It's a Long List...

...the things that irritate me. Very long. This is an extract.

The misuse of apostrophes

Cookery shows
Talent shows
Game or competition shows -this includes the bake-off thing and choirs of random people singing sentimental ballads.
Soap operas -including the one with Dame Maggie Smith in it.
Any tv programme Katie likes -Come Dine With Me for example makes me want to stab things.

Ed Miliband - Mili-bland, and I couldn't care less where politicians went to school, it wasn't their decision after all.

American politics 

Lifestyle magazines which cost £5 and tell me my life would be simpler if I cooked from scratch and went for bike rides.

Cake pops, macarons, cupcakes and pies/cheesecakes/salads in jars.

All those young women on Pinterest who think their only purpose in life is to marry Prince Charming.

The cost of going to university.

Pointless celebrities

People who ring me several times in a day asking me to take part in consumer surveys. The telephone preference service doesn't filter these nuisance calls because they are not sales calls. 

People who say things are 'very unique'  . This actually makes me want throttle people

Historians who talk about the past in the present tense 


                                              
There are lots of things which don't irritate me though. Things which cause me joy and make life worth living.

The change a new season brings. A change in light, new things to eat, a new smell in the air.

A really good book. I've just finished Ann Cleeves' brilliant Shetland Quartet. They are a series of tightly plotted and engrossing crime stories set in the Shetland Isles. There's another due out in January making it a quintet.

An unabridged audio book read by a good actor. I've just started listening to Diamonds Are Forever read by Damian Lewis. There are many more to look forward to.

A meaty detective drama like Foyle, Lewis or Morse

Sport on the telly

A good documentary like The Wartime Farm.

Most of the programmes on BBC4

Good simple food.

Clare Balding -she can do no wrong

Reading a new post on one of my favourite blogs

Reading a nice comment on my blog

Publishing a new post on my blog

A bottle of wine

A bar of chocolate

Fresh, clean sheets on my bed

And many, many more things. In fact this list is definitely longer than the first.


More on my store cupboard challenge anon.

Comments

  1. Phew thank goodness for that! Was going to suggest you have a nice glass of vino and calm down! xx

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  2. We have the same dislike with the exception of the one with Dame Maggie......and what are cupcakes.............? she asked sarcastically - they are FAIRY CAKES that really does annoy me!
    Julie xxxxx

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  3. I love reading these sort of lists. Thank you! Perhaps I will do a post of my likes and dislikes but I am a bit worried my dislikes will be longer... I am in that sort of grumpy mood at the moment!
    Thank you for the Shetland tip. I am in need of a crime series to get my teeth into. Ax

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  4. Great post Sue,I have to admit that I do like the British Bake off and Downton, these are the only two programmes I watch in a week, oh and the food hospital too. Pointless celebrities is a definite dislike on my list. I would have to add boy bands too, just can't hack them! x

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  5. Jenny Debeaux8:20 pm BST

    My son gave me this URL:

    http://www.eng-lang.co.uk/apostrophe_rules.htm

    It's brilliant, easy to understand and I'm sure it could prove very useful to teachers.
    As an ex-languages teacher, I knew about grammar but this does reinforce just how to use an apostrophe,
    should anyone need to have it at their fingertips.

    I don't listen to Radio 4, just Radio 3 or Classic FM - and I haven't had the courage to start blogging yet.
    Keep up the good work - you write so well! Thank you.

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  6. Yes, yes - especially very unique, and adding David Cameron, rudeness or bad manners, and 'at this moment in time' to the dislike list, and a good cup of coffee to the likes!

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  7. You had me nodding in agreement when I got to the present historic. In Our Time is one of the worst culprits. Sometimes they get hopelessly lost in their tenses. I suppose it's meant to impart immediacy. Robert Peston's sing-song 'I'm telling all the little children an exciting story' voice gets me too.

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    1. Oh lord Robert Peston, I'd forgotten him.

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  8. Exactly Sue - cake pops - duh! What a gimmick. I wish folk would turn off the box once in a while to read instead.

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  9. Thank you - I smiled the whole way through this post. Every time I hear Ed Miliband's voice I dislike him a little bit more.

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  10. One of the things I most like is to be a bit annoyed by things and having a good moan about them. I don't get apostrophes some of the time and get told off about it by my daughter who does get them and gets really very cross when people (like me) get them wrong; she thinks they will die out because we are generally so incapable of using them. I understand them every time I look them up again but then I forget. I also hate competitions, especially cookery ones. Food is not a competitive sport. I do like Downton Abbey even though it isn't good but bad in a good way. I love the farm series as the people in them seem to relish all the hard work they put in and really enjoy it all. I didn't realise there was a new War Farm series so I will catch up on it, thanks.

