room one oh one

Who deserves to make that choice

What goes in and what escapes?

And where is it that unlucky ones

Find themselves once through the door?

What terrors lie inside that room?

I sometimes wish that I could save

The better things that find their way

In the room that scares us all,

Where monsters lurk, just waiting for

The moment when you’ll make mistakes

And face the wrath of bigger brothers

Than the ones we know already.

I love watching Room 101 just because I enjoy finding out what other people’s pet peeves are. There seems to be a real sense of joy in finding that another person shares your intense dislike for something. It becomes almost a bonding experience. (For anyone not in the UK, Room 101 is a show where celebrities tell the host the things that they dislike and the host decides whether it earns the right to be banished to Room 101).

However, there are times when one of the celebrities decides to put something in that you completely disagree with and I end up feeling outraged. It just got me thinking about how different we can all be and how dangerous it can be having one person in power who is deciding what is good and what is bad for us all.

Room 101 is a comedy show and the comedy comes from Frank Skinner’s reaction to people’s choices, but what if we did have a Big Brother type leader who just got rid if something was deemed not good? I’m sure all of us have worked in an environment where there is a boss that gets on a bit of a power trip and banishes people and ideas that don’t gel with their own ideals.

It’s such a fine line and I think that sometimes we are getting dangerously close to crossing it in the world that we live in now. It’s not going to be long until power crazy leaders start throwing people into their own Room 101 if they dare to think differently (not going to mention any names here).

The imaginative part of me also runs wild watching this programme because I end up trying to think what Room 101 must look like inside. I have images of it being filled with Dementors and Baby Shark is played on loop until you go totally crazy.

Anyway, that got a little bit random but I do always find myself worrying about what would happen if we lived in some kind of science fiction world. That’s probably because anything seems possible right now; I could wake up tomorrow to find that aliens had invaded and I don’t think that I’d be all that surprised.

Have a great evening and make sure to tell your friends and family that you love them,

Rachel xx

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