And I am not surprised cos it can be rather startling what people can spout whilst travelling to and from work - sometimes things that make you wonder if you are the only one to crave a bit of privacy (which cannot include a crowded train carriage) before spilling one's guts with such aplomb.
Much like the two building contractors I heard rabbiting away behind me as my journey took me from the superlatively grim and rather manic West Ham to the much more sedate and leisurely Upminster. Whilst it was a busy train car at standing room only capacity, no effort had been made to keep their dialogue sotto voce and, even though I had my iPod playing away in my lugholes at the time, their conversation still somehow managed to bleed through.
So, deciding that it was not worth straining to hear Peter Frampton over the babble of the builders behind me, I packed up my headphones, stowed away my iPod and settled back for a seriously good earwig :-
Builder 1 : Is that who I think it is on your phone?
Builder 2 : Yeh, got a few texts from her. She, er, came round last night.
Builder 1 : What was that for?
Builder 2 : Well after I told her to do one-
Builder 1 : (spluttering) Pah! That always tickles me!
Builder 2 : Ha! Well after all of that she had a few things she needed to get back from me. But I got rid of her quick sharpish.
Builder 1 : She had it coming, mate.
Builder 2 : O I know.
Builder 1 : How long was she round yours?
Builder 2 : Dunno. I'm not sure if she'd intended to stay for a bit but I told her to get her stuff and go.
Builder 1 : O, so not long then?
Builder 2 : Nah. Probably about 5 minutes. If that.
Builder 1 : So why she texting you now?
Builder 2 : Well, I think she might have got the wrong end of the stick.
Builder 1 : About what?
Builder 2 : About me and her.
Builder 1 : What? Getting back together?
Builder 2 : Yeh.
Builder 1 : Where'd she get that silly fucking idea from?
Builder 2 : I had sex with her.
Builder 1 : (more spluttering) What? Last night?
Builder 2 : Yeh.
Builder 1 : Well I can see how she might get the wrong idea from that. You idiot!
Builder 2 : Couldnt help it, mate. You should've seen her.
Builder 1 : Hang on ... thought you said she was only round for a few minutes?
Builder 2 : Er...
Builder 1 : So six months ago you catch her with her ex in your bed. You throw her out. She comes back last night, you have a quick poke and then you throw her out again. And she now thinks you and her are back together?
Builder 2 : Well...
Builder 1 : Mate, this is better than Eastenders.