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I guess you are using paper napkins then.

We use cloth, and of course use them more than once, so they get folded and returned to the napkin rings.

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Ummm, no. Unless I am picknicking ...
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It's all about tribal identity. The tiniest things can mark someone out as not being 'part of our clan', which is the whole point, really.

It's particularly useful for flushing out spies and unmasking fraudulent interlopers from the lower orders.
Which reminds me of James Bond who says in one movie after finding his contact was actually a Russian spy "I should have already shot him when he ordered red wine with the fish..."
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Old 06.04.2011, 08:24
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Ummm, no. Unless I am picknicking ...
You put cloth napkins on the plate?

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Old 06.04.2011, 08:29
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All the above confirms what i think. Never accept invitations to others , between their table rules which may not be yours, your paranoia or theirs at using their bog/bathroom/restroom/toilet/wc/karsi for a tinkle/pee/wee/dump/post or whatever is way too much of a minefield. When I invite my friends I am happy they are there, they can do what they want, they can drink whatever and however much they like and if they fall over and sleep on the floor, thats fine too.As long as they are clean, thats fine.
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You put cloth napkins on the plate?

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Oh dear ... not on my dinner plate, but perhaps on a side plate (ie one that has been used for bread), or, more usually, on the table next to it.

On the subject of bread - never butter a whole (or half, for Tom) bread roll. Simply break off bite-sized pieces and butter them individually, eating one before breaking off another piece.
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Old 06.04.2011, 08:44
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One thing I hate; cutting up all your food with a knife and fork first, then discarding the knife, switching the fork to your right hand and eating whilst playing with yourself under the table with the redundant left hand.
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I can't stand to be a witness of what people are chewing in their mouth! At the table or while chewing a gum..... We are not cows, close that mouth.
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-No talk on the phone at the table (exceptions can be made)
I once telephoned the restaurant I was in to place an order. It was easier than trying to attract the waitress.

(She wasn't happy, but it amused me.)
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Re: Dining faux pas

In the States, I was taught to place my left hand in my lap when not using it at table. Here, I understand, that is considered rude.
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Old 06.04.2011, 08:58
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One thing I hate; cutting up all your food with a knife and fork first, then discarding the knife, switching the fork to your right hand and eating whilst playing with yourself under the table with the redundant left hand.
Once, with some Swiss friends round for a BBQ, I cut up all my young son's meat for him into small pieces so he could eat it more easily.

One of the Swiss watched me do this and then proceeded to do the same with the meat on his own plate.
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Never, ever eat with your left hand in India.
It's frowned upon for very good reason
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Never, ever eat with your left hand in India.
It's frowned upon for very good reason
If it is like in Arabic countries, left hand is for wipping....
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Whilst I (being English), crumple mine up and place it on or near my last plate. Having noticed this discrepancy, he suggested that we (the English) do so in order to ensure that the napkin is not reused. I have no idea if there is any truth in this, but it is simply something that I have been brought up to do.
I've heard something similar about bedding. If I've slept in someone's guest bed then I tend to make it in the morning.

Some people say that making the bed is an insult becasue it implies that the owner won't wash the bedding.

I'm a napkin scruncher too.
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If it is like in Arabic countries, left hand is for wipping....

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I once telephoned the restaurant I was in to place an order. It was easier than trying to attract the waitress.

(She wasn't happy, but it amused me.)

A few years ago, when mobile phones were not as popular as they are now, a landlord of a local pub where I cam e from in the U.K. was behind the bar when a non-regular came in talking on his mobile phone and only broke the conversation briefly to order a beer.

The landlord ignored the man, calmly poured himself a beer, walked outside and across the road to the telephone kiosk and stood in there drinking his pint.

When he had finished, he went back across the road and into his pub and poured the customer his beer.
The man looked at him in amazement.
"What did you do that for?" He asked.

The landlord calmly replied, "If you use my pub as a telephone box then I'll use the telephone box as a pub."
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Never, ever eat with your left hand in India.
It's frowned upon for very good reason
And thinking of Asia - what is one supposed to do if one has to sneeze at the table?
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On the subject of bread - never butter a whole (or half, for Tom) bread roll. Simply break off bite-sized pieces and butter them individually, eating one before breaking off another piece.
If I'm at a Christmas dinner with "Daily Mail" types (you know the ones I mean) then I like to cut the roll in half then butter both halves.

I pause a moment to wait for "the eyebrow" before spreading cranberry sauce on it and eating it as a jam butty.


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The DO have some archaic forms of punishment there, don't they
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All the above confirms what i think. Never accept invitations to others , between their table rules which may not be yours, your paranoia or theirs at using their bog/bathroom/restroom/toilet/wc/karsi for a tinkle/pee/wee/dump/post or whatever is way too much of a minefield. When I invite my friends I am happy they are there, they can do what they want, they can drink whatever and however much they like and if they fall over and sleep on the floor, thats fine too.As long as they are clean, thats fine.
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my favourite post in a long time.

it is one thing going out with "business colleges" or other people who might give you money, but quite another going out with your mates..

ps: you know me too well

pps: None of my recent guests have been clean. Most leave food scattered about the table and floor, use their hand when they can, shout, reach across the table, demand drink and more chocolate, and hardly ever say "may i please leave the table".. I think the oldest was 8. The one in the house at the moment doesn't even use his hands - just mumpfs from the plate. He also has 4 legs.
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And thinking of Asia - what is one supposed to do if one has to sneeze at the table?
Cock head to the left & with right forefinger, press closed the right nostril. Blow hard in the general direction of the floor & you're good to go.
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