THE METROPOLITANS — Episode Fifty

A saga of everyday life in the Big L and a wry look at contemporary culture

By Tony Carden

 

Episode Fifty

The Future(s) Edition

 

One Future

This is the story of the last human dealing room. It is the year 2024. The financial markets have become dominated by AI. Due to world political turmoil, the financial markets have become stressed as a result of deepening divisions in Europe, conflict between the EU and the United States, and growing competition with China.

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Where To With The Metropolitans?

Back last spring when Tim decided to introduce the Continental Telegraph, we discussed the kind of content that I could produce.

I suggested we offer a serial—or soap, if you prefer—that comments on current mores, politics, social behaviours, and culture.

What ensued is what you will have read or passed over: The Metropolitans (strap line: A saga of everyday life in the Big L and a wry look at contemporary culture). A story about a prime minister and her entourage negotiating Brexit.…

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THE METROPOLITANS — Episode Forty Nine

A saga of everyday life in the Big L and a wry look at contemporary culture

By Tony Carden

 

Episode Forty Nine

 

The pub was hipster judging by the clientele. Among the men, long shaggy beards predominated. Or the three-day stubble.

Moving in, Andrew searched the room for Tim. He couldn’t spot him anywhere. Taking his time, he made his way towards the bar and casually leaned up against it. A one-day-old stubble bearded bartender made towards him.…

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THE METROPOLITANS –Episode Forty Eight

A saga of everyday life in the Big L and a wry look at contemporary culture

By Tony Carden

 

Episode Forty Eight

 

Ahmed’s phone pinged. He checked the screen. A hire. He tapped in his acceptance. A moment’s silence. Another ping. Got it!

He switched on the motor, turned the wheel, put his foot on the accelerator, and the Prius glided smoothly out of the parking bay and into the traffic.

A few minutes later, he pulled in to the side of the kerb.…

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THE METROPOLITANS — Episode Forty Seven

A saga of everyday life in the Big L and a wry look at contemporary culture

By Tony Carden

Episode Forty Seven

 

‘They hate me!’ Mary threw the copy of the newspaper she held towards the fireplace. She missed.

‘Now, Mary, calm yourself.’

‘Don’t give me that tone, Des.’

‘Well, if that’s how you feel…’ His words trailed into silence.

She looked at him.

He frowned back at her.

‘You don’t understand, do you?’

‘Yes, I bloody well do understand.’ He stomped over to the drinks cabinet and flung it open.…

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THE METROPOLITANS — Episode Forty Six

A saga of everyday life in the Big L and a wry look at contemporary culture

By Tony Carden

Episode Forty Six

 

WESTMINSTER FOLLIES

Or “A BIT OF A MUCK UP”*

 

Cast

Mary Pyle – Prime Minister of Great Britain

Barnacles – Minister for Exiting the European Union

Morton – Head of the International Division at Number Ten Downing Street

Andrew – Personal Secretary to the Prime Minister

 

Location: The Salvation Army Hall, Westminster-by-the-Thames

ANNOUNCER

And so, ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to introduce our guest of honour – one of Westminster-by-the-Thames’ most distinguished citizens.…

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THE METROPOLITANS — Episode Forty Five

A saga of everyday life in the Big L and a wry look at contemporary culture

By Tony Carden

 

Episode Forty Five

 

Mary was disturbed by the knock at the door. She mistyped the last word on the document she was writing. A red squiggle under the word pointed out her error.

‘For Christ’s sake, who is it now?’ She minimised the document on the screen. ‘Come in!’

The door opened. Andrew put his head around it.…

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THE METROPOLITANS — Episode Forty Four

A saga of everyday life in the Big L and a wry look at contemporary culture

By Tony Carden

 

Episode Forty Four

 

Quinn detoured around a large woman who was bending over to examine one of the mannequins that displayed the lingerie. Quinn noted she seemed somewhat taken aback by the scantiness of the dummy’s panties and bra. As Quinn moved on, she noted the woman gave her a severe glance of disapproval. Yes, they’re made for me.

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THE METROPOLITANS — Episode Forty Three: A New Year

A saga of everyday life in the Big L and a wry look at contemporary culture

By Tony Carden

 

Episode Forty Three: A New Year

 

The mist swirled around. A dim light tried to pierce the gloom. Mary started. Where am I?

It’s me.’ You?

‘You can’t be returning for a third time.’

‘All good things come in threes.’

‘Ethan, that’s trite.’

‘Ah, yes, it is, isn’t it?’ Ethan’s shade emerged from the mist as if rising out of water.…

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THE METROPOLITANS — Episode Forty Two: Christmas

A saga of everyday life in the Big L and a wry look at contemporary culture

By Tony Carden

 

Episode Forty Two: Christmas

 

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the House
Not a creature was stirring, not even a louse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In the hope that Brexit soon would be there;

The MPs were nestled all snug in their sheds,
While visions of high office danced in their heads;
And Mary in her ‘kerchief, and Des in his cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter.…

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