My friend Amy spent six days working as a tour guide before being fired. I sneaked onto a couple of her tours and loved them.
She’d passed the interview without knowing much local history. She made things up instead, pointing out the park where circus performers wintered; she would praise the annual cake-making competitions in the Pavilion. She told people bus conductors were first introduced in Brighton and were so-named because they led the passengers in communal sing-songs.
Amy didn’t last long. The night she was fired, I toasted her work, but it didn’t cheer her up. “Can’t they see that my version of the city was better?”If you want to follow what I'm up to, sign up to my mailing list