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.