Spreading joy and laughter* far and wide this Christmas. Due to the current economic downturn, this Christmas looks like it could be the gloomiest since records began, with forecasters fearing that the national mood may plunge to its lowest ever level. But don't despair. For Fulchester County Council has been stockpiling poor quality cartoons, jokes, spoof ads and articles to help the country through the icy depression that lies ahead. The Council Gritter - Viz's latest annual - is a 160-page bumper hopper of fun, overflowing with the best bits from issues 162 to 171 of Britain's favourite award-winning toilet grin-mag. Priced at a credit-crunch-friendly £10.99, The Council Gritter will be ploughing its way into bookshops, supermarkets and internet stores from October. *Publisher's estimate. Viz reserves the right for its books not to spread any joy or laughter whatsoever.