C L A S S Y C O A S T E R S or ‘To Use or to Non-Use’?
I love these dinky scale models 1:100 of the real thing. My uncle would ask if that meant metres or inches, somehow the whole metricity of 1:10 seems to have escaped him and his generation, my mother asked the same question when we were setting out her new shrub border recently. Scale plans in metric is clearly a step too far for the older members of my family; they are web-wise so I imagine that I shall get some grumpy comments.
The title of this post is not as random as you might think! I am currently reading the excellent and amusing ‘Watching the English; the Hidden Rules of English Behaviour’ by Kate Fox on my adored Kindle. There is a hugely entertaining discussion about the use or non use of coasters as indicators of social class. I was raised without coasters (upper and lower classes) but now provide them for my guests (all classes) who look around in a worried fashion when there are none and don’t quite get the bare furniture idea. Fortunately I have some pretty lacquer ones from when I was travelling in Burma, bought as a gift that never quite made it to the recipient (middle classes again) but which keep happy those who need something to put their cups/glasses down on.
I thought that you’d like to coaster with the gun dogs as this somehow puts a nice twist on the whole Nancy Mitford irony U / non-U discussion. Who cares but I notice that the Japanese have a good grasp of the English social structures and you will be amused when you click through on this link too. Great subject matters.