A puerile pavement party.
Posted by Big John on December 6, 2011
I know that I am way out of touch with many aspects of modern life, and most of the time I tend to ignore, what I consider to be, the strange behaviour of those around me; and in particular what has come to be known as “grief-lite” or “recreational grief”. In other words the extravagant public displays of grief by people for those they have never met.
I have written before about the roadside ‘shrines’ of plastic wrapped flowers and other ‘offerings’ which seem to appear whenever a tragic death is reported, but now this phenomenon has been taken to a new level with the horrific story of the alleged abuse of a baby in Gravesend, Kent: for, although the baby is reported to be recovering, the candlelit vigils and displays of ‘faux’ grief seem to be accompanied by vigilante violence, and something new has joined the teddy bears, candles and balloons … Chinese flying lanterns ! … Take a look again at the picture of the women launching them. Time to have fun girls ! Now they can …
… really enjoy themselves !