Saturday, December 02, 2006

In Britain today, "Celebrity News" magazines seem to have become even more prevalent than sexually transmitted disease (if such a thing is possible). The rash of such magazines now available is enough to make your brain itch in a most unpleasant fashion.

I don't see inside these things often but I was flicking through one the other day at a friend's house. The "Spotted this Week" section was mystifying.
A person you've never heard of spotted in Waitrose. Another person whose name might be vaguely familiar was seen eating food in a restaurant. Pete Doherty spotted looking spotty. Some or other ex-Hollyoaks actor was in a nightclub trying to chat up every woman within a ten mile radius. Pete Doherty spotty in court...
There was more than half a page of this and it was written in really quite small print and small print is a rarity in these mags if the one I had was anything to go by. Is this some sort of celebration of existentialism or something? I just don't get it.

But the bit that baffled me most was even more bizarre. On the top of a page was the headline "Everything You Need to Know About Tom and Katie's Wedding!". There then followed three full pages of who on earth knows what. Extraordinary.

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