Exeter Branch

Room 101

Submissions


Meeting Date

Proposed Item

Comments

Decision

31/01/18

Celebrity Chefs

Extensive discussion took place on whether chefs deserved celebrity status (predominantly on TV) and whether the ability to cook well required any great degree of talent. Although the attendees said that there were some celebrity chefs who they enjoyed watching and rejected the proposition that anyone could cook, it was agreed that the 'concept' of celebrity status for chefs was one that warranted being put forward for Room 101 consideration.

Passed - Item to be put into Room 101

31/01/18

Unnecessary Music in Public Places

Discussion took place on the all-too-common practice of playing music in public places. This, it was proposed, frequently was distracting and irritating when one was, for example, shopping.

Passed - Item to be put into Room 101

31/01/18

Sets of clothing, usually underwear or socks, packaged together but not the same

An example of this practice is when one wants to buy a pair of socks of a certain colour and having to purchase a set of three (say) where the other two pairs are not the same colour. It was agued that this represents arogance on the part of manafacturers deciding what we ought to want to buy together.

Not Passed - Item failed be put into Room 101

31/01/18

Unnecessary background sound on Radio and Television that distracts and overpowers the dialogue

There was widespead agreement that many radio and television programmes are often ruined through the introduction of distracting sounds and music. The problem is aggravated when actors mumble their lines.

Passed - Item to be put into Room 101

31/01/18

Disrespectful Forms of Address

It was pointed out that adressing people by their first of given names was now increasingly common. Although this was considered acceptable in many social situations and among friends, it was disrespectful and familiar when done by, for example, companies or businesses over the phone. There was also some discussion on adressing people with 'love', 'chuck', 'mate', etc. although this was not included in the submission as there was difference in views.

Passed - Item to be put into Room 101

28/02/18

Misuse of Apostrophes

It was bound to come up. A vigourous debate illustrated by several examples (Please place wet umbrella's here) left the group in no doubts over the scandalous misuse of these elements of grammar.

Passed - Item to be put into Room 101

28/02/18

Slugs

There was widespread sympathy for those that lost loved vegetables and flowers to these creatures. However there was overall agreement that slugs had a right to exist and that they were simply a challenge to the gardener.

Not Passed - Item failed be put into Room 101

28/02/18

People who say that they are 'traumatised' (Amended)

There was an interesting debate on this question. The general consensus was that there were many people who could legitimately claim that they had experienced trauma. However, there was some sympathy for the view that the the word 'traumatised' was often overused by some who showed little evidence of trauma.

Not Passed - Item failed be put into Room 101. Amendment - Passed

28/02/18

People who walk along the street texting (or similar) on mobile phones and ignoring others.

There was unanimous agreement that this habit was an ever-increasing problem on our pavements and public walkways.

Passed - Item to be put into Room 101

28/02/18

The sudden cancelling of television programmes because (most commonly) of extended sporting events

There was extensive agreement that sitting down to watch your scheduled TV programme to find that it has been cancelled or delayed at short notice was an irritation.

Passed - Item to be put into Room 101

28/03/18

The Sixties

A fascinating presentation was enjoyed arguing that the sixties reresented a destructive decade typified by the tendency of 'throwing out the old because it was old'. Examples were the destruction of public transport and the rerganisation of the education system. The awesome was replaced with the banale. Satire became popular, sneering commonplace. There was some sympathy for these views but overall participants looked back at the sities with some affection.

Not Passed - Item failed be put into Room 101

28/03/18

The over-bureaucratic procedures involved in volunteering within charitable organisations

Athough it was conceded that charitable organisations are to some extent bound by regulation and insurance issues to conduct checks on new volunteers, the level of bureaucracy (for example the need the need to provide references) put many people off volunteering.

Passed - Item to be put into Room 101

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