It’s only been 5 months since our company moved to Covent Garden, and I am now a jaded London Commuter. I was young and naive and initially enjoyed my quiet time reading and the bit of excersise to the office. I always wondered why people were in such a rush to get to work but now, 5 months (3 hours per day) down the line, I realise that they just want the commuting-nightmare to be over. I’ve compiled a list of my top 10 annoyances; each could be solved if everyone took the time to think about other people.
- Do not stop dead for no reason when I’m walking behind you.
- Do not shriek “can you move down pleeeease”, without first checking there is room for us to move to.
- If you are with company, do not take up the whole flight of stairs/bridge/pavement – the rest of us are trying to walk faster than a snail.
- Do not smack your handbag/manbag into my head, just because I got on the train earlier than you and got a seat.
- Do not walk against (or diagonally across) the flow of others.
- Do not keep your mobile ring volume set to “I’VE GOT FRIENDS” mode.
- Do not to talk (shout) into your mobile so that people in the next carraige can hear you (no, we can’t believe what Tracy did last night either).
- Tourists: If you take a photo, do not expect me to wait patiently while you line up the perfect shot.
- Do not sniff incessantly.
- Basic Government Health Advice: Do not sneeze/cough unless you cover your mouth – we do not want your bird flu.
What gets your blood boiling about your commute?