16th December 2014
Borough Market, Southwark St, London SE1 1TJ
Mistletoe world record attempt
Not wanting to be critical of the usually wonderful Borough Market (there can’t be many places on this planet that has a broader selection of cheeses, and then the pies…), but on this particular occasion one’s whelm experience is weighted quite heavily towards the under.
For a start, if you’re going to publicise an event as a world record attempt, with an aim to reflect the 1,000 years the market has been operating – in one form or another – demonstrated by the number of participants, it may have been wiser to have chosen a weekend rather than a weekday lunchtime to do it. On top of that, if you bill an event as starting at 12.30, you really ought to give slightly late arrivals [ahem] the benefit of a few minutes grace, rather than have it all done and dusted by 12.31, with no more than about a tenth of the required number taking part [hence all the photographers surrounding the one game couple prepared to prolong their passion that little bit longer]. Still, the organisers seem happy with the outcome. And the mistletoe looks lovely.
However, they may have missed a trick here: for if you delve into the history and development of the seasonal mistletoe tradition, you’ll discover one of the earliest popular representations of the ‘kissing under’ activity appears in Dickens’ Pickwick Papers, a novel with strong associations to an Inn located just around the corner from here in Borough High Street.
Anyway, there’s lots of mistletoe songs to choose from: but sorry Cliff, today we’re going for something funky.