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  11. Judi Delaney10:00 pm BST

    1. Why don't we just have the utterly brilliant Claire Balding leading the country? This would make me enormously happy!

    2. Since when did 'icing' become 'frosting'? I can't tell you how much this irritates me

    3. Keep doing what you're doing Sue because this makes me very happy too!

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  12. Good grief! What happened to live-and-let-live?

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    1. I'm not sure what you mean Veg Artist?

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  13. We'd have to agree to differ on several items but I'm with you on most of them - especially the misuse of apostrophes and Clare Balding!

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  14. Dear Sue
    Your list made me chuckle - I agree with some and disagree with a few too (but any list like this is bound to cause controversy.) That's the great thing about a blog as it is entirely up to you what you write. No doubt we could all add at least a hundred more (especially the irritating things). However, I'm very glad that the joyful things outweigh the irritating things.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  15. Anonymous10:31 pm BST

    Great post, Sue, and I agree with most of your list apart from the bake-off prog and Downton Abbey. Wartime Farm is my favourite weekly watch at the moment, and my current dislike is weather forecasters who talk about "grass frost". Whatever happened to good old "ground frost"?

    Tasha

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  16. I am certainly in agreement with your dislikes but would have to add sport on TV to that list together with the Today programme.

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  17. Macaroons? Really? The only irritating thing about them is that I cannot bake them properly.

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    1. I think that is what annoys me about them. I can't be doing with food that is tricky to bake, all I care about is that it tastes good.

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  18. Good for you, Sue. Apostrophes and 'very unique' render me apoplectic. How do you feel about 'panini's?' Perhaps a grudging admiration for the achievement of getting it wrong in two languages at once?
    Still have a soft spot for Downton, though, and can cope with the bake-off if I fast-forward through the Perkins monstrosity.
    Do you think the two of us should take up yoga? Or meditation?

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    1. PS Salads in jars???? Am I behind the times?

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    2. 'Panini's' - I feel sorry for Italians whenever I see that.

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  19. Ooh I want to join in:
    Things that annoy me: those people calling to ask you to join in a survey - totally agree with this one. Athough, I asked them if they could email me instead because its easier to do it that way. Now I never get the calls and I don't have to do the surveys if I don't want to. I do most of them though, because the one I do here (New Zealand) you can win prizes!
    I have to agree with these likes:
    Nice comments left on a blog
    Fresh clean sheets on the bed - amazing!
    I love your blog!!!
    (so far its keeping my own Quince tree from being chopped down)

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    1. Oh no, don't chop it down Becky!

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  20. Fisherwife5:10 am BST

    I really enjoy coming here to see what you have to say or what you have cooked or what you have read. My husband enjoys hearing your blog read aloud. I pause to show him your beautiful pictures. Thank you for bringing joy with your words.

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  21. Agree with most of those, especially the proliferation of the cupcake, but not the Bake Off! I'd have to add people at sales counters saying "Can I get a ..." You can HAVE it but no, you stay where you are and the assistant will get it! Also the use of the catch-all word "guys", Ikea, the cost of petrol, constant government u-turns, the latest John Lewis advert..............

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    1. That 'get a thing' instead of 'have a thing' is an Americanism isn't it? Like standing with your hand on your heart during God Save the Queen- shudder.

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    2. That makes me shudder as well!

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  22. Excellent lists, both of them. Is it me, or does the first list just get longer and longer as you get older? Let's hope the second list will always grow just as fast to compensate!

    Sandra x

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    1. Yes, you get grumpier and grumpier as you get older, but I think you also appreciate the simple pleasures more as well.

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  23. This is a hilarious post, Sue! What is it in us that causes a feeling of irritation? Is it our own egos or our self-righteousness? Our inability to accept things as they are?! Note that I'm including myself (whoever she is!)
    Don't worry, I have pet hates too! Mine are mostly connected to language though! My most disliked being "at the end of the day" or "get a life"! There are others lurking in the depths of my mind which will be remembered as soon as I have published this comment! Most of them are Americanisms which have been adopted by the British - so that makes them sound so strange to my ears.
    I've just come back from a trip to Canada to visit my son who lives there and I couldn't stop laughing every time I heard the word "awesome", pronounced:
    "ass-some"! Egged on by my English-accented son (now doing funny things when he pronounces 'Rs' after 9 years over there)we laughed until we cried over one of the "ass-somes" in a Night Photography class!
    I agree with you about chocolate as being something which creates a real sentiment of well-being. In fact my last blog posting was about it! It was supposed to be an exercise on self-portraits in one of the photo groups I participate in. However, the very mention of the word c-h-o-c-o-l-a-t-e made all the visitors swoon at the very thought and I didn't even show the whole recipe I was writing out! Though I will share it if I'm ever asked!

    Am I getting grumpier as I get older? I thought one mellowed with age and all that! Perhaps we're not old enough yet?!!!

