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12 October, 2005

Spitting with rage

Returning to Cell Block G the other week a subcontinentally-robed gentleman passed us on his way out. Without a single consideration for grace of manner, young children that play on the paved area, or even the nearby bushes and sand, he made a great big hawking spit right on the pavement.

Happily, this foul habit - which as well as being socially repugnant, encourages the spread of diseases such as tuberculosis - has come to the attention of the Khaleej Times:

"Stop at a traffic redlight, and the next thing you see is a car door opening and a head popping out to send a stream of spit on to the road. It is a regular sight. Then you have these men on foot who do it everywhere, on the road, outside shopfronts and restaurants, waiting at the bus-stop, just loitering around. It is as if they cannot do without sending saliva splattering all over and around where they walk and stand."

Interestingly, the ladies' lavatory at Jebel Ali Cloob has - or at least used to have - a big sign saying DO NOT SPIT ON THE FLOOR.

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80 Comments:

Blogger Adam Clair Stremler said...

Nice blog, keep up the good work!
Your blog is creative.
Andy Clair

12 October, 2005 02:15  
Anonymous NT 66 said...

Imagine "The Return of The Spitters" where they are a group of disgruntled Spitters whose aim is to establish Free-Zones for them to enjoy their habits..

People who refuse to participate will be banned.

12 October, 2005 02:23  
Blogger samuraisam said...

as in jebel ali sailing club? the one next to dubai marina

12 October, 2005 06:03  
Blogger The Lady said...

To all the subcontinentally robed gentlemen who feel the need to constantly expectorate in public, I have some words of advice:

Don't spit. Just swallow.

12 October, 2005 07:41  
Blogger ReginaFilangee said...

People should be fined 1000dhs if caught spitting in public and 500 dhs for hawking. It really is dispicable and not really fitting with the glittery wannabe celeb image of DoBuy. Witnesses can call the police, more than likely, the witness will be called into the police station to file a report. The offender will then be summoned to the police station where a court hearing is announced. This can then be followed by both parties having to swear an oath and if the judge believes the accuser, the offender will be asked to pay the appropriate fine.

This concept will certainly aid towards reducing the traffic on the roads as well.

12 October, 2005 07:49  
Blogger black feline said...

thank your lucky star..that u are not in China..where spitting is as common as drinking water..and if u are caught spitting in singapore..a fine of $$$ will be smacked on your face..over here, it's not as bad really..i read somewhere..spitting is a religious thing for some..

12 October, 2005 08:09  
Anonymous candy popper said...

If this is seen as defacing the "classy image" of Dubai (sic), then why don't the coppers just get their act together and start slapping huge fines on the spitters? The authorities do not take the responsibility for clean up of the city (key spitters themselves perhaps??)

Coppers should start patrolling key areas like Naif and Buraha, Karama and erm, the Gardens. The word will spread amongst the subcon-robed guys, and voila! spitting will be history.

Now please excuse me, I need to go take my medication.

12 October, 2005 08:27  
Anonymous Dubious in Dubai said...

p(~_~)d:
I had to look up the word expectorate. Nice one.

Who knew reading blogs could be so educational? I'm gagging to use it and sound intelligent for once. :)

12 October, 2005 08:31  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's interesting how secret dubai uses the term 'subcontinentally-robed gentleman'. A bit prejudice maybe?!
Do you guys have any other advice to offer us sub-cons?

To: sd, candy popper and p(~_~)d.

12 October, 2005 08:41  
Blogger secretdubai said...

It's interesting how secret dubai uses the term 'subcontinentally-robed gentleman'. A bit prejudice maybe?!

Because that's what he wore. He wasn't Arab or African, or European. Or Martian. Also if you read the KT article, it quite clearly identifies paan spitters as among the worst: this happens to be a South Asian habit. Not prejudice, just a fact.

I'm gagging to use it

...just don't gag on my pavement, please ;)

12 October, 2005 09:19  
Blogger The Lady said...

anon @ 8:41:

Everything always turns into a race issue, doesn't it? It's because of people like you who feel that any "expression" that alludes to someone's etnicity is a stab at their culture.

Oh for f**k's sake, wake up. Dubai is a melting pot of cultures. Whenever people discuss "Dubai", they will talk about the various cultures and their defining traits - such as, driving habits of young Arab men; questionable professions of Russian women; working habits of the Indians; dressing styles of young English girls; fashion faux pas of the Lebanese. Don't you do the same?!

