Room 101

Room 101

It’s been ages since I last took part in a meme, so I was pleased to be tagged in this one by A Plucky Heroine. It’s a belter! Named, of course, after the nightmarish place in George Orwell’s classic novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four and the TV show in which celebrities banish things they don’t like to said room, the idea is to explain the things that would constitute your living hell.

I could use this as an opportunity to explore my darkest thoughts, but bemoaning some of life’s smaller irritations is much more me. Plus wandering about in the deepest, darkest recesses of my mind would take way too long and I may not come back. See? that got dark a little too quickly. Off we go with the things I’d like to send packing…

David Cameron

His politics, Big society, lying about eating baked goods in order to try and score points with us common people, leaving his daughter in a pub… there’s nothing redeeming about the man and Steve Bell’s portrayal of him with a massive condom over his head is spot on. Go on, Dave, sling your hook and take your dickhead mates with you.

Peppa Pig

Okay, it sometimes raises a half smile and has some great voice actors in it but, on the whole, I can’t stand it. Peppa is a brash little oik. Daddy Pig doesn’t do fathers many favours with his buffoonery and the bloody merchandise is everywhere. Unfortunately, it’s the only thing that shuts Xander up when he’s in a mood. As a result, I’ve seen every episode at least four times. I would go into my Peppa Pig/Lord of the Flies mashup idea, but I promised not to get dark.

Poor pavement etiquette

People who let their dogs crap all over the place and don’t clean it up. Adults who cycle on pavements and those who don’t say thanks when you step aside to let them past on narrow paths. They’ll all be first up against the wall come the revolution. Oh yes. Drivers who don’t indicate when there aren’t any other cars around can join them. Are pedestrians supposed to be psychic or something? ARGH!

There are plenty more things I would add. They include ‘footballers’ who make racist remarks, gesticulate, dive and bite others – okay, okay, Luis Suarez – people chucking non-recyclable waste in our recycling bin before I’ve had a chance to get it back in, rubbish data connections on train journeys when I have something ever so witty to tweet that is losing its relevance with every minute that ticks past. All the stuff of nightmares, I’m sure you’ll agree.

What would you put in Room 101?

Comments

  1. Kerrie McGiveron

    Great post – I particularly liked ‘Go on, Dave, sling your hook and take your dickhead mates with you’ 🙂

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  2. Sarah MumofThree World

    I’m so with you on pavement etiquette. I was running the other day and had to go on to the road so a 20-something bloke could continue riding on the path. And the recycling box?! Gross.
    I LOVE Peppa Pig though.
    I’ve done a Room 101 post too and it’s scheduled for tomorrow 🙂

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      Tom

      Cheers Sarah. Glad I’m not alone in suffering from pavement rage. Just as well I’ve never learned to drive!

  3. Sarah Miles

    Well, thank you! I shall partake inthis meme with pleasure….although to pick just three….

    Pavement etiquette is a corker. I find myself shouting after people now, prob not a good idea!

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      Tom

      Thanks Sarah. Yes, difficult narrowing it down to three for sure. Just get angry then sit down and write. Works a treat!

  4. Heather R

    I have the opposite gripe with cyclists – where I live anyway. In Milton Keynes there are dedicated ‘redways’ which are basically very wide foot/cycle paths which go all over the city and were built to keep both cyclists and pedestrians safely away from the main roads. You can get anywhere from the redways without going on a road so I get annoyed when I see a cyclist slowing down all the cars (only in MK though, I’m aware they are perfectly at right to use the roads when there is no alternative). Then again, I do drive 😉

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      Tom

      I can see how that could be annoying! Stupid on their part too; why risk weaving between cars when they have their own path?!

  5. Jonathan

    Agree with your first and last choices, but I’d have been tempted to go for ‘In the Night Garden’ ahead of ‘Peppa Pig’. I really can’t stand ‘In the Night Garden’, it’s like it’s been designed to bore both kids and parents too sleep. Sooooooooooo long, dull and repetitive.

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      Tom

      I don’t mind In The Night Garden, to be honest; it calms my two down for the evening so I can take the repetition! 🙂

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  6. Richy

    As a born again cyclist, I think your second point depends on whether or not the pavement in question is designated as a cycle route as well as pavement. In that case, it’s fine to ride on the pavement, but if not then I’m completely with you, adults on bikes don’t belong there.

    Already thinking up my list…

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      Tom

      Oh yes, if they have a designated bit of pavement that’s fine – but if not they deserve all the abuse they get from me!

  7. Helen

    I’m also with you on the pavement etiquette thing too, especially dogs! I’d have to stick MIchael Gove in there too along with doctors’ receptionists. I apologise if you’re a perfectly nice doctor’s receptionist but every one I’ve come across seems to have had a personality bypass and reluctantly gives appointments like they’re doing you a favour! Rant, mutter, sigh…

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      Tom

      With you on the receptionists – I haven’t encountered many nice ones. Good shout with Gove too; he can do one!

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  9. Distressed Housewife

    As you know, I’m with you on Peppa Pig 100%, annoying little brat. I’ve been known to get a bit of pavement rage and I think several people would have David Cameron banished somewhere where the sun don’t shine, myself included. Great post 🙂

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