Did you ever play that game “if I was rich I would…..”? Sure, you did unless of course you are already rich. Well I have just added dream interpreter to my list of housekeeper and cook. I would like a dream interpreter sitting by my bed every morning and explaining my extremely lucid dreams. Last night’s, or probably early this morning as apparently we remember most dreams just before we wake, was truly bizarre.
I was on Oxford Street in London’s West End, in morning rush house in my blue striped cotton pyjamas with a bagel running across the street looking for somewhere to toast it for breakfast. When I realised where I was – horrified I ducked into a grocery shop – of course there are none on Oxford Street, asked to borrow the phone to call my son to fetch me but didn’t know his mobile number – there’s a lesson learn your children’s mobile numbers – obviously nobody picks up the house phone anymore. Back outside my location changed to the local shops behind my family home in Leicester and I thought – great I can just walk home now! So what was that about. Home, pyjamas bagel – maybe it is do with comfort and security. Something we all need right now.
We are truly living in some very strange times. I mean really a 16-year-old from Connecticut has become the first person to have 100 million followers on Tik Tok. Why? Because she has invented a scientific phenomena, made a huge impact on the world, found the secret to happiness, has raised substantial funds to help the poor and needy, has triumphed over adversity, written a master piece – no none of these Charli D’Amelio has made her name posting videos of herself dancing in her room. And because of this notoriety she has now moved with her family to LA, acquired an agent, appeared in a Super Bowl half time advert and has a drink named after her at Dunkin’ Donuts.
We are living in a world where children believe they are stars and post endless videos of themselves doing mundane things like putting on makeup and picking out clothes to wear. Adults think that pictures of their food are interesting and important, and people die taking moronic selfies in dangerous situations.
And on the other end of the spectrum you have a government asking the elderly to sign “do not resuscitate” orders. I was horrified to read that in Switzerland, where the daily death toll from Covid is around twice the spring peak, doctors called for those who are vulnerable, including the over 60’s (that’s me) and those with heart disease or diabetes to sign end-of-life forms to ease intense pressure on the hospitals. Shades of the 1973 movie with Edward G Robinson and Charlton Heston Soylent Green. Don’t want to ruin it for those who might not have watched – but it tells the story of New York in the year 2022, when the population has swollen to an unbelievable 80 million, and people live in the streets and line up for their rations of water and Soylent Green. That’s a high-protein foodstuff allegedly made from plankton cultivated in the seas. But all is not what it seems!!
I think I just might have digressed somewhat but when an Ocado delivery driver includes three carrier bags of urine with a customer’s grocery order methinks maybe it’s all getting a bit crazy.
“Let’s be careful out there.”