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Forget The Tube Strike Stress And Get To Know Your Fellow Travellers With Commute Blog

08/07/2015 11:52 BST | Updated 08/07/2015 12:59 BST

If you're a Londoner, you're probably spending the majority of your day flapping about the impending tube strike.

But when the trains actually ARE running, are you paying any attention to those around you?

Step in 23-year-old blogger, Amy Dicketts, the brains (and beauty) behind Commute Blog, a website dedicated to getting to know the people you wouldn't even notice on your day-to-day journey.

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Amy Dicketts, the founder of Commute Blog

Commute Blog is to London is what Humans of New York is to the Big Apple. It's all about getting to know the people around you, and understanding that everyone has their own story to tell, and we think it's brilliant.

Dicketts, who says she's 'naturally nosy', told Huffington Post UK: "I was inspired to start Commute Blog because I spent ages travelling the length of the Northern Line, and I thought there must be a more interesting way to pass the time than listening to my iPod."

She started taking photos of fellow commuters, and asking them for a surprising fact about themselves.

"I run my own business. I'm the director of a plumbing company. Sometimes it can be hard to get people to trust me...

Posted by Commute Blog on Wednesday, 20 May 2015

"People are more receptive than you'd think," she said. "Only a couple of people say no."

Does she have a favourite? Of course not. She said: "I think they're all my favourites, because each person is someone that has put their trust in a complete stranger and a completely mad idea and just gone with it.

"Everyone who features on Commute Blog is special to me."

"I like Beyonce.""People see the way we're dressed and think we're twats who only like pretentious music but we love her.""She's the Queen."

Posted by Commute Blog on Sunday, 5 July 2015

Speaking about how taking photos of strangers on the tube has changed the way she thinks, Dicketts said: "It's made me even more friendly. I'm usually the first one to smile at someone else on the tube.

"Commute Blog has really given me an insight into the lives of the people I'm travelling with. I still get annoyed with tube novices who don't let people off the carriage before they get on though!"

Here are a few of our favourite stories from Commute Blog...

"I'm just on my way back from Glastonbury. I was performing as a clown. I perform all around the world but Glastonbury...

Posted by Commute Blog on Wednesday, 1 July 2015

"I commute from Brighton to London every day. Commuting has made me much more impatient. I get huffy with tourists,...

Posted by Commute Blog on Monday, 15 June 2015

"His name is Lucky.""Is he Lucky?""Yes! Two days ago he walked out of the house and crossed the road on his own into...

Posted by Commute Blog on Friday, 12 June 2015

"I think one of the biggest challenges of being a priest is people's busyness. People are much more busy these days....

Posted by Commute Blog on Thursday, 11 June 2015

"I'm an actor as well as a rock climber. I've just finished two years touring the UK in War Horse.""Were you the...

Posted by Commute Blog on Thursday, 4 June 2015

"I'm a dungeon master for Dungeons and Dragons. My friends had been doing it for a while and I got into it from them. I...

Posted by Commute Blog on Sunday, 31 May 2015

"I work for my mum on Harley Street - I freeze people's fat! But I really want to be a TV presenter."

Posted by Commute Blog on Friday, 22 May 2015

"How did you get in to skateboarding?""I was just watching loads of other people skateboarding on Netflix, so I wanted...

Posted by Commute Blog on Wednesday, 22 April 2015

"Why do you have the puppets?""I make more money, that's all. Simple economics. I've had all sorts. I had robots but...

Posted by Commute Blog on Friday, 17 April 2015

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