Queen-B Lyn has a rant.

car_boot_saleAs you know, Dear Readers, I love car boot sales. But they’re getting worse.
I went for a browse on Sunday, but I practically had to beg to be served. I reckon that about half the sellers were sitting behind their stalls, talking or texting on their mobile phones, totally ignoring their potential buyers, or glaring at us for daring to interrupt their important phone calls.
If they can’t be bothered to make eye contact and smile, I walk away without buying anything.
Car boot sales only last for the morning, so why can’t they let their phone take messages, and concentrate on paying attention to their potential buyers? After all, that’s why they’ve got up at the crack of dawn, loaded up their car and driven to a field, then unloaded everything and set it out on tables. You’d think that they’d be keen to sell as much as possible, wouldn’t you, instead of messing around with their phones!
Mobile phones have been around for a long time now. So why do some people still think they’re superstars when they’re talking on one?
I don’t want to hear their conversation. I don’t think they’re absolutely brilliant because they’re shouting into a phone, unless they’re standing on their head, or balancing on a tightrope. I don’t envy them because they know someone who has their number!
Men in supermarkets should be banned from using a mobile phone. They can’t talk without walking up and down, and are they really so stupid that they need to phone home and ask permission to buy a tin of peas?
mobile_phonesAnd then there are the Press Trips abroad. We’re usually entertained in top-quality restaurants. I want to pay attention to the food, often discovering new recipes, ways of serving the food, etc. I strongly object to someone next to me eating between texting while staring at their phone, which is placed beside their plate, and constantly beeping as some equally boring friend replies to every text about what we’re doing!
I always ask them to turn it off while we’re eating as it’s very rude and antisocial. And most people agree with me.
Yes, our guides need to stay in contact about what’s happening the next day, changes of plan, etc. but not these stupid, addicted bloggers, tapping away, sending a load of egoistical beepy garbage! And every time the bloody phone goes off, they look around as though they’ve just achieved something amazing, like giving birth to it.
I don’t even mind if they take photos and write things down, taking notes, like I always do. At least I’m quiet.
Next time I’m out and about with a group, I think I’ll take my knitting. At least I’ll be creating something useful while I twiddle my fingers!

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.