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There is a new fashion in London. I don’t know whether it is this time of the year of whether I have missed something, but I can’t take the Tube without seeing couples passionately kissing, sometimes with a hand in their partner’s shirt. It is starting to get on my nerves because I have to bend over backwards and pretend that I can’t see them despite the fact that they are doing it less than a yard (that’s more or less 1m) from me. Maybe I am just becoming a bitter old lady, after all. Maybe it is because it is raining all the time and they can’t do in it the parks?

Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against discreet signs of affection like holding hands or quick hugs, but, honestly, why do couples feel the need to kiss in other people’s face? Surely they can do it at their own place? Do they need other people’s looks on them to approve of their love? Do they have something to prove (Look how much I love him/her…)? Apart from the fact that I sometimes feel that I am stuck in their bedroom and can’t escape, I don’t understand what’s in it for them.

I thought that the British were reserved and completely against such over-the-top displays of affection. But, clearly, I was wrong. I saw a posh-looking British guy kissing his French girlfriend (with tongue, if you must know) and it looks like he couldn’t be stopped. She was not impressed and I wonder if she ditched him by the end of the Tube ride. I hope she did. That said, I don’t know whether she was embarrassed because he was such a bad kisser or because they were kissing in a crowded car. Probably both.

Being an accidental witness of faltering love stories doesn’t really appeal to me. And voyeurism isn’t really my cup of tea. But here is what I did: I managed to snatch a couple of shots of enamoured couples…Maybe I should create a website for them: the love stories that never made it to the outside world?

Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London
  • Here in the UAE, kissing is not allowed in public. Maybe a little peck on the cheek or a slight touch of the lips; but when it comes to tongue and passionate kissing, it is a strict no – no. So, I really don’t come across couples who do that. But then, I did see a teenage couple last weekend touching each other in public – far more than was required to be done in front of the whole world. Maybe teenage does that to you. As for adults, maybe some get caught in the situation and can’t stop it once they have started! 😉

    • I am becoming less and less tolerant with PDA. I think that it is rude. Maybe I need to come to the UAE for a visit?

  • Stare at them.

    • I do. But they don’t seem to bother. It makes them feel overly important. Life is tough!

  • We had none of that in Ireland. In fact, there was no sex in Ireland until TV. Tell that to young people today and they just laugh at you!!

    • I feel old, David, really old…

  • I think ‘over the top’ signs of affection are a sign of insecurity. Anyone who was sensitive to others having to share their space would never display such public affection. I’m no fuddy duddy but there’s a time and place for everything and the tube isn’t it!

    • Totally agree. One day, they will wake up and realise that the best bits of their love story happened on the Tube…

  • Anonymous

    Reading your blog from Jakarta and loving it. I am Balinese with a base in Sanur (rainy today:) married to an English guy, so can identify with many things you’ve said in the past posts and you nailed them on the spot 🙂
    As for PDA, ugh..pass me the sick bucket please

    • Hi Yudi! Apa kabar? Thanks for your comment, it made me really happy! I love Bali (we usually stay in Sanur when we go, and I miss it). My husband used to work in Jakarta and Indonesia is a second home-country. You married an English guy. Wow! I would love to hear about your experiences. Please do come back.

    • Anonymous

      Kabar baik, Muriel, as Sanur is so small we might have been neighbour. We live just few hundreds meter south of Pasar Sindhu. I am reading your post backwards, must say i am hooked!
      I have just been back living at home couple of years ago, after a decade of working in the Middle East. As for Jakarta, i am like a tourist here. Been here four months and have a love hate relationship with the city. I hope we’ll have the chance to share a cup (of coffee of course) next time you’re in Sanur.

    • Pasar Sindhu! Yes, isn’t it where the night market is? I am glad that you enjoy my blog, and thanks for all your comments. It is a shame that we are not going to Sanur this year, I would have loved to meet up. I miss the smell of Bali, the satay ayam, the landscapes, the sound of the gamelan, the smile on people’s face. I also badly need to practice my Bahasa. Wait for me, I might be back sooner rather than later!

  • Just returned from France and saw a lot of kissing, but not full on snogging. If they want to quietly and inconspicuously put their tongues in each other’s mouths in public, no problem. But once a hand disappears out of sight then it’s the old American expression, “hey you guys, get a room!”

    • I don’t know what is going on in London. Maybe it is a summer thing?