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Old 08-23-2012, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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I was never late once for school in my entire life. It was a big deal back in the 50's and 60's. My grandchildren are late for school all the time and it's treated as nothing. In the old anglocentric culture we used to have in this country being punctual was very important. Today, not so much.

My father in law is a very traditional German. I offered to drive him to an appointment one day. I was to pick him up at 1pm. Well, at 1:03 I arrived to find him backing his car out of the driveway. When I asked him what he was doing he said, I didn't think you were coming so I was driving myself". 3 minutes late is a BIG deal to him!
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Old 08-23-2012, 08:04 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I was never late once for school in my entire life. It was a big deal back in the 50's and 60's. My grandchildren are late for school all the time and it's treated as nothing. In the old anglocentric culture we used to have in this country being punctual was very important. Today, not so much.

My father in law is a very traditional German. I offered to drive him to an appointment one day. I was to pick him up at 1pm. Well, at 1:03 I arrived to find him backing his car out of the driveway. When I asked him what he was doing he said, I didn't think you were coming so I was driving myself". 3 minutes late is a BIG deal to him!
I think Australia, being derived from the rather anally orderly British culture, is actually quite big on punctuality. If we arrived 5 minutes late for school we'd have to go down to the principal's office to get a 'late note.' Late to class 5-10 minutes, teacher would not be happy. I don't think things have changed greatly in that respect.
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