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Thursday, 16 October 2003

Waiting Time

God, I love bunking off.
Normally, I'm in my own, grumpy little authoritarian world by 8.25. Sort that out. Don't stand there. Do this for me. Now. What d'you think you're doing?
Just ten minutes of bunking off (that's all I winged it for, though I know I could have got away with two and a half hours -- I'm a good girl), and it's like opening your eyes after an operation.

In the four minutes it took to eat my bacon sanga (butter, white bread *this* thick), I noticed:

7 black people, including two kids, 1 arab woman and 3 chinese guys walked past the White Power Phonebox.
The sunrise slooowly spread across the terrace opposite.
How newsagents' windows look like a mosaic, of all the tatty notices.
Women round here are better dressed than most of South East London. My frizzed-up shower-hair must stand out.
Men load up their paunches on their belly first, but thighs and arse second. Yet they wait another five years to buy the XXL pants.
I don't wear a watch anymore. Fuck! What time is it?
The guy at the next table might be in his forties and pikey, but he has lovely eyes. P'raps there are worse things than growing old.
The 'Learner' plates on the moped outside were made by Soreen. Yes, the proud makers of the malt loaf.
Nobody ever has the right change in the White Power Phone Box.
Only grandads walk with their kids, instead of twelve paces in front of them.
I'll never manage that Cockerney Geezer accent. "Captoo tays, ployz. Na samich." They're overcompensating, anyway.
Pensioner influx. Time to go.

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Thursday, 16 October 2003 - 6:56 PM BST

Name: alfie
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There's a tatty old pub in the East end, near The Old Kent Road called 'Fat Nell's'.

No one called 'Fat Nell' works there, it's so tatty though that when cockneys go into the pub, they look round in dismay and say "Faackn'ell - Wot a bleedin' dump"....

Thursday, 16 October 2003 - 7:14 PM BST

Name: Vanessa

Lol, and simultaneously, what nonsense. The Old Kent Road is only in the East End on the Monopoly board. :D

Friday, 17 October 2003 - 1:30 AM BST

Name: Looby
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You're going through a beautifully lyrical stage at the moment! It's very evocative.

Friday, 17 October 2003 - 10:48 AM BST

Name: Alfie
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' wondered if anyone would spot that deliberate mistake.
Congratulations Vanessa, you have won today's competition!

First prize is a plate of jellied eels and a Chaz & Dave CD.

Friday, 17 October 2003 - 5:17 PM BST

Name: Vanessa

Oooh, you tested me out! Rotter.

Friday, 17 October 2003 - 5:17 PM BST

Name: Vanessa

Cheers, Looby. I note with some gloom at what hour you came to that decision..... :D

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