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Picture this 3.

For those of you who are checking, then wait no longer.

I was on holiday staying at a friend’s house  when we were out for the day with the ladies for some retail therapy, a visit to local markets and a spot of lunch. We had stopped to take liquid refreshment at a cafe on the market square and witnessed the events as described. I was astonished at the consideration and the amount of respect given to the elderly lady.

 Sadly this was not in the UK. It might well have been but through my own considered opinion I think probably not.

This was in France. Not in a bustling metropolis but a mid-sized market town. Because of this I began to notice other things that I had not seen because I was not looking, not really looking. The courtesy, the respect by young for the old and the old for the young. No one seemed to treat another with contempt, impatience or display simmering bad feeling or aggression.  There was tolerance without strings attached because that is the way they do things.

Where have we gone wrong ?

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3 Responses

  1. “Where have we gone wrong?” I’d wear out my keyboard just scratching the surface of this one, and during the process I’ve no doubt that your colleagues at the HTCU would be obliged to trace me & have me arrested for ThoughtCrime i.e.expressing my own private opinion, however politically incorrect, in a public forum.
    Suffice to say that I am encouraging my 15yr old son to look at emigration as a first option after qualifying in a trade of his choice. My wife & I will take our chances & ‘stand to’ our own defences in the civil war we both believe will happen here within the next 10 to 15 years.

  2. Feel a bit sad now. It was nice to think for a moment it might be in this country.
    The NFU (I think) advert where you expect the youths to pinch the lady’s purse is a similar scenario. The advert leads us to form a pre judgement so it can go ” neneh ne neh neh’ at us, thus reminding us of how judgemental we all. But the truth is that in this country, the chances are the little bleeders would have grabbed the purse and been away doing billy big steps.
    Need to win the roll over and move the family to a remote Scottish isle.

  3. I think it depends were you live. I live in Bigtown, Big County, where the local youth are the standard chav scum and it’s fight night every night between the cider addled underclass.

    I had my own version of culture shock when my folks moved to Markettown, Big County a few years ago – imagine my shock, as a walked down the high street and saw:

    Bikes leaning against shop windows, not a lock in sight

    A lone copper, patrolling in shirtsleeves, no stab vest to be seen

    A wallet and mobile phone on the windowsill of a pub, next to an open window.

    Biggest shocker of all was coming across a group of chav attired lads lolling across the pavement, blocking my route into a shop. I assumed my standard Bigtown defensive posture, avoided eye contact etc then nearly fainted when they moved out of the way, apologised and opened the shop door for me.

    Mind you, once I got into the shop, I was shoved about eight feet across the floor by a farmers wife who wanted to get to the cheese – she expertly rammed her hip into me like I was a calf in the way, so I guess you can’t have it all!

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