sarahmc wrote:Why is the way you speak so much better than his?
Paul wrote:Oh Birdie, it's all so confusing this modern street-talk - I've only just stopped talking about the Hi-Fi!
Anyhow, have just come from Village East where I've apparently made a new friend. The Australian member of staff is very keen that I be his 'mate' - if he said it once, he said it a dozen times. I'm old enough to be his father (just) and have no desire for a 'mate', particularly when I'm a customer. I tried to spot a manager to point this out to, but failed - the principal reason why we black-listed The Garrison is because one of the waiters mistakenly thought he was our 'mate'.
Paul wrote:sarahmc wrote:Why is the way you speak so much better than his?
I'm not claiming the way I speak is any better or worse than his but there's a time and a place - I never use any kind of term when addressing people, be it Sir/Madam/Oi you - whatever. I'm just a little more easily given umbrage than Birdie who's not overly fond of being called Love. I was in Dunhill in Jermyn Street recently and had to fend off half a dozen 'Sirs' before getting to the rear of the store - that's a little too much! A smile and acknowledgement is enough - Mate is just too 'familiar' and marks a place down for me.
arnie wrote:A lot to be said for the place, but not for a lot of people coming out afterwards into the street waiting for taxis. And there is an application in ( last objection date Tuesday 21st. ) for licencing hours extensions, to 1am in the week and 2am Fridays and Saturdays.
Not so good for the locals maybe.
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