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 :)

4 Comments so far

  1. sean (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 9:06 am

    Brilliant and oh so true.

  2. F e r r a r i (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 1:15 pm

    How did you manage to keep a straight face? Too funny! Ha ha!

  3. Jared (unregistered) on August 29th, 2006 @ 10:14 am

    Granted, I can’t think of two news sources* more untrustworthy than the Metro and the Mail… I’m already prone to believe the opposite!

    *(Ok, Fox News)

  4. WA (unregistered) on August 29th, 2006 @ 2:00 pm

    Jared – I would like to let you know that I plan my day based on the Metro Horrorscopes, thank you very much :P

    Ferrari – I didn’t. Had to hide my face with the newspaper, but i am sure she must have heard my supressed laugh.

    Sean – Thank you

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