What a strange world we live in! Last Friday my colleagues and I had a blast, like vast numbers of people across the UK, we were larking about in order to raise money for Red Nose Day.
Seeing footage of sick and starving children across Africa brings out the best in folk, young and old. A day of compassion to help the desperate probably blesses the giver more that the recipient and long may Red Nose Day and Comic Relief pluck the heart strings and wallets of the comparatively wealthy Brits. (If you look at the Armada Pinterest boards you will know that Richard Curtis is one of my hero’s).
Within a few days I was watching a young footballer in a pub talking about his plucked eyebrows and the same day I was at the dentist for a check-up. You may be puzzled by the connection but hang on with me.
Inside this Grand Design dental clinic there were numbers of tunic clad glamorous receptionists, hygienists and dentist, all smiling, friendly and welcoming. Obviously this is a highly successful practice and the secret of their success is to be found in today’s obsession with health and vanity. Teeth whitening and straightening, capping and implants contribute far more to the coffers than extractions and fillings.
Now I’m not criticising men’s desire to spend their wages on hair removal or the latest trimmers or the folk that want healthy mouths and smiles that increase their confidence. Aren’t we fortunate that we can afford these treatments?
However, the void between the western world that has so many choices and the people of the Middle East and Africa who frequently have no way out of poverty is incomprehensible. The £73M raised by Red Nose Day so far won’t solve the World’s problems but it will save lives and God knows the love and compassion of the 4 year old child in Scunthorpe who gave up all his pocket money or the pensioner in Dartford who went without to bless a family in Uganda.
This week we have started the process to remove ourselves from the EU and I, for one, am ecstatic that once again we will be GREAT Britain. After all, it’s the people that make Britain great.