Sunday, July 16, 2017

Assad




I learned about this from a comment by an Assad supporter in some forum. It seems President Assad of Syria and his wife removed their shoes when visiting the families of wounded soldiers. He might be a brutal dictator who uses chemical weapons to kill his own people, but he at least shows some basic courtesies when visiting people on his own side. Make of that what you will. Far be it for me to make propaganda for nasty regimes.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Ideal Home: What makes a bad house guest? We reveal the habits we find most annoying in our visitors

Ideal Home: What makes a bad house guest? We reveal the habits we find most annoying in our visitors

"It may or may not surprise you to learn that ‘refusing to take off shoes at the front door’ is the behaviour that annoys us the most. This is closely followed by guests that help themselves to food from the fridge. Tut tut!"

No doubt most of the people who moan about guests not removing their shoes are the people too timid to ask them to take their shoes off.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Hosting in Hastings

I am on holiday and staying with my parents in Hastings this week. They had a Brazilian English language teaching staying with them as well. The chap who organised his trip asked my father to transport two of the man's students to their host family. The host family turned out to be living in a rather rough looking neighbourhood in Hastings. She also owned a rather fierce looking bull terrier. I am not sure I would have wanted to stay there. I was interested to see the hostess asked the two Brazilian girls to leave their shoes outside the house before they came in. Maybe to avoid them getting chewed up by the bull terrier?