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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Cut Up By A Hearse

This morning. In the Red City. Complete with top-hatted crepe-wrapped undertakers, silver-handled coffin and (presumably) corpse. I was astonished at the time and on reflection am not sure what the appropriate response should have been. Traditional parping of horns, expressive sign-language and choice comments on the driver's parentage all lack diginity and, besides, are likely to upset the mourners. Etiquette mavens among the readership please advise.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Lex said...

Although the custom is (pardon the pun) dying out, here in the U.S. South people historically have pulled over while funeral processions go by, even at intersections with traffic signals.

Perhaps this is why.

1/11/06 5:32 pm  
Blogger Viking Longship said...

A reverent and somber finger, I believe is appropriate.

1/11/06 5:34 pm  
Blogger Arthur Clewley said...

I would just shout something like 'are you trying to drum up some business driving like that?' or 'did the guy in the back meet you folks at this junction?'. stick with me nick and you'll never make another social faux pas again.

2/11/06 1:24 pm  
Blogger Nick said...

Lex - I'm afraid that Southern gentility has the better of British manners on this one.
Arthur - you're clearly the glass of fashion and good breeding . . .

3/11/06 10:07 pm  

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