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2014-06-08 03:28:13 AM
3 votes:

aerojockey: What do butlers even do?  It's not like they have a specific job like cooks and porters and stuff.


They're the head of the household staff - they order around the cooks and grooms and housemaids and so on. They're often confused with valets, who are a gentleman's personal servant in the same way that a lady's maid is a lady's personal servant. In the 20th century as the wealthy began to employ fewer servants the two jobs combined to some extent.

/read too much Wodehouse
2014-06-08 03:03:32 AM
3 votes:
FTFA:  "Thirty-five years ago," he writes, "there were only a few hundred butlers left in Britain; today there are roughly 10,000, plus thousands more abroad."

The rich have gotten a LOT richer since the 1970s and 80s.  But no, I'm sure it's a TV show.
2014-06-08 04:06:33 PM
2 votes:
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2014-06-08 07:06:11 AM
2 votes:

Gunther: aerojockey: What do butlers even do?  It's not like they have a specific job like cooks and porters and stuff.

They're the head of the household staff - they order around the cooks and grooms and housemaids and so on. They're often confused with valets, who are a gentleman's personal servant in the same way that a lady's maid is a lady's personal servant. In the 20th century as the wealthy began to employ fewer servants the two jobs combined to some extent.

/read too much Wodehouse


Also, they were never as common in the States as in the UK.  Here, where the bar for "middle class" was much lower economically speaking, households tended to be run by the wife, who had a housekeeper and (maybe) a maid under her.  Large staffs like you see on Downtown Abbey were pretty rare here and generally confined to large suburban or country houses. The Vanderbilts (who were all trying to out-do each other) are about the only people I can think of who had footmen for their city house.
2014-06-08 03:31:30 AM
2 votes:

fusillade762: Yeah, I'm sure it has nothing to do with stratospheric wealth inequality, it MUST be a TV show.

/dnrtfa


Emposter: FTFA:  "Thirty-five years ago," he writes, "there were only a few hundred butlers left in Britain; today there are roughly 10,000, plus thousands more abroad."

The rich have gotten a LOT richer since the 1970s and 80s.  But no, I'm sure it's a TV show.


If it were income inequality, then the number of butlers should be going down as the lion's share of income goes into fewer and fewer hands.
2014-06-08 03:26:56 AM
2 votes:
What? No love for Benson?

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2014-06-08 03:14:08 AM
2 votes:
I'd rather have a Jeeves.
2014-06-08 03:01:03 AM
2 votes:
Yeah, I'm sure it has nothing to do with stratospheric wealth inequality, it MUST be a TV show.

/dnrtfa
2014-06-08 02:54:14 AM
2 votes:
What do you get for that someone who has everything?

A person.
2014-06-08 08:40:50 PM
1 votes:
If "Downton Abbey" has resulted in an increase in demand for butlers, does this mean that when the
show goes off the air, there will be thousands of unemployed butlers? (Just as every time "101 Dalmatians"
is rereleased, there's an upsurge in demand for Dalmatian puppies....but when people find they can't take
care of them, since Dalmatians require extra attention, there's a similar upsurge in arrivals of young adult
Dalmatians at animal shelters.)
2014-06-08 07:21:00 PM
1 votes:
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" Perhaps you would like me to come in there and wash your dick for you, you little shiat."
2014-06-08 04:02:16 PM
1 votes:
2014-06-08 03:59:14 PM
1 votes:

Apos: 6655321: No one has mentioned Angelo Muscat?
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Hmmm.....


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/just sayin'


Just saying what?  That guy likes bow ties?  Those are 2 pictures of the same dude, right?

Anyway, where's the TV show to help bring back the french maid?

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2014-06-08 11:47:37 AM
1 votes:
I notice the increase in demand is for butlers but not lady's maids. Personally, I would love to have someone take care of all my clothes and laundry every day. Not just do the laundry, but sew on buttons, mend hems, see that everything fits me perfectly and also manage my wardrobe and fashion choices. That and do my hair on the daily.

That would be pretty effing cool. I'd be lazy as hell, but it's an it's an interesting daydream to have.
2014-06-08 11:15:17 AM
1 votes:

Oldiron_79: Boo_Guy: 1)  having a butler would be odd,  ordering around some stranger in my home would be awkward.
2) if I did have a butler I would want one that stays put for life so it wouldn't be weird,  like an Alfred type dealie.
Having a butler would be too near to having a slave for my liking.


