Hugging is back, FFS!

Am I the only one who actually enjoyed not having to shake hands, kiss random people on the cheeks and hug friends? I was hoping we would get rid of this crap altogether, including the fist pump and elbow shake variants... but looks like they're creeping back.
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  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 40,441
    No, not having to make physical contact with acquintances was one of the few benefits of the last 14 months.
  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 25,715
    We are going back to the office on Monday. Can't say I am looking forward to it.
    Another thing I've not missed is meaningless small talk.
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
    Veronese68 wrote:
    PB is the most sensible person on here.
  • MattFalle
    MattFalle Posts: 11,644
    Don't hug me.

    Don't touch me.

    Don't stroke me. I am not a cat.

    Don't try and kiss me.

    Don't perch on the end of my desk.

    Don't shake my hand for longer than 4 seconds and don't try some nobbish crusher handshake

    Get out of my personal space.

    This aspect of the pandemic was the best thing ever.

    #getthefuckawayfromme
    .
    The camera down the willy isn't anything like as bad as it sounds.
  • ballysmate
    ballysmate Posts: 15,921
    pblakeney said:

    We are going back to the office on Monday. Can't say I am looking forward to it.
    Another thing I've not missed is meaningless small talk.


    Cake Stop Irony?
  • Stevo_666
    Stevo_666 Posts: 58,406
    I wonder how many more Cake Stoppers of Italian heritage we will get saying that they can't stand all this hugging and kissing malarkey?! :)
    "I spent most of my money on birds, booze and fast cars: the rest of it I just squandered." [George Best]
  • ugo.santalucia
    ugo.santalucia Posts: 28,234
    Stevo_666 said:

    I wonder how many more Cake Stoppers of Italian heritage we will get saying that they can't stand all this hugging and kissing malarkey?! :)

    Stereotype... I hate public display of affection
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  • MattFalle
    MattFalle Posts: 11,644
    there's a difference between PDA and genuine affection.

    you're my immediate family - wife and children. i show you affection

    you are not my immediate family, not my wife or children. getthefuckawayfromme.


    .
    The camera down the willy isn't anything like as bad as it sounds.
  • Stevo_666
    Stevo_666 Posts: 58,406

    Stevo_666 said:

    I wonder how many more Cake Stoppers of Italian heritage we will get saying that they can't stand all this hugging and kissing malarkey?! :)

    Stereotype... I hate public display of affection
    Well of course - just goes to show how untrue they are.
    "I spent most of my money on birds, booze and fast cars: the rest of it I just squandered." [George Best]
  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 25,715

    pblakeney said:

    We are going back to the office on Monday. Can't say I am looking forward to it.
    Another thing I've not missed is meaningless small talk.


    Cake Stop Irony?
    By meaningless small talk I mean football, the weather, usual blah.
    Some nonsense on here is interesting. Pick your threads as and when.
    Not so easy to simply turn your back on a colleague.
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
    Veronese68 wrote:
    PB is the most sensible person on here.
  • ballysmate
    ballysmate Posts: 15,921
    Stevo_666 said:

    I wonder how many more Cake Stoppers of Italian heritage we will get saying that they can't stand all this hugging and kissing malarkey?! :)

    What you can't see is them gesticulating wildly as they type. ;)
  • MattFalle
    MattFalle Posts: 11,644
    ma che cazza ......
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    The camera down the willy isn't anything like as bad as it sounds.
  • ballysmate
    ballysmate Posts: 15,921
    Tbh, with the lifting of restrictions, I am running out of excuses not to socialise.
  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 25,715

    Tbh, with the lifting of restrictions, I am running out of excuses not to socialise.

    Cultivate hay fever then walk around sneezing.
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
    Veronese68 wrote:
    PB is the most sensible person on here.
  • MattFalle
    MattFalle Posts: 11,644

    Stevo_666 said:

    I wonder how many more Cake Stoppers of Italian heritage we will get saying that they can't stand all this hugging and kissing malarkey?! :)

    What you can't see is them gesticulating wildly as they type. ;)

    .
    The camera down the willy isn't anything like as bad as it sounds.
  • veronese68
    veronese68 Posts: 27,294
    MattFalle said:

    there's a difference between PDA and genuine affection.

    you're my immediate family - wife and children. i show you affection

    you are not my immediate family, not my wife or children. getthefuckawayfromme.


