Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Food For Thought: Having A "No Shoe" Home Rule

Some great advice about having a shoe-free home. British people need more of this lady's assertive attitude.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Kate Gosselin

Apparently the American television personality Kate Gosselin has a no-shoes rule. She requires this of the camera crew filiming the reality show about her lifestyle, Jon & Kate Plus 8:

Kate Gosselin’s Supposedly ‘Strict’ Rules For Her Show’s Crew Are Actually Very Reasonable

Friday, August 01, 2014

Bucking the Trend in Sheffield

More on the Turtle Mat survey:

The Star: Sheffield named one of most house proud cities

According to a study of domestic standards, 71 per cent of the city’s residents remove their shoes in their own home, and more than half would ask guests to do so too.

I suppose northerners are more candid. If they want you to take your shoes off, they won't mince their words. Good for people in Sheffield.

The Turtle Mat Survey

Turtle Mat Blog: Turtle Mat 2014 Houseproud Survey

A survey by the doormat copany Turtle Map surveyed British towns to find out how likely British people were to remove their shoes and ask guests to remove their shoes. The results are a little unsurprising, with the South being the most houseproud in general. One interesting result though, was that while women were overall more likely than men to remove their shoes, men were more likely to ask guests to take their shoes off.

On the whole, it identified the British norm as I have described it here, that most British people take their shoes off in their own homes, but would not require guests to do the same. This contrasts with Sweden or Norway, where guests would be expected to remove their shoes and also with Spain and Italy, where most people keep their shoes on in their own homes. I suspect the results of a similar survey in America would show a sharp polarisation between people who keep their shoes on and people who require shoes off for guests, with less of the British comproise approach.

I'm not sure I like the tone of the way the results were presented, with the implied suggestion that asking for shoes off is impolite or unwelcoing. What is impolite or unwelcoming about asking people to do what they would do in their own homes anyway? I suspect a not-so hidden agenda; it's certainly in the interests of a doormat manufactuer for people to wear shoes indoors, then they will spend more money on expensive doorats.

What do they do in Worcester?

Those of you who followed this blog in the early days might be aware I used to live in Worcester. It seems like such a long time since those days. I found this:

Worcester: Welcome to Friendly Worcester

The study, by Turtle Mat, primarily examined nationwide attitudes to cleanliness, judged on the number of people who take their shoes off when in their own home and ask guests to do the same.

And in a quintessentially British trait the majority of people always take their shoes off when in their own homes, but a lot are too polite to ask guests to do the same.

This trend was true for Worcester with 85 percent of people saying they always remove their shoes in their own home but almost two thirds would not ask guests to follow suit.

This is such a typically British stance. Taking one's own shoes off, but not minding guests coming in with shoes on. I think I prefer bolshy Americans who insist on shoes off for everybody who steps past the door.