Thursday, April 16, 2009

'Housey' programmes

I don't have a television in my apartment. I don't feel the need to watch t.v. And here in Britain, you have to fork out money to buy a t.v. licence.

Nevertheless, because I am in the hospital staff room quite a lot, I am watching quite a bit of t.v. at the moment.

There are loads of programmes on t.v. about houses. Programmes about selling them, decorating them and renovating them. My ex-girlfriend used to call them 'housey programmes.'

I have noticed that the presenters of these programmes seldom remove their shoes when visiting homes. I guess that does not fit their swish presenter image. Please let me know if you know any exceptions to this.

I did see an exception the other day. In a programme about buying houses, a presenter was showing a couple around some stylish house. They kept their shoes on the ground floor (hardwood), but removed them when viewing the upstairs, which was partially carpeted. Of course, you should remove your shoes on a hardwood floor as well as a carpet, because wood floors get scratched and worn. The lady in the couple was wearing heeled boots as well.


Mystic Sight said...

Interesting blog you have here

Bob said...

I know realtors,estate agents in the UK, both here in the south as wellas the north and it is fairly common practice for them to show homes shoeless if the weather is bad, or if the rules of the home require it. Also home tours for charitible purposes are common here in the US and shoes off is almost always the rule.
How much does one need to pay for a TV license? Hope that the job is going well and that you are settling in to your new surroundings.

Jack said...
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Jack said...

I don't get it. If you're so concerned about dirty floors, then clean them! Asking people to remove their shoes is rude and much less sanitary than keeping shoes on.

Celestial Fundie said...

I am sorry you feel that way.

Removing shoes is insanitary?

Would you then avoid any situation in which you are barefoot in the company of other people who are barefoot?

Celestial Fundie said...

Mystic Sight, thanks for dropping by.

Celestial Fundie said...

Bob, estates agents usually don't remove their shoes unless the owner requests it.

Don't know how much the licence fee is. Ask Richyrich.

Was it forty pounds?

Victoriap said...

This may or may not be related to this particular posting, but how many of you employ the services of a cleaner? We have such a person,who does indeed removes her shoes in our entrance hall,(as we do) and she changes into slippers that she carries with her without being asked. She also does this at other residences where she works.I find this refreshing.
Incidentally when were househunting it was not ususual for us to be asked to remove our shoes by either the homeowner or by the agent showing the property.

Celestial Fundie said...

Victoria, thanks for visiting.

As I live in a one-bedroom and don't have a big income, I don't employ a cleaner.

But a couple of the cleaners my parents employed in the past removed their shoes.

Bob said...

Victoriap, I have been fortunate enough to have been able to employ a housekeeper for years, even before I was married. Not one of them ever wore shoes in my home. Some wore slippers but many worked either in socks or barefeet.

richyrich said...

Victoriap, I employ a cleaner and she also has an assistant with her and they both always take off their shoes. Actually when I first moved into my house three years ago now, I decided, for the first time in my life, to employ a cleaner. I interviewed 4 of them who all visited my house and only the one I ended up employing took her shoes off when she came to visit (which as you can imagine helped a great deal to swing it in her favour). When she came in through the door, she paused for a few seconds and had a look round and then, when she saw that I had cream carpets, and also that my shoes were left right by the door and me standing there in my stockinged feet, she then slipped off her own shoes and left them at the door before following me to the living room. When she did this I thanked her. When she left I told her again that I appreciated her taking her shoes off and asled her if she'd do likewise when she came to clean and she said that she would and added "I would never wear my shoes in my own house, so I wouldn't do it in anyone else's home either", I then know that she had the right attitude!

Since then she has given me consistently good service at a very good price and she's always taken her shoes off when she comes. Actually, a while ago I wrote her a reference for her to show other would be clients and said about her shoe removing habit, saying that while some people might consider that to be a trivial matter, it does show that she respects her customers' sensitivites and property. Her assistaant also takes her shoes off and she told me once that she follows that practice in her own home as well.

And by the way in answer to Bob's question, a licence for a colour TV in the UK costs £142.50 a year and £48.00 for a black and white one.

Bob said...

Richyrich, wow that is over $20 per month at current exchange rates. Are Black and white TV's still available in the UK...I don't think that you could find one here in the states...infact the only TV's sold are either Plasma or LCD's and only in High Defininition format

Celestial Fundie said...

Rich, that is even more than I had expected.

You have confirmed my decision not to buy a t.v.

Bob, the UK is the only place in the world where you can go to prison for watching t.v. If you get caught owning a television set without paying for a licence and you can't pay the fine, you can go to jail.

Moderate Mouse said...

What's this about a UK law requiring a licence to own a TV? I never heard of such a thing. Here in the US, there's not as far as I know, such a law as requiring a licence to own a TV. There is a law requiring you to pay for cable service in order to legally have it hooked up in your home (there's a movie out called 'The Cable Guy'; I've never seen it, but I think it's about a guy who goes to jail over an illeagal cable setup), but not a law regarding owning the TV itself.

What few home tours I've been on (generally with family), I don't recall ever being asked to leave my shoes at the door. It just didn't come up. Luckily it was on days when nothing obvious like mud would be appearing on the shoes. However, just to be safe, when/if I get the chance, I might invest in a pair of slippers that I can keep in my purse in case I run into the "shoes off" rule on short notice or the particular shoes I'm wearing over are muddy, etc. But there are just some situations where not wearing shoes,or a least a pair of slippers that can blend with the decorum of the rest of the ensemble (especially if I'm expected to be otherwise dressed up) may seem a bit too informal at the time.

Celestial Fundie said...

MM, the t.v. licence is unique to the UK.

The licence fee pays for the BBC's radio and television services.

The result is that in the UK we have public broadcasting that is of similar or even better quality than the commercial broadcasters. In the USA, you ahve public broadcasting, but as I understand not many people watch it. Here, everyone watchs or listens to some BBC material.

God Bless


Bob said...

You are correct that not many in the US watch public television. These stations are supported in two primary ways...government taxpayer dollars and contributions from the public.
Moderate Mouse,
it seems that there are not very many "formal" type parties in the US any longer. Most functions seem to be gatherings of friends where slacks and a nice shirt are acceptable for males and dress slacks or a skirt are the dress code for females. I would assume that is those type situations you would not mind having to be shoeless should that be the rule of the home.

Celestial Fundie said...

I went to a bithday party at somebody's house on Saturday.

It was very informal of course. Some peoople took their shoes, other people kept them on.