So what if SD gave us a hint of the spitter's ethnic identity? The blogger was only stating something that we're all aware of anyway. As a "subcon" (as you say), stop whining and go make a difference - bitch slap the next spitter you see across the head.

12 October, 2005 09:25  
Anonymous Dubious in Dubai said...

SD - I won't spit on your pavement :) ... just maybe on Anon@08:41 - I feel like getting spanked today.

12 October, 2005 09:34  
Anonymous nomaadic said...

i was told by a pakistani friend that if someone does that nasty hawking spitting sound near to you, you can take it as a deliberate insult to you. Whatever it is, it is nasty.

12 October, 2005 09:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just don't understand all this excess saliva. Is it all due to paan?

12 October, 2005 09:58  
Blogger redstar said...

The constant flobbing is bizarre. Why do they do it?

A friend was using the toilets when 20 workers came into the toilets at Qatar airport to wash before prayers. Deep throated hawking filled the air for about 5 minutes, with phlegm floating on the floor as he battled to unlock to toilet door and escape before puking.

12 October, 2005 10:39  
Blogger moryarti said...

There is a notorious street in notorious area in Dubai known for notoriously being a slippery spot of the saliva spittin suspects...

The street is commonly known as "Path of the Million Spits" - شارع المليون بزقة

12 October, 2005 10:59  
Anonymous The rakster said...

The BBC comedy "Goodness Gracious Me" had a wonderful sketch featuring the Bengali Choir, where the conductor comes out, picks up his baton and ... A whole song performed by people clearing their throats in the most disgusting way possible. Now I don't know if any of the cast of the show are Bengalis - they may be Punjabis getting a dig in, but it was very funny.

12 October, 2005 11:53  
Anonymous el condo said...

"p(~_~)d said...

To all the subcontinentally robed gentlemen who feel the need to constantly expectorate in public, I have some words of advice:
Don't spit. Just swallow."

pd!! how could you!! This just exhibits your cultural ignorance!

Why do we subcons (whether robed thatawayz or not) spit in the first place? Becuz it's dirty! That stuff is just so dirty, we don't want it in our bodies...that's why we keep spittin it out. And the hawkin helps us reach deeper!

The worst insult would be to find signs being put up saying "no spitting", cuz not only is it our inalienable right, it makes us feel a lot "cleaner". And fines would add injury to insult. Thank goodness the Dubai authorities are quite understanding and never collect such fines.

P. S. I haven't been all over India, but among the places I've been to, I think Mangalore deserves the prize for having the cleanest people. Very few of them, I think, would even have a drop of phlegm in their bodies, given that most of it can be seen on the sidewalks (such as they are). Of course, one needs to step quite gingerly when walking around in that city, unless one wishes to "hit the dirt" (literally) quite unexpectedly....in which case a thorough bath would be in order, unless one then decides to impersonate the "incredible swamp thing" or sumptin like dat....

This post would also like to "honourably mention" the creative instincts of the "colourful spitters", whose artwork can be seen decoratively gracing the sides of walls and buildings all over Dubai....guaranteed not to fade for at lease two years....(currently only available in red)....

12 October, 2005 12:30  
Blogger monkey16667 said...

Well, spitting is disgusting. Absolutely vile.

What is needed are some on the spot fines.

I do understand that in some cultures it is ok to spit. But come on guys it is damn unhygenic and we dont need any more germs floating about.

Unfortunately the people who do the spitting are the ones who are unlikely to be reading any kind of literature (let alone this blog) to know that what they are doing is unhealthy and disgusting. An education drive is needed.

Oh by the way, have you ever been to Dubai Blog ? Voted by all as more disgusting than spitting.

Apologies to SD for shamelessly and continually plugging my blog in herss.

12 October, 2005 12:40  
Blogger The Lady said...

el condo, my dearest:

I am culturally ignorant. Wow, who knew saliva was so bad for you? All that medical mumbo-jumbo about it's healing properties has got to be utter balderdash. I spit on those scientists.

Thank you for showing me the light.

Now, shall we go get some paan to celebrate? There's a wall near Anon@08:41's house that I'd love to paint.

12 October, 2005 12:46  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Subcons: keep a-hawkin' and a-spittin'. doesn't bother me, and i strongly support anything that raises the hackles of the 7-days-letter-writing, holier-than-thou, western expat.

12 October, 2005 14:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well said anon; Dubai, the "melting pot" would be a much greater place without these smart alecs crying hoarse from their moral high grounds...

