Sunday 4 December 2016

Getting to know you - well, not really

John Masterson

Published 29/02/2016 | 02:30

I am surrounded by people who think that text and WhatsApp is an acceptable way to communicate. They will soon forget what the human voice sounds like. I barely tolerate it with busy people I know, but with people with whom I only have a passing acquaintance it drives me mad.

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"Getting to know you, getting to know all about you, Getting to like you, getting to hope you like me." I am not courting, or sexting, but it was a lot easier when Julie Andrews was singing about it. Those were the days when people actually met people and got to know them. Relationships were built in real time doing real things.

Some years back I was on a press trip to Canada. As is usual on those events there are about ten people who travel together. Alliances usually form between people who get on well together. You look out for each other. You keep seats for each other. And you generally make life easy for each other. On this trip there was a very nice English woman and for some reason we got on like a house on fire. I mean nothing more than got on well. Both of us were in happy relationships.

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