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Importing Fortune-Telling Fish For Christmas

Um, what do you do that for?

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Posted by David Pibworth on 19/11/2019 @ 8:00AM

Every year around Christmas I import thousands of fortune-telling fish into the UK. What? I hear you cry! I didn't know you did that! Um, what do you do that for?

Yes, I import fortune-telling fish for Christmas, but they are rather special!

Yes, I import fortune-telling fish for Christmas, but they are rather special!


It started about 10 years ago when someone needed 1,000 of them to put into Christmas Crackers and I happened to be importing some magic equipment at the time, so got some put in with that order and fulfilled the cracker order as well.

The ones left over I put onto eBay and ... well ... I was pleasantly surprised at how many people bought these fortune-telling fish at Christmas. It's lots of people! So I carried on importing them every Christmas since and so if you want any, you know where to come to.

"Just to remind you, what they do is to tell your fortune
by the way they curl!"

Many people put them at the table on Christmas for a bit of fun and to keep the kids entertained for a while before the sprouts are served up. There's something nostalgic about having them as we all remember them from our childhood.

We sell them in packs of 24 at a cost of £3.95 including p&p, so if you want any just let me know. If you want more then they work out even cheaper.

But there you go. That's my foray into importing fortune-telling fish for Christmas.

Until next time ...



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About David Pibworth ...


David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions who provides entertainment for theatre and corporate events. This ties in very well with The Arches Theatre, an outside venue that David owns underneath a disused railway line, equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. This was one of the few venues that could operate with social distancing in place during the summer of 2020 and where they ran everything from Shakespeare to Richard Digance through the summer months.

David has been involved in light entertainment for many years, even going back as far as working on a production with Norman Wisdom in London. He has a knack of keeping in touch with everyone he's worked with and would bring such people as Chas and Dave, Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk round to play locally when the chance arose.

His company also represent the stage rights for Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, the writers of Steptoe and Son and Hancock's Half Hour. He has recently negotiated permission with Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to produce Porridge on stage although this is all hampered by the current situation and the availability of theatres.

Next year, at the Arches Theatre, he will produce Ripping Yarns, written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones. This will be an interesting production as not only does one episode involve playing a football match, but also with the agreement of Michael Palin and the wife of the late Terry Jones, it has been decided that all the profits on this production will go to a dementia charity as Terry Jones died as a result of dementia, as did David's father and uncle.