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Awkward (and other) questions about MNers jobs-following on from *Pinocchio's 1st thread.

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mignonette Sun 13-Oct-13 15:02:27

Following on from this thread by Pinocchio -

"I thought this would be a good way for us to get answers to those awkward questions we would never dream of asking someone to their face in their place of work.

These are questions relating to my life that i would love honest answers to.

Hairdressers - When someone with bad dandruff/psoriasis sits on your chair, do you shrug it off, or do you quickly have a look to make sure it's not lice? Are you able to tell the difference right away or does it need investigating? And do you really want to know what my plans are for the day, or would you rather work in silence?

Teachers - do you get annoyed when parents write in homework diaries that a specific piece of homework was too tricky for their child? Do you take it as an insult to your teaching skills?

Waiter/waitresses - do you expect people to offer to clean up their children's mess before they leave, or do you just shrug it off as part of the job? If you're busy and haven't had chance to clean a table yet, and a new customer came up and asked for a cloth to clean it, would you be offended?

I'm a trainee SLT so not quite sure if I'm qualified to answer any questions regarding that line of work yet.

But i have experience working in a Subway sandwich store, a library, a gym and as a cleaner. So i can answer any cleaning, book or sandwich questions that are burning away inside you all"

Pinocchio I hope you don't mind me C+Ping your original post but wanted you to have the credit for this follow on as is such a great thread!

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Sun 13-Oct-13 15:03:45

yay found you!!

mignonette Sun 13-Oct-13 15:04:52

Foamy I can remember it being reported years ago that Alexander McQueen had refused to loan VB a dress as she wasn't 'their type of client'. Bet they wouldn't say that now!

makingdoo Sun 13-Oct-13 15:11:07

Glad this is continuing!

Horry Yes! Some brides suit a strapless dress much better than any other style. You just need to have the right shape for it, like anything else. IMO once your boobs get anywhere above average a strapless dress is probably not the way to go. We try our best to steer brides towards a flattering style but some have their mind set already or an evil bridesmaid purposely steering her in the wrong direction

MavisGrind Sun 13-Oct-13 15:11:18

Hurray, another thread to be educated by!

I would still like to know if gum disease (or at least bleedy gums) is at all reversible....

I'm a primary teacher - I don't have an opinion on secondary teachers, I didn't realise we did smile. I do sometimes think it would be nice to concentrate on one subject though.

mignonette Sun 13-Oct-13 15:12:47

I have questions that applies to all -

What made you choose your current job?
How has Parenthood (if you have children) affected your job?

MavisGrind Sun 13-Oct-13 15:12:56

makingdoo - do you think there's a cut off point age-wise for the big white wedding dress and what do you suggest for the, ahem, older bride..?

Lavenderhoney Sun 13-Oct-13 15:29:13

Just sent a pm to neverknowling understood re the question..

How efficient to get a thread 2 so fastsmile ( impressed)

makingdoo Sun 13-Oct-13 15:31:05

Mavis Yes I do think that once you hit your mid thirties then the traditional 'big white wedding dress' can look outdated. It's a bit of a minefield because I do know quite a few older brides who have still wanted to wear a traditional dress, it's not necessarily my taste but each to their own.

There are so many choices now that anyone of any age can still look like a bride but in a classy and elegant way. There are lots of choices for different necklines and sleeves which in my opinion would be more suitable. My rule is choose a dress that you can look back on in 20 years and still think its beautiful. Classic is the way to go

To answer the general question mignonette I didn't choose my job I just fell into it by accident but I love it. It can be extremely stressful at times and I have a lot of responsibility. My job also involves a lot of travel which I love. No DC yet.

mignonette Sun 13-Oct-13 15:44:24


Do you ever cry? I'd be a basket case watching all those hopeful brides to be and their Mothers..

