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Monthly Archives: December 2012

I have to come clean with you.  This collection of commuter poems is not angst.  It is not about the grind of commuting, although of course it is a grind, in a way.  But to me, commuting is something to celebrate.  Its a patch of calm between home and work.  Of course, I exclude the brutality of the Underground from these comments.

To me, a train commute is a beautiful time.  I can read.  I can write poems.  I can surf the net, and if not in the quiet carriage, listen to music.  I can observe the commuters around me.  Which brings me to this latest part of the Passengers Project, Didcot to Bracknell Reading Survey 1.  This is a list of its time (2008), hence how frequently Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows appears.  Such a reading survey, which was basically covered by getting sneaky looks at what people are reading on the train would be much more difficult now, in this age of Kindles and tablets, although I suspect there would be a lot of copies of Fifty Shades of Grey.

So, here we go, this is what people were reading in the morning, in 2008, in those trains running between Didcot and Reading Berkshire, and Reading and Bracknell.

Didcot to Bracknell Book Reading Survey, 1.

Panic by Jeff Abbott
The Grey Area by Will Self
The Last King of Scotland by Giles Foden
You Drive Me Crazy by Carole Matthews
A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J K Rowling (Children’s cover) x 2
The History of Britain Revealed by M J Harper
Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis
Marshmallows for Breakfast by Dorothy Adamson
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J K Rowling (‘Grown-up’ cover) x 4
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Stephen D Levnitt and Stephen J Dubner
The Reef by Nick Roberts
Michael Tolliver Lives by Armistead Maupin
The Ship Avenged (Brainship) by S M Stirling

Blue Notebook

Red leather bag rests on thighs.
She takes out a blue notebook
Tears out a page and rests in on the cover,
Scribbles on it with a chunky silver pen.

What mysteries? What thoughts, what hopes?
What dreams?

Tetley Tea Bags
Water Filter
Crisps (Salt & Vinegar)