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Tuesday, 13 September 2011 13:20

Scratching the surface

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Is the mystery of life captured in simple scratchcards?

‘Oh-oh-oh-oh... mysterious girl, I wanna get close to yooouu...’

Oh, Peter. What happened to you?


Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about mystery and things that are not what they seem. Extra kilos cunningly camouflaged with strategically placed dresses. Assets quietly boosted via surgery or push-up paraphernalia. I’ve even been sent laser lipo ads, offering to painlessly melt away my centimetres with an alarming-sounding procedure known as fat cavitation (which let me tell you – after the debauchery of Barcelona – I’m willing to consider).


I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been playing a lot of online scratchcards, but I seem to have developed a slight obsession with – well, scratching the surface to find out what things are like underneath.


Intrinsically I think we’re all little bit twisted and we like a bit of mystery. I think that’s probably why scratchcards so appealed to me in the first place. It’s always a bit of fun to go through the process of revealing something hidden, discovering something secret, especially when you don’t know what you’ll find. And the advent of online scratchcards means it’s faster and easier than ever, so instant gratification has become more of an expectation.


I wonder if free scratchcards are responsible for my recent fixation with the concept of appearance. I’ve been playing rather a lot of them lately and last night, Peter Andre popped into my head along with the thought (aside from ‘what happened with you and Jordan?’) that mystery is at the foundation of intrigue, and it’s mostly intrigue and a desire to discover that drives us.


If we skipped the bullshit and everything was as it seemed, would the world be a better place? Or would it just be more boring?