Originally posted by garethace
I invite anyone here at the Archiseek board to walk by Grafton Street in Dublin, at around 6 pm, or slightly later some evening .... i.e. when the crowds have more or less gone home and things should really be easing down a bit. Then, having purchased 1 no. cup of 'coffee to go' from Bewleys or otherwise, proceed to stand in Grafton Street with your back pressed tight up against some shop window.
Now watch what happens, when you stand, back pressed up against the glass shop window and cup of steaming hot tea held approx. 50mm away from your chest.
For some unearthly reason, despite the fact, that people using Grafton Street have the whole width of Grafton Street to avoid you and your cup of tea/coffee held in your hand.... just [b]count the number of times some member of the public, young, old, rich, poor, male or female, manages to bump into that said cup of coffee, causing you to spill it over yourself. (Make sure and use an old shirt to conduct this experiment)
I myself counted around 10 hits every minute! This is with no rain at all, and people having the whole width of Grafton Street to walk in. You cannot even find a slim, less than 300mm of space, in which to stand and not be bothered. It is like unconsciously, people are 'forcing' you to keep moving rather than stand around minding your own business.
Does the concept of 'personal space' even exist in Grafton Street.... I mean, when you cannot even hold a cup of coffee 50mm from your chest, with your back pressed firmly up against a glass shop front window? This is something I have suspected now for a great deal of time, but until recently never took the time to prove this phenomena to myself.
Brian O' Hanlon.
I enjoyed circum navigating the city centre today on bike, it was interesting to see places like Constitution hill and Western Way, Black Church etc, normally deserted places.... with the same kind of atmosphere as a point-to-point race meeting or country fair, down the country somewhere.