I wonder how visitors from foreign lands react to weathered, middle-aged men essentially mooing outside tube stations: “Staaaaa-aaaar”. Of course, these are the newspaper vendors (The Evening Standard to be precise) whose role is to entice the commuter with their mating call to pick up a free publication, some light propaganda for their journey home.

This is something we’re all used to, the men themselves show no sign of embarrassment as they miss out as many consonants as possible in each word they yell. In fact, they tend to be some of the most pleasant people you come across in rush hour, wishing you a “safe journey, love” or a “good evening, fella.” It must strike tourists as odd when this jovial gentleman moos and no-one takes a blind bit of notice.

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