Morning, in a train. A woman talking to a man.
“Sorry what did you say to my father just now?”
“I told him I have a Philippina girlfriend.”
“We come from China.”
“Oh, China is closer.”
“Well, they are neighboring countries.”
“We’ve been together for a year, but we are both poor so… You know. Text messages, video calls.”
Evening. A young man chatting up to two young women.
“No no, it’s better in the night. The air is cold and the water is warm. You just stay in the water and it’s really wonderful… You should definitely bring your bathing suits.”
[The women giggle.]
Evening. Two elderly men, dressed smart and smelling of fresh after shave, walking in the street.
“Why am I so nervous?”
Morning. A group of under five-year-old kindergarteners with two teachers walking in the rain.
“Ok then, let’s move on. Who’s hungry?”
“Who wants to go play in the park?”
[Two kids] “… me?”
“Great, let’s go then!”
On a train, evening. A couple discussing.
” [reading] The roof is usually chosen on the grounds of aesthetics. A tile roof is quieter during rain than a tin roof. A tile roof is more expensive to install. A tile roof requires to be placed on a waterproof roofing… We’re so getting a tin roof.”
“I’m sure that won’t be the deal breaker.”
Pre-teens queuing at a supermarket. The girl says to the boy:
“Things in history really are interesting!”
Evening at a restaurant. Two women.
“I’m not sure about the States. California, maybe.”
“I’d live in Northern California.”
“And you’d hug trees?”
“No, I’d hug the hippies!” [laughter]
At an airplane, delayed by a thunderstorm. A kid sitting with his grandad.
“I really like flying with airplanes. It’s great, I love it! But I don’t like when the plane goes hrrrrummm…. wheeee….! Crash!! Kaboom!!!”
Afternoon. A group of men on a train.
“The central… hey… Is this the…?”
“No, it’s not, it’s the next one, central station.”
“A bit premature then.”
“The story of your life.”
“I suppose so.”
On a bus stop, afternoon, two men discussing.
Man 1: “Oh, yeah. The grub is different, isn’t it?”
Man 2: “Here it’s potato, mostly potato, yes? We’ll there it’s rice. Rice, rice.”
Man 1: “Are your parents here, are they living here or…?”
Man 2: “No, not yet, no, but I would like them to come, hopefully they will be able to come some day.”
Man 1 to a woman approaching, shaking coins in a paper cup:
“No, no money, go away.”
Afternoon at a large garden glasshouse. Two boys.
“I’m gonna take some pictures with my Instagram. Do you have Instagram? It’s just great for taking photos. [click, click, click, click]. Take some photos. [click, click] Make mom and dad jealous they didn’t come. [click] I just took the best selfie.”
“A selfie, up your bum?”
Evening. A street performer and a large crowd.
“Are you having fun?”
“Are you happy?”
“Are you going to give me lots of money?”
Two men walking in the street. Afternoon.
“After I started dancing again I feel so much better. My body feels stronger. And I’m more concious of it, too.”
“That sounds great yo.”
Noon. Two school girls sitting on a bench.
“Officially it’s 30 minutes but when the bell rings…”
“You have to go?”
“You have to start going, otherwise you won’t make it. They ring the bell five minutes… so the break is actually 25 minutes and then they ring the bell five minutes before. And there are two breaks like this.”
“That sounds horrible!”
“Yeah, it’s really tiring.”
Afternoon. A man lying on the street.
“Spare a change please. Spare a change please. Would you stop for a minute please! Would you stop for a minute please!!”
In a theatre, evening. People coming to sit on their seats.
“Sorry. Thank you.”
“Quite apologetic people here.”
“And all theatregoers!”
Afternoon on a crowded street. A group of women crossing the street.
Another group of women crossing the street.
Yet another group of women crossing the street.
On a bus, morning. A woman comments on a couple wanting to get off the bus after it has closed it’s doors and moved on.
“Tut tut, these people…!”
On a corridor, morning. Two young kids talking.
“And she said, said who do you think you are and like I do what I want. And you know then she blocked me! And I said, I said I don’t care. Monday I’m going to smash her face in. And I was like yeah I don’t care.”
At an airport. Afternoon. A woman talking on a phone.
“Hiya. I’m at the borders. At the borders, there’s a massive queue… For fuck’s sake listen. At the borders, at border control. I just got out of the plane and… Where are you? In a lift?”