Now the grumbles
are coming from much nearer home, it seems.
Last night, 58 years after I started my National Service, and 40 years after I completed regular service, I watched a programme on Afghanistan and, guess what, everybody was complaining about weapons, equipment and vehicles that broke down in anything but near-perfect conditions and the officers were complaining about a lack of funding - all while giving wry smiles and saying "still mustn't grumble
, carry on chaps".
The officers still complained about the lack of money, saying: "Still, mustn't grumble
- carry on chaps.
The plot revolves around the Squeaks, who are busted when the Grumbles
spot one of them and vow to eliminate the mice in whatever way possible.
We might be tempted to allow these texts to lead us to cut our people off, like the hand that causes us to stumble, because they grumble
and divorce and ignore the poor and seek their own glory.
While I may grumble
about the red eye flights back from Las Vegas or the clothes that need ironing every time I unpack my bag, the reality is that meeting our readers and advertisers face-to-face has yet to be topped by an e-mail note.
Before you grumble
that aiming for perfection has to be a good thing, consider this: It's not a good thing if aiming for perfection takes time away from doing the day-to-day things that have to be done.
Now that I've lavished a bit of praise, allow me to grumble
a bit as well.
The idea is to help yourself think through your issues," not merely grumble
A fair agreement makes all parties to it grumble
equally, people say--so get ready to grumble
Another might be that, while a lot of people grumble
about the present Government, they have even less time for the current opposition.
AHEAD OF THE CURVE: That the neoconservative National Review or Heritage Foundation would grumble
about Bush's conservative apostasy shows just how far to the left the administration has tilted--or how transparent that apostasy has become among the grass-roots conservatives the Establishment neoconservative network wants to lead astray.
Bill Cotterell, a political writer and columnist for the Tallahassee Democrat, was suspended without pay after he wrote in an e-mail to a reader that Arabs should get over their animosity toward Israel after all these years: "OK, they can squat around the camel-dung fire and grumble
about it, or they can put their bottoms in the air five times a day and pray for deliverance; that's their business.
But Greenwich Village residents oppose big box stores because they will take away space from playing fields for their children, while Brooklyn borough officials grumble
about the aquarium competing with the one at Coney Island.
Some of us parents who felt lucky just to get the family out the door on a Sunday morning and who were trying to keep the children reasonably quiet would clench our teeth when the doors were closed; we would exchange a roll of the eyes or grumble
briefly and guiltily, feeling tom about thinking uncharitably about our fellow parishioners.