Having spent a couple of weeks in London, I’m leaving today…with a sore shin!
For those of you unaware, “shin” is the area of the leg just below the knee. This is where footballers typically wear protective gear, cleverly known as a “shin guard”.
Walking leisurely on Oxford Street a few days back, something hit me hard on the shin…it was a huge shopping bag from a store called Primark and shopper unapologetically moved on…into H&M. While I was standing there giving him a typical Indian stare (with lip movement of some Hindi obscenities), I felt another blow on the other shin, this time it was Apple! Strangely enough, I was proud of the fact that potentially there was a MacBook or an iPad or the new iPhone 4 in the bag!
What followed were bags from all over the place, H&M…Zara…Schuh…Selfridges…Debenhams..after a while, I wasn’t even trying to protect myself from it. Quite frankly, I think I was more interested in which bag it was!
My next visit to Oxford Street was with the intention of shopping for a few specific things. I managed to buy some of them from Marks & Spencers and as I was leaving the store, I was greeted with another shopping bag, but this time Mark (or Spencer) rose to the occasion and saved me! The bags bumped into each other, effectively protecting my shin! The other guy, almost as if he read my mind, gave me a sly smile and walked away. I even thought I heard him say “Well played!”.
The thought struck me! The only way to protect yourselves in London….is…to..SHOP! Your carry bags are your shin guards! Few hours (and a couple of hundred pounds) later, my perspective on shopping had changed!
I knew I became a Londoner when I hit a guy with no bags, I think he was Pakistani and probably new to London.
People with weak shins: London shopping can be a “dangerous” experience!
Gentleman, choose your weapons! (I’d pick Schuh for the hard cover!)