12/29/2003: "Apropos of nothing."
Next time you're on the tube, bored, uncomfortable, distant, take a second to look around. Everyone will be minding their own business, heads in newspapers, minds on the ceiling, ears in music. Separate, detached; alien to the person next to them.
Except they're not. Neither will you be. At least one other person will be breathing in rhythm with you. Perhaps three people inhaling and exhaling in time with each other. More in the next carriage along - and the carriage beyond that.
Then on the platforms, the escalators, up to the ticket offices, the street, the sandwich shop, offices, tower blocks, hospitals, boroughs, cities, regions, countries, continents, across timezones and under stars. Millions upon millions of us all breathing at exactly the same time. Separate, detached and unbelievably close to one another.
Next time you're on the tube, take a second to look around.