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Wild about Chatter ... Vol 6

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Re: Wild about Chatter ... Vol 6

Postby miss mouse » Wed Apr 07, 2021 3:33 pm

WWordsworth wrote:
UK hospitality shines again I see.

Sorry, I'm not quite with you there miss mouse.



I was supporting your post, tourism is necessary for many local economies therefore we do our best to be hospitable. I would be anyway.

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Re: Wild about Chatter ... Vol 6

Postby Stokey Sue » Wed Apr 07, 2021 3:37 pm

Uschi wrote:That's a good old Socialist tradition. When in East Germany we were always amazed if and when staff were friendly. It did not happen often.

Yup, Cuba, some places in Hungary - had a strange evening in a beautiful winery where the family were delightful, though the paid staff had no concept of service or charm, there is good service in some places though; other countries elsewhere in the former communist bloc …

I too come from a seaside resort, there’s a shade of red I still think of as Birmingham Tan

Sun has just returned, must pop out soon

Wasted 20 minutes cleaning the open shelves in the kitchen, the soapy water was just as clear and clean when I finished as when I started

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Re: Wild about Chatter ... Vol 6

Postby Sloe-Gin » Wed Apr 07, 2021 3:50 pm

Miss mouse, was it you who spent time under the arbutus tree?

We have nipped home to water seedlings and check on house and hen. Now back in our little bolt hole with eatery sun and no snow.

I did remember my goretex boots and big thick jacket this time! Pooch walking awaits.

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Re: Wild about Chatter ... Vol 6

Postby mistakened » Wed Apr 07, 2021 4:02 pm

At last some good news, Mah Jong starts again on Friday. I think that we can follow most of the guidelines, people will just not have to insist that the tile racks form a square ( it stops the dragons escaping). We always play outside under cover, I am happy to wear a mask.

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Re: Wild about Chatter ... Vol 6

Postby Earthmaiden » Wed Apr 07, 2021 4:31 pm

I have rarely pretended not to be a holidaymaker but hope I dress/behave with a little more decorum than some of my fellow countrymen/women and often enjoy straying from the most touristy bits. The season certainly gets tedious after a while but there is also a certain cosmopolitan air about it which disappears when they've gone.

I have spent ages in Sainsburys examining everything. Very exciting and great to access RTC items again. I got kippers, sea bream and plaice. Some items are definitely scarcer than one would expect. Still plenty of things to meet people's needs though, we shan't starve - yet. Got some socks and lipstick too!

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Re: Wild about Chatter ... Vol 6

Postby WWordsworth » Wed Apr 07, 2021 5:08 pm

Lipstick EM?
Do you have a hot date?

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Re: Wild about Chatter ... Vol 6

Postby herbidacious » Wed Apr 07, 2021 5:14 pm

I wonder if lipstick sales have gone down because of masks or do people put it on for zoom meetings?

On my BL course last week there was a young lady who was highly made up an kept primping her hair throughout. She seemed to be using Zoom as a mirror. It was somewhat amusing.

I have rarely worn make up in the last year. I suppose I will when I go back to the office. On the other hand my skin care ‘regime’ has become slightly more complex and exercised to more assiduously.

Back to holiday makers, it's funny I would never wear shorts to go into central London or a city in the UK, but on holiday broad (i suppose when it's likely anyone I know will see me) it's fine. -
I confess I did guiltily wear shorts and strappy tops in the end, after starting off covering up, when I was in Luxor 23 years ago.
re Cuba it wasn't even just not being friendly, it was the glaring and refusing to return a smile - even one that just used the mouth and not the eyes. (i.e. a fake one!) As I have commented before I find this very dispiriting and a little humiliating. It really got to me in the end in Havana. It wasn't so bad in Trinidad and we were given a personal tour of a museum in Sancti Spíritus by a lovely lady. I think in Santa Clara they were just bemused to encounter tourists. We think they maybe thought we were Americans. They didn't treat Spanish speaking tourists in the same way.
My one day in Eastern Berlin, all those years ago, I was too ill to notice much!

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Re: Wild about Chatter ... Vol 6

Postby Pampy » Wed Apr 07, 2021 5:50 pm

The most unfriendly people I've ever come across on holiday were Russians in Moscow.

