Mr FF is away for a few days and last night I decided to see if there was anything to watch on English tv. When he is here we usually watch films on our wall with the projector or play Scrabble on Facebook or just laze about chatting, seldom do we watch television - if we do then it is usually French tv to help with language skills.
I watched about 15 minutes of two programmes last night and couldn't decide which appalled me more; first there was Katie Price and Peter Andre's reality show about them moving to LA. It showed how unpleasant a person the former Jordan really is and I don't understand how she could have agreed to let a film crew follow her and record every nasty rejoinder to her husband. He wanted to go to the gym and she replied 'I know you are having an affair with someone there Peter - folks you heard it here first (looking at the camera). She then told him he was a liar and that she didn't love him any more and his little boy ran over to her and she encouraged the child to diss his dad. How can she behave like this in front of a) her kids and b) all of us sitting there mindlessly watching?
So I switched over to Channel 4 and watched a bit of Gok Wan's fashion makeover show. One item he does each week (although this was the first time I'd seen his show) is select some high street fashion items and then a 'rival' selects similar things but of a 'designer'nature and the audience choose which look they prefer the most, although they - and us - do not know which is the 'cheap' version and which is the astro-currency one. This show made me actually realise how out of touch with consumerism I have become since moving to France. -okay, I have my Rocket Dog (very mild) compulsion but that is it really. Anyway, I even found the 'cheap' high street prices quoted quite a lot of money , let alone the few thousand that each so-called designer outfit cost.
I think this whole 'staying in fashion' concept is a ludicrous one, although I didn't think so when I was 25 and as addicted to labels and needing to have the latest look/colour/style as the next fashion victim. For that is what these people are - they are victims and I've decided that I'm happy, delighted in fact, at being out of that loop.