Spitting is bad, of course, but it is any day cleaner than using paper - mind you, paper, think of all the evergreen forests - to wipe theirs....

12 October, 2005 15:06  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Spitting is bad, of course, but it is any day cleaner than using paper

It's not using paper that is the issue, it is coughing up a potentially infectious bodily fluid in a public area. If you have to spit - do it in a lavatory or basin, and rinse/flush it down. If outide, at least try to do it in bushes/wasteland - away from the path - and ONLY do it if you have to, especially if other people are around.

It isn't a necessary human habit, it's just foul.

Ditto if you cough up into paper - just as blowing your nose - dispose of it properly. Into a bin or lavatory.

Regarding accusations of "racism" - surely this is rather a classist distinction? Whether spitting is a subcon habit or not, do we see it practised by the educated, middle-to-affluent Indian and Pakistani classes as they walk about the city?

No. It is a peasant habit. And a disgusting one.

12 October, 2005 15:22  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed SD .. its is generally a 'peasant habit'.
One solution would be 'education' ..but frankly speaking most of these people will hardly read your blog , let alone try and better themselves when they face a daily struggle against the dire poverty and misery that engulfs them and their families.

Possibly 'draconian laws' a la singapore would be helpful.

Either way this is just another story in the melting pot of cultures that is Dubai .

12 October, 2005 15:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try living in Chinatown in the US. Ten times worse!!

12 October, 2005 17:22  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess when you work in the desert sands its necessary to clear and clean your respiratory system. The "subcontinentally robed" people tend to make a significant part of the labour force that deals with the dust etc etc.

My point is .... it's very easy to point fingers if all you do is sit at a cubicle and drink Lipton tea all day ! Give people a break !

If Dubai didn't want spitters on it's streets then they should stop being cheap asses and get a civilized labor force.

12 October, 2005 20:25  
Blogger Lulu said...

Spitting is Absolutely the worst and most off-putting habit here.
We have often seen the ladies with their lovely long dresses dragging streamers of phlegm behind them. Maybe if they had more rubbish bins on the pavements, they could encourage people to use them as spitoons..... why ARE there so few rubbish bins by the way?
PS : Is it true that one may not swallow spit while fasting?

12 October, 2005 21:14  
Anonymous passing thru said...

for the life of me can't seem to figure out what you'll shmuckaroos getting yer spit glands in an uproar for. so a guy spits his guts out. wha' da hell ? he's the cleaner for it, and with our 40 degree sunshine here, the germs on the pavement will fry nway. all's well that ends well.

btw, black feline - have u ever been to china ? "common as drinking water " ?? if we are to suffer your stupidity any more i shall have to consider drowning myself in spitland..
where do ignoramus wantasundsmat like you come from, i wunder....?

12 October, 2005 23:45  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I personally find spitting abhorable. However, as a Muslim, skimpy dresses offend me as much as spitting.

12 October, 2005 23:49  
Blogger _sublime_ said...

sometimes you just have to spit though. sorry but swallowing lungbutter is sick! and surely spitting must be better than wasting more trees wiping it up? i think it's ok s long as you go for the bushes or in the corner somewhere.

13 October, 2005 00:16  
Blogger Mubeena Mohd said...

Paan is the only stimulant the average subcon citizen affords with the sad Dubai subcon salaries. No Starbucks for Subcon drivers darlings.

So.. enforce spit-bin compartments in vehicles to be used by subcons.. they wouldn't need coffee holders in their vans.

Just out of curiousity, have any of you experienced the ecstacy of a "maghai meetha"? Those of you who are hell bent on using the hygeine argument, I get enough shit in my lungs from Arab and western expatriate second hand cigarette smoke, courtesy of the chickenly governmental fear of a loss in revenue in our prestigious malls' coffee shops.

If you can smoke it, why can't we spit it.

13 October, 2005 00:21  
Blogger samuraisam said...

i agree with mudeena, the government should definately tackle smoking first, smoking causes much more damage than spitting. and they can't exactly say without seeming stupid "you cant spit, but smoking is ok"

13 October, 2005 08:47  
Anonymous Anna said...

Feeling a little green after reading all the comments. Think I will skip brekkie.

If people spit because they are trying to get rid of something "nasty" from their systems. Then a good idea would be to spit into a tissue and dispose it off in a bin. Dont stop spitting just stop using the roads and pavements as a place to deposit spit. To all the spitters - how would you feel if people started pissing or taking a dump on the roads.

