20 October, 2020

Quite Essexual

Quite Essexual
Being a quid-challenged backpacker (a bad word these days), I have no choice but to shack up with a B&B lady. For the benefit of the more affluent, B&B stands for Bed and Breakfast, though I think they should call them C&SL outlets—Cornflakes and Shared Loos. My landlady is 60-plus, retired, very lonely, and an expert cost-cutter (quite understandably so). Mrs Jean Tyra of Woodford, Essex (the Borivili suburb of London), is both pleasantly surprised and unpleasantly pissed with me. She's stunned that my Angrezi is, um, better than hers, and almost spills the muesli when she learns I know of Beatles and Rolling Stones. Over watery chai, she discusses politics, and decidedly declares General Musharraf is the biggest terrorist of the world, and that it's Pakistan, not Iraq, that's the problem with Mother Earth. Funny, a suburban, lower middle-class English housewife knows things which seem to elude the US Prez. Dubya, wake up!

On a night out at the happening Bond Street, I spot a group of...



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