Viva La Difference . . . No. 85 April 2009
From comments and emails I’ve received from friends, this series of Differences struck a note with a lot of you so I’ll continue it until I run out of ideas.
As I’ve now lived in Oz for 6 years, I’ve started to get confused about what’s done here (Oz) and what’s done there (UK) but Emily reminded me of a few when she was living out here for a year.
In a number of restaurants and cafes in Sydney, there’s a (10%?) surcharge on Sundays and Public Holidays. To cover the extra staff costs I suppose (but when John Howard introduced Work Choices, there WERE no extra staff costs for most of these workers – all days and hours were paid at the same rate). I’ve never come across this anywhere else.
Then there are “small goods”. A friend told me she brought lovely bread from the shop where she bought her small goods. My immediate reaction was “Why would an underwear shop sell bread?” (Underwear, ladies in particular, is often referred to as ‘smalls’ in England). But here Small Goods seems to refer to sausages, salami and other made-up meat products (I think). Would anyone be able to tell me where that came from?
And, before any clever clogs out there writes to correct me – Yes, I know I should have put Viva Les Differences because I’ve mentioned more than one. But literary licence please.
By the way, would everyone please stop feeling sorry for Judith because I exclude her from prizes here? She does OK, I promise. I sent her a special present last year because she couldn’t enter the Blogathon Draw, she won the prize for my 500th comment and she’s requested (or, rather, DEMANDED) that I knit her a Forest Canopy shawl. If nobody else is reading my blog, I know my sister is so she’s not neglected, I promise you!