Friday, 1 March 2013

Room 101

I love the programme Room 101, sadly at the end of its current series (for anyone who doesn' t know, guests are invited to throw away things/customs/ people they want to ge rid of.

Stuck on my current writing, I was musing on the subject, and decided that apart from Winter (see last post) these are some of the things I would consign to room 101:

Traffic wardens (I know, I know. It's their job. But they have that predatory look, and I'm often their prey).
Seafood which comes with whiskers and those boiled black eyes.
Unkindness (and no. I'm not unkind to traffic wardens. That would be most unwise).
People who think there's only one way of doing things (their way). There are lots of ways of doing most things.
Butternut squash (it sounds wonderful, but tastes of nothing).
Speeches, unless they're short and absolutely brilliant.
Anything pink and frilly.
All the current political parties (where are the statesmen/women of yesteryear?.

Your turn now. What would you put in Room 101?

32 comments:

  1. I agree with everything except the Butternut Squash. You must fix it with maple syrup!

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    1. Maple syrup? Wouldn't that be a pudding?? Not sure you've sold it to me, Yvonne!

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  2. I agree with this list except for Butternut Squash, which makes lovely soup.

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    1. Hmmm. I'll take your word for it, L!

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  3. Sorry, I love butternut squash too!I would put in those paint colour charts which don't look anything like the colour of the paint once you put it on the wall.

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    1. Oh yes! And the wonderful names they give the colours! If they were called Dung, or Swamp, would anyone buy them?

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    2. Can I add another one please Frances. I have just got back from seeing The Bodyguard in the West End and the people either side of us spent the entire musical looking at their brightly lit phones.... grrrrr! (Did I complain - of course not I'm too British!)

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  4. I love Room 101 - I also like butternut squash, but agree with all your others.

    I'd put in drivers who don't use their indicators and people who are cruel to animals x

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    1. I agree, Teresa (though still not a BS convert).

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  5. I think butternut squash should have a different name. It's OK but not nearly as nice as the name suggests.

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    1. Maybe that's what I mean, Patsy. I just sounds so delicious... and when you eat it you feel, so what? (or I do)

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    2. It should be renamed 'yellowy orangey marrow type thing' then we'd know where we were.

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  6. I agree with your list. I have tried butternut squash in different ways, but I dislike the texture and think it tastes of engine oil. But that could be down to my cooking.

    I would add to my list fridges that hum too loudly and the odd variety of noises people make to fill in silences.

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    1. Oh yes! And people speaking loudly on mobile phones, especially in trains.

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  7. I, too, am in the butternut squash liking fraternity. I use them in soup with kumera.

    One of the purposes of traffic wardens is to prevent inconsiderate parkers from making life difficult for other road users and unlawful parkers. If there was a free-for-all life would be intolerable. If people were considerate there would be no need for traffic wardens. I think they do a good job.

    I would consign anyone who is intolerant to Room 101. I really cannot tolerate intolerance.

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    1. Well someone has to defend them Frances. Everyone is entitled to a fair trial before they are hung, drawn and quartered.

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    2. Actually, GB! I get on well with ours. But we have nor private parking here, and play a constant game of cat tad mouse, trying to remember to move cars every two hours. However....this post wasn't meant to be taken THAT seriously!

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    3. PS excuse misprints. IPad refuses to let me correct the, so it's heading for Room 101 too...

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    4. I have the same problem with the iPad and Blogger comments. My defence was not meant to be taken that seriously either. I just like occasionally to play the devil's advocate. I started training for the the Bar before I left to live in Scotland so it's just something I like to do. Rather like crosswords.

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  8. My first choice would be all the rude, inconsiderate people who think the roads, the supermarket aisles and everywhere else belongs to them, and them only.
    Of course, leaf blowers would get in there, too, as well as each and every noisy "toy" that (mostly) men use outdoors and which could so easily replaced by a more environment- and ear-friendly device.
    SUVs, too. I am certain that 99,9% of the ladies ferrying their precious offspring to kindergarden never drive where an SUV is really useful.

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  9. Am I allowed another go Frances at what I'd put into Room 101? I want to put in something which, as yet (touch wood) has never inconvenienced me much but which plagues so many people: hackers, phishers and spammers. They are the bane of so many innocent people's lives.

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    1. Absolutely. They have a job to do but it doesn't stop me being rude as I put the phone down.

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    2. Re cold callers, I find what works best is to say that "I'm afraid Mrs. Stott (my other name) died last week". It works every time. And it's polite. Though it's a lie (at the moment...).

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  10. I'd also leave the butternut squash out but stick the rest in there by all means.

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    1. OK. I get the message! Butternut squash is delicious!(But I'm still not going to eat it.)

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  11. I'm not sure there's much more space in Room 101...but I'd like to squeeze in all those eco lightbulbs that don't illuminate anything!

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  12. Am I the only person who hasn't eaten butternut squash. It looks too much like a marrow, which I hate. As for cold callers, I just say I don't want to speak to them and put the phone down. Easy peasy.

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    1. Not like marrow, Maggie. Not like anything much!

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