There are many children who play barefoot on these pavements... there is no denying that spitting on the roads is an unhygenic thing to do.

13 October, 2005 09:24  
Blogger black feline said...

passing thru,

that's why u are still living in the cave..i had worked in China for 3 years..i love the country..just stating the fact..dont get personal..u can drown in yangtze river for all we care..otherwise..imbecile like u can drown in yangtze river for all we care.

13 October, 2005 09:36  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

black feline...refer your 24 7 foul mood.. are your knickers always in a twist, you seem to be permanently suffering from wedgies.

13 October, 2005 09:40  
Blogger black feline said...

thank u..im fine..only allergic to morons like u

13 October, 2005 10:11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL @ anon 9.40

Feline. why in God's good name do you even bother to come here? your posts are almost always hostile and you do have your own Blog too. Whats the matter? no one reading your blog? are you lonely? you can visit a shrink you know. These days there's a cure for everything. Good Luck !

13 October, 2005 10:39  
Anonymous Sandinista said...

Well, what do you expect in Ramadan? Muslims are not allowed to ingest anything, which includes spit (and tobacco smoke, btw).

Why do you bother writing this puerile crap, anyway?! Sod off home if you can't hack it any longer...

13 October, 2005 12:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sandinisita-

the spitting occurs all year round and not just during ramadaan - if you havent noticed then you must be a peasant yourself.. i'm surprised you can read this blog.
And it's not just muslims who spit.

If you don't like what you see her, then why don't you run along and fall in some spit!

13 October, 2005 14:14  
Anonymous el condo said...

This is completely beyond me.

I didn't quite realise that spittin had such strong support in the emirates.

I'm subcon, btw, and "my people" do it. That doesn't make it any less foul. Or vile. Or despicable. Or disgusting. It's everything they said it is.

Did anyone notice?

- Women don't do it, regardless of class. (Rare exceptions.)

-It doesn't happen only during Ramadan (is Sandinista somehow suggesting this has sumthin ta do with fasting?).

-The coloured version (paan) is a blight on the very nation. Despite my involvement with graphic art, I am unable to appreciate its beauty.

Them poor blokes what do it haven't the slightest clue that their methods of disposing of their tracheal fluids have raised furious discussions on the world wide web...or that it's a bad habit, or unhygenic, or that it looks dirty, or that it inconveniences (and agitates) others...hey man, they're in paradise as long as they can spit away...

Still, it's a peculiarly South Asian phenomenon; I haven't noticed the Westerners do it, or the Arabs, or other Middle Eastern peoples...

It's just us...it has to do with being poorly educated, economically depressed, and Male....

Yesterday I wrote a long post on how the problem can be humanely (and effectively) tackled in the Emirates, but the post didn't show up...maybe I can do it again later...

(Keep up the good work, SD, you raised a valid issue.)

13 October, 2005 14:24  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think your being a little too harsh on black feline, i quite like the comments posted as it gives a different spin on things. And by the way i am not an Arab i am an Australian!

13 October, 2005 16:26  
Anonymous passing thru said...

black feline deserves the heat...spittin' hate n crap is just as off-putting as the topic of this blog...

feline - bravo..u know of the yangtze river ? been there or just did a quick atlas reference to impress us that ur a woman of substance ? (if u really spent 3 yrs in china, sadly doesn't look like u came away the better for it - pity given it has one of the oldest civilizations in the world)

SD - ur use of the phrase "sub-continentally robed gentle-man" can be seen as a mite prejudiced. it's pretty obvious that the habit you speak of is common among a certain class of people (and granted they will be predominantly male).

my point being that branding an entire sub-continent or as in b/feline's case, an entire country, as uncouth, is in itself uncivilized.

13 October, 2005 19:40  
Blogger Mubeena Mohd said...

el condo said: "It's just us...it has to do with being poorly educated, economically depressed, and Male...."

That is a gross way of putting it, but yes, any societal 'trademark' if you will has to do with availability of resources. I guess there are more sophisticated stimulants than others. Gourmet coffee does stuff to your body just as tobacco does maybe in different degrees. Show me one average person who gets through the day without ingesting stimulants. The harder the life, the stronger the stimulant me thinks. And in the normal distribution, being economically depressed and poorly educated contributes to a harder everyday routine than us the priviledged.

