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gracesmum Fri 07-Dec-12 12:09:47

On the coach to London on Monday to go to Pre-Raphaelite exhibition, I couldn't help earwigging on two ladies "d'un certain age" sitting near me who clearly did not know each other - at least not before the journey. OMG did they go on! But what got me was that there was a type of conversation which seemed to be designed to show the other 1) how much they knew about the bits of London we were going through, 2) how terribly cultured they were and what plays/operas/ballets they had seen and how often they go to London, 3) what brilliant jobs their children have 4) how they wouldn't be seen dead watching Strictly 5) how thy wouldn;t be caught dead in MK shopping centre - only Oxford or Cambridge 6) how useless they are on computers but boasting about the latest Kindles/Androids/laptops and 7) what wonderful cruises they go on. Oh and that was not counting the worst bit of all, the "organ recital" (you know where you hear chapter and verse about their medical history and their wonderful (private of course) consultant.) There was no escape as they had good strident voices. Quite possibly the nicest of ladies on their own, but so determined to establish a sort of "pecking order". And I thought - oh Lor', do I go on like this? (Don't answer)

annodomini Fri 07-Dec-12 12:26:59

I like that phrase 'organ recital' - must remember it for the next NWR/U3A meeting. grin

FlicketyB Fri 07-Dec-12 19:57:37

If they were so grand what were they doing on a coach?

Wheniwasyourage Fri 07-Dec-12 20:08:45

Bus passes, of course! I would like to present gracesmum with this very impressive medal for not screaming or inflicting serious injuries on these people. [presents medal emoticon]

Marelli Fri 07-Dec-12 20:09:46

Oh I can just imagine it, gracesmum! We all know the type - an especially posh voice is put on when boasting about the progress of grandchildren at school, the enormous house that their son has bought, the high-flying job with vast responsibilities that their daughter has - a bit like Thora Hird when she's calling her husband in from the car he's mending in Last of the Summer Wine.....'Wazlay, Wazlay?' grin

gracesmum Fri 07-Dec-12 20:37:33

Not bus passes, it was a trip to the Pre-Raphaelite exhibition at The Tate , mainly, but not exclusivley for my Art History class. (Oo-er, hope nobody recognises themselves!) We were all a bit of a social stereotype if you know Sue Macartney-Snapes' cartoons? (Except me of course!)
But seriously, why do old people go on about their ailments? They seem so proud of all the pills they are on - young people just don't.

CHEELU Fri 07-Dec-12 22:17:12

FlicketyB That was funny but very right to say "if they were so grand what were they doing on a coach"!!!!

Nelliemoser Fri 07-Dec-12 22:46:38

gracesmum It sounds like the stuff found in the "Round Robin" letters people send out with their Christmas cards.

harrigran Fri 07-Dec-12 22:57:22

OMG we got one of them yesterday, I am so not jealous of their house in Spain or their children. Why do they need to tell us every year ?

glammanana Fri 07-Dec-12 23:28:23

Not too long ago I was sitting in the waiting room at the hospital to be seen and discharged from my specialist when in came a lady all huffing and puffing that she could not find a disabled parking space etc,my DD moved and stood up for her thinking she had mobility problems (she didn't) and the lady plonked herself next to me for the next 45mins I had the gorey details of every operation she had undergone all the places she had visited all over the world,how well her son was doing in his Law Practice by the time I got into see my chap I was frazzled and frought I felt like asking him if I could go into respite for a week,what a boring woman she could certainly clear a waiting room.I told my DD if I ever get like that take me to the vet and get me put down.grin

Anne58 Sat 08-Dec-12 00:34:23

gracesmum , I do know those cartoons grin and I'm sure you are nothing like any of them!

Greatnan Sat 08-Dec-12 09:02:45

I used to get a Round Robin letter every year from a couple we knew, always boasting about his promotion, the kids' violin grades, the new extension, etc. etc. One year, it was completely different. Husband had been caught out having an inappropriate affair with a young colleague, had lost his job and was 'skulking' at home - his wife's word. I felt sorry for her, but not for him - he was supposed to be one of my husband's best friends, but he propositioned me.
I do occasionally post a 'bragging alert' about one of my grandchildren but hope everybody knows it is 'tongue in cheek'. It is a bit of a counterweight to my sad posts about the three grandchildren I have lost.
I posted a joke about the three Jewish mothers who were talking about their sons, I must look it up.

celebgran Sat 08-Dec-12 09:51:17

oh gosh lets hope gracesmum that we dont go on like this!
My special friend #anita and I went on coach trip to Norwich yesteday (very kind lady gave us free tickets) cos we going to Norwich again today for weekdn to see DOMINIC KIRWAN!!YIPPEE.

We just natter away as are so natual with each other, but to be honest do other ladies find it depends on the sort of friendship?
my oldesnt friend who me at 16 when we started work brings out worst in me she is such a bragger!! even her texts brag brag brag!!
sometimes I feel like screaming I dont care about your jag or you hotel upgrades etc etc!!

gracesmum Sat 08-Dec-12 10:50:17

It is definitely an attempt to prove something, though isn't it? A bit like when people used to ask "What do you do?" = How much do you earn? or "Where do you live?" and heaven help you if you didn't live in the right postal district in London . We used to live in Tooting before it got "gentrified" and I remember being at a frightfully posh drinky-do when a Sloane asked me that question, When I replied Tooting, she wrinkled her little nose and said Oh, where's that? At which her equally Hooray Henry husband said "Oh don't you remember, darling, it's the place we went to that time we got loarst" grin
It's like animals preening and "showing" and lads or gorillas flexing their muscles to prove who is top banana.
(Still doesn't explain the organ recital however!)smile