‘When In Rome’ – Paddington Station

A woman ahead of passengers leaving the underground for the mainline station takes charge of the breakdown in protocol as she barks ‘left!’ to any oncoming traffic in her path. The (largely) British response being to comply but not acknowledge, whilst she somewhat smugly declares aloud that she is ‘from Norway’. A transport hub providing the place to display, or displace, national stereotypes.

‘A Public Wake’ – Piccadilly Line (Ruislip)

Three passengers, all dressed in black, board the eastbound train and begin a lengthy discourse about the deceased, whose funeral service they have just attended. A mental health worker allegedly murdered, the conversation ranges from a post mortem (the chain of events) through to her working life and attributes. A kind of mobile inquest.


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