How rude! When members of the public are rude, oblivious and inconsiderate, it's annoying. But when your friends behave that way; well, it really doe

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How rude!

When members of the public are rude, oblivious and inconsiderate, it's annoying. But when your friends behave that way; well, it really does feel like they've blown a great big raspberry in your face.

This week we've been thinking and writing about various instances of social rudeness. We're sure there are many more. Join us in our discussions on the blog.

Grumpy Young Women: writing about life failing to be as lovely as it could be.

Rosie

On the blog this week:

Being late is not cute or eccentric; it's unacceptable.

Rosie has tolerated other people's tardiness for far too long. Why is being late becoming an acceptable part of modern life? Can we blame the mobile phone? How come some of us manage to be considerate and arrive on time while others get away with leaving us on street corners waiting for them? See what Rosie's saying on the subject.

GYW Alice

Only the crumbliest, flakiest friends ...

What about when friends aren't just late, but cancel at the last minute, or simply don't turn up? We've all had to put up with flakiness, and we all know how bloody irritating it is. In this day and age, there is no excuse for not telling your friend you can't meet up. Let Alice tell you why.

Me profile

No, 4pm is not lunch time; it's tea time.

Isn't it annoying when you get invited to a 'late lunch at 4pm' or 'evening coffee'? Why are some people utterly oblivious to generally accepted meal times? Don't they realise that having times of day that are appropriate for certain activities helps us all get along? Maddie's regularly baffled by this, and she's had enough. Read her tirade.

Shermaine W

Must we watch women put on their faces in public places?

And, back to members of the public, when did it become acceptable for women to do their entire face of makeup while sitting on a busy train? Why are so many people incapable of making the distinction between public and private behaviour? Shermaine's on the case.

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