Well, it’s only taken four weeks to get wildly off schedule with these ‘Tuesday’ posts. What can I say? On Tuesday itself I was sitting watching series 1 & 2 of Band of Gold with Knickers.
1. There is a fashion for really thin or shaved eyebrows, especially on teenage boys. You can buy special tiny razors just for this purpose. The cultural cues I’d learnt in Liverpool meant that when I first got here I was thinking that there were loads of boys that did drag at night.
2. The washing machines here all use cold water only. I was still sorting colours from whites until S asked me, “Why’re you doing that?”
3. In the local off-licence/cash and carry drinks place, they always have free samples of drinks for customers to try, just lined up by the shelves with little plastic beakers. It’s like Asda, only for alcohol. I sometimes arrange to meet people in there for a ‘little lifter.’*
4. One of the local parks has a small monkey cage, with five sad monkeys in it staring disconsolately at the lack of visitors. It’s quite an upsetting place.
*Yes, they are real people. And no, Knickers, it is NOT Des from Band of Gold.