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The Periodic Table of the Middle Class
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    Pack. Taxi. Airport. Check in. Fly. Land. Rain. Taxi. Home. Unpack. Why, wonders the middle-class traveller the day before setting off to go home, does the journey always go faster when you know you are in the office the next day? Perhaps the sheer volume of memos, emails and other assorted bits of paper waiting you in your in tray affects time itself. In any event, the journey home is just a sunburnt, back to front, fast forward version of the journey there. With added lethargy and misery.

    The homeward leg does, however, have its own unique hurdles which any middle class traveller worth their salt must overcome. The first challenge – and one of the biggest – comes before the journey even begins. What to wear on the way? Wear what you’d had on while away, and you’ll look wrong once you land. Wear your domestic look while abroad, and you’ll spoil the last few hours. What to do?

    Ideally the middle class person would arrive back in England in a full Djellaba, proving that their cultural horizons have been broadened and of course that they got on rather splendidly with the locals. But there are practical considerations; traditional North African dress is fine in North Africa but doesn’t fare too well in drizzly England. The best solution is to combine elements of cultural dress with practical travelling gear. Jeans with a Madiba shirt, or a Dashiki with a jumper underneath, will allow an arrival home in comfort and multi cultural style.

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    A dashiki over a jumper? A sartorial car crash. I had no idea that MCs were so sad.

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