I feel like I've been dropped into a tacky BBC1 soap.....
A chap who looks like Shane Ritchie runs the local cornershop. However he speaks with a thick Mexican accent. He seems quite cool though, and likes to think he's funny. (he makes jokes about all kinds of things, and his assistant laughs at them....even when they aren't funny.... but hey - he seems nice).
Directly opposite me is Ashley and Katie. Very typical East End London girls.... in that when i saw them I thought "hmmm.... I bet they'll want me to get them pregnant so they can steal my life/money through child support forever.".... So I was nice / polite to them, but other than that I think I'll be cautious about those two. It wasn't anything particular they did, just the "hungry" look in their eyes, and their body language that made me think that. (no - they aren't that attractive guys, so don't come over for a quick/easy girl to hook up with)
Then there is the token black couple that I've met on my floor. Paula and Patrick. Very very friendly couple, but it takes them *ages* to answer the door. You can hear them standing on the other side going
"Shall I answer it for you?"
"No, Its my turn, I'll get it for you"
"no, I insist deary, please let me get it for you. It might be for me anyway"
Now, I say Token black couple in the loosest sense. Its supposed to be a black neighbourhood, so I would expect to see a lot of them around, but thus far these two are the only people in the building I've seen who have coloured skin.
they were the only ones I've met from my floor sofar, but I have met a few other people in the building.
Gary - somewhere on the 3rd floor. Business man. Very friendly - gave me a bit of info on the layout of the flats as we hurried to the station in the morning. Reminds me of Skinner
from the X-files (both in looks and the way he speaks).
John - Gave me a hand in with my stuff last night and was really friendly. Lives Somewhere on the 1st floor. I think he's gay - but he could be a designer. He talks very camply anyway.
All in all, an odd bunch - but they seem nice enough. There's no one I'm wary of thus-far (except perhaps the predatorial looks from the girls directly opposite me), so I expect its going to go quite well here.
Everybody needs good ones apparently, so I went round introducing myself to a few of them the other night