People.

I often wonder why many members of the public appear to scowl at life in general. Perhaps this feeling of resentment stems from my experience in the service industry. Perhaps the reason behind the doomed expression is that they are thinking the same as me? For this task, i decided to be brave and actually smile at my subjects! This was mainly met with looks of hostility, as well as some of curiosity as i wasn’t very subtle in writing down my observations. I also learnt that people dressed in tweed and wearing silly hats should probably be avoided. This brings me to my first subject, a boy of around 18, who looked like he had just come from a bad indie gig and was on his way to shoot some pheasants. Trilby hat? Check. Tweed blazer? Check. You get the picture. Upon cottoning on to my writing- like i said, i wasn’t subtle- he removed his hat and ran his fingers through his hair, giving me a look of distaste. He obviously liked the attention. He was not alone; his friend, dressed like everything that was wrong with the 1920s, sat with his legs crossed to show off shiny black brogues. The same ones that my grandad buys. There is a strong possibility that they didn’t have friends in school and decided to turn “alternative” when they went to uni, or maybe they just dressed up for a joke… although something tells me the latter isn’t true. I was lucky enough to be uttered a few words by the boy in the tweed, which turned my feelings from resentment to plain old contempt; “if i buy you a drink will you introduce me to your fit mates?” Great, hide your low self esteem behind ridiculous clothes and ensure that you crush that of other people! At this point i decided to move coffee shops and find a more interesting subject as there is only so much you can say about these so called upper class types. And the first place was full of them. I didn’t strictly go to a coffee shop this time though, i thought i would check out one of my favourite pubs. This turned out to be much better fun! I decided to observe the girl behind the bar as i immediatly noticed her shocking pink hair. Unlike my previous subject, she pulled off an alternative style with ease and smiled back at me. She was wearing a green leopard print skirt, fishnet tights and hi top trainers, which sounds like an awful combiation! i admire her courage in putting together this outfit, and she looked like a light hearted type of person who was not easily stressed, which, in my opinion, is one of the best qualities someone can have. Even when working in a busy bar, she seemed in a pleasant mood. I know from personal experience how difficult this can be! There is a striking difference between coffee shops and bars. Caffene and alcohol are both designed as a pick me up, so why is it that some people can only relax with a pint in their hand?

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3 comments

  1. ‘I also learnt that people dressed in tweed and wearing silly hats should probably be avoided’- Fantastic! I really like your observations Bena. They are masterfully articulated and very honest, which is refreshing to read.

  2. “Caffene and alcohol are both designed as a pick me up, so why is it that some people can only relax with a pint in their hand?”

    I don’t know, but I think this means trouble for me since I don’t like coffee and I don’t drink alcohol.

    This was a fun read anyway, I enjoyed your observations and descriptions! People-watching can be fun.

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