Monday, November 22, 2004

We're so bloody polite

Telegraph | Opinion | They're so bloody polite: If New York is "quaintly courteous" I guess I am glad I don't live in London.
Even New Yorkers, who pride themselves on being the rudest people in America, seem quaintly courteous by British standards. They do things that, in London, might get them beaten up: they smile at each other on the street, start conversations with strangers in lifts, call each other 'Ma'am' and 'Sir' without irony. This is a much easier city to live in than London, largely because the social wheels are so liberally oiled by politeness.
Another reason to be glad I'm not in London is Charles and the class situation. After the memo, he is trying to become kinder, gentler royal.... I guess I don't understand why a 17th Century form of government is still in existence in an industrialized country.

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