Thursday, July 16, 2009

New Neighbour

A new neighbour moved into the apartment downstairs. He seemed a very nice chap and a I invited him in for a cup of tea.

He was from south Wales. Naturally, I asked him to remove his shoes. I suspected, that being from wild Wales, he might not be aware of how us civilised folks in Hertfordshire are so houseproud.

7 comments:

richyrich said...

Enough disparaging talk about the Welsh, or else I'll never visit this blog again! So did he take his shoes off? And was he happy to do so?

Celestial Fundie said...

Pardon me, but you are not actually Welsh yourself, are you?

He was an happy to remove his shoes.

richyrich said...

Yes I am Welsh, hence my taking offence at your remarks!

richyrich said...

Have you seen this link?

http://my.telegraph.co.uk/mush/blog/2009/06/04/shoes_on_or_shoes_off

Celestial Fundie said...

I think my comment was actually aimed more at the Home Counties than at the Welsh. In a roundabout way.

Thanks for sharing that blog post. The writer seems to make a connection between removing shoes and being posh, which I don't think is quite accurate.

richyrich said...

No I don't think that shoe removal is really "posh". Really "posh" people are often quite unconcerned about dirt and things (possibly going back to the days when they could assume that their servants would clean it all up and also because they knew that they could easily afford to replace anything)
I think it is more associated with the so called "aspiring" middle classes who have had to work hard to get what they have and who are consequently ver protective of what they have. Maybe some working class people who have no such aspirations to be middle class would consider such people "posh".

Celestial Fundie said...

I think you are right.