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Up to 10,000 Glaswegians are to be sent to charm school in preparation for the Commonwealth Games in 2014. The move comes after Edinburgh-based quango bosses decided that the famous Glaswegian welcoming spirit was not good enough for receiving visitors to the city during the 2014 Games.

Glaswegians attending the one-day training event will – according to city bosses – be taught how to speak properly, be instructed how to stand in the right position when providing service, and become skilled in techniques to maintain eye contact while talking.

The 'Glasgow Welcomes' class, a joint project between VisitScotland and city tourism chiefs, is based on the principles created by the Walt Disney Company, including treating customers and tourists in a manner more associated with showbusiness.

Among other techniques trainees will learn over the next two years, is how to accept compliments gracefully, how to remember people's names, and how to offer tips about local tourist hotspots.

The 25 course will also include a quiz about Glasgow, requirements that attendees make personal pledges on how they can improve their future behaviour, and all staff will be told to use the American-style cheery "enjoy the rest of your day" sign-off.

The head of people development at Cordia said of the propgramme:
"It's about putting the customer first, listening to what they're saying and giving information that will help them."

However, not everyone is quite so impressed! Glasgow-based comedian Greg Hemphill, one half of TV duo Chewin' The Fat, said:
"I'm sure their initiative is well intentioned but I do think Glaswegians have a natural charm and if you polish off those edges too much you’re left with somebody from Edinburgh."

Glasgow comedian Janey Godley said:
"I was in the service industry for 15 years in a bar and I knew how to talk to people. Glaswegians are basically very chatty, straight-up people. We don’t need to be taught how to shake hands and make eye contact."


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- GG   Glaswegians To Get Mickey Mouse Lessons   3rd Jun 2012, 08:51pm
- - droschke7   Personally i think it's a damned cheek to tar ...   3rd Jun 2012, 09:54pm
- - *Peter Harte*   I have been in canada coming up for fifty years I ...   3rd Jun 2012, 10:02pm
- - *Old Sailor*   This has nothing to do with accent! Accents ar...   3rd Jun 2012, 10:43pm
|- - droschke7   QUOTE (*Old Sailor* @ 4th Jun 2012, 12:58...   4th Jun 2012, 01:42am
|- - Doug1   QUOTE (droschke7 @ 4th Jun 2012, 02:57am)...   4th Jun 2012, 08:12am
|- - Guest   QUOTE (droschke7 @ 4th Jun 2012, 02:57am)...   4th Jun 2012, 08:32am
- - *jazzsaxman*   Typical political bullshit. Next they will be tell...   3rd Jun 2012, 10:49pm
- - *jazzsaxman*   I also think that people in general could do with ...   3rd Jun 2012, 11:00pm
- - weenorman   complete and utter rubbish ,as stated before polit...   3rd Jun 2012, 11:48pm
|- - Doug1   QUOTE (weenorman @ 4th Jun 2012, 01:03am)...   4th Jun 2012, 07:53am
|- - droschke7   QUOTE (Doug1 @ 4th Jun 2012, 10:08am) I...   4th Jun 2012, 12:46pm
- - eidas   I'm thoroughly enjoying the majority of the co...   4th Jun 2012, 12:34am
- - Agnes McManus   I wonder how many people from Edinburhgh are going...   4th Jun 2012, 01:57am
- - Guest   How cin thae visitors no' speak the Jelly Bean...   4th Jun 2012, 05:30am
- - LizzieLou   Lessons are a piece of nonsense, waste of time and...   4th Jun 2012, 07:23am
- - chas1937   All I can add is that there are lot of Glaswegians...   4th Jun 2012, 07:27am
|- - rikkiduncan   QUOTE (chas1937 @ 4th Jun 2012, 08:42am) ...   4th Jun 2012, 01:00pm
- - JAGZ1876   Just another easy money making scheme, they did a ...   4th Jun 2012, 08:05am
- - Guest   I think it's a great idea. Glasgow and Scotla...   4th Jun 2012, 08:08am
|- - JAGZ1876   QUOTE (Guest @ 4th Jun 2012, 09:23am) Exa...   4th Jun 2012, 11:18am
- - irrie   Good one Jagz and very true also. [ Thats my posh ...   4th Jun 2012, 08:11am
- - Dave Grieve   The only problem with Glesga folks way of talking ...   4th Jun 2012, 08:14am
- - norrie123   I think we all can talk the talk but know when to ...   4th Jun 2012, 08:19am
- - eve lopez   l have lived in spain for the last 26 years and l ...   4th Jun 2012, 10:14am
- - Albanach   As a Weegie living abroad (ie. in London), hearing...   4th Jun 2012, 10:16am
- - mlconnelly   Im with you Jagz. I don't understand why the G...   4th Jun 2012, 11:41am
- - The Callands Rebel   Good day Fellow Readers, Aren't we all a bit ...   4th Jun 2012, 12:12pm
- - aussiejimmy   People who come from abroad have heard about the s...   4th Jun 2012, 12:23pm
- - frame   It's been a while since I thought about the be...   4th Jun 2012, 01:45pm
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