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Just what is 'Blue Monday'?

Steve
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Just what is 'Blue Monday'?

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You might have seen or heard mention that today, 17 January 2011, is "Blue Monday": the most depressing day of the year.
You won't be that surprised to learn there is no scientific basis for this description.
The name was first popularised in 2005 as part of a publicity campaign devised by the now defunct satellite channel Sky Travel.
The campaign claimed that the third Monday in January was the most depressing day in the calendar year.
The depression "equation"
This assumption was supported by a press release containing a mathematical equation published under the name of Cliff Arnall, who at the time was a tutor at the Centre for Lifelong Learning, a further education centre affiliated with Cardiff University.
The "equation" ran as follows:
[W + (D-d) x Tq]
______________
M x Na
where W = weather, d = Debt, T = time since Christmas, Q = time since failing our new year resolutions, M = low motivational levels and Na the feeling of a need to take action.
D was never defined in the press release, nor were any of the equation's units.
"Corrosive, meaningless, empty, bogus nonsense"

Source  http://news.uk.msn.com/uk/articles.aspx?cp-documentid=155875872
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randpwar
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Re: Just what is 'Blue Monday'?

I think it goes ‘dud dud dud dud derderderderderder dud dud’ or similar  Wink
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Re: Just what is 'Blue Monday'?

@randpwar  Isn't that 'Stormy Monday'?
Not young enough to know everything
Steve
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Eastenders Grin
randpwar
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@4c I don’t know that one, however, you’re probably right; I’m tone deaf and, as you can tell, cannot sing a note  Cheesy
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Quote from: Steve
Eastenders Grin

Ha!!  Grin Grin
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I always thought that Blue Monday was brilliant track by New Order.
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this program might help
SCIENTIFIC DOCUMENTARY: Horizon On: BBC 2 17th January 2011 Time: 21:00 to 22:00
What is Reality?.
There is a strange and mysterious world that surrounds us, a world largely hidden from our senses. The quest to explain the true nature of reality is one of the great scientific detective stories. Clues have been pieced together from deep within the atom, from the event horizon of black holes, and from the far reaches of the cosmos. It may be that that we are part of a cosmic hologram, projected from the edge of the universe. Or that we exist in an infinity of parallel worlds. Your reality may never look quite the same again.
Excerpt taken from DigiGuide - the world's best TV guide available from http://www.getdigiguide.tv/?p=1&r=17639
Copyright (c) GipsyMedia Limited.
Steve
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@Pierre-Pierre I never knew Digiguide had that January sale on!! I just clicked your link, Don't know what made me click your link but I did, I've just renewed my subscription with them as It was due to run out In march, Thanks to your link I just got a two year sub for £4.99 ( Bargain ) Cheers.
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Just arrived home after a bad day at work. Now I understand why and after reading pierre's post on "What is reality?", I'm off to bed with a cup of cocoa and to listen to Radio 4; my reality!
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Thanks for the timely reminder Pierré Smiley
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tweedletum: reality means precisely what i want it to mean, neither more nor less.
tweedledee:  exactly.
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I had a pretty good day yesterday.... was not the least bit depressed, despite the rain... quite enjoyed it, really..  Cheesy
so "blue monday" must be "all in the mind"... and if you had a bad day.. sorry... Smiley
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Well shutter just to follow up on stormy Monday, Hows your Tuesday been thus far? Cheesy
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Stormy Monday
by T-Bone Walker
They call it stormy Monday, yes but Tuesday's just as bad.
They call it stormy Monday, yes but Tuesday's just as bad.
Wednesday's even worse; Thursday's awful sad.
The eagle flies on Friday, Saturday I go out to play.
The eagle flies on Friday, but Saturday I go out to play.
Sunday I go to church where I kneel down and pray.
And I say, "Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy on me.
Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy on me.
Just trying to find my baby, won't you please send her on back to me."
The eagle flies on Friday, on Saturday I go out to play.
The eagle flies on Friday, on Saturday I go out to play.
Sunday I go to church, where I kneel down, Lord and I pray.
Then I say, "Lord have mercy, won't you please have mercy on me.
Lord, oh Lord have mercy, yeah, won't you please, please have mercy on me.
I'm just a-lookin' for my sweet babe, so won't you please send him home, send him on home to me."
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in answer to  SteveM....  quite good ...
you may have noticed my absence since early December, due to missus undergoing major surgery, three times, twice in 24 hours, so have been quite busy doing my "companionship", best friend, nurse, doctor, psychologist, housekeeper, taxi driver, and general dogsbody... (alternative title = husband).... sometimes it has been quite traumatic, especially over Christmas and New Year, which passed off without the usual festivities... however, things are looking up, and life is good,..... live for today, and when tomorrow comes... it is today again! !...  Cheesy
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