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It is a different world

I’m currently in London working at our HQ. I came down yesterday to attend the leaving do for my immediate boss.

When I arrived at the train station I noticed that the whole area was full of people going about their business, suitcases and laptops were all over the place with people talking on mobiles at every corner. No sign of the down side of our capital. At our HQ I swiped in and went to find a spare desk to work from. The office was full of highly paid executives and support staff with a couple of cleaners, post people and secretaries. I would guess about 5% of them were on less than the average wage. The place was buzzing with activity.

So, at COP, we retired to the pub around the corner. Nice old style pub which had been modernised to serve food after the anti smoking legislation. We were there at 1700 and it was quite quiet. Over the next hour it started to fill up and got quite packed. Considering that this is a Wednesday and just an ordinary day for most people I was surprised how many were there. Just shows how much I am out of touch.

The CEO had called in for this leaving do as well and I was surprised how many senior people in the company were present.

At about 2300 most of the people that had come to say goodbye had gone, leaving about 9 hardcore drinkers plus myself, when it was decided that we should go to a club. Leaving the pub the area was still packed with people going about their lives and heading off for entertainment. We got a couple of taxis that took us a mile and cost £10. Our driver didn’t even know where were going, so much for the Knowledge. Luckily our fearless leader did and gave directions but we lost three people on the journey. Not sure how that happened as the cabs hardly even got moving but when we arrived we were down to 6. Because of the lack of phone calls I suspect that they simply headed off home. Us older types get tired easily.

The club had a slight queue but we walked straight in for some reason and our leader paid the entry fee for us at the door as we were scanned with a wand. It didn’t even go off when my Swiss Army Knife was scanned so I don’t know what use the scanning was for. At the bar drinks were about three times what they were in my local. The place was about half full when we got in and over the evening it slowly filled up with partying kids plus a few old farts like us. Even the old farts seemed to have a good time and the atmosphere was good. The place didn’t get packed to the seams but it was full.

At about 0200 a couple of us decided we had had enough and we headed off home. The streets around the clubs were quieter at this time although there were still plenty of happy people around. On the way back to the hotel we hit a beggar. He simply harassed us for 10p for a cup of tea which went up to a couple of quid when my colleague pulled out his wallet. A big mistake I thought as he pulled the wallet out but we were lucky, he accepted a quid from each of us and took off muttering about mean bastards which I though a bit rich considering he now had more cash than I had. I was totally skint.

Got to the hotel fine and went to bed where I had a good nights kip as usual. The sleep of the innocent.

All the time I was trying to reconcile our understanding of the state of the country with what I was seeing. Our group spent hundreds of pounds that night. Thousands was spent in the two places we went alone with people who did not have a care in the world. Out having fund spending what was clearly available cash. Credit cards were being swiped every few seconds.

None of them look any further than that, this is why they do not have any concerns they do not see anything outside of their very narrow bubble. They have no concept of anything going wrong to a level that will impact them. Everything will be fine. Even touching on the subject of economic issues just resulted in the comments of I just don’t see any. Look around you.

So large chunks of London are in a nice cosy bubble. These are the people making the big decisions in business and government and there is such a huge disconnect that we will never manage to convince them that there are any issues. No converts today.

In the meantime I continue to just carefully nibble at the edges and try and educate those that are not so close minded. We will never convince enough to make it a threat to us but every one we choose increases the chances of making it a better way than it would be with just the feral surviving. Those that choose not to listen are in for a big shock, or are they?

8 comments to It is a different world

  • Mike

    You are so correct on this. I meet people every day in London who do not have a care in the world. Most would not even know how to get home if all the transport hubs collapsed. Recently during the Tube strikes four friends confessed they did not even have a clue which way to walk home, one only lives 2.5 miles from thier office.

  • Northern Raider

    Last time I was down south I had to visit Birminghamabad then go by train to Londonistan and people enmasse coming and going around the stations and walking the streets inevitably were either looking down at an I phone screen or wearing head phones so they could not hear anything going on around them, or BOTH. No one appeared to be assessing their immediate surroundings or environment none would notice if they were being surrounded by Roma Picket pockets or a gang of muggers.

    I also saw people simply walk straight out as soon as the green man lit up without checking to see if traffic had stopped, many close shaves were observed.

    They would be up to their collective asses in alligators before they realised they were in trouble

  • bigpaul

    when TSHTF no one like you have mentioned is coming out the other side, they probably wouldn’t want to survive anyway so no problems there.

  • rush2112

    I have overserved a similar condition here in the US.

    The area surrounding Washington DC has the among the highest income levels, property values, etc. Same with financial district in NY.

    There is a huge disconnect from reality because inside the “cozy bubble” everything is great. They really dont understand what people are complaining about. Between the two coasts of the US we have whats called flyover country. Thats because all the elites just fly over it from one coast to the other.

    Agree with your title: Its a different world. Indeed it is different, and not from very long ago either. I wonder how things will be in 10 years. The pace of change is so fast that whatever I am considering is probably way off the mark.

  • iaaems

    Large centres of population appear to resemble ant colonies. When I was working and having to engage with the locals I found them to be unhappy/aggressive and unable to free themselves from the endless process. Quite why was a mystery to me then as it is now.
    Ant colonies have survived for longer than humans – so maybe there is some kind of lesson to be learned.
    I prefer my ‘freedom’.

  • Northern Raider

    Commute at great expense to earn money to pay for an over priced house in a soulless dormitory town that allows you to live near enough to the city to be able to commute at great expense to earn the money to pay for an over priced house in a soulless dormitory town. !!!!!

    Rodney ” I earn four times what you earn out in the regions, I set off at 7am on an a good day I get home again for 7pm just in time to kiss the kids goodnight, our mortgage is only £250,000 for this beautiful 3 bed semi on this estate, I can dine with my wife in a fine restaurant for under £80 ”

    Geordie ” I earn a quarter of what you earn in the city but retain over half my pay for leisure purposes, I set off at 8.45am arrive at work at 9 am and am on my way home by 5PM, I then can choose to play with my kids, go to the gym, have a pint, walk the dog, chat with the wife. I paid £95,000 for my 3 bed semi in this pleasant rural village. I can dine with my missus in a fine restaurant for £40″

    City dwellers are the human equivalent of termites, for their extra shekels they get to live in dirty over crowded conurbations with high crime, over crowding, maxed out public services,poor air quality, recycled drinking water, expensive food and no room to play in, and they are at the total mercy of the establishment.

  • Kev

    I am afraid to say that most persons commuting to London on a daily Basis have there head in the electronics. Used to work on commuter trains a few years ago. It never ceased to amaze me of how unaware the commuters were of what was going on around them unless the train stopped at a signal for more than a few seconds. Late at night it was worse with the drunks. From your remarks this carries on to the streets. If anything happens they will all be doomed.

  • iaaems

    Ants/termites – call them what you will – their ‘system’ seems to revolve around a long term survival level for the head honcho and their successors and appears, to me at least, to work on a ‘quantity of life’ basis rather than a ‘quality of life’ basis for the support team.
    There is no way that I would opt for this type of life now unless I was very desperate and all my options were out.
    So I will stay in the countryside and do my best to provide for me and mine – at least my water has not been passed by ‘the management’.

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