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There is an interesting observation at Pat Hammond's MRE Mag this morning. It has come to light that some visitors to model railway exhibitions don't wash and scrub up prior to their visit. It seems to be a taboo subject however clearly with the crowds that exhibitions enjoy personal hygene is important.

So could I suggest that next time you are next to an exhibition visitor who has no consider for others that you tell that visitor that he or she stinks!

Are there any tales of any close encounters of the third kind that members are prepared to divulge?

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My wife has long declined to come with me to many exhibitions because of the rank BO evident from other visitors and exhibitors, even though she would otherwise like to attend and has an interest in the models. In this day and age a lack of personal hygiene is unacceptable and I can only hope those responsible consider the effect of their actions, i.e. fewer people attending shows!
 

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People lacking personal hygene are something I have very rarely encountered at mr expos. Seems that since I live in a rather rural area, people seem to value their reputation - a rumor that person A has apparently run out of soap, water and deodorant will spread very quickly, and person A will definitely not like the resulting repercussions.


I know of a vendor at a show who has been asked by the visitors to go home and take a shower. It took him quite a long time before he made any sales at subsequent shows...
 

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QUOTE (Gary @ 17 Aug 2007, 18:40) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>There is an interesting observation at Pat Hammond's MRE Mag this morning. It has come to light that some visitors to model railway exhibitions don't wash and scrub up prior to their visit. It seems to be a taboo subject however clearly with the crowds that exhibitions enjoy personal hygene is important.

So could I suggest that next time you are next to an exhibition visitor who has no consider for others that you tell that visitor that he or she stinks!

Maybe they have just want to add some flavour of working on the footplate but forgot to add the smell of the smoke....http://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/rolleyes.gif
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There is no smell on the forum, or the Internet for that matter (perhaps on Web 3.0?) so it's not much of problem here! I don't normally go to exhibitions in the UK, mainly because a fair sized section of the other attendees will either smell, be loud and vulgar in the now traditional British way or just be rude and stand between me and whichever layout I am trying to observe...the ideal solution is for me to become a Health and Safety inspector (oh the irony) assigned to check the exhibition hall before it opens for too hot cups of coffee and layout stands with dangerously sharp 90 degree corners...


Perhaps there is a taboo about saying, "Look mate, you stink! Go home and find some soap..." in the same way that calling a fat person fat is presumably offensively honest...we seem to have lost the stigma associated with being fat to some extent here in the UK, with people obviously quite at ease waddling round like walruses and no longer shamed by their gluttony and laziness. Familiarity breeds contempt, and fortunately people who smell are an infrequent occurence to most people...which makes it worse I suppose.

Then again, the British are a nation who will never say or do anything if they can turn a blind eye and pretend whatever it is isn't happening at all - like how people apologise to you when you stand on their foot, pretend two youths aren't vandalising a bus stop (obviously for fear of being kicked to death for daring to look at them, let alone demand they stop!) or that someone is putting things into their pockets in a shop in order to carry them to the till instead of shoplifting...

...perhaps these people who smell at exhibitions deliberately do it so that they don't get crowded when it gets busy - although if the layout operator faints from the stench perhaps the trains will stop too.


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I don't mean to offend but how common are showers in the UK? It's been such a long time since I was there.
My wife tells me many probably still rely on the strip-wash which surely can't be as effective and more hassle.
Here in sunny Queensland BO isn't really a problem I've found. Perhaps because of the necessity!
 

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At least the all-pervading smell at the 16mm Show earlier this year was coal smoke - eye-watering but satisfying!

I have to admit that this is a problem I have noticed at shows and in model shops, even in the middle of winter! It really doesn't help the image of the hobby, neither does the extent of odd hair cuts and "comb overs" you see!

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Maybe we should all stop wearing our anoraks?

There is a shared sense of the barber having a special haircut style reserved for those who talk railways when they have their trim!

Harking back to my school days it was always obvious who were the music teachers, who were the science teachers, who were the woodwork/metalwork teachers, and so on, by the haircuts that they posessed!

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QUOTE (Gary @ 20 Aug 2007, 20:41) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Maybe we should all stop wearing our anoraks?

There is a shared sense of the barber having a special haircut style reserved for those who talk railways when they have their trim!

Harking back to my school days it was always obvious who were the music teachers, who were the science teachers, who were the woodwork/metalwork teachers, and so on, by the haircuts that they posessed!

Happy modelling
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Yes I do remember all the hippy teachers in the Art dept and the concentration camp guards who worked in PE.
 

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QUOTE (neil_s_wood @ 21 Aug 2007, 02:19) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Yes I do remember all the hippy teachers in the Art dept and the concentration camp guards who worked in PE.

Over here, the PE teachers were the ones with the deep tan, the art teachers were all bonkers and dressed only in second hand salvation army clothes, and the ones who tought science classes usually had a lisp or a stutter... of course, that was when I was still in school.
 

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My music teacher smoked a pipe, my PE teacher was a masochist and my anorak was brown nylon with a hood. Does that explain why I model British HO?

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