callmemadam (callmemadam) wrote,

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I am taking a well earned break from toiling in the garden . Not pleasant, plant-type toils but more the outdoor housework sort. I am wishing I were one of those characters in a novel who has a gardener or failing that, the kind of friend who says, 'You shouldn't be doing that. I'll send Higgs round.'

Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh are nattering so much in their letters about Noblesse Oblige that I thought I should read it again. Very silly. Waugh called it The Book of Shame and Mitford wrote, 'I didn't know they were going to say edited by, nor did I edit it, or even see it in proof...Rather naughty I think.'

If you think no one cares any more, just check out these book titles:
Class, Jilly Cooper 1979
The Sloane Ranger's Handbook 1982
Alan Titchmarsh’s Avant Gardening 1994
Yew & Non Yew, James Bartholomew 1996

We all have our little things. I don't like 'toilet' but that's a lost battle. What really bugs me these days is people I've never met calling me by my Christian name. This applies especially to businesses like Marks & Spencer and Ocado, which send cheery emails saying 'Hello - ' as if the message came from your best chum and not a robot.
What is your pet hate?
Tags: evelyn waugh, nancy mitford

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