Monday, January 01, 2007

Start As You Mean To Go On ...

So, a New Year has arrived and we look forward to more of the same rants and insults. However, there are times when you have to think "why do we bother?", especially when it's handed to you on a plate;

The New Year came in without much ado. Those I wanted to be with when midnight arrived had already left the party we were attending, so we were left with the B-Team. We did our best to circulate and chat. I was (un)fortunate to meet a young American woman who, every time someone cracked a joke, her face beamed into a smile and she said "that's SO funny!" What got under my skin was the fact that she never really laughed, she just kept repeating "that's SO funny!" Can you imagine, for example, a comedian on stage at the London Palladium. Just as the punchline is delivered, instead of the place roaring with laughter, 3,000 people shout back in unison "that's SO funny!" Odd, innit?

Then there's the story of those idiots back in the UK who insist on abusing the Ambulance service. Over there you dial 999 for all emergency services. A call-centre in Birmingham received a call from someone who said he "couldn't walk from too much dancing". Then someone in Woverhampton (not too far away from Birmingham) who rang to say he had injured his finger. Once the story had been checked out, it appeared that he had sustained the injury two days beforehand. However, my favourite was the guy who rang 999 because he had lost his trousers ...

Finally, and quite naturally in France, a group of protesters held a midnight demonstration against 2007. In a typical Gaulist way of saying "non" to absolutely every-bloody-thing, the group called on governments and the UN to stop time's "mad race" and declare a moratorium on the future. So, with the tension mounting as the minutes ticked away, the arrival of 2007 did nothing to dampen their enthusiasm. At which point they started chanting "No to 2008!". The same group have vowed to stage a similar protest on 31 December 2007 on the Champs-Elysees.

So, why do we bother??

Happy 2008, you bunch of losers ...



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