Wednesday, December 21 2011 at 7:30PM
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24 Albany Road, Coventry, CV5 6JU
What's the talk about?
There can be few aspects of Christmas that would escape the wrath of a committed skeptic. Are we celebrating the birth of Christ or the convenient, political, alignment with pre-Christian festivals? Does the 'season of goodwill', by definition, suggest ill-will for the rest of the year? Not to mention the orgy of consumerism, the waste, the pressure to have a perfect Christmas that leads to debt, family arguments and even divorce (not suicide, though, the figures suggest that increased seasonal suicide rates are an urban myth). In this talk Peter Dunkley explores how Christmas has escalated over the years into the most important trading time of the year for many businesses (including his pub and restaurant..), but arguing that the current position is completely irrational and is as bad for the economy as it is for the poor schmucks that are paying for it and for for the environment that gets one hell of a kicking every year.