I'm a little late to this party, admittedly, but I'm so glad I actually bothered to come along. I'm talking about the Downton Abbey party. I'm aware that the series was first aired in 2010* and I'm therefore three years late. But, better late than never.
It was last week when I noticed that the fourth series was due to be on ITV in September and I saw that ITV 3 we're starting to show all of the previous series before it started. I hate missing out & I can remember all of the hype from when it used to be on and so now was the time for me to get involved, as it were.
I started to watch it on the Sky planner. But then I found it wasn't enough. When one had finished I wanted to watch the next. I didn't want to have to wait until the next day! I signed up to a free trial of Netflix and in a week I've watched them all. My poor husband may get me back in the evenings soon now that I've almost caught up. I have just last years Christmas special to go and then I'm up to speed with everyone else ready for the new series next month and I can't wait.
But the purpose of this blog wasn't just to big up the program. It was to take a look at how the series has made me look at the way we live today. I don't know about anyone else, but what I love about the program was the way it portrays what life was like in the early twentieth century. What people were like and how they behaved. After watching the program it always makes me want to act more lady like and speak better English. Clearly I speak English, but what I mean is less slang and less bad language. They were so elegant back then and it makes me sad when I see how so much has changed over the last one hundred years.
I came across this comparison accidentally. Last Tuesday I was watching Downton Abbey on my iPad and when an episode had finished I turned it off to sit and watch Geordie Shore with my husband. I went from watching the classy and elegant Crawley sisters to the likes of Charlotte and Vicky who can only be described as unclassy with quite frankly cheap and embarrassing behaviour and I know I'm going to sound like an old woman now, but I was a little bit appalled.
Geordie Shore shocked me when I first watched it. I think maybe I am a little naive anyway but I've never understood that kind of behaviour. Yes I've been on the single scene in the past and yes I've enjoyed nights out involving too much alcohol. Who hasn't? But Geordie Shore is excessive and I'm pretty sure that this isn't how the majority of the UK behaves on a night out. At least I hope it's not.
When did women and girls lose so much respect for themselves? Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying they had it all right way back when. I'm a big believer in try before you buy and think that living together before marriage is a good thing. What I'm talking about is the way women and girls behave. You can be a classy, attractive lady without getting it all out and putting it out there.
There's no mystery anymore. There's no 'courting' or chase. It just all seems to be put out there for the taking and with what seems no care at how this appears. I feel there's such a lack of dignity and pride and I think it's such a huge shame.
I'm no prude. Far from it. I just think to be a lady is a wonderful thing and think that the female population in this country wouldn't do any harm in taking a step back and look at how it used to be done. It is possible to be a modern lady but have some old school respect and class at the same time.
What do you think? Do I have a point or have I been totally brainwashed? Tell me what you think, if love to know!