Permission to speak freely Cap’n ? I must vent, lest I implode. Item 1 – Would the chefs, cooks and people in cafes & sandwich shops please cease their love affair with the purple onions. More is not always better, sometimes it’s just more. Item 2 – I respectfully request shop assistants, including bank tellers and bar staff, refrain from addressing female customers as ‘‘ Ma’am’’. Stop it now. It is presumptuous and irritatingly Americanised. There is no need to address one by any title under those circumstances. A simple ‘‘ Hello’’ and ‘‘ Thank you, bye bye’’ will suffice. Vent ends. Thank you Ed. M03 Ayr.