10th May 2014
Whitton Rd, Twickenham TW1 1DE
Heading to London Rugby 7s
You do get a slight suspicion as you board the train at Waterloo that not everybody here heading to Twickenham is going for the rugby. It’s not so much that this absolutely rammed vehicle is almost entirely populated by young people in fancy dress – indeed, the competition’s sponsors are fully behind the whole dressing up thing (monsters this year, apparently…).
It’s just that rather a high percentage of these young people seem to be necking all manner of alcoholic beverages in as rapid a time as possible. Now, I’m well aware that your average rugby supporter is often partial to the odd ale, but these people are almost behaving as if they’re going to… a party!
It may seem somewhat demeaning for the many fine athletes, who are taking this international tournament very seriously, that a sizeable proportion of the audience appear to be more interested in each other than in the (occasionally really quite competitive) action happening on the pitch. Well, if that’s the kind of atmosphere the organisers want to promote, so be it…
Anyway, it seems – as with quite a lot of parties these days – that consideration for the neighbours somehow gets forgotten in all the excitement, and thanks to the small minority of troublemakers/narrow minded Nimbys, jolly scenes like these might now be a thing of the past…