    Have a great weekend and eat chocolate!
    Sandra

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  24. Anonymous9:08 am BST

    Hi Sue,
    Started to write 'Love your blog' when the computer went crazy and automatically sent my comment when I had only got as far as 'Love you !!!!!
    Deleted it (see above), but that was what it was!
    Anyway, what I WAS going to put was that I love your blog, adore your recipes which I often use as inspiration for my own versions, depending what's in the storecupboard, and often laugh out loud at your comments.
    Agree with much of your lists but Sue, what IS wrong with the Bake Off? My 9 year-old and I think Mary Berry is soooo nice.

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    1. Oh I like Mary Berry and I swear by her Ultimate Cake Book which I've had for years. I just hate cookery programmes of any description. I can just about stand Nigel Slater but even he is better on the page. Actually I quite liked Delia. She simply showed you how to cook without resorting to gimmicks. In her day cookery programmes came under the education department of programming and not entertainment. Nowadays everything is entertainment isn't it? You can't have a programme where members of the public come on and are taught how to make cakes; it has to be a competition instead. Why? so we can enjoy watching people getting stressed and upset about something which should be an easy, everyday activity. Baking a batch of scones or a loaf of bread used to be an everyday occurrence in many parts of the country. It was something you did to feed your family not to win prizes or to entertain people. That's what cooking is to me and what I hope to get across on this blog.

      And thanks for the 'love you' comment :D

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    2. Anonymous2:19 pm BST

      Fair enough. That's a pretty strong, clearly written argument there! I do actually agree with every word......at the same time enjoying the Bake-Off. Went off MasterChef a few years ago. Will still watch Nigel though.
      Kim

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  25. Anonymous9:10 am BST

    Oh for goodness sake's!! Now the computer left off my name to the above comment! It's Kim. I think I'm just going to go back to bed.
    Kim

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  26. Blimey!! I apologise both in advance and in retrospect for any flagrant abuse of apostrophes - it is a weakness of mine. But I can spell. I DON'T LIKE BEING SENT A TEXT IN CAPITALS THOUGH - I FEEL AS IF I'M BEING TOLD OFF

    ha ha.

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  27. You are me, Sue, in many regards. I don't mind the apostrophes any more, though: I rather envy their users' sense of freedom and the merry waltz of placement.

    Merely reading the list of lovely things that cause you joy gives me good cheer.

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  28. I'm with you on apostrophes though I echo Mise's view too - it would be easier if it didn't annoy me!
    Just found your lovely blog via Karen on A Quiet Corner - love what you are doing with the storecupboard challenge. Some great ideas and ones I shall try out. I think we have similar things in our storecupboards, despite me being based in the south of Spain.
    Best wishes. Look forward to reading more.
    Annie

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  29. ooh my Grumpy Old Woman list includes people who don't say "thank you" when you hold a door open for them
    and 12 year old daughters who adore GBBO and then have the cheek to tell mother that the home made bread/cake/scone may be "a little overbaked"

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  30. Pati from London2:21 pm BST

    Ohh What a laugh Sue!! I do love a good macaron and cupcakes, though! There is a shop in the Burlington Arcade in London, opposite Fortnum and Mason in Picadilly that only sells macarons of all possible colours. It is beautiful and they are delicious! The only problem for me is that they tend to be very expensive. Wish I could make them myself... It's nearly the weekend and my favourite day of the week, yay!! Have a good one! Pati x

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  31. I'm right with you, I really am....but you're wrong on Downton....oh so wrong!!!!

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    1. Yes, I realise I am the only woman in the country who doesn't watch it. I watched two thirds of the first episode and it just didn't do it for me. I like lots of other period dramas but I do prefer them to be dramatisations of novels so that they have a satisfying conclusion.

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  32. What a great post! Totally with you on the apostraphe misuse...another 'hate' is the use of less when fewer is required, they are even saying this on the BBC news now, what IS the world coming to? Oh, and I could of, instead of HAVE, just plain ignorance and laziness. Grrrrrr!

    Love a good, solid cookery programme but PLEASE stop making everything contentious or competitive. Must say I enjoy Nigel, on tv and the books (yippee another out now, on my Christmas list) but Nigella makes me cringe, it's all so false and coy.

    I have long thought about having a rant post, but thought I would put people off, but as you have balanced it nicely with a list of positives THAT"S alright then. You've cheered me up..and a lot of other readers too, by the look of it.

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    1. Ranting is very therapeutic. Nigella makes me want to vomit. A shame because I loved her when I bought her very first book 'How To Eat' back in 1998 before she let telly get to her.

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  33. No.1 - I heartily agree with your list of irritants
    No.2 - I enjoyed your list of lovely things and am just off to change the sheets on my bed, thank you for reminding me
    No.3 - I am thoroughly enjoying your store cupboard challenge. Please will you write a book?

