Wednesday, January 16, 2008
The weather is appalling at the moment and there seems to be a trail of abandoned umbrellas across London. I saw lots of umbrellas that were left deserted on pavements, at bus stops and anywhere else you can think of. I guess the wind was stronger than people realised. I appear to have lost a glove. Not due to the weather, I think I must have just dropped it somewhere but that’s a bit irritating.
You have to keep things in proportion though. If I ever need a reminder of why that’s important and that you have to make sure that you don’t turn into someone who is slightly unhinged then I will look back to the woman I saw yesterday. The tube was packed on the way to work yesterday and we got to one particular station and there was just no room for all the people on the platform to board. Some woman walked along the platform a bit away from the door and started to bash on the window and shouted at the people on board (of which I was one) “Move up! Other people want to get to work. Move up!” If you have to resort to taking out your anger on commuters already on a packed train then you have to start thinking that something isn’t quite right in your life. Yes it’s annoying, but surely it is better to head to work a bit earlier and thus avoid the peak of the rush hour than die at 45 from a stress related heart attack. Anyway, no-one moved and a few people crammed on board and then we couldn’t leave straight away because the driver had to re-open the doors several times because they wouldn’t shut due to their being so many people on board. There’s a lesson in that…
I finished “The Book of Illusions” which was quite good. I wouldn’t rave about it but it was a reasonable read. A story within a story within a story I guess is the best way to describe it. I have now started reading “The End of the Affair”, so we’ll have to see I get on with it. I am actually a bit nervous about it, but what I have read so far has been very good. I might keep some tissues to hand though because I think I’ll need them. *gulp*