As I related in Saturday's post, I was looking forward to the wedding reception as it presented an opportunity to catch up with old school and drinking friends:
Friend 1: 'Oright?'
Me: 'What you been up to, then?'
Friend 1 [shaking head ruefully]: 'Gor, I've been all over the place, lived everywhere...'
Me: 'Oh yeah?'
Friend 1: 'Yeah. I lived in Stratton. Then I moved to Chesterton, then Watermoor, and now I live over in South Cerney.'
Friend 2: 'Oright?'
Friend 2: 'So where're you living now?'
Me: 'Oh, London'.
Friend 2 [looking slightly confused]: 'What d'you mean - you work up in London...?'
Me: 'No, I live there and work there.'
Friend 2 [jolts head back in amazement]: 'What? You actually live in London?'
But then I remember when Cheddar Man was discovered nine thousand years after his death, his DNA was still present in the modern day inhabitants of Cheddar. At the time I read somewhere (can't remember where) that a large majority of people in Britain don't move further than ten miles from their birthplace. This is easily forgotten in cosmopolitan London.