March 21st, 2016


Today, it is . . .

. . . Common Courtesy Day!

It is very sad that common courtesy needs to be celebrated. In the last few years courtesy and manners seem to have been thrown aside. Weirdly, I noticed it is my generation and above you are the biggest culprits. Some of the younger generation don't know how 'please' and 'thank you' work, but in my experience, most of them are quite polite.

When my sister was at university she worked in a bar part time. One day, she served yet another customer for whom courtesy was alien, and as he turned away she said '23' to him. He asked her what that meant, and she told him 'you're the 23rd person not to say thank you so far today'. If I hold a door open for someone, and they don't even acknowledge it (let alone say thanks), I tend to say 'You're welcome!' very loudly.

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The Good Ship WHAT?

Forgive me for this one, but I'm in convulsions of laughter and can't stop.

Some UK body thought it would be great to let the public name their new Polar Explorer vessel, and opened an online vote.

And at the moment the name winning by miles is Boaty McBoatface.

And I can just hear IK telling NS 'We board the good ship Boaty McBoatface at dawn tomorrow'.

(The organisers are pointing to small print in the voting rules which allows them to over-rule the public choice)