Standing In Line

The concept of waiting in line is very much a British thing I’ve been told.  We will wait and queue for hours,  When I lived in Dubai (1999-2005) there was a separate queue for men and women.  The women were always served before the men, a caring side to Emirates I was informed, one that is considerate of the female population.  But another Emirati told me it was so the women would leave the building and thereby remove their enticing and corrupting presence.  Which of those is truer I have no idea, but maybe if I revealed the sex of the people relating the two different reasons you may get a better insight…which is why I shan’t!  Much nicer to consider the point.  I loved the double line system and my husband loved it too.  He always made me queue up and pay for everything!  But it was a long day when a man had to go and pay the bills…

Well, yesterday I was at the Gadget Show Live at the NEC (Birmingham, UK).  It was a real hit with the boys, but the queues at some of the stalls were mad.  My son wanted something from the Hexbug Nano stand – it took nearly half an hour to get to the front of the queue and get served.  Very much a bar-style service, but so organised and orderly.  One gentleman even acknowledged that I’d been there before him.  My international experience of such events is severely limited so I would love some feedback on how they work in other countries and how true the first statement is.

In Britain there is even a difference as you move further up the country.  This is evident as soon as you get in your car.  If a section of road has restricted lanes then Northern drivers will begin to move into the assigned lanes well ahead of the cut-off point, conscientious of road signs and traffic restrictions.  In London you are constantly fighting with big cars with aggressive drivers attempting to push in at the last inch.

As mad as yesterday was it would have been hell if the public had behaved like those aggressive London drivers.  But with a little politeness and decorum everyone left the show tired but happy.

By the way, my son also came away with a Sole Skate by Razor, the makers of the Ripstick.  It is brilliant and if you have skateboard fanatics at home I cannot recommend it highly enough – lightweight and easier to transport than rollersblades, skateboards or ripsticks (and No, I am not being paid to advertise this product!).


About Bea Turvey apprentice author and witch

I am a wild-haired author who cannot stop writing. The writing process is not a task for me. It is an extension of myself. When I write, I lose myself as easily as if I slipped into the story for a swim. Writing became a serious part of my life in Decmber of 2009. Unless you're reading this in 2017 it wasn't that long ago, and the bug hit me hard and fast. My first novel, Banished, was published in March 2010 and is available at If you read it, or anything else I've written, I hope you'll post a review and let me know why you liked it - or even why not!
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