I know this sounds a bit pretentious, but when I used to try and catch the eyes of young ladies on the tube, I was always more interested if one of them was reading a book.
A few sideways glances to see what it was. Cor! She's reading 'Wuthering Heights'. Or 'The Rainbow'. It was always a bit of disappointment if it turned out to be an airport novel.
Now I'm older, all of that has had to stop. I'm a married man. Kids of my own.
Old habits should die hard, but I've learnt to keep my eyes on my shoes. When I don't, I regret it.
The last three or four times I've looked in Pepysian expectation... always at a presentable 30 / 40-something women I might add ......is it 'Jane Eyre'? Or 'Crime and Punishment'? 'Madame Bovary' perhaps?
No. It's Harry f***ing Potter. And all of a sudden, you feel a bit of a Nonce. Or at least I do....