By Dana Gornitzki
Do you find yourself staring in disgust at people yelling into their mobile phones in public? Wishing you could say something to that person who didn’t thank you when you opened the door for them?
We can relate.
Some people might call us curmudgeonly, but we like to think we are nostalgic, nostalgic for good manners.
It often feels as if life in the modern age is one great dash to the finish, and that a peaceful moment is hard to find.
What happened to writing a love letter or thank you note and sending it by post? It’s a practice that has become a lost art (although we hope it hasn’t disappeared completely). Nowadays, all communication seems to be by text, email or instant messaging or even a tweet. Is this what life has come to?
These are the types of issues we’ll address (and hopefully rectify) in MIEN Magazine, and we hope you will join us by embracing our penchant for a traditional and – dare we say – more civilised way of living.
This is the soft launch for the website. We’re not going to call it Beta or 1.0 – that’s far too modern and apparently clichéd. Please be patient with us because we promise you this: with time, MIEN Magazine will grow, evolve and - yes - get bigger and better.
We invite you to give us feedback. Tell us what you enjoy, what repulses you and if there are burning affairs you would like us to cover. Gentlewomen and Gentlemen, we would like nothing more than for you to share your insights, to comment on pieces, and contribute your own musings. Go on, we dare you.
For now, we bid you adieu and thank you for joining us. And, in the spirit of respecting social graces, we have a request, dear and cherished reader: wish good morning to your neighbour, say please and thank you when you receive or buy something, and – for goodness sake – do not litter. That would be rude.