Is the way that “surreal’ has slipped into the everyday vocabulary for anything very slightly unusual. Sports people use it all the time – “getting a first team place? Surreal”
At least it’s not, unless they mean by that it will lead them to live according to their dreams, plus a constant juxtaposition of unexpected objects (lobster:telephone), an opening of the prisons to free all criminals, disbanding the army, the wanton abuse of all things to do with the Catholic Church, and uninhibited sex with anyone and anything when the mood takes them (etc).
It’s probably not what they mean
However, on BBC4 this evening at 10.30pm you can catch one of the great achievements of Surrealism, the film Un Chien Andalou by Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali. If you’ve never seen it, do try – and on no account miss the start, which is the sharpest opening in cinema history.
(Incidentally if you’re a dog lover, I’m afraid there’s not much about any Andalusian dogs)