I love Cornwall, but sometimes the cold impersonality of the county, coupled with its brisk businesslike pace, makes me yearn for a simpler place, where strangers have time to talk to one another, and everyone knows your name.
Thus, Chiswick Sainsbury's:
I pass the GIRL ON THE TILL some money. She stares at me rather intently.
GIRL ON TILL: You've cut your hair!
GIRL ON TILL: It was long before, but now you have made a dramatic change!
ME: Well, I haven't had it short and spiky for years, and I fancied a change, and it's the summer. (pause) Is it okay?
GIRL ON TILL THINKS a bit.
GIRL ON TILL: It looks very nice.
Oh bollocks, I've just realised I forget to get some printer paper.
Sorry everyone, I seem to have got Twitter and Blogger mixed up (remember Twitter? Big thing about three weeks ago).
'HERO TRIP': WHAT HAPPENED NEXT:
What happened was my film council contact person went off sick for a while, and Camilla came back to me with more notes. She's quite right, and in the meantime I read an article about monstrous film cliches you can't even get away with ironically these days, one of which I have totally done, bums. So I'm doing another rewrite.
I have already had emails questioning the authenticity of the till conversation. It is true, and happened at 8.59 this morning. I'll be honest, it slightly freaked me out.
For Anonymous: link to 'clams' article
To be honest, just because some of these have been over-used, doesn't mean there aren't new and interesting ways of using them again. You just have to work a bit harder, that's all.