Mad Scientess Jane Expat (nanila) wrote,
Mad Scientess Jane Expat

Day 15: Piss-up

Today we had planned to go to Battersea Park, meet Marco's workmate Suzie and her roommate Damien at a pub near Battersea train station for lunch and then go to the Affordable Art Fair in the park. I suppose two out of three isn't bad.

Everyone is late arriving at the pub. We had planned to meet at 11 am, but it's more like 2 pm when we get there. It is rather wet and cold outside. I have bangers and mash, my first such meal in an English pub. While we're eating, the rain begins in earnest. We look at it, look at our drinks, look at the nice warm toasty pub, look at one another, and the park is quite easily forgotten. Instead, we settle in for a good piss-up, which lasts until around 10 pm. The conversation veers around from football to sports to science – I spend a good half hour attempting to explain my research to a drunken Damien with what amounts to a minimum of success, in my estimation – and finally settles on a heated discussion of American politics. Damien insists that the British ought to be allowed to vote in the American elections, since American policy has such a powerful global influence. I resist the urge to tell him that's he's probably welcome to vote for the emperor president – if he's willing to pay the taxes. Anyone can be a Roman American, as long as he pays taxes.
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