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Reasons To Be Cheerful #22: Cultural Outings

29 Apr

These days it’s fashionable to be cultural whichever ebb of society you’ve swum in from. And why the hell not? There’s a lot to see out there. This weekend, I went culture-hopping in Manchester’s Cornerhouse and University Museum, rediscovering along the way, a few reasons to be cheerful:

Manchester Museum

Manchester Museum

1. Meeting Diverse People

If you’re going to meet a rampant socialist anywhere, I suppose that a high falutin exhibition on post-revolutionary art is probably the place. And who doesn’t want to hear a possibly drunken man’s views on the petite bourgeois on a Sunday afternoon?

2. Re-Connecting With The Kids

At the Manchester Museum there were cute children on all sides. Actual alright ones who weren’t screaming or being asked to please stop kicking the nice lady Atticus. I beamed at them. They smiled back. I felt like a bestower of good will and an example to the younger generation. I couldn’t help noticing, though, that we were asking the same questions.

3. Giving Something Back

We know that we get something out of culture (a growing awareness, opportunity to pontificate, a blog). But what about the people and organisations making the culture happen? This was my thinking when I agreed to a ’10-minute survey’ after the revolutionary exhibition. Twenty 10-part multiple choice questions later, I felt I’d done my bit. And that I should go to the pub.

4. You Could Get to See a Fight 


Don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating violence. But if it happens in nature then it is different, right? My experience in Manchester Museum this weekend took quite a David Attenborough turn after I found myself bearing witness to a vicious brawl between two green lizards. You don’t get that in the pub! (well, not with lizards. You catch my drift).

(REASONS TO BE PISSED OFF: I’m not and am unlikely ever to meet David Attenborough. Or Richard)

Attenborough Lolz

Attenborough Lolz