Thursday 26 April 2018

Bairbre Power: We don’t need to hear about your love life or your bunions. Do us all a favour and just shut up broadcasting your life on the train

Bairbre Power. Photo: Kieran Harnett
Bairbre Power. Photo: Kieran Harnett
Bairbre Power

Bairbre Power

Years ago, when I started studying journalism in Rathmines, my Auntie Peggy bought me a Maeve Binchy book with lots of nuggets that Maeve fell upon as she stood in bus queues and ear wigged on London buses.

It always amazed me what details she picked up, but those were the days when no one had mobile phones and people chatted to each other. Commuters don't chat at all that much now - they are mostly stuck into their phones, reading, scrolling and playing games.

However, there are some people, sadly, who seem to consider buses and train carriages their own private sitting room from which they can broadcast with no consideration for those around them.

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