well this is a fine how do you do

Well this is a fine how do you do is a common, yet older, phrase which means that there is a somewhat surprising and unpleasant situation. It is usually spoken in a vague, modest and negative tone with some sarcastic implications at something that has just been seen or heard. Perhaps someone heard some news that was unpleasant and surprising but they want to show a lack of emotion, and they might say that was a fine how do you do.