Saturday, March 15, 2008

How real is reality?

Inspired by the crazy antics promisede by the flashmob group, I decided to try and find another old facebook group called 'Oxford is not part of the real world'. I don't know if it's vanished or if I'm just not searching correctly, but I couldn't find it.

Anyway, the basic idea definitely still exists. I'm not talking about dreaming spires and Harry Potter halls here, it's more the people.

- The way you can walk down the street and within the same minute see someone dressed as a fairy, a pub golfer, a man dressed as a woman, and you don't even think twice about it.

- The fact that the same stretch of street can contain a homeless person, the son of a millionaire, someone in a full ball gown and someone in hippie clothes.

- In Cornmarket Street you can be offered flyers from pro-animal testing groups, anti-animal testing groups, Christian evangelists, strong atheists and G&Ds and for all you care, they could be the same person.

- On your way to the bank you will probably pass a bagpiper, a Native American Indian panpipe group, a lady with one welly singing on her bike and five people wearing iPods, singing to their own songs.

The most unreal thing of all is that if you even notice these, you'll treat them as quite normal.

The best thing of all is that you could do any of these things and nobody would bat an eyelid.

I love Oxford.

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