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It is this time of the year I suppose. Everywhere I go, there are people snogging on the street. It must be the ramp up to Valentine’s day. Or maybe they are trying to get warmer and cosier. It seems to be working. I don’t want to sound like an old bore, but it is really starting to annoy me. They simply kiss everywhere: in front of the park entrance, the coffee shop, the corner of the street. And, worst of all, they find it absolutely hilarious that people might want to walk on the pathway while they are kissing. Sigh.


When did Public Displays of Affection become so fashionable? What is happening to the legendary British manners? What did I miss? Mind you, there are new trends that I didn’t see coming over here, in London: the other day, the lady behind me was running her errands in her bathrobe. Yep, flip-flops and bathrobe, to be precise. The shop attendant didn’t bat an eyelid. Apparently, it is completely normal, nothing to worry about. I knew about going outside in your PJs, but I had never seen anyone in a bathrobe on the street before. I suppose that I still have a lot to learn. That said, I am still much too French to go out in my bathrobe. I just couldn’t open the front door. It must be something in my genes. Except maybe if the house was on fire, of course.

In short, I am completely out of touch, and feeling very old right now. All is not gloomy of course, and, following the article in the Times, I have received a couple of Valentine’s emails from seemingly besotted readers.  I suspect it might be a hoax but I am not 100% sure. I will never know. Anyway, I thought it was nice, but it is a case of ‘thanks, but no thanks’. I might be French, but I am still pretty conventional, you see.  

And talking about being conventional,  the French president has yet to announce who the First lady is. How will be Francois Hollande’s Valentine? The suspense is simply untenable.
Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London
  • Whoever she is, I am sorry for her! Aren’t you? !

  • Yes we like to say “Get a room!” as an expression when too much affection makes you go “ick”. Perhaps you use this too? It would be even worse if the offenders were in their PJs too!

    • Or in their bathrobe…I am starting to wonder whether it has something to do with getting older. I really am becoming less and less patient with PDAs.

  • I personally feel you have to draw the line somewhere and for me it’s definitely the bathrobe…or even the Pj’s. Like you I couldn’t do that. In fact two days ao my dear husband called to see if I’d like to meet him in our local wine bar for lunch. I was having one of those office days, no make up, really comfy but rather shapeless clothes and my Ugg boots so I turned him down. I don’t need to be glammed up, but I do need to feel presentable.

    • Same here. I think that I am more relaxed about going out without any make-up on, but the bathrobe is a step too far.

  • I don’t think being French has anything to do with not wanting to go out in your bathrobe. I would never do it and haven’t seen that yet over here in the states.

    • Really? I would never do it either, but over ere it is becoming more and more common.

  • She may not have been British of course… I think it was the Irish who were the first to go out shopping in their PJs. Maybe this lady is Irish and aiming to be the first to take the trend to the next level. 🙂

    • Yes the Irish started the trend of going out and about in their PJs. At some point, some local Welfare office had to put a note on the front door asking people to dress appropriately to go in their offices ! I’ve only seen a few of them where I live, it must be more of a Dublin thing… But anyway, I nearly can’t go out of the house without make up so I can’t even imagine wearing PJ’s or a bathrobe

    • I hadn’t realised that it was an Irish thing. and over here, if you go out in your bathrobe, nobody seem to care…

  • Try living in a small university town. They are either completely stocious or playing tonsil hockey in the market place.

    • Oh no! How do you manage? When did it become so cool to kiss in public?