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Check out the videos, in particular -- you can see him varnishing the plane. It took me a while to figure out what he was doing, until I realized that he was reproducing all of the paint and decoration on the outside of the aircraft in transparent varnish, so that when you look at it at first, it looks simply manila-colored, but when you look from an angle, everything becomes visible.
Amazing and somewhat insane.
Verse 1 is benign enough - the carollers (or possibly "claimants") deliver what appears to be a freely given gift of wishes for a merry Christmas and glad tidings. This is a gift any but the dourest of householders would be pleased to receive from a casual visitor.
Verse 2, however, includes a demand for payment - "Now bring us some figgy pudding". Here's the contract - in return for what was originally portrayed as being a free gift, the claimant now demands figgy pudding as payment in kind.
Even if the householder could be considered as having non-verbally agreed to this contract by opening the door to the claimants, how valid is a contractual stipulation that payment for the service of delivering wishes for a merry Christmas is only acceptable in the form of figgy pudding? At least in English law the householder's debt already exists as the service has already been delivered, so the doctrine of an invitation to treat cannot apply. Just as a restaurant which has already served a meal is obliged to accept all forms of legal tender in payment for that meal, where wishes for a merry Christmas have already been delivered it has to be asked if the claimants' demand for payment solely in figgy pudding is a reasonable one. Is the householder within their rights to insist on paying not in figgy pudding, but with a sum of money equivalent to the value of said figgy pudding?
Moreover, the amount of figgy pudding is not stipulated. While a reasonable person might assume that "some figgy pudding" would refer to a quantity of figgy pudding sufficient to allow a good-sized portion for each of the claimants, nowhere in the verbal contract is this amount stated. "Some" figgy pudding could be a very small piece indeed - would the claimants be able to insist on a greater quantity than is offered, provided that what is offered by the householder is indeed figgy pudding and not, say, Christmas cake or mandarin oranges?
In the third verse things are getting serious - "And we won't go until we've got some". The claimants are now declaring that if they are not supplied with figgy pudding then they shall commit the offence of trespass on the householder's property. Does this constitute extortion?
While it is true that there is an implied right of access to someone's front door in order to deliver mail, ring the bell, and so on, it is also true that that right of access is withdrawn if the person at the front door is subsequently asked to leave (Davis v Lisle 1936). If they do not leave they are trespassing. If they believe they are firmly entitled to payment for their services they can make application through the small claims court (providing the quantity of figgy pudding is small enough), but until an order is made instructing the householder to pay they are definitely not entitled to cause a nuisance to the householder with repeated in-person demands for payment.
So in three verses we go from what is basically a good-natured wish for a merry Christmas to a rapidly-escalating legal battle and possible police involvement. I just hope the carollers have a good lawyer.
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