Whis­tle-stop idea

The Oldie - - ASK VIRGINIA -

QI get very an­noyed by peo­ple not look­ing where they’re go­ing when they’re ap­proach­ing you on the pave­ment – usu­ally be­cause they’re look­ing at their phones. I find that whistling a tune loudly is a bril­liant way of di­vert­ing them. Be­cause so few peo­ple whis­tle these days, they think it’s quaint/odd­ball – so look on you kindly, not ag­gres­sively. Nor­man, by email

Hmm. You’re right – they will look on you as an odd­ball, and some­times they’ll feel alarmed to be ap­proached by a loud, whistling bloke. For bloke I see you are. I think it would be even more weird if I, a woman, were to stride down the street whistling. Walk­ing and whistling – no, it’s not the norm. My tip is to keep clear of the browsers or just plough on – the phone ad­dicts usu­ally have a sen­si­tive aura around them so they know to get out of the way, if you can keep your nerve till the last minute.

Please email me your prob­lems at prob­lem­[email protected]­oldie.co.uk – I will an­swer ev­ery email that comes in; and let me know if you would like your dilemma to be con­fi­den­tial

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