It's good to be grumpy

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I read something wonderful on the weekend; something that I’ve suspected for a while may be the case.

It’s based on research from Harvard University by boffins whose brains are so big they can’t wear hats.

They have discovered that if you’re a bit on the grumpy side you may be from further up the evolutionary scale.

This will come as no surprise to those of us who like a bit of a moan from time to time.

George Bernard Shaw once said “all progress depends on the unreasonable man” and he knew a thing or two about the price of fish.

It gets a bit silly though, during research scientists looked at chimpanzees and bonobos. I’m not sure that’s even a real animal, they could have made it up, if you’re from Harvard some people will believe pretty much everything you say, especially if they can see your brain throbbing through your head.

If nothing else having a moan is good for you, it’s therapeutic, it clears the air and cleanses the soul. If I’m doing jobs at home and I get them done without a bit of a whinge there’s an immediate family meeting into what went wrong.

There’s lots to moan about, stupid people who can’t use roundabouts properly, cyclists who can’t decide if they’re motorists or pedestrians, horse riders who give you the evil stare if you drive past them at more than 10mph but think nothing of allowing their animal to deposit several pounds of you-know-what up your wheel arches, people who buy a month’s supply of bread after two snowflakes, those who talk about “moving forward” when they really mean “in the future” and lots, lots more.

Ooh that feels better.

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