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Sunday, 20 July 2008 21:12
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I went on a lovely excursion today with [livejournal.com profile] glitzfrau to Hebden Bridge: allegedly, the lesbian hub of Britain.

Glitz knitting on the train )

I'd been there the previous Friday for Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf, but had only got to see it relatively briefly and in partial day-light, so when [livejournal.com profile] glitzfrau expressed a desire for a Sunday excursion, it seemed like a great opportunity to go back for a proper look. It's ever so picturesque )

The weather, alas, was rather English, which curtailed our photo opportunities, and also put paid to some half-conceived plans to go for a walk along the river. However, so were the people )

In fact, the need to take shelter from regular showers of rain, coupled with the ready availability of charity shops, antique shops and festival stalls, meant that the day ended up developing largely into a very rewarding shopping trip. [livejournal.com profile] glitzfrau got two very pretty tops and some nice bread (which I'm sure she will post about shortly), while I got a nice lilac blouse, a very classic-looking battered denim jacket and the purple flared trousers of my dreams! Seriously, they are the trousers my sixteen-year-old self would have died for - except that back then, they would have fallen off my hips. Now, however, they fit perfectly. Yes, there may be some advantages to growing into a slightly more womanly figure, after all...

Oh, and I got one other thing too. *embarrassed shuffle* A thing I knew about, but had actually consciously planned not to buy, lest it shatter my fannish illusions. As Glitzy will testify, though, it was Not My Fault - it just fell on me in an antiques shop. For £4. So now I have a copy of Who On Earth Is Tom Baker?. Oops!?

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By the way, while I'm posting, may I also extend my thanks to all the kind people who responded to my pleas for entertainment yesterday, and sent me cheery texts while I was stuck on the M25 - you all made me chuckle, and helped the time to go by just that little bit faster. I think my favourite offering came from [livejournal.com profile] edling who first asked:

'What goes clip-clop, clip-clop, bang?'

And then on further querying revealed that the answer was 'An Amish drive-by'.

In the end, we were stuck in solid traffic for 1.5 hours, and then spent another half hour slowly crawling past the site of the accident (a car turned onto its roof) on the hard shoulder and outside lane. The result was that I got back to Oxford 2 hours later than I'd hoped, which was a pain in the butt.

It was nice to see how all the people in the jam started striking up impromptu friendships in the midst of it all, though. People were getting out of their cars, chatting to one another, walking up through the traffic to see what was going on and reporting back to others as they returned. Our coach was virtually empty, but there were 4 people down the front plus the coach driver who were practically bosom buddies by the time we started moving again: I kept hearing them laughing wildly like they were at a party rather than in a traffic jam. Meanwhile, me and this other guy at the back of the coach struck up a more sober acquaintance based on where we'd been, where we were going and how the jam was going to affect our plans, but mainly sat and read instead. Even once we all started moving (slowly), people were waving and smiling to one another through their windows as well: plus generally being more thoughtful in terms of letting people change lane etc. than you normally get in slow-moving traffic.

It all reminded me rather of this post which I found at random on somebody's live journal, about some people bringing a half-dead Xmas tree onto a tube train. Us English may seem like a load of dour bastards to some when we're travelling, but it only takes a small thing to burst the little bubbles everyone constructs around themselves and get fellow travellers talking to one another.

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