Shorter version this week – just as caustic.


‘If you’re on your phone, you won’t be served’: Well-mannered shop bans customers on their mobiles

If someone keeps mobiling when they’re with me, that’s the last I’ll have to do with them.   If you’re with someone, you give him or her your attention.


Carla Bruni tells French first lady Valerie Trierweiler to stop co-habiting with Francois Hollande and become a ‘legitimate wife’

Love it.   Pot-kettle-kettle-pot.   Agree though.


Where do these people come from – Mars?

4.  Bill Quango made an interesting statement:

When I started to look at blogs I was quite surprised to find there seemed to be a large number of people who didn’t own a Television. This seemed..well..weird. Like not owning a phone. Or a microwave. Or a bed.

Er … I have none of those things either.  I do have a phone, that’s true but it’s not plugged in.  All I ever get is harrassed so I thought – why bother?   Email and Skype cover me with people I know and trust.


You all keep snug and warm now.   If I can’t bring you good news, then make some for yourself – have a hot toddy and good cheer.

4 comments for “Saturday

  1. amfortas
    October 27, 2012 at 09:30

    Shopper on the mobile: Yes, it can be a tad annoying, but they are there to buy something. It is a measure of the decline of this ‘Nation of Shopkeepers’ that not only do we find poor service but now an outright reluctance to sell products and produce at all just because someone has a mobile conversation.

    Shop staff need to be told, ‘Everyone is a potential payer of your friggin’ wages, so SELL them something’.

    I recall a chap in shabby clothes walking into a Luxury car showroom in Melbourne some years ago, and asking the price of a Jaguar. The salesman told him that he probably could not afford it. The chap went to a rival showroom and paid $Aus250,000 in cash. He was a farmer from the Western District.

    Coda: he wanted a tow bar fitted so he could tow his hay trailer.

    It is the salesman’s job to pay attention, not the customers.

  2. james wilson
    October 27, 2012 at 17:32

    You are the only person I know who does not own a tv other than the guy in the mirror parting his hair. Perhaps you know a few and can describe their commonalities, if any.

  3. Rossa
    October 27, 2012 at 18:03

    Totally agree Amfortas.

    My Dad always said you shouldn’t judge a book by the cover. He had a business making number plates for cars and had developed a range of 3D plates (reverse engraved with aluminium backing) known as Super Silver Plates.

    A potential customer came to the factory in his Ferrari. He got into conversation with Dad and basically said that my Dad wouldn’t be able to even start the car let alone drive it. All because Dad was in scruffy clothes which he wore when working in a very dusty place.

    Dad took up the challenge and probably, knowing him, scared the sh1t out of the customer. He did buy a set of plates but never knew that it was my Dad’s Aston Martin in the car park!

  4. October 28, 2012 at 07:12

    There are not that many not owning a TV. It might be worth running a survey but surveys don’t have great success at this site.

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