OPINION: Whinging from same song book
COMMENT BY DAMIAN BATHERSBY: THERE'S nothing quite like a good whinge, is there?
How boring would the world be if everyone was happy all the time?
It's well-known that people who don't whinge run the risk of having the stresses
inside their bodies build up to such an extent that their heads explode.
I knew a bloke who was all sweetness and light and never said a bad word about anyone.
Then one day his head blew up while he was helping an old lady cross the street.
So we all need to have an occasional whinge to stop our heads exploding.
Which is why I was happy to learn about complaint choirs, where people are
encouraged to sing about the things that upset them.
It all began with a Finnish couple who set out to combat the annoying belief that it's best to think positively and keep complaints to yourself.
They organised the first complaints choir in England, where a group of college
students began singing about the price of beer.
It was meant to be a one-off experiment but clips of the choir got on to YouTube, which led to the formation of choirs in Helsinki, where singers bemoaned boring dreams.
A choir formed in Budapest, with singers ranting about a neighbour holding folk-dance practice.
So far there are 20 choirs, including one in Melbourne where, presumably, they whinge about the weather and the fact most of us refuse to take their football seriously.
Participants aren't required to have a musical background, but they must offer at least one complaint for inclusion in the song list.
Who could forget the 2003 classic, This Thing's a Heap of Crap - I Want My Money Back, or the follow-up hit, What Do You Mean The Warranty Expired?
It seems complaining is a universal language, which explains the worldwide phenomenon that began as "Why Aren't These Instructions Written In English?" but was a hit when re-released internationally as "Why Aren't These Instructions Written In French?", "Why Aren't These Instructions Written In German?" and the Australian Christmas carol version "If I Needed Bloody Instructions I Would Have Stayed Sober Enough To Read Them".
Have a good weekend, don't drink too much and quit yer bloody whinging!