Rules rule ok

Bill Oldfield

Previously published in the Northern Echo

Our lives are governed by rules: rules for driving on the road; rules for how we should dress for work, interviews and appearing in court; rules for queuing at the post office; rules for writing emails and letters; rules for eating food. Who invents all these rules?

Obviously we need the ones for the road or there’d be carnage. It’s just unfortunate that they’re often used as revenue generators with the accompanying threat of a suspended licence.

But all those other rules? Well, I guess they’re actually etiquette rather than rules but you’d not believe that if you were brought up in the house I was. Meal times were strictly regulated. Talking with your mouth full was a definite no no and putting your elbows on the table resulted in a fate I daren’t relate for fear of a belated visit from social services.

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