What era are we in?

Old Sep 29th 2011, 5:40 am
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I'm forever describing various "aspects" of this place in terms of historical periods. For me, the driving is ancient rome, somewhat reminiscent of Ben Hur's chariot race.

And when I read the wonderful "Wolf Hall" I thought "wow, that's HERE. Yes this is like the tudor court system."

I've taken to responding to Du's queries of "how is the service ma'am?" by saying its like varying different ages depending on what mood I'm in. This is in the hope that someday, someone will see my record of "its like the dark ages/before the industrial revolution/like Russia during the last Tsar/scotland in the 50's etc etc and wonder...

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Old Sep 29th 2011, 5:56 am
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Originally Posted by lullabelle View Post
I'm forever describing various "aspects" of this place in terms of historical periods. For me, the driving is ancient rome, somewhat reminiscent of Ben Hur's chariot race.
And when I read the wonderful "Wolf Hall" I thought "wow, that's HERE. Yes this is like the tudor court system."
I've taken to responding to Du's queries of "how is the service ma'am?" by saying its like varying different ages depending on what mood I'm in. This is in the hope that someday, someone will see my record of "its like the dark ages/before the industrial revolution/like Russia during the last Tsar/scotland in the 50's etc etc and wonder...Small pleasures...
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I have described Dubai to various people as a good taste of Victorian Britain. Strong class system, the ability for life to be very expensive for a middle class family yet the larger pool of low skilled workers seem to manage to survive on 10% the middle class income, the availability of servants/staff/maids/service workers, middle class housewives complaining about finding good help, deferential treatment based on income/nationality, the bling (Arabic bling is surprisingly similar to the Victorian love for gilt and showy items), middle and upper class materialism, many women heavily covered up, and the air of self-confident superiority affected by the richer Arabs and Asians who expect to get what they want whenever they want it.

Even the Arabic villas in Al Barsha or Jumeirah are similar to mid-Victorian villas - large, bulky, ugly.

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I'm forever describing various "aspects" of this place in terms of historical periods. For me, the driving is ancient rome, somewhat reminiscent of Ben Hur's chariot race.

And when I read the wonderful "Wolf Hall" I thought "wow, that's HERE. Yes this is like the tudor court system."

I've taken to responding to Du's queries of "how is the service ma'am?" by saying its like varying different ages depending on what mood I'm in. This is in the hope that someday, someone will see my record of "its like the dark ages/before the industrial revolution/like Russia during the last Tsar/scotland in the 50's etc etc and wonder...

Small pleasures...
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Old Sep 29th 2011, 7:13 am
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Originally Posted by Ethos83 View Post
I have described Dubai to various people as a good taste of Victorian Britain. Strong class system, the ability for life to be very expensive for a middle class family yet the larger pool of low skilled workers seem to manage to survive on 10% the middle class income, the availability of servants/staff/maids/service workers, middle class housewives complaining about finding good help, deferential treatment based on income/nationality, the bling (Arabic bling is surprisingly similar to the Victorian love for gilt and showy items), middle and upper class materialism, many women heavily covered up, and the air of self-confident superiority affected by the richer Arabs and Asians who expect to get what they want whenever they want it.

Even the Arabic villas in Al Barsha or Jumeirah are similar to mid-Victorian villas - large, bulky, ugly.
The Victorians had chimmney sweeps and the Arabs had Camel Jockeys as well
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I have described Dubai to various people as a good taste of Victorian Britain. Strong class system, the ability for life to be very expensive for a middle class family yet the larger pool of low skilled workers seem to manage to survive on 10% the middle class income, the availability of servants/staff/maids/service workers, middle class housewives complaining about finding good help, deferential treatment based on income/nationality, the bling (Arabic bling is surprisingly similar to the Victorian love for gilt and showy items), middle and upper class materialism, many women heavily covered up, and the air of self-confident superiority affected by the richer Arabs and Asians who expect to get what they want whenever they want it.

Even the Arabic villas in Al Barsha or Jumeirah are similar to mid-Victorian villas - large, bulky, ugly.
That's an interesting analogy.
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That's an interesting analogy.
yup... and yet it's also very feudal, I think... the lords meting out their own slightly weird form of justice, the merchant classes seen as a necessary inconvenience and a mass of serfs who have very few rights or say in anything.
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