    This pretty much covers it, but there are a few others that I have genuine affection for. Shame they felt the need for restraining orders.
  • So, we're now officially allowed to hug people again?

    Let's be clear about this: at no stage during the pandemic has it ever been illegal to hug someone. It may have been advisable not to hug, we have certainly been constantly reminded of that, but you could not be fined for doing so. There were no hug police patrolling the streets, peering into houses and gardens, ready to arrest people for daring to hug their Mums. So, the fcuking government cannot now graciously give us permission.
  • pangolin
    pangolin Posts: 6,311
    Somebody needs a hug
    - Genesis Croix de Fer
    - Dolan Tuono
  • ugo.santalucia
    ugo.santalucia Posts: 28,234
    MattFalle said:

    ma che cazza ......

    cazzo...

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  • pangolin said:

    Somebody needs a hug

    If you mean me, no, not really. I just object to condescendingly being given permission by Boris and his crew to do something I could legally have done at any time should I have wanted to.

    Though personally the one thing I really hope never comes back is the handshake. I've always loathed them.
  • shirley_basso
    shirley_basso Posts: 6,195
    I love a good hug and appreciate handshakes.
  • I don't actually mind hugs, from a very select group of people. But handshakes just make me cringe inwardly. They're always from people you don't know well, or at all (you don't shake hands with your parents, children, brothers and sisters).
  • shirley_basso
    shirley_basso Posts: 6,195
    I guess I meet a lot of businesspeople day to day so I just do it all the time.
  • MattFalle
    MattFalle Posts: 11,644

    MattFalle said:

    ma che cazza ......

    cazzo...

    va fa'
    .
    The camera down the willy isn't anything like as bad as it sounds.
  • I guess I meet a lot of businesspeople day to day so I just do it all the time.

    Luckily for me I don't have that sort of job.
  • MattFalle
    MattFalle Posts: 11,644

    I love a good hug and appreciate handshakes.

    Well you're wrong.
    .
    The camera down the willy isn't anything like as bad as it sounds.
  • shirley_basso
    shirley_basso Posts: 6,195
    MattFalle said:

    I love a good hug and appreciate handshakes.

    Well you're wrong.
    How else do you think clubbies greet each other? It sure as hell ain't by waving...
  • shirley_basso
    shirley_basso Posts: 6,195

    Am I the only one who actually enjoyed not having to shake hands, kiss random people on the cheeks and hug friends? I was hoping we would get rid of this censored altogether, including the fist pump and elbow shake variants... but looks like they're creeping back.

    Ugo has fixed 2 or maybe 3 wheels for me. I hope I shook his hand as a thank you when I paid him ;)
  • veronese68
    veronese68 Posts: 27,294

    Am I the only one who actually enjoyed not having to shake hands, kiss random people on the cheeks and hug friends? I was hoping we would get rid of this censored altogether, including the fist pump and elbow shake variants... but looks like they're creeping back.

    Ugo has fixed 2 or maybe 3 wheels for me. I hope I shook his hand as a thank you when I paid him ;)
    You didn't hug him?
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 72,530

    Am I the only one who actually enjoyed not having to shake hands, kiss random people on the cheeks and hug friends? I was hoping we would get rid of this censored altogether, including the fist pump and elbow shake variants... but looks like they're creeping back.

    What’s worse for you: being hugged or the curb style awkwardness of saying you don’t want to be hugged?
  • rjsterry
    rjsterry Posts: 27,607
    pblakeney said:

    pblakeney said:

    We are going back to the office on Monday. Can't say I am looking forward to it.
    Another thing I've not missed is meaningless small talk.


    Cake Stop Irony?
    By meaningless small talk I mean football, the weather, usual blah.
    Some nonsense on here is interesting. Pick your threads as and when.
    Not so easy to simply turn your back on a colleague.
    Isn't that what swivel chairs are for?
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