Is it just me - but why do people nowadays seem to have SO much less consideration for others than before ? This isnt a lets go back to the good old days rant but Ive just been thinking how much better peoples lives would be if others were more considerate. It started when I was in a local gallery yesterday which sells artworks plus gifts. I went to buy something and actually couldnt get to the cashier because a group of people were standing by the cash desk talking. They all saw me (plus another customer wishing to purchase something) but just couldnt be bothered to move a few feet away they just stood there talking loudly as if they were the most important people in the whole world. The cashier had to ask them politely to move. Then today I went to a restaurant with my family. My Dad piped up during the meal that he was enjoying it as it was the first meal hes had in years which hasnt been ruined by kids screaming, babies crying, kids vomiting or running around causing mayhem. So I realised I wasnt the only one who felt this way !! Maybe others may say its OK for babies to go to restaurants and in some cases the parents may have no option but why take a kid along to spoil the occasion for others ? Many are too young and should be at home with babysitters (especially in the evenings) and older ones should have been taught manners to behave properly when out. My pet hates are : - mobile phones going off in the theatre/cinema/church etc . Why cant they be turned off beforehand (unless theres an absolute emergency or why cant it be on vibrate)? - People who talk and eat their way through plays/films so you cant hear and then miss things. Also people who turn up late for things (i.e. concerts) therefore disrupting everything - Parents who take young kids out when they (the kids) simply cant behave and ruin the evening out for other families/couples - Parents who view their offsprings bad behaviour with indulgence or indifference - People who talk loudly (on public transport/restaurants etc) believing that obviously their own life is more important than yours and they simply have to let everyone in the vicinity know about every boring minutiae of their life. - People who think they have a God given right to ignore any social niceties (see my experience in the gallery) - People who smoke and let it blow over your table and food - People who think that their time is more important than yours. Am I unreasonable ? I do try and consider others as much as I can (I know some things are out of our control) such as switching off my phone before going into a theatre or whatever. I do realise that things go wrong but many people don't bother doing anything about it. If I had a kid having a tantrum I would take it out or try to placate it - I just wouldn't leave it to annoy and upset other people. OK rant over. Phew !!