I'm delighted to see you here, your stories are vivid and I think many, both now and in the future will be richer for your memories with your friend, even if they do not know the circumstances. A bent assistant manager to match the keys I guess.
I remember several things thanks to your prompting. As a young man in London I came out of a news theater and ate a new delight, a hamburger called a Wimpy Burger. There were huge cranes opposite towering overhead on an ex-war demolition site which had the name of the firm, also Wimpy. At the time I wondered at the connection. I've no idea idea if Wimpy still exists, it was brand new back then.
There were people on the street who had suffered badly in the war, homless as well as injured I guess. Britain was just recovering even then.
Trains and op-shops. I remember around the mid 70's going into British Rail's Lost Property Shop where they sold off all the unclaimed items left on trains. I came out with a Lock & Co Bowler and Fox Frame umbrella, just like my favorite TV character John Steed. I felt most elegant and debonair.
My partner, who was at least as good looking as Cathy Gale, tactfully pretended to be impressed:)
If all these names mean nothing I'm not surprised, it was a little while ago:)
Thank you Mozette, you have helped me remember long forgotten pleasures