THE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN LONDON | Darrin Henry
I don’t know about you, but whenever I see a police car on the road coming up behind me, or just passing police officers on the street, I irrationally feel a little guilty! Okay, perhaps guilty is not quite the right word, self-conscious maybe; I quickly check my speedometer even though other vehicles are zipping by me. If I’m out on the street I try to look ‘normal’ as though I wasn’t looking normal before!
Anyway, the point of this ramble is another ‘Yikes – police!’ moment which turned out to be good fun.
During our ‘ask a stranger’ interviews on the streets of London (click here for part 1) one of our unsuspecting ‘victims’ was an off duty police officer.
Celia and Kirsty
These two happy ladies caught our attention sitting in the sunshine by the river Thames, chatting and laughing whilst eating ice creams. We were near the London Bridge area on the south side of the river.
Celia (left) has lived in London about three and a half years. “I love how busy London always is. I like that there’s so much you can do here, I like that I can walk out my flat and you’ve got nice places like this where you can sit and there’s always things you can do. It’s not boring at all.”
So what do you do for work is my next question.
“I’m a police officer, so that’s always very exciting.” (More laughing as my face can’t hide my surprise). “It’s interesting and busy all the time. Before coming to London I lived in Scotland, that’s where I studied in Uni and graduated, then moved down here because there’s a lot more jobs.
“Visiting London for just a day – you’d have to stay longer than a day, there’s just too much to do down here. I think just walking around, you see so much of the city and you take in so many things. But you need a bit longer than a day really.”
I realise it’s time to deviate from my prepared questions about sightseeing in London, after all, it’s not every day you get to question a police officer! Celia is happy to oblige.
“Being a police woman in London is amazing and terrifying at the same time. It’s really good, it’s not like policing anywhere else, it’s so busy, especially central. You just see so many interesting things and meet so many interesting people, and that’s your job, which is crazy.”
Time to shift the interrogation to Kirsty who has been living in Camden for the last month.
“Before that I lived in north and east London. I used to live in Cambridge; I just moved here [London] a couple of years ago.
“What do I love about London? Everything really; it’s always busy and there’s always something to do, the parks are really beautiful, I love going in the parks. If I had a day in London I’d go around all the parks and go to the jazz clubs, especially the ones in Camden because they’re very good.”
As a parting question we ask what place should people visit outside of London, anywhere in the world? “Go to Edinburgh,” suggests Celia.