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A View of a The High And Blighty

Submitted by Merlina at 2009-10-14 12:13:24 EDT
Rating: 1.82 on 37 ratings (37 reviews) (Review this item) (V)

It’s 5 o’clock and I’m in a bar called The Corney and Barrow. It’s rather ‘swish’ looking and the pretty waitresses float around in black clothes with little black trays held high. Trays holding bottles of Krug or maybe a Chianti for those three men in navy suits trying desperately to not talk about work.

I sit alone in the outside heated area with my laptop and a glass of rioja. I glance to my left and on the table I can see my black slim phone. I feel a little disappointed in myself for even owning one.

I should be working, but I’ve had enough for today after a 5am start.

I tap on the computer. Switch the work remote access to OFF.

My nails are broken; not chewed – I gave that up years ago but I have no time for manicures. My suit is black; boots and briefcase light brown to match my long hair which is the colour of light oak – although not the texture I am glad to say.

Everyone is drinking wine. Even the people who don’t like it. I look around me. They all look so perfect. Not models exactly but just so....preened. So expensive.

Everyone has an air of money – but considering this is a bar in London’s Broadgate Circus, that is probably true. All well bred like the finest cattle with organic creamy milk.
I am not one of them

Shh

Don’t tell.

They think I am..... I look the part and oh yes I pay myself very well. So I go unnoticed. They don’t know.

I cannot relate to the 14 year old in the home for the homeless. I can’t hear her anymore. I think.. she’s in denial. She has created a new memory for me which includes presents! And a house with happy sober parents.. and Christmases! Lots of them..

...

OOhh while I’m dreaming can I have a pony there too please? Oh there it is! How pretty. Mine you say? Oh THANK you.

But then reality hits and I think that the 14 year old has a cross to bear. It seems incongruous that she feels the need to bother me at all and sit and crap on my shoulder when I’m not in the mood. Because I’ve Made It now.

No more bruises. No more hunger. In fact how the hell and I supposed to stop myself from eating the most expensive food on the planet. Because I CAN. Its true I eat faster than anyone I know; I always have. I was always hungry. Control. Control. Control.

Madness.

But here I sit amongst the high and blighty.
Not a care in the world.

With my rioja and suitcase and head full of lies.




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Submitted by Merlina at 2009-10-29 19:38:47 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

Submitted by shadow (user info) at 2009-10-29 17:50:38 EDT (#)
Ranking: 2

Relatable.
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really?

Share...?

Submitted by shadow at 2009-10-29 17:50:38 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Relatable.

Submitted by SkullBiter at 2009-10-16 13:21:25 EDT (#)
Rating: 1

Made people should just crack their knuckles and stfu.

Submitted by Sage at 2009-10-16 00:40:34 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Gotta admit that Sico has a good point...BUT I thought this was awesome. He could be completely wrong, they could be exactly what you think they are, at least some of them. And for those that ARE that way? Fuck 'em.

Submitted by Replen at 2009-10-15 12:42:58 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

I went to the Corney and Barrow in Paternoster square. Full of pretentious wankers. Could of put a ninja sword to good use in there. I won't let my dislike of wine bars to affect my ranking however.

Submitted by Berty at 2009-10-15 09:25:48 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

It has been impossible for anyone* to feel that they belong at a bar since the smoking ban. Everything outside the house is so rubbish that we might as well just convert to Islam and have done with it.


*- Apart from Deathjester, obviously, but he is an anomoly.

Submitted by Dervel at 2009-10-15 03:50:45 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Those pictures on bins make them look like they're for tea bags only. Next gen-recycling or something.

Submitted by creep_firebombing at 2009-10-15 01:20:11 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

*lick*

Submitted by Ducky at 2009-10-14 23:16:47 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

It didn't read as self indulgent to me...it read as reflective, which keeps perspective, which is always important.

Submitted by Sacrilicious at 2009-10-14 21:01:58 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Submitted by Merlina (user info) at 2009-10-14 12:37:41 EDT (#)
Ranking: 0

"tank you"

(spoken in true irish)
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Awww..you sound just like my Pop-Pop <3

Submitted by TuTs at 2009-10-14 20:49:57 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Lovely Merlina, but I always thought that being poor was just a part of being irish? Damn you Frank McCourt.

Submitted by JoeyG at 2009-10-14 18:14:56 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

In answer to Orgasmatron, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, No, No.

I'm a selfish fool, no point in lying about it.

