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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Ice breaker

It was a Thursday. 7pm. West Street, Sheffield. I was waiting for the number 52 bus home.

He came from behind me. Shuffled past me. Stopped. Looked me in the eye, then opened his mouth to speak:

Do you know who said

"This precious stone set in a silver sea"

I made a valiant attempt at not looking in the least bit surprised, and admitted that no, I didn't.

"Shakespeare"

"I see", I said. "And do you agree with him?"

I do, I love it here! He was Russian. Had only arrived in the UK a few weeks beforehand. He found this a good way to make friends.

Well, why not? I thought. After all, I used a pet penguin to do the very same thing in his home country.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That guy really needs to get some new conversation starters...

...or a stuffed animal ; P

26/8/08 22:46  
Blogger Joseph said...

Yep, you can't go wrong with a stuffed animal!

27/8/08 02:19  

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