Posted by: travelrat | March 27, 2009

The (Old School?) Tie.

Yesterday, I went up to London to the Best of Britain and Ireland Travel Trade Forum. That’s a bit of a mouthful, and it replaced the British Travel Trade Fair, which used to be held in Birmingham. The change of venue, I don’t like so much … it used to take a pleasant drive of just over 90 minutes in the car to reach; now, like the World Travel Market, I have to endure two hours of Southwest Trains, the London Underground and the Docklands Light Railway to get there.

And, they specified a dress code … ‘smart business dress’ they said. Since it was the first time they held this show in this guise, I thought I’d better play it safe. I wore something I wear, these days, three times a year, if that. A TIE!!

Even when I was in the Royal Air Force, I didn’t wear one if it was at all avoidable. Because, as far as I can see, it serves no useful purpose at all. Apart from … typically British! … advertising which school you went to, which service or regiment you served in or which club you belong to. In theory, you can wear, for instance, an Old Etonian tie, even if you couldn’t say which county Eton is in. But, in practice, ‘sailing under false colours’ is considered a crime only slightly less heinous than spitting on the flag.

My take is … people who know me know which school I went to; know I was in the RAF, and know I belong to the Royal Photographic Society, and those who don’t know don’t care.

So, a photograph of me wearing a tie … would you believe I had to go back to November 2006 for this one!

tie


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  1. […] Lakeland Local placed an observative post today on The (Old School?) Tie.Here’s a quick excerpt…now, like the World Travel Market, I have to endure two hours of Southwest Trains, the London Underground and the Docklands Light Railway to… […]

  2. So many men I know don’t wear ties as much as they used to. Some (like my husband) even have trouble rustling up a suit when needed. Hope you enjoyed the Travel Market.

  3. >>So many men I know don’t wear ties as much as they used to<<

    A good thing, I’d say! I really thought the end had come for the tie when they introduced those roll-neck evening shirts in the 70s, but it’s a long time going.

  4. That’s funny, Keith. My husband, Rod, is just the same—hates ties, and even rebels when there’s a definite dress code!


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