Tuesday, 22 July 2008

If you're feeling lonely...

There's an article on the BBC website today about talking to strangers - whether or not people consider it polite, are willing to strike up a conversation and if the weather is the best subject to start on.

Often I read the comments section at the bottom of BBC articles. I really liked this one...

'The other day someone gave me a helium balloon shaped like a panda, and I had to take it across London. If you want people to talk to you, take a panda! I simply couldn't believe how many people (guys, girls, groups, couples, individuals, young, old) stopped to talk to me, to ask the panda's name, to ask if he was dangerous, what he ate... In a city where usually no one speaks to anyone, an anthropomorphic balloon is an instant bond with - apparently - everyone!'

So now you know what to do if you're bored and have no one to talk to!

1 comment:

L'homme bizarre avec la barbe grise said...

I am so glad that you posted that. I went to the article to find out what profile the panda person had. All I discovered was that the person was female. I wonder if a 60 year old man with a beard would have received a similar response? However reading the article and, particularly some of the follows up, was both interesting and a revelation. Thank you.