Recently somewhere on the internet I saw a quote that went along the lines of "Each person is unique, some are just more unique than others" which I thought was a bit of a silly thing to say, as to me the word unique means one of a kind already so how can you have something more one of a kind than one of a kind! A bit of a waste of language, a poor choice of words and just daft.
The quote popped back from my recent memory when I met Stefano in Green Park underground station. I came to realise that despite our uniqueness we do tend towards being the same as everyone else in our daily lives. Stefano is one of those people who are a little more unique than most.
The colourful shirt with a 3 piece suit and orange beanie certainly stood out. His character was no less interesting. We chatted for a few minutes and this is some of his story.
A native of Milan, Italy and a lover of London he was now living in Edinburgh but popped down to catch up with his brother who was visiting the city. Working in the creative industries he was planning to open his own shop with an S&M twist. As an aside, I had to take extra photos of his Liberty shirt with customised collar and cuffs of ladies stitched himself. Back to the story; Unfortunately his girlfriend turned out to be double dating on the sly and when she got found out, took all his savings towards the shop and absconded. Stefano tried to get the money back but ended up having 6 months of death threats from the new boyfriend. The new fellow turned out to be a skinhead which Stefano found out when he was grabbed from behind and threatened with a good thumpng. The police who were unable to help suggested that next time he send them a text message.
It often takes an outsider to remind me what a fantastic city London is. How cosmopolitan, tolerant, accepting, exciting, including and brilliant. Stefano related how he was often the target of homophobic slurrs up in Edinburgh. Especially when out walking his chihuahua.
As I said, a tad more unique. And with it a very pleasant chap. Perhaps one day to return to London where he'll be less an outsider and more a part of the wonderful diversity of this great city.