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People Watching

January 16, 2011

Just awful.

On my second, and final, train journey of the weekend, I’m presented with plenty of people watching opportunities. Something that Derren Brown and myself both enjoy. I know this because I’m reading his book ‘Confessions of a Conjuror’.

One of the observations of people Derren makes is the process by which people will act out a scenario by themselves purely so other people (who you don’t know, and will probably never see again) will not think you’re an idiot.

The example Derren gives is when you find yourself walking in the wrong direction. You can’t turn 180 degrees for seemingly no reason, so instead you act out like you’ve forgotten something, raising your finger in an “ah ha” moment, turning and walking back on yourself. You hope the unknown onlookers, from whom you are subconsciously craving some sort of acceptance or approval, think “Look, that person has forgotten something and has rationally and intelligently turned around to recover this item. Well played sir”. Of course, if your acting is poor people will think “Look at this berk pretending he’s forgotten something. I bet he was walking in the wrong direction”.

Nobody wants to be thought of as a berk by complete strangers and that’s why I think that it’s best for this type of act to be left to the subconscious. At least stopping your own stupid thoughts getting in the way.

Back to the food, or today’s lack of it:

1:10- Terrible cheesy chips

14:10- Vegetable crisps, an interesting experience.

15:45- Chicken and pasta, with tomato sauce, onion, garlic and olives.

22:10- 2 Moaom stripes

6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 16, 2011 9:36 pm

    Darren Brown is mind-blowing! I cannot wait to see him live in April!
    Vegetable crisps.. interesting good or bad?

    • January 18, 2011 8:12 am

      Yes he is really good, I’ve seen him twice live! Which show are you going to see? Beetroot crisps.. bad.

  2. leef352 permalink*
    January 17, 2011 5:47 pm

    ‘Just awful.’ is one of my favourite expressions for absolutely abysmal, substandard rubbish!


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