Commuting sucks. I don’t have to do it that often now but the pleasurable experience of thrusting oneself into a crowded, sweaty and smelly underground carriage for the journey to hell… sorry, Oxford Circus… does occasionally happen to me. Basically, after ten years of working in and around my home, I’ve gotten out of the habit.
If it’s something you have to do day in and day out, there are little pleasures to be had, I’m sure. That seat all the way in, the space by the door that doesn’t get quite as crushed as the space in the middle, escape to the middle of the carriage and away from the smelly underarms of the big guy who’s been working on construction all day. You may know what I mean if you regularly take public transport.
And, to be honest, I haven’t really avoided the general election, as much as I’d like to. Don’t get me wrong, I love my adopted country, but her quirks do make me smile on occasion.
Currently, almost all news, in no matter which media, is obsessing about the candidates and what they said or didn’t say or how beautiful one candidate’s wife is compared to his over there. Oh, and there is rioting in Bangkok.
I’ve always laughed about it, this penchant for reporting that will talk about the latest disaster — be it earthquake/airplane crash/tornado/flood/war/insert your favourite here — and somewhere in the report will be said “and two Britons were aboard flight 7984”.
Don’t get me wrong, I suspect every culture does it, but I don’t remember it being so blatant in America where news is quite a bit different in many ways.
And that sometimes seems to be all we care about here — it doesn’t matter about the other 25,000 victims of the disaster as long as we know that two unfortunate Britons were also included in the catastrophe.
Maybe that’s what it is — a need for being included, for finding that sense of inclusion. Whatever it is, the sooner this election is over the sooner the news can get back to telling me about the fire in Paris where one poor Briton managed to escape with only minor smoke inhalation.