light relief

light relief

That which provides simple or distracting entertainment during or after something that is very serious or tedious. I could tell the moderator was trying to provide a bit of light relief to keep the forum from being a total snorefest, but it just wasn’t enough.
See also: light, relief
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After all the doom and gloom thanks to this nasty Government, what light relief it was to see British comedian Lee Nelson throwing fake dollar bills at FIFA President Sepp Blatter (Mirror, July 21).
But it hopefully provided some light relief and looked like Sissoko saw the funny side of the prank.
The pale apple green paintwork on the chest also provides some light relief.
Thankfully, there's some light relief with a special Halloween edition of Deal Or No Deal and Bradley Walsh's new gameshow Keep It In The Family.
But away from this on-going saga, tonight's double episode offers some light relief too as Charity takes great delight in stitching up Megan and, in an entirely predictable turn of events, Vanessa is horrified to clap eyes on Rakesh's 17-year-old son, Kirin.
However the findings of the study will bring some light relief to those who have been employing the "five-second rule" for years, despite a general consensus that it is purely a myth, Anthony asserted.
KEY STAT Wednesday have lost just one of their last 12 matches The FA Cup has provided some light relief for Charlton from their Championship survival scrap but their adventure could end this afternoon.
As Alicia and her colleagues pull every creative legal string they can dream up to buy enough time to prove their client's innocence, there's room for light relief too thanks to a colleague who is experimenting with tele-working.
A YARDLEY church is set to provide some Yuletide light relief with a candlelit festival.
La Contadina (The Peasant) is not an opera but an intermezzo - a little musical light relief interspersed between the acts of an opera seria.
Arbitrage measures taken by the Reserve Bank of India have provided only temporary, light relief.
15pm) If you're looking for Saturday night light relief stick with the Eurovision, which curiously flourishes, while a vital arts strand like Northern Ballet is relentlessly pulled down by financial weights strapped to its feet.
LIGHT RELIEF Playing volleyball are, left to right, Nicola Bruce, Geoff Dawson, Adam Jenson, Fred Baines, Chris Bannon and Den Turner
And there's a promise that he'll be meeting a group of belly dancers - some light relief from Hector's scary face.
Yesterday saw more of a mixed day, with festival organisers hoping for some light relief, after the Environment Agency had been called in to help drain water from the town-centre site.