News from my lovely big brother, who I’m going to promote to US Correspondent (ok, he already has a very important day job, but surely he’d be crazy to turn down this unpaid, thankless extra workload?).
Apparently there have been near-riots in the States over, of all things, yoga pants.
Not actual pant pants, you understand. American pants, or, in fact, trousers as we know them in other parts of the world. The hoo-ha occurred on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving in the US, when the sales start and everyone goes wild buying stuff for Christmas, though I don’t think you’re allowed to call it Christmas any more, it’s shopping for the non-specific, multi-denominational Holiday Season. But how very sensible of shops to have their sales before Christmas, instead of after as they do here, which always leads to the galling sight of stuff you nearly killed yourself buying for unwanted relatives being slashed to 70 per cent off the moment you’ve wrapped it and glumly handed it over.
Anyway, if you’re going to go wild about anything in the pre-Festive run-up, surely it would be normal Christmas-type presents, like socks, or mugs, or maybe a Mulberry handbag. Not, seriously, yoga pants. You can’t really give those to ageing aunts and uncles, can you? And isn’t yoga supposed to impart inner peace, wisdom and maturity, as well as a Madonna-style bendy body? It leads me to suspect that the rioters were possibly (whisper it softly) not very good at yoga. And they may also have been buying things for themselves, rather than others, in the run-up to the festivities. Tsk. They only have themselves to blame really, don’t they? Here’s a link to the Black Friday yoga pants mayhem.
And, if you want to see what the yoga pants really look like, check this out: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Victorias-Secret-PINK-Bling-Fold-Over-Yoga-Pants-L-NWT-/120812847353#vi-content. Well, I know I’d get violent if anyone bought me a pair of those for Christmas. You have been warned.