A little light entertainment to keep you going until the Queen's speech and the new year's festivities...

Here’s a selection of jolly videos, links and miscellaneous downloadable items from the upcoming issues of PBO and beyond. We do hope you enjoy these little stocking fillers and don’t forget to get your February issue as soon as it’s out on 4 January. We’ll be back with regular news from 2 January 2007.

5 ways to recover an MOB
Click here to view selected video highlights from the RNLI/PBO man overboard recovery trials from Southampton Water in late October, featuring the RNLI Divisional Sea Safety Manager trialing 15 different methods of casualty recovery.
For the full article, buy your copy of PBO February Issue, on sale 4 January!

The world’s greatest kit revealed
Want to know what’s new, innovative, and been judged best in class by an international panel of experts?
Click here to hear interviews with the DAME award winners at METS, the world’s biggest international marine trade show. Plus, we speak to Kim Hollamby (pictured left), chairman of the jury, to find out just what it was that caught the judges’ eyes.

Brief Encounter
Click here to view PBO’s latest amusing video clip from regular contributor David Rainsbury – an unusual encounter with one of Mother Nature’s most curious sea-dwellers off the coast of the Isle of Man this summer. More from David Rainsbury and the Isle of Man in the march issue of PBO, on sale 1 February 2007

Ullswater – see video of wreck 30m down
Click here to view underwater footage filmed by Steve Carmichael Timson undertaking a geophysical survey in Ullswater in the Lake District. It’s thought the wreck is that of a houseboat which broke its moorings in a storm in the 1930s. An archaeological survey is now under way. More in the February issue of PBO on sale 4 January 2007

Tools for your boat – part 4: DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME!
In PBO February issue, Practicals editor Jake Kavanagh presents a buyers’ and users’ guide to the mother of all sanders – a ‘tool of mass construction’ – the belt sander. As promised, here is a link to the New England Belt Sander Racing Association website.
Click here to see for yourself (it’s a big file so download it if possible before watching). Drag-racing powertools – DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME!

Hot action from Ibiza 
Click here for this PBO exclusive – as one honeymoon couple get more than they bargained for from a Balearic cruise. Sent in by Ken and Iris Hack, North Yorkshire

PBO New Gear at the London Boat Show
Click here to hear podcasts and interviews with manufacturers – for more on these stories, see the January issue of Practical Boat Owner, on sale NOW

And finally…
What do you buy the girl or guy in your life who can fix anything, anywhere, anytime? It’s easier than you think. Dee Caffari has teamed up with WD40 in producing a document (in collaboration with other expert DIY-ers), called ‘2000 uses for WD40’.
Download it here and read on your holidays…

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at PBO