7.7: One Day In London

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Year:
2012
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I came to London for the first time

in 1961. 1961.

My husband thinks I should actually

have some sort of pearly outfit.

I'm from York, so North Yorkshire,

so the sort of hardest part

of Yorkshire.

All of my family

are Arsenal supporters.

Myself and my youngest son Harry,

we're the black sheep of the family,

we follow Spurs.

My first memories of London were

coming to London for the weekend,

and the family would kind of,

we'd have a weekend down in the city,

where the main event

was to go and see a show

in the West End,

which I was always

very, very excited about.

It's just too congested,

it's just too much noise,

there's just too much going on.

London to me

was all about Duran Duran,

and tea and biscuits,

probably the Royal family.

In London you can lose your identity

and be anybody you want to be,

I suppose.

To move to a city like London,

which is so accepting and, you know,

there's huge diversity, it seemed

like an ideal place for me to go

and set up my life, really.

The International Olympic Committee

has the honour of announcing

that the Games of the 30th Olympiad

in 2012

are awarded to

the City of London!

Well, that day,

I travelled to my local station,

and my daughter was with me,

she was about 12 at that time,

and normally

she would walk to school.

But because we were so excited

about the Olympics,

she said,

"Mum, I'll see you to the train."

I just thought, "Oh, I could do with

"another ten minutes in bed,"

so I reset my alarm and thought

I'd just get the later train,

the overground train.

My habit has always been

to arrive early.

I don't like being late.

Perhaps it's a personality defect.

I can't do it.

It's only myself and my daughter

in the mornings,

with a bit of shouting,

managed to get breakfast down her,

and then we left out together,

because her school wasn't far

from the station that I go in to.

It was just a typical morning for me

except that I had a lot on my mind

because I knew

we were going to start

this big move of the library

following day.

So I came in half an hour earlier

than I normally do.

So she walked me to the station,

and I saw a train the station,

and I thought, "I'm not running

for that one, I'll get the next one.

"It can wait." So I was talking

to her, I said goodbye to her,

and I caught the next train

into work.

I've been commuting for

10, 15 years, or more, now.

Generally people don't talk very

much to their fellow commuters.

Sometimes you get a group of people

chatting to each other,

and then you'll notice other

commuters looking over at them,

wishing that they would be quiet.

Because they just want to

tuck into their newspaper or book.

It's just like, "Excuse me.

Excuse me. Excuse me!"

You know, I mean,

nine times out of ten

they're usually a tourist anyway,

so they don't understand

the etiquette of tube behaviour.

So I would look around, and try

and get a smile out of someone,

or give someone a smile -

something like that anyway. Yeah.

Sometimes some people

think you're a bit weird.

I suppose they're all

people going somewhere.

I have no painting skills whatsoever,

but I love doing this.

I love colours,

I love bright colours.

Here's the people going somewhere,

again.

I think

there's this thing in me that,

I don't really want to be counselled

out of where I am at the moment.

It may sound a bit odd, you know,

but I don't want to...

It's as if I'm going to be

counselled out of not...

thinking about my son,

you understand?

So I tend to...

I tend to do it this way.

For me, this is the best way

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