Monday, December 04, 2006

Tongue-in-cheek

Yesterday l was reading this weeks Private Eye magazine. Private eye is the UK's number 1 best-selling news and current affairs magazine offering "a unique blend of humour, social and political observations and investigative journalism." In the classifieds section l came across this Support Site for F.A.I.R.I.E.S.

F.A.I.R.I.E.S (Freedom to Act against Inflatable Reindeer and Illuminated Electronic Santas)


This website by Mrs Dorothy Wills-Doncaster is very Tongue-in-cheek. She attempts to uphold good strong British values- sadly missing in todays baseless and boorish society :) Ok, now that's me being tongue-in-cheek!
Tongue-in-cheek is a term that refers to a style of humour in which things are said only half seriously.

The quote below is taken from here:

"The proliferation of hideously illuminated houses during December is a threat to society as we know it - with liberated helium-filled polar bears representing a serious danger to aircraft and the national grid becoming close to shut down. Furthermore the unseasonal light causes hibernating animals to wake from their essential slumber, attracts poisonous bats, widens the hole in the ozone layer, directly leads to the destruction of the arctic icecap and leads to the deaths of thousands of penguins. The practice also puts millions of pounds into the economy of China (for they manufacture 95% of inflatable polar bears and flashing carol-singing Pingu's) and is therefore bringing world war three ever closer. "

AND...

The ultimate guide to tacky Christmas decorations site here

"You've seen them everywhere: tacky Christmas decorations. When your parents make you drive through the neighborhood to "see the lights" you are forced to gaze at the millions of watts of Christmas lights, thousands of acres of fake snow, hundreds of plastic Santas. Somewhere in the back of your mind, you think to yourself, "I can do better." Well, now you can! Collected from thousands of years of Christmas experience, I have compiled the ultimate guide to tacky decorations. In just hours, you too can have your own masterpiece. The number one rule to remember to ensure a tacky Christmas is: avoid mediocrity."

This all sounds a little 'bah humbug', but it did make me laugh :)


7 comments:

Lorraine said...

Oh, my. The trend right now is for those horrible inflatable "snow globes" full of all sorts of ridiculous inflated characters and they are just ugly and offensive to anyone possessed of even the wee-est bit of aesthetic taste and The Child just thinks they are fabulous and keeps badgering me to get one.

Which I will not do for lo, I am too busy despairing that I have raised a child who finds such things attractive. I want to think it is temporary and owes only to her lack of maturity and not a failure of good influence on my part but then I think, "But adults who should know better have these things in their yards". And I despair again.

HORIZON said...

Lorraine- we have a new shop around the corner open for Christmas with lots of Christmas stuff (obviously). Front window and there it sits- the giant inflatable snow globe! l nearly died. :) Santa shimmies his way up the chimney inside. l did not think it was inflated enough because he looked exhausted as he came out the top and flopped over! Hysterically funny.

Sue said...

The tackiest one I saw was an inflatable nativity set! The poor thing was half deflated and looked just so sad.
What are people thinking???
PS I love your new look!!!
xoxox

Grish said...

Lol a life size simpson. Just what every one needs...:)

Margaret said...

How funny, all a matter of taste or the lack thereof. Cheers Margaret

PEA said...

Oooh I just love your new look Horizon!! Lovely!! Oh, I so enjoyed that article! LOL There's a place not far from here...I swear they have every inflatable ornament there is available on the market and they have it all on their front lawn which is very tiny. I will have to remember to take my camera the next time I'm around there! lol There's sometimes a time when too much is too much!! Hugs xox

Tammy said...

She sounds like a Grinch to me...lol...our new neighborhood is the height of Tacky according to her...lol!!
I can't compete this year, but next year Lord willing...look out!!
:-D

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