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Things I'm Looking Forward To Doing Now That I'm British: Number Six [20131016|01:37]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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(Carrying on now that I'm almost settled back into a normal routine...)

6. Using “doing nothing in a pointed manner” as a legitimate form of protest. This may be indistinguishable from apathy on the outside, but inside, oh, it is not.

For instance, you are in a restaurant. The service is terrible. The food is inedible. You do not send it back. You make no remark upon the subject to the manager or to your companions. You pay your bill and you walk out. And you spend the rest of the evening simultaneously seething and feeling superior because you have been unspeakably, killingly, immovably polite.

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[User Picture]From: gutbloom
2013-10-17 01:22 (UTC)

That's the Right Response

We could use more of that around here. I think I'm becoming an Anglophile.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2013-10-17 20:23 (UTC)

Re: That's the Right Response

For heaven's sake, don't tell Jill Smith that. I can't imagine it going down well at all.
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[User Picture]From: dangermouse72
2013-10-17 08:25 (UTC)
Yep, that's a British thing to do.

No doubt followed up by you berating yourself afterwards for *not* doing anything or saying anything to the staff at the time. That bit's important.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2013-10-17 20:30 (UTC)
Also, never letting on that any of this happened. Not in a direct fashion, anyway. You might tell it as a story about a "friend". But not until a couple of years later.
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[User Picture]From: ursarctous
2013-10-18 09:50 (UTC)
I let a man sitting opposite me on the train kick my feet for two hours on Wednesday because I was sure he'd eventually realise what he was doing and feel bad. He didn't. Then I switched seats and his friend started kicking me instead. I did, however, make many remarks upon the subject to my companion [Mary] after we alighted and there was no chance of me ever seeing them again.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2013-10-18 19:18 (UTC)
I'm impressed you refrained from deploying a tut. I would've cracked at some point during hour two, I think.
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