eavesdroppings on the 10:47 to london paddington

seventy-something man to fifty-something canadian woman: “you could break my heart, you could. you leave me, and i couldn’t carry on. life would be over.”

(repeated, quite loudly, from twyford to taplow. sadly, canadian woman’s response was inaudible.)

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young man, watching an older woman bring her dog onto the train: “i’ve seen pigs on trains.”

young woman: “hamsters?”

young man: “no, pigs… and a sheep.”

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thirty-something, buying a ticket: “and my pièce de résistance – a network rail card.”

conductor: “well, we’ll see what we can do.”

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woman: so it’s not abroad then?

man: no.

woman: ireland is, it’s the same as ireland.

man: southern ireland is a separate country, but northern island isn’t.

woman: but wales is.

man: it’s not. you don’t need a passport to get to wales, do you?

woman: you used to.

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