition and they pushed Push Push, the elephant out. ”

Devil had enough of the kerfuffle “I am making an executive decision here” he said firmly “Eve L is under suspicion of colluding with a foreign power and should be barred from this year’s competition!” Does anyone dare to disagree with Devil?

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Meanwhile Push Push was so anxious whether she gets in this time, that she did her own recount and had to find out that Foxy Lady did better than her as well. Honest as she is, she admitted the fact to Foxy Lady “nobody seemed to have noticed that you have a point more than I as well.” Luckily, Foxy Lady absolutely hates talent shows and patted the elephant sisterly on the back while she replied: “And we won’t tell anyone either. With your colourful circus personality you will do so much better than I. I am just a cranky old liberal academic. No one seriously wants to see me in a talent show!”

Well, she hadn’t reckoned with our readers. Sure enough someone said “I do!” But by then voting had closed.

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Finally the group picture of the five contestants was released. Not a particularly happy bunch, I must say. Who can blame them. After these two chaotic weeks, they were totally exhausted and they were allowed to go off for a weekend of golfing to get a good break before the competition starts in all seriousness today.

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Problem is, the Dedes can’t play golf at all. Gifting them a golfing weekend just sounded good. So, how do the Dedes relax? They went to a spa anyway. Sitting in a hot tub is no good either, as they are not water tight. To make the best of it Cool Cat treated herself to a massage by Chance. Pity the Dedes have no bodies and a massage is somewhat wasted on them too.

…To be continued next week.

**PS: We tried to find out from enders_production what their comment meant. While they responded, they didn’t engage with our request. It happens that we have Russian friends of our own and even though we did not get a direct translation from them either, we were told it is a word of encouragement. And we opted to believe it.

 

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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!”