Picture the scene …
Late afternoon Friday - crowded rail carriage - a mixture of business people and families.
I was enjoying a nice peaceful journey and settling down to read my book on the two and a half hour journey home.
From four or five rows back I could hear the voice of an awfully well spoken English business man type. I guessed his profession to be something like solicitor or senior doctor. He was very precise in his use of words and the language had a kind of officialdom sound to it. He was clearly knowledgeable about the subject he was talking about. It happened to be various forms of discrimination gender, race, age etc.
His friend sitting next to him was presumably engaged in this discussion with him but I could not hear his voice.
I am an easy going sort but the clue is in the last paragraph about why I got increasingly frustrated.
It was perfectly fine for this man to have his conversation – after all - we live in a country where we can celebrate free speech.
My point is ... his conversation was not with the whole bloody carriage .... just the man he was sitting next to.
Come on – be honest – you’ve met these types on the train too haven't you?
These are the sort I describe as loving the sound of their own voice. They create enough volume for everyone within earshot (and well beyond in this case) to hear the wisdom of this great ego driven oratory expert.
Contrast that with the young family opposite me.
Mum and Dad probably in their early 20’s and their little girl of about 2. The child was immaculately behaved and entertained us with charming giggles every now and then. Her young parents managed to occupy their little girl so she did not cause any inconvenience to other passengers with the noise level. It was pretty obvious that this lovely family unit was not blessed with the oratory skills of the passenger from 5 rows back. To me their limited vocabulary, their warmth, and their obvious love for their child was a sight and sound far more noteworthy than the arrogant antics of ‘gobbie' from five sets back!
Oh Trevor – you really must stop being so judgmental!
Just needed to share that with you ….
A rant on a Sunday is great don’t you think?