When I was a kid, it was easy to swat flies away. One wave of the arm and they went. And they didn’t come back.
I also found that English flies are amenable to being herded. If you swatted one in a particular way, it went in a particular direction. You could direct English flies to the open door or window and they would politely exit the building.
When I went to Continental Europe, I found that Mainland European flies are different. They refuse to go away. Swat them, and they come back, swat them again, and they come back again. Wave your hand at them a third time and they might, just might stay away.
I’ve noticed that these unherdable flies have arrived in England this year. We have been invaded by Continental flies! Either that or English flies have learnt bad habits from their continental cousins.
Does anyone out there know anything about this? Has it been in the news? Please let me know!