Saturday, 15 May 2021

The Grouse


A medium to large game bird with a plump body and feathered legs, the male being larger and more brightly coloured than the female.

Also, to moan, to have a pet peeve, to complain, something that annoys or irritates you. I'll tell you in a minute about one of my main grouses, or pet peeves. But let's see what would be yours in the example below.

Imagine you are at the cinema. It's a crowded theatre and you're enjoying one of your favourite films.  What would irritate you the most?

People talking to each other whilst the film is on.

The couple behind you being amorous.

The volume of the film is too loud.

A grizzly Momma bear and her cubs enter the cinema.

A flock of seagulls deposit their souvenirs on you.

People eating in the cinema and the sound of sweets unwrapping, or packets of popcorn etc ...

An attack of cramps throughout the whole audience.

You remembered you left the lights on at home.

People going to the toilet.

The person in front of you has big ears obstructing the screen.

The tears in your eyes because of the price of cinema tickets.

Someone has dropped their ice cream at the back of your shirt or dress.

Which one of these would be the most irritating event to spoil your enjoyment? For me, it is the sound of sweets and other packaging being crumpled and crunched whilst the movie is on. I wish they had closed captions (subtitles) in movies. 

I once saw Les Miserables film on TV with closed captions. Now I can claim to have read the book.

Did you know, I once went to the theatre and they had closed captions as the play was performed. As the actors were saying their lines, young ladies in swimming costumes paraded on the stage carrying large cardboards with the words the actors were saying. Just like they do on boxing matches to denote what round it is. These women walked up and down on the stage in front of the actors holding the cards high up showing us the words that are being said.

I liked the women in bikinis better than the play.

Anyway, what is your pet hate, or grouse?


  1. ...English is such a screwy langage.

  2. When it comes to theatre experiences, people talking during the film would be my major grouse. And you're right about the cost of tickets, Victor - so expensive! You'd think that would be motivation enough for folks to stay quiet during the film.

    1. I'm amazed that cinemas are still in business, Martha. When you consider the cost of the tickets, the fact you're in a large room with many other people, the volume on the speakers is too loud, and all the other distractions - why do people go to the cinema? New films are often available on Netflix or Amazon and other media as soon as they are released.

      I go to the cinema to avoid interruptions at home. Why do women vacuum clean when there is a good western or football on TV? And why is it always important to take the trash out when I'm watching TV. They never ask me to do that in the cinema.

      God bless, Martha.

  3. Grizzlies entering the theatre or the dude in front of me testing at the traffic light when it is green
    Sherry & jack over here
    Thanks for the prayers!.

    1. Grizzlies in the theatre would not worry me as long as they do it quietly.

      Hope you and Sherry are well. God bless.

  4. Big ears ...hahaha! I've not been to the theatre in several years -- and have to admit, I don't miss it. Other people talking amongst themselves is my biggest pet peeve. Other than the cinema, my biggest grouse is people who are habitually late.

    1. I totally agree about people who are habitually late. It is so rude. With certain individuals I usually make an appointment half-an-hour before the due time; knowing they'll be late.

      God bless, Mevely.

  5. Movies are way too loud these days in the cinema. People texting and their phone light is on. People parking too close to your vehicle and you can't open your door. Annoying indeed!

    1. You're right about movies being too loud. Also people parking too near one's car. At the supermarket I always park far away from everyone else; yet someone comes and parks next to me.

      God bless, Bill.

  6. I haven't been to the movies in years and years. Can't even remember the last time. Back then it would have been people talking loudly during the movie. Now a days it would probably be people on the phone!

    1. Yes, I forgot about that ... people on cell-phones. So annoying.

      God bless, Happyone.

  7. I haven't been to the cinema for a good number of years.
    I seem to remember the last time I went I thought the sound was much too loud...

    All the best Jan

    1. I can't understand why the sound is always so loud in cinemas. Surely it is a Health and Safety issue!

      God bless you, Jan.

  8. Dearest Victor,
    Movies is not our thing but the few times we went, it is indeed annoying that some seem to go there just to snack and make noises all throughout. Stay home and sit on the couch!

    1. I agree, it is better to stay at home; even with my wife vacuum cleaning when a good film is on TV.

      God bless you, Mariette.

  9. Micromanagers. Please, assign me to do the work and then leave me to do it!



God bless you.