My bottom line is if you are a healthy person you will do everything in your power to avoid pollution, second hand smoke, eating junk, etc. If you are a health freak you may start noticing even the littlest of hazards because that's what you have wired yourself to do.

So people, chill out and do what's in your power to stay healthy inside yourself.

13 October, 2005 19:42  
Blogger kaya said...

Uff TOBA TOBA! One remark about attire and suddenly theres a flurry of rascist crap. The famous when you have exhausted all poss avenues say "ÖH YOU JUST PICKING ON ME CAUSE IM BLACK."(Now dont go interpreting the BLACK thing,its just a generic statement- recently made famous by an androgynous KING OF POP person.
What about all those nose pickers at traffic lights? Surely there must be something more interesting to do between the red and green?

14 October, 2005 00:18  
Blogger Balushi said...

I was driving in my car and there was a truck beside me then the door open the guy spitted and the wind blow all his Spit on my windscreen!!!

I had to take my car to wash!

14 October, 2005 00:28  
Blogger black feline said...

9.40..i dont need a shrink with u around..a dodo like u keeps my toes chuckling all days..my blog(s) serve different purpose..do u know i have an e-commerce blog among many that makes money? so why would i want to pick a fight with an impotent ruffian like u..seriously i hope u get over your PMS fast..i know its tough..just remember no spitting!

14 October, 2005 11:01  
Blogger black feline said...

passing thru...i dont do this at all in my entire life on earth..BUT thanks to u..i shall bravely do it here..i.e. im spitting on your face.Now..your ugly face is cured..move along!

fang ni ma te cho chi tan!(passing thru..this is a colourful phrase in chinese just for u..for me to know and for u to find out..LOL)

14 October, 2005 11:06  
Blogger Garthicus said...

I think spitting is banned here in Ireland since way back when in the TB days... just another reason not to miss Dubai. I once was looking at hotel apartments to put some family in who were visiting, I was walking form one to the other checking the rates etc. I happened to walk into the Embassy Suites (near clock tower) the rules are listed on the walls for people staying there. One of the rules was 'NO SPITTING ON WALLS' now, does that mean that 1) they had such a problem with people spitting on walls that they had to put a notice up about it and 2) you can spit wherever else you like in the rooms just not the walls??

Needless to say they didn't get a booking that week.

14 October, 2005 12:46  
Anonymous passing thru said...

hahaha....feline ur as juvenille as they come...and thanks for showing us ur true village bumpkin colours..go on, spit ur guts out gal..i hear it's good for you (hopefully ur snort filled brain shld clear up a little)

..and who u kidding ? ur crappy blog wudn't attract hits even if you paid us to come, let alone making money for u sweetheart (yeah visited once outta curiousity).

baby, quit trying to impress me with catchy mandarin phrases thrown at you by the neighborhood, friendly "dvd lady" u owe money to. (u cudn't tangle with me even if u died trying - i speak and read Mandarin fluently...and I'm not even Chinese...and didn't live in China as u supposedly claim u have !)

my mum's way to classy for u to bring into this forum, so save ur borrowed expletives for ur "oboho" crowd.

it's interesting that you choose to meet criticism of ur own comments with vulgar insults...with Dubai attracting the likes of you, no wunder we are plagued with so many "social" ills.

14 October, 2005 12:56  
Blogger samuraisam said...

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14 October, 2005 13:15  
Blogger samuraisam said...

wow, a cloud of lowIQism has just taken over. Is it gone? nay, it is still in sight!

14 October, 2005 13:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Secret

You've certainly stirred up a proverbial storm (of spit?) in a virtual tea cup... :)

i think we need to eh... qualify here a bit. A labourer who has ingested a fair degree of fine sand may have no choice but to spit, but taxi-wallas from the subcon do it rather routinely - like a habit...the door opens and out it comes. Many chew on a greenish substance -- This is undeniably gross for those standing or parked nearby. It is a sort of cultural thing I guess. An Arab colleague of mine complained how a very bronchial western client of ours would endlessly blow his nose in a red hanky and then place the gooeeeey substance back in his front pocket. "Why not use a tissue and walk out?", the Arab asked. These taxi drivers are not well educated and are no doubt rather rough. But they work long hours to earn a couple of thousand a month after paying their sponsors who are comfortably ensconsed in Starbucks picking their noses and sipping on their designer coffees. So I guess we need to just give them a break cos you can't have everything. If we want cheap labour so we can save our bucks then we need to live with this, or alternatively import nice cabbies from London and pay them ten times more for each km we travel.

