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01/07/2013 at 17:57

Well, children and teens do shout, competing with each other to be heard, and that is uunavoidable. I found that if I allowed a class to talk, the noise was unbelievable. If I told them to whisper, they talked aloud. If I told them to be silent and gave them the evil eye, they whispered. Guess what I did! I'm just so glad I don't have to do it any longer!!!!! I'm finding that I like peace and quiet in my own home. Could it be because I am now edging towards 28?


01/07/2013 at 19:50

I would,nt know GG because I,m only 26 not yet 27

I also hate people who leave their mobile phones switched on in restaurants ,so that they can share their stupid ringtones and conversations with other diners.

01/07/2013 at 21:25

And they don't even go out to make their call, but make everyone listen. Perhaps we need to define what good manners are in a digital age.

01/07/2013 at 21:35

"Good manners is acting appropriately in a way that's socially acceptable and respectful, in order to display respect, care, and consideration for others. Excellent manners can help you to have better relationships with people you know, and those you will meet."  Rita Leyton, my English Teacher circa 1975.

I think this definition can cover all ages from steam to digital, don't you?

01/07/2013 at 21:58

Yes Sara- it's a pity so many people nowadays just don't understand that simple fact. No manners, no respect- for anyone or anyone's property. Depressing.

01/07/2013 at 22:05

Cheer up, lots of people do - and it isn't necessarily just 'yoof' that don't have any manners either!

01/07/2013 at 22:29

Good principle, Sara, and your teacher sounds a wise lady.  I really meant that we need to define exactly what constitutes good manners when using a mobile phone in a public place, though.

FG, I seem to remember that you had a run in with rude people recently.

01/07/2013 at 23:29

I vote that all public transport, shops and public places and my house should have a mobile phone ban like they have in the doctors. They're even allowed in hospitals now, if you can manage to get a reception.

And another thing, people who play their music so you can hear it, even though they have headphones. Why can't people just sit and relax these days?


02/07/2013 at 11:09

HI I begining to hate July and August school holidays last night i had to remove at least eight children for want of a better word from the front of my house at eleven thirty all mouth where are the parents summer holidays are too long two to three months they are bored glad i got that off my chest  


02/07/2013 at 20:56

Exactly, JB - where are the parents? Glad to have the kids off their hands or just down the pub?

Attempts have been made to rationalise school holidays and maybe have four terms with shorter holidays in between. One of the things that stops this is the issue of family holidays, since obviously the whole nation can't go on holiday in the same four weeks of the year. Obviouslt, too, if a child misses two weeks of school for a holiday, he loses a lot of education and many children find it impossible to catch up, so it isn't encouraged.

TT, it is interesting that some people have to have noise all the time. Perhaps it is to drive out thought.

02/07/2013 at 21:05

Latest "Gove" proposal is for individual Heads to decide when the school is on holiday. Discuss.

02/07/2013 at 21:11

Yes GG. Gob on her like a common fishwife. Just found out she rented a house from a friend of mine (it's round the corner from me)  She trashed it and had to be evicted by the police. Still owes my friend money and has the nerve to be living  less than 200yards away. This is after she was in another house nearby and caused so much trouble with the neighbours that they shopped her to HMRC as she was claiming benfits as a single mother while living with another boyfriend.

Oh...and she worked in the nearby private nursery..... as a nursery teacher.....

You couldn't make it up.

This used to be a nice area....I should have moved to Baghdad. Won't be staying.

James- it's unbelievable. Since Friday we've had one riding up and down for hours at a time on a motor/rallycross bike. Younger siblings on the back,on the rear access road. He's 11. 

Can't be legal. What goes through the minds of these parents?

02/07/2013 at 22:22

Not a lot, I suspect, FG.

02/07/2013 at 23:34
Woodgreen wonderboy wrote (see)

Latest "Gove" proposal is for individual Heads to decide when the school is on holiday. Discuss.


As is said, a recipe for disaster I should think Woody. What happens when parents have children at different schools and the holidays don't co-incide. Perhaps someone can enlighten me as to why the change is thought to be necessary.  Seems a totally cockeyed idea to me.

I wonder sometimes how I ever managed to get an education. War baby, so lots of the teachers, when demobbed, had a quick course in how to teach and, hey presto, into the classroom. A lot taught by fear. But, blow me down, I managed to learn to read and write without some know nothing politician forever poking his/her (have to be PC) nose in. Classes were minimum of 36.  I know that because I was always 35.   I also had 6 weeks holiday during the Summer.  Did me no harm and I'm sure the teachers enjoyed it too.

Gone off on a tangent a bit.

I, of course, have no problems with yobs because I is posh and they don't use my road They actually use the recreation ground just round the corner. We do have a pretty good team of police who use pedal bikes to get to whereever there is trouble reported and quickly move the kids on. Have a team for every ward. Works well.

02/07/2013 at 23:43

People are so rude...everywhere I go people row with me

03/07/2013 at 15:45

OH dear, poor Verdun!  And you such a kind, inoffensive chap!  Well, you are, actually.

We, although of course, upper crust ourselves, live in quite an ordinary area and there's a difficult estate not too far away. We don't  get much trouble at all, but there are difficult people everywhere - they just use different tactics, according to class. I have had occasion to mix with the nobs  and I have found that restrained and extremely polite people of that class can give you a major put-down and be extremely rude. They just do it with icy politeness, superiority and finesse.



16/07/2013 at 13:48

Just thought I would PING this in case I need it to rant about the weather later today.

16/07/2013 at 13:53

very thoughtful

16/07/2013 at 14:34

I do wish that the majority of photos on here did not come up with an error message when I try to enlarge them. Perhaps people should use a direct link from Photobucket, be a lot easier for these weak old eyen.

16/07/2013 at 17:44

Hi Berghill.  Am a numpty where photos are concerned so, although I know what you are talking about no idea how it can be rectified.  Agree, it's a shame that you don't get to see them properly.

I am going to have a little rant about dentists' charges.  You get a sadist attacking your teeth and gums and have to pay for this torture. Then, off to see the dentist who takes all of 5 mins staring into your mouth and, in my case, stick my crown back in which could come out again any time.  Wondered why he thought it would be a good idea until I saw how much he charged. And he wonders why I only go twice a year. Could have had a go at sticking it back myself!! Bit of superglue would have been OK.

And it's too blooming hot. Beginning to realise how he feels.

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