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First Great Western train commuteRiding the 6.45pm First Great Western fast commuter train, peak time, from London Paddington to some exotic location in the west. Standing room only, though some people are sat on the floor in the isles. I choose a place where fresh air can shift the almost rank stench of warm and stale sweat.

I lean against the toilet door.

Surrounded by besuited men with unimaginative ties and gently bulging stomachs. They all wear identically styled black leather shoes that are only differentiated by the size and degree of wear. I run my gaze up their bodies, risking eye-contact. No, not risking eye-contact because they are all immersed in their phones, silently thumbing their importance to others.

No fear of eye-contact, even though I’m the only woman present and dressed in bright-blue with flat shoes conforming to neither girliness, motherliness, nor business attire. I am invisible.

The new factory workers are crammed onto this train like chickens in a battery coup. I thank an undefined diety or two that I am not, and may never be, a conformist – no matter how painful noncomformity can be.

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  1. Cheerful Monk writes:

    I once read that any woman over 50 is invisible I’ve been invisible for a long time and love it. It’s so liberating. 😀

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    wendy writes

    Hello cheerful monk, you sound like a happy soul, good to meet you 🙂

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  2. Cheerful Monk writes:

    Thanks! You say one reason for blogging is “meeting strange new people who come out of the snoopynet.” You just found one!

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  3. Miss Scarlet writes:

    Sigh, they have been wearing that same uniform for the last 50, 60, 70 years. They vary the collar size and tie width… they got a bit adventurous in the eighties and wore red braces… and it’s important to remember which buttons to do up on the suit jacket – do the wrong one up and you are done for. There is a code, believe it or not.
    They are probably playing Angry Birds on their Smartphones.
    Sx

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  4. nick writes:

    Those male business types with their identikit clothes, phones and briefcases just make me laugh. Do they really think they look more professional and successful because they’re wearing suits? I bet most of them are actually useless at their jobs.

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