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August 25, 2004

This fragmented city...

I keep work and home pretty seperate these days. I rather like it that way. A wise friend pointed out that in the 50s nobody got stressed about whether they enjoyed their jobs - they did them so they could enjoy the rest of their lives. In this day and age, we are being urged more and more to engage emotionally with what we do. And yet, at the end of the day, it's all still business. They'll still boot you out when the time comes...and it'll be even harder because they made you *care*.

Keeping the two apart is pretty hard, and usually involves working through my lunch hour and on the tube home, planning the next day. But most of the time it means I can have 10 minutes of 'how was your day?' chat on the way home and then that's it - I'm into domestic mode. And it's just *wonderful*.

But today I thought 'bugger this'. I had some shopping to do, and so I went out for a wander. And later in the day, thanks to the Central line dying, I walked from Oxford Circus to Temple tube station.

And during this ambling about I saw four people that I knew.

This city of 5-10 million people suddenly felt, well, local.

Posted by Tom Dolan at August 25, 2004 11:04 PM

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>I saw four people that I knew.
This city of 5-10 million people suddenly felt, well, local

one of the features of london, and one of its spookiest

Posted by: Saltation at August 26, 2004 10:49 AM

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