Submitted by inion_de_trua at 2009-10-14 18:06:08 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

make me what you consider your best dish. i'll pay for either the ingredients or the accompanying wine/beer/liquor/bitchbeer.

Submitted by mattnotharry at 2009-10-14 17:59:50 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Submitted by Merlina (user info) at 2009-10-14 17:14:19 BST (#)
Ranking: -2

this will SO read as self indulgent clap trap

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No it doesn't. I liked it a lot.

Submitted by Wildman at 2009-10-14 16:36:03 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

This was boring.

Submitted by GroundHorse at 2009-10-14 16:31:35 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Submitted by monkeyswithguns at 2009-10-14 14:18:17 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Good for you then.

Submitted by EmissionImpossible at 2009-10-14 13:32:36 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Submitted by Orgasmatron at 2009-10-14 13:32:00 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

If you could blow up the world with the flick of a switch
Would you do it?
If you could make everyobody poor just so you could be rich
Would you do it?
If you could watch everybody work while you just lay on your back
Would you do it?
If you could take all the love without giving any back
Would you do it?
If you could make your own money and then give it to everybody
Would you do it?
If you knew all the answers and could give it to the masses
Would you do it?
No no no no no no are you crazy?

It's a very dangerous thing to do exactly what you want
Because you cannot know yourself or what you'd really do

Submitted by orphelia at 2009-10-14 13:15:12 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

*tinker

Submitted by orphelia at 2009-10-14 13:12:47 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Have the tunker sharpen them first. A blunt blade is a deadly blade.

Submitted by wardy at 2009-10-14 13:10:31 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

in time, orphelia. as for now, i have to go practice my knife fighting skills. i will explain later.

Submitted by orphelia at 2009-10-14 13:09:10 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

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Submitted by wardy (user info) at 2009-10-14 13:02:47 EDT (#)
Ranking: 2

I didn't even read this.
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Post something please

Submitted by forensicgirl3 at 2009-10-14 13:08:59 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

I feel like this whenever I leave my house.

Submitted by wardy at 2009-10-14 13:02:47 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

I didn't even read this.

Submitted by S.I. Co. at 2009-10-14 12:57:25 EDT (#)
Rating: 1

I think it is unfair of you to feel guilty about your past without even a clue about the others surrounding you. Stereotyping as being fed with a silver spoon is silly of you, for all you know their path to success could be more weathered than yours.

p.s. You are androgynous size queen and dick pig extraordinaire.

Also, if this is just fiction than please excuse my complete asshat-tery above.

Cheers!

*still doesn't know what rioja is :(*

Submitted by skrapmetal at 2009-10-14 12:56:08 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

I'd bet that if you gave everyone in the bar some sodium pentathol and asked them, almost all of them would say they don't belong there drinking wine among the fancy types.

Submitted by scourge at 2009-10-14 12:48:59 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

OMG, WHAT A BUNCH OF SELF INDULGENT CLAP TRAP!








buuuuuuuuuutt... i can relate. and you's good people.




and i don't have to explain myself to anyone.




and an advance stfu for ei.

Submitted by Merlina at 2009-10-14 12:47:09 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

Just email me your favourite food first and I will be over the moon to cook for you.

Submitted by inion_de_trua at 2009-10-14 12:42:15 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

well that's alright. i'm just trying to butter you up for the next time i'm in england :D

Submitted by Merlina at 2009-10-14 12:39:09 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

this probably reads as more depressing than intended. Was just being thoughtful. Am happy enough as Berty would confirm having visited me recently..

Submitted by Merlina at 2009-10-14 12:37:41 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

"tank you"

(spoken in true irish)


Submitted by inion_de_trua at 2009-10-14 12:35:09 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

we still like you anyway of course.

Submitted by os2 at 2009-10-14 12:31:04 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

I toyed with some profound encouragement, but the words didn't come out of my head right... :(

Submitted by Brdn_Nkd at 2009-10-14 12:22:49 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Interesting enough... i have questions but think i'll keep them to myself.

Submitted by Merlina at 2009-10-14 12:15:51 EDT (#)
Rating: -2

This is the darkest day in the history of Springfield. If anybody
wants me I'll be in the shower.

-- Homer Simpson
Lemon of Troy



Submitted by Merlina at 2009-10-14 12:14:19 EDT (#)
Rating: -2

this will SO read as self indulgent clap trap


Forget it, Marge, it's Chinatown!

-- Homer Simpson
Secrets of a Successful Marriage