Hi-tech version of smokers and drinkers outside pubs

Surely, holding a door open for a member of either sex is just good manners?

LESLEY KEATING: Would you dare hold a door open for a woman?

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So my iPhone had broken and I had to make the unfortunate trip into Southampton at the weekend to get it fixed.

What a horrible place it is, and that’s not just Southampton.

The Apple store at West Quay went straight in at number two of my list of shops I hate going in – just behind card shops.

It was absolutely heaving in there and this was on a Sunday.

And I had had to wait three days for my 10-minute slot.

But what I really found strange was all the people milling about outside the shop, all with their various Apple gadgets.

It reminded me of people standing outside pubs drinking beer and smoking.

I guess the Apple store is the geeks’ alternative.