Micky Flanagan, the Cockney comedian, has studied the very subtle differences involved in the procedure of ‘going out.’ There’s a fine line between ‘popping out’, ‘going out’ and ‘going out out’. Here’s a clip to explain further:
According to MoneySupermarket, ‘staying in is the new going out’. To prove it they have given a number of bloggers the chance to enter their MoneySupermarket’s Big Night In competition. I have been given £50 to buy what I fancy to show there is just as much fun to be had being in as being out.
|Made ‘in’ but consumed ‘out’|
My plan was for a Wimbledon Tea Party: to buy Pimm’s, wine, beer, strawberries and cakes then watch the men’s semi-finals on the TV with my husband and son. Definitely staying in. Of course Friday proved to be a scorcher of a day so the lure of the patio and the garden meant that the ‘staying in’ wasn’t really ‘in in’ but was probably just about ‘in’. However, as the games became exciting, the family veered wildly between being in and out.
Rory, being a teenager just home from school, was probably the only one playing by the rules:
“You coming out?” I asked, waving a glass as I popped my head round the patio door.
“Nah, I’m staying in. I’ve been out today already.”
Dougie, the husband having a half day, stayed in during the Djokovik/Del Potro match but, being Scottish, the rollercoaster match that was Murray/Janowicz became too much for him at times.
“I can’t watch this. It’s torture. I’m going out.”
|Tennis watched ‘in’|
Me? I was ‘in’ making glasses of Pimm’s, then ‘out’ to drink them. ‘In’ to take washing out of the machine, ‘out’ to hang it on the line, ‘in’ to watch some of the tennis, ‘out’ to tell Dougie the score.
|The lure of being ‘out’|
It was satisfying, supping on my drink, to think of the money we’d saved watching the tennis at home. To go to London to see the tournament live would have involved a huge expense for travel, tickets and hotel. Even then, would we really have been ‘going out’? Of course, I hear you say, Wimbledon is definitely ‘out’. In fact Micky Flanagan would say it was ‘out out’ – a proper, planned event.
Ah but is it always ‘out’? What about the roof over centre court? Janowicz wanted the roof on, obviously keen to be ‘in’. By 8.30pm the referee and umpire definitely didn’t want to be ‘out’ any longer. But Andy Murray, on a roll after the third set, was having none of it.
“I don’t want to go in! I want to be out!” (I’m paraphrasing)
But the roof went on regardless and, thankfully for Andy, he continued playing just as well ‘in’ as he did ‘out’ and won the match.
Which just goes to show that MoneySupermarket were right all along. ‘Staying in is the new going out’ for both Andy Murray and the Burgess Family even if it’s only a retractable roof or a patio door which determines whether you’re in or out.
Was our Big Night In a success? Absolutely! Was it in or out? One for Hawk-Eye, methinks.