Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Mate, You've Upset My Train of Thought; I Should Have Been Far More Tolerant. Sorry Mate, Not This Day. despite My Look of Disinterest, the Verbal Avalanche Continued. Even When He Found out I Was a Journalist, It Didn't Deter Him

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Mate, You've Upset My Train of Thought; I Should Have Been Far More Tolerant. Sorry Mate, Not This Day. despite My Look of Disinterest, the Verbal Avalanche Continued. Even When He Found out I Was a Journalist, It Didn't Deter Him

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Byline: THURSDAY With Bob Anthony

ONE of the appeals of train travel is that the journey usually offers you a different perspective of the landscape.

Trains go along different corridors and can open whole "new worlds" which you don't see from the highways.

Despite the pain of having to drive to Robina to catch the train (why don't they just extend the line to Coolangatta and be done with it?), I find watching the growth of the strip between Beenleigh and the Gold Coast intriguing.

I'm a self-confessed fan of trains, the smooth acceleration, the large panoramic windows, the subtle rollicking motion which tends to help put you to sleep - very relaxing indeed.

However that can all come unstuck in the blink of an eye.

Have you ever travelled on public transport and have someone plonk themselves down beside you and decide that you will be their "new best friend" for the duration of the journey?

This is what happened on a recent trip to Brisbane.

I am a fairly social and reasonable person and don't mind having a chat to strangers if I choose to do so.

However on this occasion, a complete unknown managed to disrupt my journey with a wealth of useless information which I had no interest in, turning the trip into a test of endurance.

The guy was probably just trying to be friendly which is fine but there comes point when "friendly" can become irritating and then irritating becomes annoying and then after that ... front page headline!

Perhaps in our modern society, with people "escaping" into their own little comfort zones thanks to MP3 or iPods, or proving to be exceedingly annoying by talking loudly on their mobile phones, I should have been far more tolerant.

Sorry mate, not this day.

Despite my look of disinterest, the verbal avalanche continued.

Even when he found out I was a journalist, it didn't deter him. …

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