Alternatively why don't all "civilised" folks pass out leaflets and flyers to the poor and wretched cabbies.... give them the spittin' truth...


S&L

14 October, 2005 14:42  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Secret

by the way your post of 15 August, 2003 - "Going Cloobing" - mentioned in this post is excellent... and I only discoved your blog recently (late 2005)...what a shame...anyway good work...!

:-) S&L

14 October, 2005 15:15  
Blogger Balushi said...

Oh my black feline, everybody is now fighting with you!

14 October, 2005 15:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spitting is our god-given right. Which god, you ask? Why, Spiticus, greek god of saliva.

And who said spitting spreads disease? As far as I know, you get diseases from swallowing...

14 October, 2005 17:48  
Blogger samuraisam said...

anonymous that's stupid. if you had saliva in your mouth with a disease you'd have the disease already. the point is it spreads disease from diseased people to undiseased people. and its very unhygenic.

14 October, 2005 18:33  
Blogger _sublime_ said...

anyhow, there's alot of things much more serious and disgusting than people spitting (although I feel some sympathy for balushi's car).

Try the fashion industry for example.

(warning - very sick, I couldn't watch the whole thing)

14 October, 2005 20:34  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the immortal words of maddox: For every animal you don't eat, I'm going to eat THREE

15 October, 2005 04:27  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sublime you idiot.... my hands are shaking, I'm feeling dizzy. As a harcore non-vegetarian there's little moral highground for me to climb on, but why, please tell me why, they couldn't at least kill those poor creatures before starting?

15 October, 2005 04:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And from animals onto the whole spitting thing, since this has descended to a "my gob of saliva is bigger than your gob of saliva" argument, let me throw in my two paise (that's subcon for money). Blowing noses into hankies is a really disgusting thing to subcons - even the spitting ones.

And guys - toilet paper? That's so uncivilised. No better than defecating in the woods and rubbing yourself on leaves. In subcon lands skid marks are found only on roads. We wear our tighty whities with pride.

15 October, 2005 04:58  
Blogger samuraisam said...

that was disgusting sublime, almost as disgusting as the debeaking KFC video.

I thought we were reffering to dubai, i havent seen any mink coat factories around lately.

That is the same as when people go fishing though, but those little furry things seemed to show their feelings more. When i go fishing though, most people i know kill the fish instantly, that dude in that video can't be very efficient.

I too as a european (australian actually) find it disgusting to watch people sneeze or whatever in a hanky and place it in their pocket.
ewwww.

15 October, 2005 06:42  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some of the contributors ( and I use that term very loosely ) here have serious psycological and emotional problems. When asked to clarify , the only way they can possibly react is with hostility, anger and offensive words.

oh maybe it's just a lack of education...

15 October, 2005 10:09  
Blogger moryarti said...

This happened yesterday noon time!

I dodged a considerable load of incoming mucus that was on a collision course with my left foot - the semi liquid projectile was created by a guy blowing his noose using his right hand as a hankie ...

Makes you think twice before you shake hands with anybody .. doesn't it?

15 October, 2005 14:59  
Anonymous NT 66 said...

This is a piece of highly educational debate by (mostly) very well educated and respected academics in the field of Mucusology.

SD I'm looking forward to your next entry.

15 October, 2005 17:45  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is by far the best blog on the web, i cant wait to log on and check the posts from SD and all its readers. Black Feline, please keep posting because as i said in a previous comment you put the wooden spoon in the pot always, and it makes for great reading. This rates highly on my daily list of things to do!!!!

15 October, 2005 19:36  
Blogger Balushi said...

one time there was a guy digging his nose and i was going to meet him and infront of me he was doing that!

Then he brought the same hand and wanted to shake my hand! - i thiunk many peoplea dont have any idea as what are they doing!

15 October, 2005 21:48  
Anonymous Organ Grinder said...

...and they say George Bush, Jr. is a spitting image of his father!! How disgusting is that?

15 October, 2005 23:03  
Blogger _sublime_ said...

yeah, samuraisam, kindof off topic but it kind of puts spitting into perspective on the severity scale, no?

I was just thinking how many of the anti-spitting crew might be tha same people who buy leather/fur fashion items form ibn battuta/burjuman/karama etc. without a second thought. I mean, hello, it's a desert here so who's buying all those fall/winter fahsions?

PS I still can't sleep right after watching that.