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  34. Oh dear. I'm sure I've committed the apostrophe crime so many names (the spellchecker just had to correct me on the word!).

    Have read Jenny's link and am off to check last post...

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  35. So many people get mad at me when I express irritation with an abuse of the language. Their excuse is that language is changing all the time and one can't stop it. But why must those changes all be for the worse? There are so many shades of meaning that are being lost, not to mention a general graciousness in speech. My biggest irritant though is the verbification of nouns. YUCK!!!!

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    1. And the nounification of verbs as in 'that's a big ask'.

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  36. Whilst I have my pet peeves in ,I've (hrumph Downton is NOT one of them ;)) I prefer to focus on the good stuff in life. Am sure my blood pressure is all the better for it :)

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  37. Enjoyed both your lists, but I do not understand what you mean by the so called Americanism "get a thing". What am I missing? It's not a phrase that I am familiar with here in the Philadelphia area.
    And yes, American, and to be fair, all politics are most irritating to many of us - right up there with apostrophes.
    Mary

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    1. Hello Mary, maybe it's a regional thing? I seem to hear it a lot on American tv shows and films. And vice versa actually -for example we might say 'have you got a hammer?' but you might say 'do you have a hammer?'. It's just something I've noticed.

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  38. It seems a lot your irritation would go away if you watched t v less ?

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    1. Good advice. Funnily enough I have already thought of that and I do not watch any of the programmes that irritate me. Unfortunately tv channels will insist on showing trailers for such programmes and I am not so unreasonable as to stop other people in my house watching the things they enjoy.

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  39. Beverley2:46 pm BST

    Hello

    Just wanted to leave a comment. I have been reading your blog and enjoying your posts very much. Just wanted to send you a warm greeting from Ely in Cambridgeshire.

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    1. Hello Beverley and welcome. I have fond memories of visiting Ely cathedral as a child.

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  40. Although there is lots on your lists I'd agree with I'd like to add an irritation - people who use the word "literally" when they mean "metaphorically" ("I'm literally boiling hot") and a joy - discovering a new post on this blog. Thanks Sue,

    Jo x

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  41. I have three teenagers in the house and a large amount of what they say irritates me. Not the content you understand just the delivery. I know my delivery drove my parents mad back in the eighties, it must be a generation thing. The worst one is "awesome" as in "I put your socks away" "awesome", "pork chops for tea" "awesome". "Thanks" or "that's nice" would do. The Atlantic is awasome, or a volcano but not the banalities they use it for. In your positive vein though, giving birth to them in the first place was awesome, haha!!

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    1. I hear you Mumasu. Every damn thing is awesome these days but I expect we said something equally daft in our day.

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    2. Eek, I have started doing this ... hangs head in shame. I've picked it up from my kids, but that is no excuse. I do think some things are awesome, but I hear what you say and will ration my usage.

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    1. Oh dear I have managed to get sucked into Strictly Come Dancing again. I always intend not to watch it but somehow it gets me. I want Lisa Riley to win :) At least I can watch in iplayer and fast forward through the irritating bits.

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  43. Love many things you do. But I do also love Great British Bake Off, and Downton! Am a Strictly fan of course.

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  44. And I'm guessing you find all those signs that say this 'door is alarmed' as annoying as I do! (The doors in this country are clearly made of less stern stuff than they used to be ;) )

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  45. Whilst reading your post I started to cry with laughter whilst my soup lunch tried to escape from my nostrils (not a pleasant experience, it has cumin in, maybe the tears were pain, not laughter) and I don't know which was funnier, your list of likes or dislikes. I enjoyed it very much, thank you.

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  46. Hi Sue
    I stumbled upon your blog the other day from who knows where - and having just found my way back I thought I would leave you a comment as this was the first post I saw and I knew instantly that I was going to enjoy reading your blog.
    I agree with the apostrophes (though not sure I get it right all the time myself) and I will make sure I do not use any here!
    I like Foyle, Morse and Lewis and The Wartime Farm too and when we visit our cottage (as we have no TV) we listen to Morse on tape or the Radio 4 plays - it takes me back to when our family all sat around the radio at night pre-TV. Alas I am not sporty, unless you can call gardening and Yoga a sport, but I am with you on the soaps and game shows although I will admit to watching the Bake Off and Downton Abbey.
    I am looking forward to reading some more of your blog but will have to pop back later as hungry mouths are awaiting me.

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  47. I so agree with your hate for 'very unique' - I chunter at the tv so much when anybody says this that my kids now chorus 'there are no degrees of uniqueness, either something is unique or it isn't' each time they hear it - brainwashing is a marvellous thing :)

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    1. Exactly -it's like pregnancy.

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