Avoiding small talk with strangers

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AustraliaPoochie

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A half one eye open, the other one closed, act nutso or skitzo, or mute, or dumb, or stupid...
The religious nuts who are smart enough to start with How are you! is the scariest bit of p** I have ever encountered.
 

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Well I chat and have had a win win here and there when the stupid up him self sod asked to move seats.... I ended up with more arm room.... Made out he was inconvenienced... Tips is start reading there stuff
 
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Some people don't even bother doing that which I think is rude. Even if I'm listening to my favourite song or watching a good movie, I always take off my headphones when the FA is talking to me, it's basic manners IMO.
Was having a chat with someone at work about manners last week.

Are manners largely an English tradition? Unbelievable some of the things some people think are acceptable in public.
 

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Nah, I was on an SQ flight from ADL to SIN, many years ago now, and as soon as the plane touched down in SIN, every Asian man stood up, (I think it was a 340 at that time-too old a pooch to remember that detail), but every man jumped up and started opening the overhead luggage compartment, and started pulling things out!
Nowadays, there is the constant annoucement that its a requirement to be seated and keep seat belt fastened, till the plane "has come to a complete stop".
Not to mention the whaacking noise Asian men love to make to clear their throat, and spit out the phlegm...
Or the fact that Singapore MRT has to paint give way arrows or something arrows on the MRT station floors,
Manners can be taught, but its in every culture to "break" it if they can get away with it.
 

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Just one more "meaningless" question from me on this topic, yes, this topic.
Has any one played the game of when being asked how are you, you start bringing out all your ailments out of the bag, a bit of a ticky heart beat, odd heart beat, wonky leg/ankle/knee, or walking with a slight limp as soon as you get to the airport (not so obvious that people will ask if you need help-but just to play the game so that you can enlengthen your ailment story)?
Bad of me to say this of course/though.
 

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A cough and mention of swine flu I have found is a good party trick.The people in the row in front then think reclining isn't for them as well.
But today BNE-SYD I had to indulge in small talk with my seat mate.She would have made me pay otherwise!
 
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