Dublin Bus workers are right to fear route privatisation
I love getting the bus, don't you? It appeals to my nosey side. Ever since I was a kid, I have loved being on the top of the bus, hopefully right at the front, looking into people's gardens and over walls into the secret world of other people's lives.
I like the public nature of the whole experience, watching commuters as they go about their business. This is also my nosey side; just the pleasure of watching people and wondering where they are off to. And then there's the essential democracy of it; the fact that we are all collectively being shuttled from A to B.
These days, many people on the bus are locked into their digital universe, headphones on, sending the unmistakable signal out to all and sundry that they don't want to be bothered. But there are always the chatterboxes who strike up conversations with whoever is misfortune enough to catch their eye.