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"Imagine you order a large pizza and the waiter asks you whether you'd like it cut into 8 or 12 pieces. What do you choose, and why?"
"Why are you laughing?" "One is 8 & one is 12"
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Anyway, my grump for the day is my step-daughter again. As I've mentioned before she works as a teaching assistant in a class of 10-y-os. Before she got the job, she was actually very level-headed for a millennial. Now she has turned into a proper snowflake who can't have a decent conversation/debate without filling it with quotations of the psychobabble that she gets trained with. Her mother and I have repeatedly asked her to leave her work head at the school gates, but the drivvel has become so in-grained that she now talks to everyone like they're 10-y-o. Just this weekend, we had a really embarrassing episode when her grand-parents were here. I won't give details because this is a public forum and what granddad and grandma were saying could be construed as very non-PC. Ten years ago, step-d would have been a willing participant in the conversation. Afterwards, when Wor Lass tried to ask step-d to be a bit more "adult" in her conversations with older people she got "No-one is allowed to say that kind of offensive stuff and get away with it!". When reminded that she is a guest in our house and she should respect the opinions of other guests (and us....), she stormed-off upstairs, stood in the shower crying (I was going to ask if she was standing there fully-clothed for the shower tray to catch her crocodile tears......) , and saying;- "They can't talk like that. Why are my family so hurtful?".
 

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The Education System.....???????????

I feel for you. Stuart.

I am still working part time in the primary sector here.

There is not much that is new here in NZ except IT technology but there are many experts paid big dollars to advise, consult, observe, hold meetings, make recommendations, offer leadership, hold courses on what you should do that the results are absolutely pathetic.

Sack the lot and just employ more teachers thus reducing class sizes to under twenty.

Oh, yes you might need a few more classrooms though.
 

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With reference to post #941 (pizza slices), I offer Alan's Axiom #4: "There is no known defense against a direct frontal attack of stupidity"

So far as the educational system is concerned, we are living full blown versions of Orwell's Animal Farm and 1984 here in the US at present. It is frightening.

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As a former trolley corraler I can tell you those things are made for fast driving... The parking lot we had to get the carts from was on a slight incline and you could ride the carts down use your feet to apply brakes to the rear wheels and steering the car where you had to go (American shopping carts' rear wheels are in a fixed position, you can do this on European ones but it takes more skill and flexibility)

But I agree, in general on the Continent I am completely unclear why they move they way they do. Let's say I am walking along with a cart in a supermarket and I am approaching an aisle that has a display poking out of the end of it, reducing the width of the aisle I am in by about 60 cm... well the Continental will try to go between me and the sticking out bit when there is at least 40% less space on that side!

I also cycle to work and no matter how much I ring my little dinga-ling (bell that is) people invariable act shocked, SHOCKED that a bike is on the BIKE PATH and if there are more than one of them they will always both try to go to the opposite side to get out of the way, I.e. crash into each other and blocking my path even more.

Luckily, this seems specific to Germany: When there are massive lines at the cash registers and a new one opens up the people in the back (who have waited the least or not at all) will mow down children, handicapped, old people and even animals to rush to the cash register that has opened up ....
Don't think this is unique to anywhere.

I've found it to be true in many places, sadly.

Speaking of the cycling one, a few months ago I had a situation.

On a cycling path and came up to a couple with their dog spread out across the path.

Tried the bell, they ignored it.

I went onto the grass to go around them and their dog, not on a leash and out of control, tried to take a bite of me.

When I stopped, they got all defensive.

Apparently it was my fault and they didn't know I was there and the dog was just defending them as I was probably about to attack them!!!

Yeah right. I f I was they wouldn't be arguing with me they'd be in body bags, lol.
 