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Re: Wild about Chatter ... Vol 6

Postby Sloe-Gin » Wed Apr 07, 2021 5:58 pm

Not long after the wall came down, we went to Berlin. East Berliners were also suspicious of us and came over as most unfriendly too. Perhaps with good reason.

I have spent quite a while trying to sign into our bbc iplayer on the caravan. It just wouldn't accept my password (it was correct) so rather than changing all the home TVs to a new pw, i signed on as a new account. It's happy now! So am i!

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Re: Wild about Chatter ... Vol 6

Postby Earthmaiden » Wed Apr 07, 2021 6:21 pm

I seem to remember hearing that it it isn't usual to smile as a polite gesture in Russia etc in the way that we tend to. Hence it feels like rejection to us but isn't really. Every nation seems to have slightly different ways. I hate all the kissing in France (especially when French people such as ex OH's wife insist on doing it after having lived in the UK for 30 years :evil: ) and lack of please and thank you in the USA - but I don't often observe their niceties either.

I always wear light lipstick and eye liner as a minimum (and clothes, obviously :lol: ) when I go outside, I don't feel dressed without it as I've done it for the past 50 years and really it doesn't really show much unless I want it to anyway. Masks do hide a lot but people still see you without.

Better go and finish the housework :roll: .

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Re: Wild about Chatter ... Vol 6

Postby Stokey Sue » Wed Apr 07, 2021 7:33 pm

In most of the eastern bloc, merely not smiling would be a vast improvement on the total lack of understanding that staff are there to supply customers with something, preferably promptly, and not just to stand in their way until clocking off time, that's the issue Earthmaiden

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Re: Wild about Chatter ... Vol 6

Postby herbidacious » Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:19 pm

Earthmaiden wrote:I seem to remember hearing that it it isn't usual to smile as a polite gesture in Russia etc in the way that we tend to. Hence it feels like rejection to us but isn't really. Every nation seems to have slightly different ways. I hate all the kissing in France (especially when French people such as ex OH's wife insist on doing it after having lived in the UK for 30 years :evil: ) and lack of please and thank you in the USA - but I don't often observe their niceties either..


EM all the young folk I know do the hugging and kissing thing... Another (northern ex-pat in London) friend and were (semi-) joking that we hoped that Covid killed that off :) I fear not given all the 'I can't wait to hug people againg' memes ;)

I moved mainly among continental European while doing post grad degress, and they were all into it.

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Re: Wild about Chatter ... Vol 6

Postby Earthmaiden » Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:34 pm

Now you mention it, hugging has become almost the norm amongst many people now. Most people can tell just by my expression that they really needn't bother hugging me unless we are very good friends. I notice that GD gets to a certain point in the day when she really wants to hug. I don't remember wanting to hug people much even at that age.

I understand that, Sue. A different thing completely, as you say but still the lack of polite smiling must be daunting.

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Re: Wild about Chatter ... Vol 6

Postby WWordsworth » Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:34 pm

Oh yes, and being told to go and give Great Aunt Florence a kiss.
Urgh.

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Re: Wild about Chatter ... Vol 6

Postby Earthmaiden » Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:46 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol:

MIL used to insist on kissing everyone on the lips when it was time to leave :evil:

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Re: Wild about Chatter ... Vol 6

Postby herbidacious » Wed Apr 07, 2021 11:37 pm

My mother will still try to kiss me on the lips. Is that a very old person thing or a northern thing? My great uncle N used to do that but his kiss always became a raspberry which he thought hilarious and I hated. He was a nice man though.

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Re: Wild about Chatter ... Vol 6

Postby Pampy » Wed Apr 07, 2021 11:42 pm

My family is rooted in the north of England and we've never really been kissers, let alone on the mouth.

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Re: Wild about Chatter ... Vol 6

Postby mistakened » Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:10 am

Good Morning Campers, Deb is wearing sandals this morning which is very optimistic of her. I am still wearing socks,

I thought that it was just us who were none huggers, where did that trend originate?

Moira :mug:

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Re: Wild about Chatter ... Vol 6

Postby Pepper Pig » Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:30 am

Morning all. Still cold but no frost.

Non huggers here too.

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Re: Wild about Chatter ... Vol 6

Postby icelesley » Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:15 am

Good Morning campers. Still cool here but dry. I am introducing the new car to Morrison's this morning :) I will be heading out shortly. Then this afternoon OH has his second jab.
I to have Rockland a big cardigan on :roll:

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