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From: Mike Harding
Subject: Re: Cutting corners?
Date: Sat, 28 Dec 2002 08:07:42 +1100
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On Tue, 24 Dec 2002 20:11:49 +0000, John Woodgate
>I read in sci.electronics.design that John Jardine
> wrote (in >) about 'Cutting corners?', on Tue, 24 Dec 2002:
>>That queen person would never get a 'bow' out of me ;-)
>That's just silly. Suppose you hurt you right hand. Would you offer a
>left-hand shake to anyone from the Indian sub-continent? Would you give
>a Japanese a gift of four candlesticks? Would you wave at a Greek with
>an open palm?
>There are social gestures that are innately offensive. Why inflict one
>on Mrs. Windsor?
Can't agree John (Woodgate). Bowing to another in the UK is
not a social gesture. It is a mark of subservience and (as far as
I can remember) only performed towards Royals - and they
don't return the gesture. Shaking hands is more the norm but
I suspect the Queen would be reluctant to do that upon
introduction. (Although Prince Charles - a man I have much
respect for) probably would.
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