MavisGrind Sun 13-Oct-13 15:46:56

Thanks for the info makingdoo. Unlikely I will ever need a wedding dress again <slightly sad> but should miracles happen I will remember that classic the way to go!

mignonette wrt how I found myself a primary teacher - it was only after having my own dcs that I realised how much I enjoyed spending time with children and how fascinating child development/learning is. I also thought, wrongly as it happens, that as a LP teaching would give me time with my own

makingdoo Sun 13-Oct-13 16:00:44

mignonette Yes sometimes. There are some brides that you create a lovely bond with. You do get to know them quite well sometimes and can become emotionally attached. In the flip side I'm a nightmare wedding guest grin

FannyDashwood Sun 13-Oct-13 16:03:08

Mignonette - I always enjoyed, and was good at, english at school and when I came to terms with the fact I wasn't clever enough to be a vet, I decided on journalism. I wanted to work in papers though - just sort of fell into tv. I know it's a field lots are keen on so I was very lucky. I'm currently on maternity leave with dc1 so not sure yet what effect she'll have on it.

mignonette Sun 13-Oct-13 16:04:48

Fanny I am assuming you have a maternity cover person doing your column. Do you find it hard if they express a love of a show you hate?

HorryIsUpduffed Sun 13-Oct-13 16:05:34

Thanks for that. My suspicions are confirmed.

I live very near a bridal shop and probably 9/10 dresses in the window are the same bastard shape, which I've never seen suit anyone.

That shape was fairly new when I got married nearly ten years ago (!) and I'm glad I avoided it. I would have looked absolutely daft hoiking up my dress all day long as so many brides do. They also all look naked in their closeup photos...

moustachio Sun 13-Oct-13 16:18:24

This is my favourite thread ever grin. I work in a breakdown call centre if anyone wants to know anything!

SunshineSuperNova Sun 13-Oct-13 16:21:06

I can answer the question about the coloured boxes on the edge of cereal boxes, packaging, newspapers and so on. As part of various roles I've bought print for many years.

Most coloured items are printed in 'four colour' process - the colours are Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black - which are tweaked to represent all colours. Each of the colours has its own plate, and paper goes through each colour ink separately.

The wee boxes etc are there for the printer to check that the paper has not shifted during print, and the four colours are lining up correctly. You'll notice when they don't because it gives that horrible 'shadow' effect that makes your eyes go squiggly (at least it does mine smile).

DameFanny Sun 13-Oct-13 16:22:58

I'm just waiting for confirmation on how much Tess Daley's stylist hates her - a suspicion I've had for some time...

youretoastmildred Sun 13-Oct-13 16:36:54

Makingdoo, what would you recommend for a 42 year old bride, 5 foot 4, ginger, green eyes, size 14 top 12 bottom, horribly thick legs, no tan, marrying in a very old church but happy to be unconventional?

mignonette Sun 13-Oct-13 16:58:43


Do you collect data on the most unreliable makes of car? And if so what areas of unreliability are the various makes known for?

If you could drive any car, what would you drive?

And do you have data on the roads which have the most call outs for towing because of accidents? Unless this answer gives away too much about your location?

mignonette Sun 13-Oct-13 17:02:55


How about this dress? grin
You'll need to scroll down a little.

youretoastmildred Sun 13-Oct-13 17:06:29

Ha ha oh my goodness is that what people are wearing these days?!

PigeonPie Sun 13-Oct-13 17:06:58

These have been really fascinating threads. I'm sure that questions came into my tiny mind while I was reading it but I can't remember them now!

My current job came about as I had more time once DS2 went to Playgroup (I'm a Parish Clerk for three small villages), but I have experience in membership services of a very large charity, as a church furnisher and as a PA.

FannyDashwood Sun 13-Oct-13 17:08:33

Mignonette - I'm a journalist for tv news, i don't write about tv for a paper / magazine. I don't watch enough of it to be any good at that!

mignonette Sun 13-Oct-13 17:10:34

Pigeon I can imagine that being Parish Clerk provides great 'fodder' for a novel or non fiction book one day wink. Are you responsible for any allotments locally? Our allotment committee regularly cause all kinds of shenanigans for the Parish Council (including fencing in the allotments to keep OUT Muntjac Deer then actually fencing them ^in) grin.

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