There were scenes of unbridled joy and excitement in the besieged Syrian town of Aleppo last night, as what remains of its population began excited preparations for World Smile Day, which is traditionally held every year on the first Friday in October.
One clearly overjoyed resident, Mahmoud Shari, could barely contain his excitement as he told us: “Last week I lost my wife and two of my three children during a Russian airstrike on our home, and then, yesterday afternoon, my remaining child was blown to pieces by a land mine. So, as you can imagine, I was feeling at a pretty low ebb at this point. Then, somebody reminded me that today is World Smile Day, and it was like a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders.
“Now, I can’t wait to get out into what’s left of the street and give a big cheery smile and a wave to anybody who’s still alive after yesterday’s bunker bomb strike by government forces. Well, nobody likes an old sourpuss do they?”
In other news, people in the United Kingdom will celebrate World Smile Day by reflecting on the appointment of Diane Abbott as Shadow Home Secretary, and remembering yesterday’s altercation in Brussels when a UKIP member of The European Parliament was punched in the face and knocked out by one his colleagues.