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Yesterday's release of Band Aid's revamped version of the, ahem, classic Do They Know It's Christmas has put many charitable souls in a bit of a quandry. The fact is, you want to help the Sudanese refugees by supporting this excellent cause, but the single is, well, crap.

Technically, this is known as the Band Aid Dilemma - a disturbing condition in which the natural instinct to help those less fortunate than yourself battles the primordial desire to avoid dreadful pop like the plague.

So, what's the solution? Fear not, help is at hand in the form of the Band Aid Dilemma online resource. Here's how it works:

You want this record to succeed, because you feel for the plight of the refugees in the Dharfur region of Sudan and this project is funding aid projects on their behalf. However, you hate this recording and feel your musical ego looming and refusing to be bruised.

The answer?

  • Buy as many copies of Do They Know It's Christmas by Band Aid 20 as you can afford.
  • Destroy them in amusing ways, on camera.
  • Send us the pictures.

Charity. Violence. You know it makes sense.

Excellent. We hope that this admirable initiative will considerably swell the Band Aid coffers while ensuring that as few copies of the record as possible escape into the wild. Go to it. ®

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