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Monday, February 11, 2008

Charlie Brooker on Unvalentine's Day

'As well as celebrating the death of existing loves, Unvalentine's Day can also accommodate all the loves that never were: the thwarted crushes, unrequited yearnings, and hopeless unspoken dreams. So if there's a friend you're desperately holding a candle for, even though they've pointed out time and time again that it's never going to happen, this is your "me-time": you're permitted to call them up and howl down the phone for half an hour, or stand pleading outside their window like a sap. And for one day only, it's illegal for anyone to pity you.

In summary, Unvalentine's Day promises to be the most coldly practical celebratory festival in history - a far healthier affair than Valentine's Day itself. True love is so uncontrollably delightful, there's no need to set aside a mere day in its honour. As for love's torments - well, it's probably best to compress and release them in a single, orderly burst, once a year. And that day is February 15. Mark it in your diary.'


Full article in all its glory and bitterness here. Under socialism, I am sure a Government of Workers Councils would vote to unceremoniously consign Valentines Day to the dustbin of history and institute an Unvalentines Day - until then I suppose the profits of florists and card manufacturers have to be artificially maintained somehow...

4 Comments:

At 5:49 pm, Anonymous russ cargill said...

At this point i should state that charlie brooker is the greatest thing to happen to tv and indeed the world!
however i will just plug my new blog which is bloody great(even if i do say so myself)

 
At 5:55 pm, Blogger russ cargill said...

sorry link below. (boy is my face red)

 
At 10:10 am, Anonymous a very public sociologist said...

Charlie Brooker is hilarious. And he really likes The Wire, which definitely puts him in my good books.

 
At 4:02 pm, Blogger Roobin said...

I wuv u, Snowball.

 

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