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I remember me once, in nineteen seventytw, no nineteen seventythr, nooo seventy one, yes, nineteen seventy one, a delicious meal with the Sultan of Madagascar - a very nice man, and of very good opinions - was enjoying, together with others of his guests. I recall that a Mr Hemingway was one of these among these guests, and a Mr Marx.

The meal proving to be a great success, the main dining being of Vulpes' Feet, until towards the ending, when we were treated to a very special digestif of fermented cockatoo. Disaster came, and spoiled the whole evening, when a guest of some questionable upbringing - they already in the meal could not between their soup spoon, dessert spoon, fruit spoon, and the serving spoons a difference make - picked up the bottle of fermented cockatoo, and while we amazed then horrified were, watched the guest instead of to the leftie, rather passed the parrot to the writer!!!!!
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Old 06.04.2011, 13:01
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I remember me once, in nineteen seventytw, no nineteen seventythr, nooo seventy one, yes, nineteen seventy one, a delicious meal with the Sultan of Madagascar - a very nice man, and of very good opinions - was enjoying, together with others of his guests. I recall that a Mr Hemingway was one of these among these guests, and a Mr Marx.

The meal proving to be a great success, the main dining being of Vulpes' Feet, until towards the ending, when we were treated to a very special digestif of fermented cockatoo. Disaster came, and spoiled the whole evening, when a guest of some questionable upbringing - they already in the meal could not between their soup spoon, dessert spoon, fruit spoon, and the serving spoons a difference make - picked up the bottle of fermented cockatoo, and while we amazed then horrified were, watched the guest instead of to the leftie, rather passed the parrot to the writer!!!!!
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Old 06.04.2011, 13:15
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I don't turn off the lights at restaurants. And I don't go to the sorts of restaurants where "fun" prevails and toddler-thrown food spatters the walls.
My toddler is well behaved.

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Yes, but we skipped the matinee. Not a toddler in sight.
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I thought LiB and Porsch turned up?
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One thing that really, really gets me are those who insist on chewing gum after a meal. Do this in my presence and I will forcibly remove the offending article from your mouth and shove it so far up your arse you'll be able to chew it all over again.
Reminds me Hancock!
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Old 06.04.2011, 13:20
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One thing that really, really gets me are those who insist on chewing gum after a meal. Do this in my presence and I will forcibly remove the offending article from your mouth and shove it so far up your arse you'll be able to chew it all over again.
Ooh. Why? It's supposed to be good for your teeth (according to the old Orbit ads).
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I was taught to sit up straight, not talk across people at the table, sip soup quietly from the side of the spoon while tipping the bowl backwards if needed. To use the prongs of the fork to stab food, not as a shovel. The pace of one's consumption should be in keeping with one's company - don't eat to quickly or too slowly. Never push the plate away from you when finished, never spin around in your chair (in case you knock the waiter, but be aware food comes from the right and plates are cleared from the left). Oh and no phone, no phone rings or beeps - all on silent please.
I was pretty much taught the same. My father is quite a stickler for table manners as he believes that it is one thing that a lot of people will judge you on and use to come to a conclusion of 'who you are' very quickly.

I was also taught that when invited to dinner it is polite to follow your hostess' lead.
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Ooh. Why? It's supposed to be good for your teeth (according to the old Orbit ads).
I can't stand chewing it, watching other people chewing it, talking to people chewing it, or hearing people chewing it.
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Old 06.04.2011, 13:28
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I was also taught that when invited to dinner it is polite to follow your hostess' lead.
Same as when being taken out to dinner. The person picking up the bill must order first to give everybody else an indication of where they are allowed to order, price wise.
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Same as when being taken out to dinner. The person picking up the bill must order first to give everybody else an indication of where they are allowed to order, price wise.


For us, it is simple, if it is a man (he pays) and a woman, the woman is not allowed to look at the price and the woman should always order first!
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For us, it is simple, if it is a man (he pays) and a woman, the woman is not allowed to look at the price and the woman should always order first!
Not on a date. That's a completely different set of rules. I'm talking business dinners or lunches or groups where somebody (has won the lotto for it to happen here in CH) is picking up the whole tab.

P.S. The mans behaviour on the first date will never be seen again.
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Not on a date. That's a completely different set of rules. I'm talking business dinners or lunches or groups where somebody (has won the lotto for it to happen here in CH) is picking up the whole tab.

P.S. The mans behaviour on the first date will never be seen again.
Awwww! Never been on a business dinner and/or lunch...
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For us, it is simple, if it is a man (he pays) and a woman, the woman is not allowed to look at the price and the woman should always order first!
Thanks for the input. Why are there no menus without prices for your lady/guest in Switzerland?
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Old 06.04.2011, 13:46
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Thanks for the input. Why are there no menus without prices for your lady/guest in Switzerland?
There are. Just not at Burger King.
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Old 06.04.2011, 13:50
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Thanks for the input. Why are there no menus without prices for your lady/guest in Switzerland?
In Yorkshire we find that giving your lady a black left eye keeps her from seeing the prices (and the threat of a black right eye keeps her from choosing the "wrong" dishes).
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One thing that really, really gets me are those who insist on chewing gum after a meal. Do this in my presence and I will forcibly remove the offending article from your mouth and shove it so far up your arse you'll be able to chew it all over again.
Then surely it would become chewing bum....
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One thing that really, really gets me are those who insist on chewing gum after a meal. Do this in my presence and I will forcibly remove the offending article from your mouth and shove it so far up your arse you'll be able to chew it all over again.
They start them young here, too. In my son's pre-school they have a dentist which visits them to teach them about oral hygiene that started the staff off on giving them each a piece of gum after they've eaten a snack . They brush their teeth after their lunch, though.

I asked my own hygienist if it was absolutely necessary and she said it was a good idea.

It's a conspiracy, I tells ya...
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In Yorkshire we find that giving your lady a black left eye keeps her from seeing the prices (and the threat of a black right eye keeps her from choosing the "wrong" dishes).
So you don't only drive on the wrong side of the street but you also write the price of a dish on the left? Before the name? Or do you generally write from right to left in Yorkshire?
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Or do you generally write from right to left in Yorkshire?
They do that in West Yorkshire, certainly.
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There are. Just not at Burger King.
Really? Pray tell, which restaurants have them?
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Really? Pray tell, which restaurants have them?
You can ask for them when you phone to make a reservation. I'm sure many places will oblige.
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You can ask for them when you phone to make a reservation. I'm sure many places will oblige.
I have been to quite a few Gault Millau rated places in Switzerland and have never seen one without prices. Now I will try that next time ordering them on the phone. Btw at Burger King's I only point to the pictures.
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