The Morning Dawdler

The Morning Dawdler

Questions for you to answer in your own time over your favourite cuppa.

Four questions three times a week – inspired by life, humour, conversations and observations, town life, blog posts, writers, gardening, news stories, television, entertainment and human curiousity and so on.

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Have you ever learned to fight or taken self-defence lessons – why did you feel this was necessary or was this something that you wanted to know to feel safer?

Do you spell grey as gray and also is it colour or color? 

Are you now or have you ever been afraid of the dark?

Where do you prefer to do most of your clothing shopping – online or in-store?

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  1. Have you ever learned to fight or taken self-defence lessons – why did you feel this was necessary or was this something that you wanted to know to feel safer?

    I have never taken self defence….(Fortunately) I have always felt very safe in the communities I have lived and worked in.

    Do you spell grey as gray and also is it colour or color? Australia uses UK English spelling ….so grey and colour

    Are you now or have you ever been afraid of the dark?

    Where do you prefer to do most of your clothing shopping – online or in-store?

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      1. Do you find you are able to find the right clothing to fit perfectly or do you use the return system a lot?

        I wonder if men are easier to fit for than women? If l buy clothing online l find it way easier than Suze does, who loves the convenience but finds the cut more awkward?


      1. Well, lyou say that and yet, l lived in Australia from 1965 – 1977 and l would say that the Oz of old was more Australian and yet we have friends and family who live there now who have some very American waysand adopt more yearly.

        I think it depends upon whether someone is what l class as True Ozzie Ausie or as New Pommie Ausie ?

        I wonder also if it is more pronne to Americanism on coastal Australia?

        Do you find Americanisms in the houses of your friends?


      2. It is true that modern Australia is definitely more influenced by “Americanisms” e.g. Halloween, black Friday creeping in etc. I may be showing my age here but I will stick to the traditional UK roots thanks! 🤣

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      3. I think l see it more in the new house builds, whilst Australian housing was always to a degree more ‘open plan’ than say English housing. In the last thirty years especially the architecture has changed considerably to reflect more of an American influence – much larger space builds as well as the introduction of two loungerooms and so on.

        Rather shockingly in that England is becoming more Americanised 😦


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  2. I use grey with an ‘e’ and sometimes get a spell check on it. The ‘e’ spelling is considered British, the “a’ American. Same for ‘our’ vs. ‘or’ as in colour vs color. I actually use ‘our’ when spelling humour (as opposed to humor) for some strange reason and usually change it to the American spelling so as not to appear pretentious because, after all, I am an American. I watch a lot of British tv shows and the differences in pronunciation of common words often makes me laugh – not derisively but rather in delight. It is often just accenting different syllables. But of course you know all this.

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    1. 🙂

      Yes l am the same Grace.

      I also find humour in the way certain afflictions are noted on the way dialects and accents change words – l remember a conversation l had with a sociolinguist once years ago in London whose particular special talent was a passion in dialectology and we were discussing the word ‘dog’.

      Where upon one distinct way of saying the word from the north of England came back as ‘duawrg’ 🙂



  3. I really would shop in stores if I knew of any that had clothing I might really wear. I don’t like most styles in most stores, so I shop — online (before online it was catalogues) — because I find what I want with the hassles of parking and hiking around a mall.

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    1. Hey Marilyn 🙂

      My mother used to catalogue shop when l was a kid, although she prefers to shop in-store because she is not Internet-connected. She doesn’t like today’s fashion, so she buys second-hand styles or, as she says, ‘yesterday’s style’.

      I know what you mean regarding the fashion image today l worked for years in that industry, and l look at cuts and styles of today and think – seriously? Where is the innovation? This stuff was out originally X number of years ago, anyway?


      1. And so much of it is really inappropriate for grown ups. Things that look good on my 26 years old granddaughter (who won’t wear them either, mind you) look absurd on me. Everything is much to short, or wildly too long — and in colors that look ridiculous on a 75 year old woman. Worse, they are poorly made using thread so thin you wash it once and it comes apart at all the seams. NOW I understand why my mother made all her own (and until I moved out) clothing. It was finished, it used high quality thread, classy fabric, with finished seams and handmade buttonholes. The only way you get that quality is by making it yourself. Sadly, I’m awful at sewing as well as knitting and crocheting. I really did try, too.

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      2. I hear you Marilyn about the incredibly poorer quality of clothing these days especially given how much they insist on charging for clothing.

        I used to work the fashion industry back in the eighties and even the clothing back then was better on the commercial lines than it is today.

        From the 90’s even Supermarket clothing lines were of a superior quality in consideration to supermarket lines these days.


      3. Everything has just become shoddier l feel, prices hike up, but quality drops. If you want quality you have to buy expensive products and yet whilst there was a time that was a guarantee of a better made end product even that doesn’t hold true today in all cases.


      4. Yes. A lot of supposedly better quality and thus EVEN more expensive clothing is not better. And if you think this is just a problem with clothing, try buying wood furniture that’s actually made of wood and not veneered particle board.

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      5. I know that as well – the prominent feature here is greed – manufacturers alike whatever the industry find cheaper ways of producing by using poorer x, y and z but still charge like a wounded bull.


      1. Yes, although l think it is somewhat easier for men to find the right sizing. I know women have many battles with online sizing in this country even with online shopping because there are so many variations of size.


      2. Well that also happened with mens jeans. Twenty years ago l used to perform the same action as you describe here, l would buy two pairs so as to have alternatives – one in washing and the other to be worn and yet l noticed that at times the other pair was not the same fitting.

        I thought l was going nuts until l tried it a second time and found the same result and that was at times on the same style, cut, colour and supposed size and there was no such thing as identical.


      3. Even with machinery, the cutting is never exactly the same nor is the sewing. A lot of the sewing done who knows in what sweatshop is NOT straight. Not even close. It’s as if the people running the machines are half asleep — or drugged. Or both.

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      4. It could be a combination of things sadly and in sweatshops l guess the fact is they are paid such a piitance that they just want to get finished product out to get paid. As long as certain criterias are met then the finished cloth lines are agreed and no further fulfilment is performed.

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  4. Have you ever learned to fight or taken self-defense lessons – why did you feel this was necessary, or was this something that you wanted to know to feel safer?

    I took a kickboxing class for a while. The only ass I was kicking was my own — into shape.

    Do you spell grey as gray, and also, is it colour or color? 

    It’s gray and color in my world.

    Are you now, or have you ever been afraid of the dark?

    Hmm, well, this depends on the circumstances.

    Where do you prefer to do most of your clothing shopping – online or in-store?

    I do both. My preference would be in person for instant gratification. It also allows me to inspect the quality on the spot without waiting ten days to be disappointed.

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