Do you ever overhear snippets of conversations and wonder how on earth they fit into the whole? I was passing a couple of young men the other day as I trundled through the campus of Northumbria University on my way home, when I heard one of them say to other, 'I have a real hatred of shoe laces.' Was this a comment out of the blue? Was it part of a wider conversation about shoes? What does this guy hate so much about shoe laces? I was almost tempted to turn around and chase after them to ask. I resisted in the end, thinking that they might think I was stalking them, or at the least very strange. No comments from the back! ;oP
On a completely different note, I saw the most terrible thing from the bus window the other day. We were going down the main shopping street on the edge of quite a deprived part of Newcastle and I saw a young man, who I presume was the father, put a cigarette into a child's mouth. The child must only have been about 4 or 5 years old, and the 'father' was clearly instructing the child on how to light the cigarette. It was an awful sight. It's bad enough to see teenagers smoking, let alone very young children being plied with cigarettes. It made me angry, and so angry that I felt sick. I think I would go as far as saying I consider what I saw to be child abuse. What about you?