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There's a railway mainline that runs between west Cornwall and London. They are opposites at each end of a spectrum.

It juts out into the Atlantic ocean, exposed to everything that the sea throws at it (as I type the third low pressure system this week is throwing rain and gale force wind at the county).

People come to Cornwall 'to get away from it all'. Returning home on university holidays, I would be lethargic for a couple of days as my body adjusted to the pace of life and the fresh air.

It's a small world. If you don't know someone, you know someone who does. People are friendly, and it's considered to be very rude if you don't acknowledge someone's presence as you pass them.

Travelling on the railway between Cornwall and London is like stepping into a liminal zone. You usually identify a few people who, like yourself, are travelling the length of the line.

When the train pulls into Paddington station in London everyone is in a rush to alight and get on with their journey. Those people who have travelled from Cornwall disappear into the teeming mass of humanity. You step onto the Tube and quickly you're the only person on the carriage with luggage. You are one of eight million people in an area less than half that of Cornwall (and sixteen times the population).

'Londoners' are renowned for being stony-faced, almost rude. I think it's a coping mechanism for people who live in such a densely populated area. Whereas on a commute in Cornwall you don't meet many people, you might see a thousand people in London. You can't interact with all those people without going insane.

I love it.  I'm one of those people who happily keeps their own company-talking to people drains me. But my mind never switches off, and I am always looking for things to engage with. There are so many people from so many walks of life in London. The variety is enormous. And I barely have to speak to any of them.
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:iconnosugarjustanger:
Where have you been, sexy? :flirty:
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:iconplasticusforkus:
Korea and Philippines :B
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:iconnosugarjustanger:
Woah really?! That's cool! :o
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:iconplasticusforkus:
Still in the Philippines. Going home via HK though, not SG.
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I don't remember uploading that.
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KbBaggins Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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:iconplasticusforkus:
Hello.

Don't mean to be rude; but I feel as if I should know who you are?
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:iconvale-ska:
Wow I just realize you're a senior! Congrats :aww:
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:iconplasticusforkus:
Yeah. Proper old git now.

How are you? Life as busy as ever?
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