WHILE the Italians lift each other’s spirits with opera, British people can only yowl along to Wonderwall with their neighbours. And these classics:
Always Look On The Bright Side of Life
A terrible choice for two reasons: first because it recommends wilful igorance in the face of a pandemic, and second because everyone’s missing the irony. However, British people of a certain age love it because nothing good has happened to them since 1979.
Hard enough to listen to when sung by the highly talented Freddie Mercury, it’s intolerable when bawled by a lonely, maudlin Brit after necking eight Carlsbergs. Plus it’s an ear-punishing six minutes long.
Land of Hope and Glory
The sort of patriotic anthem that gets a certain type salivating, Land of Hope and Glory tends to fall apart after the first line because not even the most rabid nationalist loves their country enough to actually learn the words.
Already bad enough when aggressively shouted into your face in a club when you’ve had one too many Jägerbombs, having Mr Brightside sung endlessly out of open windows will make this already dark time even harder to bear.
The Birdie Song
It’s deeply annoying, but many Brits still think the Birdie Song is fun because they had a good time dancing to it at a disco in a village hall in 1983. On the plus side it has a dance, which means a bit of respite from lying on the sofa watching Bargain Hunt for the next 12 weeks.
You’re Going To Get Your F**king Head Kicked In
By this point Britain’s exhausted its repertoire and fallen back on anything that stimulates the hypothalamus. To be followed by Who’s The Bastard In The Black and some 80s favourites about the IRA.