The first was a couple of weeks ago. Liz was in labour, nothing I could do except wait, and I wandered into Marks and Spencer. There on the sale rail was a cute tee shirt. It was exactly the same shades as the Gidday cardi I had recently knitted. So I pottered up to the counter with my 99p.
"Is it for a special baby?" asked the assistant "My new grandchild" I said "Ooh, when was he born?" "Not here yet, my daughter's still in labour - and we don't know if it is a boy or a girl""Oh...well, I suppose you can give a girl a teeshirt with a car on it..." "Why not? I drove here in my car, there are lots of famous women drivers, women like cars too you know. Look at Susie Perry..""I suppose so. Hope the baby arrives OK""Thankyou, goodbye"
I cannot find a picture of the exact teeshirt - that one is a similar Boden design. But why are all the teeshirts with vehicles on in the boy's section? Boden currently has a cute bicycle teeshirt, and a motorbike one too, in the boys range - and [please don't tell Ruth, Pip or Pat Archer] a tractor one too. Not every little girl wants to wear pink frills and pictures of guinea pigs in party hats, surely? [Not that I can see Liz shelling out £14 for Rosie's tee shirts] M&S are as bad as Boden - pretty frilly pink for girls and cool blues and greys for boys. Pink does not suit everybody!
The second incident was posted on Facebook by a very good friend in Leicester. She said
"Was waiting for a bus in Kirby Muxloe this morning, when a car with Arriva personnel stopped. The woman got out, explaining that they were picking up passengers and taking them to Hinckley Road as the road into Kirby is impassable with floods. A very kind gesture, I thought. Then the woman remarked, looking at the girl in the back: 'You are of the younger generation, you can look Arriva up on Facebook, and comment' I continued into town, completely deflated!"
OK, my friend is retired - but she comes from a great family of extremely computer literate people, she uses Facebook and reads blogs.
I think it is a little insulting to Senior Citizens to imply that they are not able to access social media. After all, Sir Tim Berners Lee, inventor of the www is in his sixties now. Mind you, I am not sure how often he has to travel on buses in Leicestershire villages... [T B-L was a contemporary of Bob at Queen's College, then came to work here in Ferndown before moving on to CERN. I can't see us ending up in Geneva]
Women drive cars, older people use the Internet. Don't patronise us. OK!! Rant over.