Friday, January 06, 2006

Londoners I hate

This is a dedication to the 2 buskers that get on my train Streatham Common to Victoria formerly Balham to Victoria and vice versa and have done for the past 20 years as far as I can remember. Now on first hearing, their little ditties are mildly amusing. They have one about brushing your teeth in a public convenience and one about where the train goes (actually that's not at all funny, just informational). However 20 years of it is frankly bloody annoying.

Their arrival on the carriage is a very good test of who is new to the line as when they start up there are little smiles from some quarters. It is also a good indicator of people (like me) who have been travelling the route for far longer, as they display grim faced gritted teeth.

For my part I have started shouting at them and boy they don't like it. Oh yes they're chirpy enough when they get on, but I really get up their nose when I ask if they have any new material. 'Yes we have lots' 'Go on then boys play some, I'm bored of this one it's been 20 years now and it aint Brown Sugar' general slanging about the merits of the Rolling Stones normally ensues. Those that were smiling normally look at me as if I am a complete bastard. Those that were grim faced are now normally smiling. I see it as part of my public service.

9 comments:

David Citizen of the world said...

God are they still going ? Christ they're annoying.

You are in danger of turning into one of those old blokes who sit on benches in the high street shouting at the traffic though.

IsobelMagsBuchan said...

ROFL! Sounds as though they moved in when I moved out of Streatham. Good move on my part.

Just a thought but why don't you try singing something louder than them one morning? If you don't mind making a fool of yourself that is.......

Span Ows said...

...plus you may make some extra money!...hehehe

Les Paul Junior said...

Mags has a point, you know. If they've been doing the same thing for twenty years there must be some money in it. Fancy a career change? I guess in adverising you keep needing new ideas and this puts you under pressure. These two blokes haven't had any new ideas for two decades. Nice work if you can get it.

Six Years Late said...

Oh how wrong you can be I make a very good living out of rehashing a few very similar ideas over and over in different colours.

IsobelMagsBuchan said...

Nice colours though!

A friend of mine, many many years ago used to handle all the advertising for kylies, which were a brand of incontinence pads.

There's a lot I could say.....

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