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The trials of travel on the Clapham omnibus

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Lascarina, Oct 31, 2015.

  1. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    The bus I've just come home on was full apart from one seat. But the person seated by the window had her legs swivelled round so that there was very little room left on the seat beside her. I carefully lowered one half of one bum cheek onto the remaining space and gave her a quizzical stare. She was a white- haired elderly woman of haughty demeanour who did not budge an inch but said defiantly, "I can't turn round because I've got a rucksack on my back". As I was tamping down the urge to enquire why she couldn't take it off and put it on her lap, she went on, "I've got to keep it on because it's full of heavy things". Curiosity got the better of me so I asked, "What sort of heavy things?" and the snappy rejoinder from her was , "Mostly nails".

    So I had to perch uncomfortably on quarter of a seat for the next 20 minutes while the bus crawled through heavy traffic from Clapham Junction to Wandsworth because this woman had a s***ing rucksack full of nails.

    I am still wondering what she needed them for. And rucksacks on backs on public transport are an abomination. Buses weren't designed to accommodate them. Specially when they are full of nails!
  2. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Maybe she needed the nails because she has a screw loose.
  3. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    But if you think about it, nomad, why would she need a whole rucksackful of nails just to replace one loose screw?
  4. Treefayre2

    Treefayre2 Established commenter

    Public transport is an abomination. Have you considered getting a bike or car?
  5. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    No. But I am getting a scooter. I started a thread about it yesterday.
  6. Spiritwalkerness

    Spiritwalkerness Star commenter

    Make sure you can see what's behind you
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  7. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Love the 'L' plate.
  8. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    For the ageing Mod.

  9. Spiritwalkerness

    Spiritwalkerness Star commenter

    Is it L for Lambretta?
  10. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    Whose nails were they, do you think? And did they still have the fingers attached?
  11. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    Ha, do you think she was a witch and was intending to boil them up in her cauldron tonight?
  12. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    @Spiritwalkerness's scooter is properly pimped! I said in the thread yesterday, that your spotter must be pimped @Lascarina.

    I had a scooter once. I was overtaken by cyclists. I decided that scooterism was not for me.
  13. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    How about of of these?

  14. rachelpaula008

    rachelpaula008 Star commenter

    I think you wrote a post a few years back about a rude nanny, when you'd spoken to a few toddlers on a bus in her care and she told you off. In my utterly humble opinion I'd just keep my gob shut when on a bus in your neck of the woods. Seriously, be bloody careful...

    Snot worth it. Keep stchum (sp) or come and live in the provinces like me and my sorts do.
  15. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    Nah, L for Leather if you're a biker, innit.
  16. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    I don't think she was a threat, Rachel, just odd and a bit presumptuous. I go on buses and trains nearly every day and I'm used to the area. But thanks for your concern.
    rachelpaula008 likes this.
  17. Spiritwalkerness

    Spiritwalkerness Star commenter

    Innit, indeedy

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