This week is TV Turnoff Week, when TV addicts go cold turkey (click grainy lo-fi picture above for proper details).

Don’t be startled by the idea of a week without the gogglebox. Other things you could do with your leisure time this week include:

  1. Meeting friends
  2. Inviting friends round to your place
  3. Reading a book
  4. Writing a blog post
  5. Painting a wall
  6. Baking a cake
  7. Going for a run
  8. Taking up a musical instrument
  9. Clearing out that cupboard/loft/shed and selling all the unwanted tat on eBay
  10. Devising an anti-establishment plot and recruiting volunteers from your local pub*

(* just my little joke, Officer)

The possibilities, quite literally, are endless. As the theme tune of shambolic 1970s British children’s programme ‘Why Don’t You’ implored us: “why don’t you just switch off your television set and go out and do something less boring instead?” (I wonder if anybody at the BBC noticed the irony of this anti-passivity message coming from a TV show. Hmm.)

Enjoy your week!

+ and here’s a Guardian story about the TV Turnoff project +