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Dragging my suitcase, I asked a man in a blue uniform for directions to the suburban line into New Jersey. “Do I look like a f....n’ cop to you?” he yelled down his big basketball frame, spat and walked away. “Damn foreigner"...

New Jersey Diary
New Jersey Diary
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Damn Yankees!

The rain-soaked tarmac outside Kennedy Airport was decidedly different from the London scene. The cars were bigger, the people fatter and louder, and the highway wider. Buses rumbled and vibrated; buildings on wheels, their tyres were as tall as the people walking in the rain. Dragging my suitcase, I asked a man in a blue uniform for directions to the suburban line into New Jersey. “Do I look like a f....n’ cop to you?” he yelled down his big basketball frame, spat and walked away. “Damn foreigner,” I could hear him swear under his breath. The man’s English cousin would have taken me aside, apologised for the appalling weather and, over a tankard of ale in a pub, given me directions, before deciding to give me a lift in his own car. After all the cultured politeness of England, it felt good to rough it in America.

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