I have discovered that there is a 99p cup of 'filter coffee' available here - with free refills! It seems miraculous. This wonderful place also serves up 'American Style Pancakes' for 2 pounds 60p, which includes the filter coffee with free refills - double miraculous!
So I have found a quiet table there in order to get some work done. I can usually get lots done, as it is out of the way and near a window. But yesterday there were such intriguing conversations going on around me that I became diverted. For a bit.
Almost everywhere in England these days, conversations are going to include politics. That is because it's the run up to the election, and everybody seems hot or cold one way or another.
Then the Labor supporter said that David Cameron's campaign promise had really been to 'keep his bald spot in check for the next year'. That upset the Conservative who said that Cameron really does not have a bald spot. At that point my interest flagged, and I became diverted to a different conversation. This one was about a wedding. I thought surely a wedding would be more exciting than a bald spot.
The MOTB (Mother-of-the-Bride) was bragging to her friend about the 'upscale theme' her daughter had chosen for her wedding. I had not realized there were 'themes' set for weddings, but hey - I'm in a foreign land and don't know much about themes.
Then I heard the Bride's theme. I don't know if you're ready for this yet, but...here it is:
"Fifty Shades Of Gray".
It was to be a Fifty Shades of Gray wedding. I wasn't completely sure, but had heard that Fifty Shades was an explicit erotic romance novel about things like - well, like things you don't want to think of when the bride is coming down the aisle in white.
But the reception is to have a large sign hanging above the entrance announcing the Theme, including images of interactive handcuffs. I began to ease toward the door before hearing anything further. As I did, the Labor supporter bragged about Ed Miliband's promise to rescue the NHS through a mansion tax.
To be honest, I think I preferred the bald spot.
See you along the way!
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