October 15, 2003
Ealing Plaza

Sounds rather glamorous doesn’t it? (Like, say, Rockerfeller Plaza.)

Well - this is the name given to a parade of a few shops next to a southbound Route 79 bus stop on Ealing Road, just around the corner turning left from Wembley High Road.

Bus Stop at Ealing Plaza
Ealing Plaza itself

And this is the view further down Ealing Road - from right at the front of the upper-deck of a 79 as I make the first part of my journey to work in the morning.

Ealing Road, Wembley - in the rush hour

These pictures were taken in June, earlier this year. I found the pictures lurking in a temporary folder on my hard drive - and since I had nothing better to do today than try to recover from a nasty cold and cough - I thought I’d put them up here.

According to my unpublished notes for this day in June (the 24th) - there was a young Asian girl sitting on the seat just behind me - and she was whispering something for the entire journey. I had no idea why she was whispering to herself. Continuously. I had no idea why - or what - she was whispering - as it wasn’t loud enough for me to hear.

And I suppose I’ll never know - because I doubt I’ll ever knowingly bump into her again - as I didn’t even get to see her face. But since then, every time I’ve gotten on the bus on the way to work - if I ever find myself going for a seat in front of a Asian girl in her early twenties - I always wonder if it will be her - and will I hear that whispering again. And on days when I’ve had my walkman on - I’ve even switched it off for a few seconds - just in case she’s whispering behind me. But so far - this hasn’t happened. Either that - or I have sat in front of her subsequently - but she hasn’t been whispering. (I have ruled out the possibility of the latter - because it would spoil the quest.)

One day (I don’t know when) she will whisper. And when that happens - I will pluck up some courage, turn right around and ask her why.

As the music dies
Something in your eyes
Calls to mind a silver screen
And all it’s sad goodbye

By George Michael

Posted by jag at October 15, 2003 09:28 PM

I love this story. It reminds me of one of the main reasons I love London so much - london’s just full of people with interesting stories, and you never know whose story you’ll get to hear next, and where your encounters with people will lead.
I hope you get to see her again, and, if you do, I hope the encounter lives up to your expectations.

Posted by: Sue on October 16, 2003 09:12 AM

Thanks for visiting here Sue! Yes - life is extremely varied - and variable. I’m sure I’ll bump into her again. She’ll probably tell me to “f”-off and mind my own business - but that won’t matter one bit. :-)

Posted by: Jag on October 16, 2003 11:08 AM

Ah…being abused by total strangers…isn’t that what living in London is all about?.….

Hey…I’ve just noticed from your ‘shooting from the hip’ link that you’ve got a Lomo - cool! I’ve been using a Photoshop plugin which replicates the effects of a Lomo. Not as cool as the real thing though :-)

Your cold getting better?

Posted by: Sue on October 16, 2003 03:16 PM

Hiya Sue - Indeed!

Yes - I fell for that Lomo cult thing some time back - but more out of intrigue than total marketing hype besottism. When I decided to get into Lomo - it was with full knowledge that the camera prob isn’t worth more than 30 Euro. But now that I have one - I actually like it. Why? Well I can snap the action much quicker with my Lomo - i.e. no taking the camera out of it’s faux leather pouch, then switching it on - waiting for it to boot up - and then pressing the button. By the time you get to that point the action is gone! With my Lomo - I literally just point and shoot. Also - the Lomo is built to take some seriously brutal handling - something you can’t do with “delicate” titanium computerised digital camera gadgets. So - I’m pleased with my Lomo. However, I do get an awful lot of crap frames - which I have pay for since I have to develop the negatives!

You can read my “Lomo Arrival” story at:


And you can see some of my Lomo pics at:


It makes me laugh that there is a “Lomo” filter available for Photoshop - I bet all it does is create a “vignette”, apply some blurring options and also ramp up the colour saturation!

Yeah - my cold is getting better thanks. I have OD‘ed on Sudafed in last 2 days - so now I am not “streaming” as much - but simply trying to shake off a cough. Went to office today - was glad to have done so - I needed a bus and tube fix so desperately.

Posted by: Jag on October 16, 2003 07:52 PM

Glad to hear you’re feeling better Jag. I had something similarly nasty myself not long ago (still a bit sniffly now in fact, after weaning myself off the Sudafed). I can reccommend Echinacea capsules (available at most health stores). [link:http://www.kcweb.com/herb/echin.htm]

I enjoyed the “Lomo Arrival” page! ;-)

Posted by: Stu on October 17, 2003 12:13 AM

I have had a sore throat for over three weeks now and fortunately not developed into a cold.

Whispering women on public transport seems to be a common theme this week. check out my blog entry:


Posted by: Annie Mole on October 17, 2003 02:49 AM

Stu: Thanks for the ref to echinacea - there was a “mad” girl in the office a few years ago (1997) who used to tell me that she used to sprinkle a few drops of echinacea over her dinner with a pipette in order to fend off colds and flu. I didn’d used to take her seriously at all - thinking she was a bit loopy. Well all these years later - and several people have referred me to this strange herb/plant. So - one day soon I might give it a try - I mean: you can’t all be loopy can you?

Posted by: Jag on October 17, 2003 08:54 AM

Annie: like everyone in my office has been saying the last couple of weeks: “There’s something particularly nasty going round at the moment”.

Yes - I read your story about the strange lady. Isn’t it funny how people do the strangest things on the tube? This makes me wonder whether I in fact might appear strange to other people?

Posted by: Jag on October 17, 2003 08:56 AM

After my Rageh Omaar encounter today I almost squeaked with pleasure at being so near to The Scud Stud on the tube, so that must have looked strange, particularly with the way I was surrepticiously trying to take a picture of him


Posted by: Annie Mole on October 17, 2003 12:49 PM

And he passed through Hammersmith too! It’s not very often we get celebs in Ham. Nice one Annie!

Posted by: Jag on October 17, 2003 12:56 PM
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