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Helen Blunden @ActivateLearn
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Can anyone miss a cumberbund? As I sit here full on my dinner & beer, I recall a cumberbund I used to wear every night before dinner. It was black and made of stretchy material. It kept my gut in and my shirt tight. It wouldn’t roll up and it was my favourite item in my wardrobe.
For many years, I used to dress for dinner. It was a tradition that is now long gone - except for maybe onboard cruise ships. I loved getting dressed for dinner. The work day would end, I’d do a bit of fitness activity, shower then change to go downstairs for pre-dinner drinks.
Before dinner, it was wonderful to catch up with various people and make new friends. We would welcome new people and have them join us at our table. It was quite civilised and very social. People had the BEST stories. Every night involved laughter - and a G&T.
Back in those days, we dressed in what was known as Red Sea Rig. Black pants, short sleeved white shirt and black cumberbund. It was so called because cruising Red Sea was so hot that you couldn’t wear your normal evening uniform. I loved Red Sea rig. I loved that cumberbund.
I don’t know why I thought about that just now. It came from the idea of how eating my dinner has changed over the years. Back then, it was an event, a chance to talk, eat, share stories, laugh, and just kill time late into the night.…
I’m glad I experienced that in my early years. I dined with some great people; (but also some eccentric characters). Later this year, we are going cruising around Hawaii. I’m hoping I have a chance to relive this “dressing for dinner” & then sharing our table with fascinating ppl
....I should find that cumberbund. I may need it.
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