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Issue 126 - Rules of Engagement

Whisky Magazine Issue 126
March 2015


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Rules of Engagement

An end to the British Empire approach

You've moved into a new town, so what do you do? I'd imagine that your response would be something along the lines of: take the neighbours a bunch of flowers (or better still a bottle… ), say hello, smile at people (and not mind their confused response), suss out the shops, the pub. If you move to a new country all of this becomes magnified, mainly because you need time to realise the peculiarities, differences, language.

You might wonder if you will ever become ‘them', or whether you will always remain ‘you', or whether the creative tension between these two polarities might create something new and interesting. Ultimately, what you are doing is opening yourself to new ideas and possibilities by making friends, by being polite, and having respect.

If there is this larger issue of a possible cultural exchange happening (or desired), you sit and listen, and then sit a little longer and listen a little harder, and then sit again, and then apply the new learning to your own exacting notions. This is how ideas and philosophies move around the world, changing, improving and then altering.

I'm sorry that I haven't met all of you, but I can imagine that you are all well-brought up, polite people, so all of what has just been said will not be new to you. That in turn means that you already know what you don't do in such a situation is sneer at your new neighbours, call them ignorant, and speak VERY LOUDLY about the way they look/dress/eat/drink/behave, and give everyo...

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