I recently worked for a company in Shoreditch and sat relatively closely to this bearded man who has recently created a hit TV format for ITV. I had no idea what his name was but we had that habit of nodding hello to each other when we entered the office – nice, polite British stuff.
Anyway, that was then and this is now. Last week, only a matter of months since I left said company, I walked through the barriers via a slap of my Oyster Card and headed for the exit. As I walked I spotted bearded man heading in the opposite direction. I didn’t know whether to nod or not. ‘To nod, or not to nod?’, I thought. So I tried to make eye contact, and he spotted me. I nodded. He looked at me like I was a fucking lunatic. I think he’d forgotten all about our little polite British practice. And consequently I was now just a nutter nodding at strangers in public.