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"Why are you laughing?" "One is 8 & one is 12"
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Anyway, my grump for the day is my step-daughter again. As I've mentioned before she works as a teaching assistant in a class of 10-y-os. Before she got the job, she was actually very level-headed for a millennial. Now she has turned into a proper snowflake who can't have a decent conversation/debate without filling it with quotations of the psychobabble that she gets trained with. Her mother and I have repeatedly asked her to leave her work head at the school gates, but the drivvel has become so in-grained that she now talks to everyone like they're 10-y-o. Just this weekend, we had a really embarrassing episode when her grand-parents were here. I won't give details because this is a public forum and what granddad and grandma were saying could be construed as very non-PC. Ten years ago, step-d would have been a willing participant in the conversation. Afterwards, when Wor Lass tried to ask step-d to be a bit more "adult" in her conversations with older people she got "No-one is allowed to say that kind of offensive stuff and get away with it!". When reminded that she is a guest in our house and she should respect the opinions of other guests (and us....), she stormed-off upstairs, stood in the shower crying (I was going to ask if she was standing there fully-clothed for the shower tray to catch her crocodile tears......) , and saying;- "They can't talk like that. Why are my family so hurtful?".
In ll seriousness I think this is a big problem with society.

People are becoming almost brainwashed into these "New World" ideas.

Thanks to these cultish organizations like the Clinton Foundation.

Just wait and see what they have planned for poor old Harry.

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Another thing that's sure to instantly give me the grumps is/are mobile 'phones. I hate the bloody things with passion!
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Today, Wor Lass and step-daughter have been texting each other. WL in the kitchen and step-d in her bedroom, which is immediately above the kitchen.

My mother-in-law has just been on the 'phone, obviously her mobile and therefore out somewhere or another.............

Me: "Good afternoon......"

M-I-L: "Hello, son, is she out?"

Me: "Yes, she's shopping. Can I give her a message?"

M-I-L: "No, I just wanted to check you're both alright." History tells that this phraseology usually does mean she wants to ask WL something. Whatever it is it won't be anything that could not have waited until she got home.

And don't get me started on dog-walkers talking on their 'phones. ..........Or people making calls while they're at supermarket checkouts.

Am I alone in feeling that mobile 'phones are probably mankind's worst-ever invention?
 
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I got the bus into the city on Tuesday ( Norwich) and of the 18 people sitting downstairs,probily the same average upstairs , only me and one other ,was not on some device or other !!!
 

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It's a strange thing. In theory, I should like anything that allows me to communicate easily as my ears continue to deteriorate to the stage that I can hear someone if they speak to me about six inches away - mostly.

So email and this forum mean I can socialise to a degree. I could use a mobile for text I guess.

But it was mobiles and smartphones that led to 'social media' and the constant staring at a screen instead of human interaction and the plain rudeness of people taking phone calls when we are supposed to be keeping company.

In some ways, the deafness means that people have to make a real effort when talking to me which means they have to concentrate and make sure I am getting what they say.
 

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On the up-side, WL is now so incensed with her mother that she's said that she will never again take her mobile when she (or we...) goes away. Result! :D
 

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There were four guys sitting in a pub having a beer after work. Ring ring, Nigel answers his phone. "OK Hun, I'll do that" . "The wife want's me to get some milk on the way home"... "Nice phone Nige" ... "yeah it's a new Samsung S9". More beer and chat. ...buzz buzz ... John gets out his iPhone and answers a quick txt. ... "Are you going to get the latest iPhone John?" ... "Might do". Another round. Reginald slides up his sleeve. "The misses is reminding me the in-laws are coming for tea" ... "Nice Reg. New?" ... "Got it yesterday" ... Another round and there's a muffled buzz and Mike starts wriggling on his chair. "What's up Mike, you OK?" ... "Yeah, got a fax coming through"
 

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I should have added in post 949 ^^^ that when WL arrived home her first words to me were "I've got 2 missed calls from my mam". Why do you want to 'phone someone for a chat when you've just been told that they're out shopping?
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My wife, Jen, got home from a few days away with friends and asked if I got her text? I replied that I hadn't turned my phone on. It lives in the jacket I wear motorcycling in case the bike breaks down.

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My wife, Jen, got home from a few days away with friends and asked if I got her text? I replied that I hadn't turned my phone on. It lives in the jacket I wear motorcycling in case the bike breaks down.
That, for me, is exactly the point of having a mobile phone. Urgent messages that could save a situation or a life.
Preeeeeecisely!
 
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