What d’you think is causing it? Is it climate change, global warming, or the presence of too many foreigners that's created this new trend? Certainly the crying game has got more challenging, as they say in contemporary parlance. A recent study shows that, apparently, tears have always been available amongst the British but it was WW2 that stopped the flow.
‘A time of war is no time for weeping’ claims Dr Thomas Dixon, who has done a study on the subject.
Hmm, I thought that a war was precisely the time for weeping. For when your loved ones' lives are threatened, when the children born to you might have no future, when all that is personal and precious (never mind the beauty of your homeland that will be scarred forever) stands on the brink of destruction, isn’t that when you cry?
Hasn’t real grief always been a private thing? Perhaps the mistake I’m making is confusing grief with tears. It doesn’t matter, just good to know on authority that everyone in Britain is crying again. Even if it is only on TV Talent shows.
Meanwhile those of us who have no interest in crocodiles or statistics will continue to lament, albeit in private, ‘man’s inhumanity to man'.
Incidentally, I’ve just read that the best way to fight off a crocodile is to poke its eyes out.