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to carry a pomander when travelling by public transport?

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ElaineFiggis Sun 27-Sep-09 18:13:56

I was verbally abused this afternoon on the train by a very rude old man who seemed to take it personally that I was using a pomander

I know it's a bit unfashionable (don't know why though!) but the way I see it is why the hell shouldn't I take whatever measures I deem appropriate to protect myself from discomfort?

If people observed proper personal hygiene (nothing obsessive here, I just mean not actually smelling bad and making other people feel unwell) and stayed off the buses and trains when they have hacking coughs and sneezes etc, I wouldn't use it

but I travel a lot and just want to be comfortable - why he was so rude I don't understand

he called me a "cow" hmm

UnrequitedSkink Sun 27-Sep-09 18:15:02

What kind of a pomander? Where on earth do you GET such a thing?

KembleTwins Sun 27-Sep-09 18:15:09

You know it won't ward off the plague though, don't you?

moondog Sun 27-Sep-09 18:15:29


moondog Sun 27-Sep-09 18:15:43

And again...grin

UnrequitedSkink Sun 27-Sep-09 18:15:57

I mean, was it something that would have affected him in any way? Did he think you were using it (sniffing it??) because he smelled bad? If not, then no, YANBU.

moondog Sun 27-Sep-09 18:15:58

Once more... grin

UnrequitedSkink Sun 27-Sep-09 18:16:22

Elizabethan possibly.

ABitBatty Sun 27-Sep-09 18:16:30

what is a pomander?

sarah293 Sun 27-Sep-09 18:16:44

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squeaver Sun 27-Sep-09 18:17:08

I hope you made it yourself in true bunting cupcake style

sarah293 Sun 27-Sep-09 18:17:45

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Alibabaandthe40nappies Sun 27-Sep-09 18:18:11

Please tell me there is a punchline to this, that it's made out of something interesting?


ElaineFiggis Sun 27-Sep-09 18:19:19

what is a a pomander? I didn't realise it was THAT unfashionable shock

It's an orange basically - you stick cloves in it and put lavender etc inside

it's just nice to have and takes the edge off bad smalles, I like to feel I'm breathing clean air

Especially in the newer trains which don't have windows that open! What do the rest of you do about smells and coughing etc?

My mother always had them and I always do too.

moondog Sun 27-Sep-09 18:19:55


cocolepew Sun 27-Sep-09 18:20:56

You're winding us up.

dittany Sun 27-Sep-09 18:21:05

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ElaineFiggis Sun 27-Sep-09 18:21:07

I don't think he could have thought I was being personal with it, I obviously already had it when he boarded the train and he didn't sit near me anyway, he was on his way down the carriage

I didn't deserve to be called a cow for carrying it ffs

sarah293 Sun 27-Sep-09 18:21:23

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ElaineFiggis Sun 27-Sep-09 18:23:44

Thanks moondog I struggled to find a proper description online

Nothing strange or weird about it, it just smells better than BO and other people's germs! Never had anyone be rude before, in fact people don't notice usually.

sarah293 Sun 27-Sep-09 18:25:31

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ElaineFiggis Sun 27-Sep-09 18:26:34

Oil on your collar, does it work, I mean is it quite strong? The pomander can just go in your bag and come out when you need a quick blast of freshness. Didn't anybody's mother/grandmother use one? It isn't that odd!

TeamEdwardTango Sun 27-Sep-09 18:27:02

Is this you catching a whiff of BO?!

sarah293 Sun 27-Sep-09 18:27:31

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