Tuesday, December 05, 2006

anyone for squash?

This morning the Waterloo and City line was shut. Which meant that all of mankind was on the Jubilee Line.

Since living in the capital, I have experienced a new kind of transport. And I do find it rather odd that people can clamber in the most ungainly fashion across one another, sit on a neighbour's knee or nestle into a travelling companion's armpit whilst conducting themselves in a manner that indicates utter solitude - without a smile or a 'sorry' or a roll of the eyes to acknowledge that the person you've just used as a doorstep exists.

But I have to confess getting a strange feeling of crazy excitement when the London transport system completely cocks up and you literally have to charge and bundle at the tube doors. In fact, I have noticed quite a lot of people secretly sniggering at the moment when you're swept off your feet, twisted into the most unnatural shape and have to fight to keep your face from being squashed out of shape by that of the fat bloke in a pinstripe suit next door, all while holding four bags above your head in the only available ceiling space. It's like we're all in a great big game of bulldog, or something.....

Not as bad as Tokyo though.....try that for a laugh some day.

3 comments:

St said...

There ain't no squashing down here. We all have our own space. Come and enjoy our many guest rooms some time and the oldest cinema in continuous use in the world, the Curzon, Clevedon. It's also showing 007. Welcome to the blogosphere.

Jonathan Potts said...

OH the joys of space experienced by non-Londoners. Go to get myself out of here...

anna p said...

Steve, sounds good! Must pay Nailsea a visit some time. PS Jackie Cray said "hello" and made a note of what you're up to in her diary.