Return of the silly little things that annoy you thread

Or, if you're in France, UHT. My partner, a confirmed milky tea/coffee drinker goes resolutely black when we're in France.
That's just sent a shiver down my spine. We'll no longer be able to milk with us to France. So quite possibly no tea at breakfast time, during the duration of our stay.
And sure it's just a first world problem, but it's a BIG problem notwithstanding.
 
That's just sent a shiver down my spine. We'll no longer be able to milk with us to France. So quite possibly no tea at breakfast time, during the duration of our stay.
And sure it's just a first world problem, but it's a BIG problem notwithstanding.
I seem to recall full fat milk was readily available in French supermarkets. When our daughter was young she would only drink milk if it was FF (and she could tell the difference) and she was very happy with what we bought. They were about the only milks that were stored in a fridge (red (full) or blue (semi) tops, I think).
 
Or, if you're in France, UHT. My partner, a confirmed milky tea/coffee drinker goes resolutely black when we're in France.
Same with me. And one is charged €4.50 for a pretty poor coffee.
It occurred to me over the weekend that the Café Nero slogan/review "The best coffee this side of Milan" was actually not saying much as pretty much the entire space between Milan and UK is France...
 
Same with me. And one is charged €4.50 for a pretty poor coffee.
It occurred to me over the weekend that the Café Nero slogan/review "The best coffee this side of Milan" was actually not saying much as pretty much the entire space between Milan and UK is France...
I seem to be alone in actually rather liking the standard bar-tabac espresso you're served in any small town/village in France.
 
Oversensitive (or any) car alarms. Pointless too as everybody seems to ignore them. My former brother-in-law, many years ago when living in Hatfield, heard a car alarm going off in the middle of the night. He ignored it (well, it was Hatfield, and car alarms may go off more frequently and for good reason there unlike may other instances). In the morning, he discovered it was his car and that it had indeed been broken into and all contents taken (with damage caused).

Closely followed by the key fob button to confirm your car is locked by making the horn beep (although I read that these are banned in Europe?). So unnecessary and so noisy, and people seem to have a habit of doing it from several meters away while I am next to their car. At least Hondas emit a reasonably unobtrusive digital beep.

Also reversing alarms (some people are fitting these to their cars too), and noisy exhausts.

Noise really; and not a silly little thing either. I can half remember a quote about "every little bang" sending somebody off their trolley, but can't find it now.
 
Oversensitive (or any) car alarms.


I was walking down the road near Earls Court some while ago and there was a car with an alarm which started just about every time anything larger than a car drove by - and it was a fairly busy road. As I passed I noticed someone had put a note on the windscreen; it read “REINSTATE THE DEATH PENALTY - for owners of badly adjusted car alarms”
I’d only had to suffer for a few minutes but I was starting to feel sympathy for whoever it was…
 
There are myriad synonyms for adults to use, ranging from medical terminology to colloquial to vulgar
I note that the NHS bowel-screening kit instructions now use "poo". The medical and the infantile become one!

It's a sad state of affairs, but I struggle to think of a non-infantile alternative that would be a) universally understood and b) universally inoffensive.
 
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