16 October, 2005 00:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sublime, if I knew you I would slap you ... God I wish I hadn't watched that. I went numb and now I can't even concentrate on my work. For some reason this kind of thing bothers me more than human victims of disasters and crime. What's wrong with me? It's not like this kind of thing hasn't been going on forever. It just horrifies me to the core.

16 October, 2005 11:09  
Blogger samuraisam said...

its the same as diamonds. pretty girls like them. they dont realise the destruction left in the wake of their decision to purchase shiny rocks, or furry coats.

thats probably because a lot of them are blonde and have an IQ of a small turnip. ( no offence to turnips )

16 October, 2005 13:15  
Blogger black feline said...

passing thru,

the dvd lady from china, specifically Guangzhou, asked me to tell u in cantonese..tiu nia ma ko chow hai! she said i have to say it loudly in your face.. it is an ancient remedy to cure brain dripping..LOL...LOL....btw, for your benefit..frog in the well..mandarin (chinese) is one of the major languages from our little island..LOL...and not to mention all the major chinese dialects...if u are keen, do join me for a holiday in shanghai this christmas..i might teach u a trick or two on the art of spitting on your opponents...

16 October, 2005 13:21  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After watchin the disgusting fashion video I think these poachers should be the ones abused the same way in a prison camp.

16 October, 2005 13:27  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SD...Can you ban Black Feline like you banned Balushi? The two of them together are probably not even 14 years old.

16 October, 2005 13:36  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Black Feline.. and you took a full 48hours to respond... and this is your effort after all that thinking?

SAD !

16 October, 2005 13:49  
Blogger AkaRound Peg said...

A repugnant habit, I remember one of the rules my mother had for the gardener back home in India was no spitting.

Weary officials have now learnt to beat back at the spitters brigade - they plaster potential spitting areas (especially walls) with religious photographs. That forces the spitters to take their spit elsewhere or just swallow!

16 October, 2005 15:28  
Anonymous passin thru'' said...

:-)

Black Feline...

madam, I can only pity you. genuinely. u try so hard to impress, that it pains (us to see you put yourself thru the whole rigmarole).

ehmm..if I may point out to u, Guangzhou, is located in Mainland China - where they speak Mandarin Chinese. Cantonese is spoken mostly in Hong Kong, Singapore & Taiwan, and the two are quite different phonetically and otherwise.

oh, i'd think by now you wud have realized that I consider you an unworthy opponent - so please spare us your crude, vulgar, uncouth and totally uncool crap yap.

thanks but no thanks. I will be going back to shanghai (probably next chinese new year - if i can get away) but will be happily enjoying the graces of a cultured, petite and exquisitely beautiful Shanghainese woman.

so feline...learn to be civil, respect and thou shalt, respect, in turn receive.

16 October, 2005 18:10  
Anonymous passing thru said...

my apologies to the rest of the crowd for wasting space on black feline.

pls allow me to make up up for it..check out this video online..
(copy n paste into ur browser)

spider vs. mouse (at least it's more fun than discussing spittin' techniques)

http://www.compfused.com/directlink/797/

WARNING - NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED. VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED !

16 October, 2005 18:29  
Blogger black feline said...

passing thru..u are not only dumb..but extremely dumb..
cantonese in taiwan? LOL..as far as we know it is rarely spoken there. The spoken dialect is mainly hokkien or commonly known as min nan yu..so dont lie thru your nose..LOL..i speak both dialects and more fluently because of where im from..and my ancestors came from Guangzhou, China..
Mandarin Chinese? LOL..u mean Putonghua right? I suggest u check out the following site to pick up a few words if u ever plan to visit china:
http://vlc.polyu.edu.hk/putonghua/putonghua.htm
Petite shanghainese girl? LOL..that's new to us..In Shanghai, we only move around with the Petit Bourgeois..not flower vases..LOL
You are the reason why we need to talk more about the spitting techniques..are u ready? close your eyes..its only your face...AIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

17 October, 2005 14:49  
Anonymous el condo said...

...there's more spittin in literary circles than on the streets...

...no wonder it's so popular in Shanghai...

18 October, 2005 15:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jebel Ali Sailing Club Dubai

That place is disgusting, spitting on the floor you should see what goes on in that place, a hide out for expats to practice what ever they like, a drinking club with a sailing problem as for the racist woman in the office who hates Arabs I say she feels is spitting on Dubai.

04 January, 2006 16:41  

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