To Lighten Your Mood – 28 April 2013


Every Sunday night, around this time, I quietly sit alone and reflect on the week that is ending. The conversations I’ve had, jokes I’ve been told, things I’ve read, videos I’ve seen, radio I’ve listened to. All that kind of thing.

PREPARATION TIME 50 YEARS: Sophie Hurst, Christopher Pearce (the school's youngest student), and Alexandria Piggott with the school's celebratory cake. (IMG_8673-edit_ARB)This week, for instance, I’m thinking of Syria: praying, in fact, both for the people whose plight is only now being realised, and for the world leaders who’ve got to sort out that desperately difficult and sorry situation.

Of my own personal highlights this week, I’m pleased to have been a part of my school’s fiftieth birthday celebrations on Tuesday, was delighted to manage more runs up Winter Hill than my classmates, and loved going up the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower at the Olympic Park today.


One of the toughest stories of the week’s news was from Bangladesh, where that factory collapsed on Wednesday morning. It was awful to learn of the pitifully-paid textiles workers’ deaths… and even worse to hear of a fire breaking out in the wreckage today. Utter carnage. And, apparently, all completely “avoidable”.

With the factory owner dishonourably trying (unsuccessfully) to run away, trust in man and mankind can be jeopardised.

The Hugh Grant approach, of course, is to “think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport“, where “love, actually, is all around”.

I myself don’t think that his is a realist’s way of dealing with confusion and non-understanding with the world. But that doesn’t mean a cheery webpage won’t lighten my mood.

Shared by my Head of Sixth Form via the @FPSixthForm Twitter account, this post on BuzzFeed promises to “restore your faith in humanity”. It certainly did mine.


Andrew Burdett

Andrew Burdett is a twenty-something from Maidenhead in Berkshire, working for ITV News.