Communicator (communicator) wrote,

Britain 2012

There's a train through Coventry station every hour that goes to Bournemouth so my daughter and I thought we might take a day trip to the seaside - it's a couple of hours journey each way. However, when we looked into it, a return ticket standard class for both of us would be three hundred pounds. That's madness. That's just saying to people 'we don't want your custom'. Anyway, forget it.

The underpasses in Coventry are haunted by beggars. The guy I saw yesterday had an unusual approach to encouraging donations: he was shouting at everyone 'You fucking jack-arses!' A businessman on his way to the station turned back and watched me through the underpass to make sure I was OK - it was unnecessary but thoughtful. As we walked up the slope he said 'I think he needs to improve his customer service.' There was a moment's silence from the underpass and then the guy's voice came billowing out 'You come back here and say that!'
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