Not only would I not be able to boss someone around like that (I like doing all that stuff that servants do), I wouldn't want someone knowing my personal life like that. I like my home because I have privacy there. Why would I want someone knowing all my secrets/personal stuff, and someone who probably resents me on some level too?
2014-06-08 08:18:11 AM
1 votes:
If I had a butler I'd want him to have an English accent and say things like 'quite' and 'very good sir'.
2014-06-08 07:40:40 AM
1 votes:

Spanky McStupid: aerojockey: What do butlers even do?  It's not like they have a specific job like cooks and porters and stuff.

Butlers run the house and a good butler makes it look effortless.


They do the ordering, keep the household accounts, keep track of the plate (silver and gold, if any), make sure the silver plate is kept polished, handle the hiring and firing of the household staff (except the housekeeper), and that sort of thing.
2014-06-08 07:36:19 AM
1 votes:

aerojockey: What do butlers even do?  It's not like they have a specific job like cooks and porters and stuff.


Butlers run the house and a good butler makes it look effortless.
2014-06-08 07:28:45 AM
1 votes:

aerojockey: What do butlers even do?  It's not like they have a specific job like cooks and porters and stuff.


They were in charge of the "buttery" in large Medieval houses, which was separate from the larder or kitchen stores.  The modern equivalent would be a wine cellar, and the modern equivalent job would be a sommelier.

Think of it this way you're an Anglo Saxon lord in England, and booze is somewhat expensive.  You're going to give the key to the storeroom to the most trustworthy person you know, as you're likely not to be trusted yourself, given that you're a Anglo Saxon lord, it's the 9th century and there's nothing to do but drink.
2014-06-08 05:55:13 AM
1 votes:

Boo_Guy: 1)  having a butler would be odd,  ordering around some stranger in my home would be awkward.

2) if I did have a butler I would want one that stays put for life so it wouldn't be weird,  like an Alfred type dealie.


Having a butler would be too near to having a slave for my liking.
2014-06-08 04:05:10 AM
1 votes:

LrdPhoenix: Emposter: LrdPhoenix: fusillade762: Yeah, I'm sure it has nothing to do with stratospheric wealth inequality, it MUST be a TV show.

/dnrtfa

Emposter: FTFA: "Thirty-five years ago," he writes, "there were only a few hundred butlers left in Britain; today there are roughly 10,000, plus thousands more abroad."

The rich have gotten a LOT richer since the 1970s and 80s. But no, I'm sure it's a TV show.

If it were income inequality, then the number of butlers should be going down as the lion's share of income goes into fewer and fewer hands.

Where did you get that idea?

Only logical that as fewer people can afford them then there should be fewer of them.


Where did you get the idea that rising income inequality means less rich people?
2014-06-08 03:54:07 AM
1 votes:

LrdPhoenix: Only logical that as fewer people can afford them then there should be fewer of them.


There are more people rich enough to afford a butler than they used to be. It's the middle class that's shrinking as more money goes towards the rich. This isn't a difficult concept to grasp.
2014-06-08 03:47:36 AM
1 votes:

Emposter: LrdPhoenix: fusillade762: Yeah, I'm sure it has nothing to do with stratospheric wealth inequality, it MUST be a TV show.

/dnrtfa

Emposter: FTFA:  "Thirty-five years ago," he writes, "there were only a few hundred butlers left in Britain; today there are roughly 10,000, plus thousands more abroad."

The rich have gotten a LOT richer since the 1970s and 80s.  But no, I'm sure it's a TV show.

If it were income inequality, then the number of butlers should be going down as the lion's share of income goes into fewer and fewer hands.

Where did you get that idea?


Only logical that as fewer people can afford them then there should be fewer of them.

Gunther: Only the ultra-rich can afford the sort of lifestyle that you'd want a butler for.


Not judging by the salaries mentioned in the article.
2014-06-08 03:36:45 AM
1 votes:

LrdPhoenix: fusillade762: Yeah, I'm sure it has nothing to do with stratospheric wealth inequality, it MUST be a TV show.

/dnrtfa

Emposter: FTFA:  "Thirty-five years ago," he writes, "there were only a few hundred butlers left in Britain; today there are roughly 10,000, plus thousands more abroad."

The rich have gotten a LOT richer since the 1970s and 80s.  But no, I'm sure it's a TV show.

If it were income inequality, then the number of butlers should be going down as the lion's share of income goes into fewer and fewer hands.


Where did you get that idea?
2014-06-08 03:21:52 AM
1 votes:

DerekSD: aerojockey: What do butlers even do?

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2014-06-07 11:19:53 PM
1 votes:
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