JO: I’m stood with Sandra
JO: am I saying it correctly? I’m a Southerner.
S: oh. Sandra.
JO: I lived in Bath for most of my …
S: Bath. We say it Bath, with an ‘f’
JO: oh. Bath.
S: Bath with an ‘f’
JO: yes. Bath.
S: Bath, that’s it, yes.
JO: Yes. I think I walk around saying Bath
S: yes, that’s it.
JO: Anyway, getting over that cultural barrier … but we’re stood in the car park … I just happened to meet you, didn’t I?
JO: I think you were fixing one of these machines
S: yes … no … I was … once a week, we .. because of the traffic it gets, we have to clean all the readers and the note accepters and everything inside …
JO: otherwise it all comes to a halt …
S: especially because it’s the run up to Christmas
JO: and you kindly … kindly came out because I said I was a bit lost in terms of trying to find people to speak to …
S: it’s actually part of our job but … we get a lot of students at this time and we don’t get as many visitors as we used to … we used to get a lot of foreign visitors …we just ..
JO: even in the autumn?
JO: and you’re talking generally sort of throughout the year?
JO: why do you think that’s fallen off then?
S: I don’t know. Terrorism maybe. Because we used to get a lot of Americans. I’ve noticed they’re not travelling any more … I don’t know. Terrorism. A few years ago, Nottingham got that really bad reputation for guns, didn’t it?
JO: ah. Well, that makes sense. A couple of my friends, when I mentioned Nottingham, one … you know … and this is a tough Scot I know, said “oo, watch yourself” … so that’s obviously percolated into public consciousness a bit …
S: … but you’ve kind of got to …
JO: … but that’s the same in any city, isn’t it?
S: no … Nottingham
JO: you think Nottingham’s a bit sharper?
S: yes, it is, so …
JO: you have to watch yourself a bit …
JO: I was offered drugs on the street last night
S: Was you? it’s probably the way you look!
JO: that’s what I thought
S: he looks a bit hippyish
S: he’s the …
JO: that’s the first thing I thought … ah! Got some street cred.
S: I’ve lived in Nottingham and then I’ve been away … I’ve lived away …
JO: are you from here originally?
S: yes. When I was away I was homesick all the time and yet when I come back, I don’t want to be here.
JO: oh dear. That’s a bit of a rock and a hard place.
S: it is but it’s like you belong here but you can’t seem to get rid of it …. you know … do you know what I mean?
JO: what would …
S: it’s like this week we’ve got Goose Fair