Sunday, 16 November 2008

Today we're feeling...


Last week I had a phone call from the marketing department of Timeout Magazine to tell me the exciting news that Lantana is to be included in their Cheap Eats Special.

First thing on Wednesday morning I was at the newsagent to pick up a copy of Timeout, eager to read what they had written about the cafe.


While I don’t want to sound ungrateful for any free publicity, I admit, my brow did furrow and heart sank a little when I read the opening sentence: "This new Antipodean-style eatery is run by chirpy proprietor Shelagh Ryan."

Chirpy? Clowns are chirpy. Couldn’t I have been described as charming, charismatic or even good humoured? Chirpy just sounds annoying.

I thought I may have misunderstood the meaning so I looked up the definition of ‘chirpy’ and my heart sank further as I read some of the useage examples.
"He's driving me mad, he's so chirpy and chatty I want to kill him".

"Reese Witherspoon came on set about noon and seemed chirpy".
Suspicions confirmed. Chirpy people are annoying.


So if I seem a little mysterious and aloof when you next come to Lantana, don’t take it personally, I’m hoping its not too late to re-invent myself.

12 comments:

Martin said...

Nonsense, personally, I'd be more likely to draw the conclusion that "chirpy" meant you were conscious and sentient at a non-double-digit hour.

I don't find Reese Witherspoon "chirpy", I find her annoying, or, at least, her characters.

I define chirpy as anything that isn't grumpy before 10, basically.

Mowie said...

I totally agree, I think 'chirpy' should be taken as a complement. And I promise I didn't call you chirpy when I wrote about you on my blog:

http://www.mowielicious.com/home/2008/11/lantana---the-best-australian-cafe-in-london.html

mowie said...

Oops! I meant compliment ;-)

trish said...

the whole world has a reason to be chirpy - it's a new day - just watch this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xJCaw3Pmf0

Charmaine said...

Rest assured we totally meant it in a good way! Meaning, like Martin says, cheerful and energetic while the rest of us schlep in like the uncaffeinated sloths we are in the morning... such sunniness is much appreciated :-)

Helen Yuet Ling Pang said...

I'd like to say I've just returned to the office, having had a delicious lunch at Lantana. Will be blogging about it over the next few days. Meanwhile, would like to make one comment - the music was a bit too loud, which meant that everyone had to shout over the music to make themselves heard. I would highly recommend Lantana for the great food and service, but the music prevents people from having a normal level conversation...

Shelagh Ryan said...

Its just as well, as I don't think the Marlene Dietrich persona was working for me - red hair and all.

And Helen, thanks for your feedback- I'll keep an ear on it.

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