Shrinking Violet


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Grrrrrr......

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 20:35

In my experience, saying something like, "I wonder if you can help me?  I think this may be wrong . . . " brings more assistance than if it seems a bit more confrontational.  It may turn out that I was wrong, or that the staff had somehow got it wrong - but it gets sorted in double-quick time. 


Another opening is to say "I find it hard to complain about something, but I am concerned that . . . " and lo and behold, you have got the staff on your side from the outset.


If neither of the above works, then it's more than justified to insist on proper attention, asking for the manager if needs be. 


You attract more flies with honey than with vinegar, so I heard once. (though why you would want to attract flies goodness only knows!!!) 

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Posted: 22/05/2016 at 20:04

Ooooh-er!  I have an appointment with my dentist for Tuesday morning to replace a lost filling.  I am now filled with trepidation!!!

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Posted: 20/05/2016 at 23:32

PP - you naughty thing!  I've just made the connection in Cockney rhyming slang:  threepenny bits!!!

Not a good day today

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 23:27

Oh, Jacqueline29 that is so sad.  It's hard to find any sunshine when you have a rotten day.  But perhaps someone will find your phone and hand it in to the police?  there are good people out there, and that may be worth checking tomorrow.


I'm afraid that doctors do sometimes seem to talk down to you.  But I guess if everyone you saw each day presented with a problem, you'd not always be as positive and as helpful as you ought to be.  What's it they say?  "Walk a mile in my shoes . . . . ."  But I'm glad you're OK, though.


Poor blue tit.  It happens, unfortunately.  I think they don't realise that the glass is there. 


You don't have to just grin and bear it alone, though.  This forum is full of helpful people.


SV

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Posted: 20/05/2016 at 23:21

Not at 4d each it doesn't!

Is talking aloud madness?

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 23:17

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Posted: 20/05/2016 at 23:13

Jubblies!  4d each.  Frozen - lasted for ages.  And what about Jamboree Bags with pictures of pre-war scout in shorts, no less, on the front?  And the contents were rubbish!

Is talking aloud madness?

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 23:10

PP I used to have a neighbour the other side of a very high hedge and we would "chat".  It could be dangerous at times when he lobbed a the odd cabbage or three in my direction!  (done without malice, and at least with forewarning, 'cos he had too many and was giving away the surplus!)


I talk to my plants all the time.  For some reason, I assume they are all male.  Does anyone else ascribe gender to their own plants I wonder?

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Posted: 20/05/2016 at 22:57

You must have been to a posh school then PP   We weren't allowed fountain pens until we went to Grammar School.  And then we weren't allowed to use biros.  To this day I find my writing is a real mess with a biro but much more legible with a fountain pen.  Real ink!


And yes I also remember the blue bag - you were supposed to dab it on a bee sting, or a wasp sting, because it was acidic and took away the alkalinity of one of their stings (or the other way round!) but I can't remember which sting was which, so I'd have been no good at that bit of first aid!


Gibbs toothpaste - pink solid lump in a round tin that you swished your brush round to get this disgusting tasting gunk onto the brush!  Lifebuoy soap!  Daz and Omo with their competitive free plastic flowers!

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Posted: 20/05/2016 at 22:41

Crumbs, PP, I just can't imagine tracing anything in maths.  Geometry is the closest I can think of, but that was all compasses and set squares and protractors. 


And thinking back, for those of us of a certain age, doesn't it make you cringe to see people make a fist (literally) of holding a pen to write.  Now, if they'd had to write with a dip-in pen, they'd have had to learn to hold a pen "properly".  I can't get used to the cramped and (to my eyes) awkward ways I see of pen-wielding youngsters!

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