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09 December 2009 @ 08:03 am
The travels of Brammers, part 4b  
Made it to my friend's place near Brixton, a mere 20 minute walk with large suitcase from the station. Memo to self: when your brain says 'No, I'll tube to Brixton and cab to your house is a bad idea', it is because it is, on a deep level, remembering the fact there are no cabs to be had in Brixton.

Still, I made it through the rabbit warren of poorly signed streets to where I was meant to be! And people were very encouraging with their directions, if not actually helpful (I was going somewhere odd).

A lovely young lass offered to help me with my bag at the stairs when I changed at Green Park, I laughed and said thank you, but it was so heavy I would rather just damage myself, then a big strapping lad appeared and carried it for me. I told him he had restored my faith in British men, he assured me he regularly did so and was thinking of putting it on his CV as an attribute.

Also, I have worked out why, moral imperatives aside, the British are committed to prosecuting the war in Afghanistan. £49 cashmere cardies at M&S -- ridiculous!
 
 
 
The Ramblings of an often very distracted person.annes_stuff on December 9th, 2009 08:09 am (UTC)
Then a big strapping lad appeared and carried it for me. I told him he had restored my faith in British men, he assured me he regularly did so and was thinking of putting it on his CV as an attribute.

Such men exist in Erko as well. When I caught the train to your place from the airport a nice man carried my suitcase up the stairs for me.


Edited at 2009-12-09 08:09 am (UTC)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 9th, 2009 08:15 pm (UTC)
Oh bless, it's not all inner-west anarchists and lesbian parents ;-)
Meredythmeredyth_13 on December 9th, 2009 08:26 am (UTC)
Hey, darling. I have been following your adventures with much envy. Please be careful, I have it on good authority that the slash dragon lives underneath a pub in Brixton (The Dragon's Knob ... hehehe).

Are there still big, strapping British lads around? This is good to hear.

So, cashmere cardies for all for Christmas, huh? I'm an XXL. ;)

*smooches you*

blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 9th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
If I had more cash, it completely would be!

I'll be back there on Monday, so I will keep an eye out. And yes, he was very nice. Met another one today, my fave breed.
Meredyth: Arthur Appealingmeredyth_13 on December 10th, 2009 03:41 am (UTC)
Well, if you can't afford cardies, can you bring me home a Bradley James? He's not busy till March, so he should be going cheap, right?

After all, if you're going to go around picking up strapping British lads, you could do a friend a favour and bring her home one to order. I will be very grateful. :D



Australia is missing you.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 10th, 2009 09:28 am (UTC)
I believe that any Bradley Jameses I brought home would be soiled, and he seems a nice lad and doesn't deserve such a fate ...

I am missing many people in Australia. The brown and the weather, not quite as much.
Meredyth: Arthur Happymeredyth_13 on December 10th, 2009 10:13 am (UTC)
In case you were curious (and why wouldn't you be, oh ye in the land of green and wet) Toowoomba recorded its HIGHEST EVER December day on record today - 38 deg and 39 at Ipswich. My mum actually had a complete brain fart in the heat today and thought she'd left her BBQ chicken in the shopping trolley at the supermarket in Beaudesert, and then realised later when she got around to putting her groceries away that it was in the shopping bag. We've barely achieved higher than 23 this week, and are set to hit 35 by Wednesday/Thursday. DNW

I think he's a very nice lad. *sigh* Sometimes it sucks to be old; I just end up feeling like one of those women on a US soap opera - sleazy and perverted.
It's a Deensedeensey on December 9th, 2009 09:02 am (UTC)
Did you take surreptitious pictures of the boy?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 9th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
That would have been weird.
It's a Deense: Clue: Butlerdeensey on December 10th, 2009 01:16 am (UTC)
SO?
Shivshiv5468 on December 9th, 2009 09:24 am (UTC)
Blinks. I thought it was to ensure access to poppy fields to keep the working class pliant, or have I been reading the Grauniad too much.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 9th, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
How then are they guaranteeing such cheap cashmere? *Is suspicious*
Shivshiv5468 on December 10th, 2009 08:13 am (UTC)
CHild labour? Reduced wholesale shipping costs? And the oppression of the third world. The usual.

Vashtanvashtan on December 9th, 2009 11:01 am (UTC)
M&S *is* ridiculous, period. :)

Welcome to London. I change at Green Park a lot. Trick when you have to change there: head for the exit, but before you go through the barrier, go down to the *other* line. Much better, faster way to change there. :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 9th, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
Yes, that was the trick I recalled about halfway through my giant suitcase struggles, oh the bruises! Still trying to find a free lunch or afternoon tea period, will message you when I do!
Vashtanvashtan on December 10th, 2009 10:15 am (UTC)
Cool. :)
rubyemerald_1 on December 9th, 2009 12:47 pm (UTC)
You walked? Through Brixton? With a suitcase???
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 9th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
It's perfectly fine in Brixton; though the pavements were rather rough on the suitcase!
auntpurl: Big Benauntpurl on December 9th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
You probably ran into my husband. He's 6'3" and constantly carrying women's bags and getting up to give them his seat on the tube. I always tell him he's a sucker but that public school education just won't let him do otherwise. :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 9th, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
Bless him and all those like him!
Meredyth: Arthur Happymeredyth_13 on December 10th, 2009 03:42 am (UTC)
OMG! Pet him and tell him he's a good boy! The world could do with more like him. :D

sorry for barging in ...