Unfriendly Londoners? – Myth busted
Must be a coincidence. Today’s Metro and the Daily Mail were full of reports based on some study or the other which concluded that Londoners are a friendly bunch, apparently even more so than people in Yorkshire. Based on my personal experiences and more importantly from listening to the following conversation on the train home today I have to agree with those reports.
Train home, found a nice comfy seat and settled down with my book. Just as the train is about to depart in walks this young lady with headphones on, trips over my feet and with no word of apology plonks herself on the seat across.
At the next stop gets on this young gentleman again with headphones on, happens to sit next to her and the following happens:-
She – So you like your music?
Guy removing the headphones politely says yes
She – Have a look to see what I am listening to (and shows him the display stuff on her ipod and talks endlessly about the music she is listening to and even made him listen to it)
He politely nodded and said all the right things
Now curiosity gets the better of her, wondering loudly what he is listening to she asked him
He – I am not listening to anything
She – Oh in that case why have you got your headphones on?
He – so that I don’t have to talk to people!
and by now I trying my best to keep a straight face and not laugh out loud.
I do love London and Londoners :)