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Tinsel Tunes Podcast

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  • Birthday 04/17/1970

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    not sure
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    hastings, , New Zealand
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  • About my display
    Started in 2004 now up to over 60,000 lights. FM Transmitter. You know all the usual stuff.

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  1. Thanks for the responses. You are not alone with these choices.
  2. All right everyone, I'm doing some research for an upcoming podcast episode which will be about those Christmas songs we don't like.It's simple, just comment below or email [email protected] with your top Christmas songs you don't like. List as many as you like and you can even include some comments if you like. Now is the time to vent your thoughts on this. I'll compile all the results on the 20th of this month.Happy venting Cheers Duane
  3. Thanks for that. Interesting to read about how these were saved from the websites that shuy down.
  4. Hi everyone. I just wanted to say the second episode has dropped. Feel free to listen to it here. https://tinseltunes.com/2018/08/24/the-golden-age-of-christmas-episode-2-tinsel-tunes/ Merry Christmas and Rock On!
  5. Thank you so much for your comments. I've just finished the second episode. Due to go live 25th my time probably 24th your time. I hope you like.
  6. Hi everyone.Duane here. Very long time member of PC and huge Christmas fan.I would like to let the Christmas community know of a new podcast I have released.It's called Tinsel Tunes. So far one episode (I'm working on the second now).In the podcast episode, I'll be going into great detail about Christmas Tunes. Full of fun and interesting facts, it will get you into the Christmas Spirit. Hear about your favorite classics or modern songs. Learn about those songs that you dislike. The stories behind these are just as interesting. You may also find some new favorites and get a heads up on what will be new each season.Links to listen are on my website http://www.tinseltunes.com but I can be found on Itunes, Stitcher, Podbean and on my website.Come on over and have a listen. I would love to have ya.CheersDuane
  7. I feel your pain. Years ago when I was running a Christmas forum, I switched from a SMF forum to a wordpress system and it caused nothing but headaches. Even though mine was a much smaller scale, it still hurt.
  8. I'm about 50/50 static/animated an I animated to 1 song last year. This year I hope to go 30/70. Most of the channels stay on unless I want to show off. LOL
  9. Love the new theme, but I would really love a red and green christmasy theme to choose from. Cheers
  10. There isan article on my website that might help too. http://www.christmasdisplays.co.nz/index.php?page=7 This year I am mounting LEDs in wooden frames that I will screw to the outside of my frames.
  11. Yeap I've done them. First year I just used one colour. (This is how we spell colour over here by the way ) Second year and every year since I have used 2 colours, red and white so they look like candy canes. Check them out here. http://www.christmasdisplays.co.nz/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=9&Itemid=139 http://www.christmasdisplays.co.nz/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=63&Itemid=139
  12. Hi guys I'm looking for a video of a members display to show my workmates. To describe it? here goes... Large tree covered in blue LED that dances side to side. I think it was done by two brothers. possibly had arches over the driveway. Thanks about what I remember. I hope someone can help. Cheers Duane
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