Since moving to london I have been an avid bus rider (which is a bit like being Knight Rider given that similar to KIIT buses do talk to you in a robotic voice via their announcements).
Anyway, here are some couplets I’ve composed over the years about the various routes I’ve taken. If anyone from TfL is reading this do feel free to incorporate them into the onboard announcements for each route.
On the number 40
In the mix
On the 176
I come alive
On the 185
So fresh, so clean
On the P13
Halfway to heaven
On the 197
On the 171
Beyond my ken
On the 410
Can you guess from the above whereabouts I live and have lived in London?
I was sitting on the top level of the double decker bus going from Blackbird Leys to Oxford city centre, on my way to work. We were going down a road of semi-detached, 1930s houses, between the bridge over the ring road and Temple Cowley.
I had just taken my earphones out because I was getting a slight pain in one ear. I got The Fountainhead out of my bag. I was on the last 50 pages or so, and keen to try and sprint to the finish of such a marathon read.
I then heard the conversation between the mother and young boy sitting across the aisle.
“Mum, I wish we lived in one of these houses, because then it would be a proper house, and it would be cold, but its made of stone so it would be okay, oh look at that bird!”
“Stop going on,” she replied.
“Mum, imagine if one day the top of the bus slided off and landed in the middle of the room.”
“Look at the lovely grass and the cat. Mummy would you like a cat?”
“We’re not getting a cat.”
A few moments later, they got off the bus. I saw them walking down the street from the window. He was skipping, and she looked down at him and smiled as she took his hand in hers.