'It says here that you've got a postal vote' I say to the man offering me his polling card. 'Oh yes, I've used it' he smiles back at me. I explain gently that you can't vote twice, and he says 'oh right then, that's absolutely fine', keen to show me he's not offended.
Behind the fever of the current political crisis there is something depressing about the way revelations concerning self-serving MPs and corporate collusion have been reported as 'news'. The past few weeks have shown that power, corruption and lies (aka the blindingly obvious) need to be illuminated in neon lights before the majority of the public take notice.
I can't say I'll give anything away for this one. But I thought it might be nice to ring in the results of the London Mayoral election (due anytime in the next twelve hours) with a caption competition. Those leaving the funniest comments below will win... kudos from me! So have at it...
Our final London elections poll shows Boris Johnson defeating Ken Livingstone in the run-off vote for Mayor.
A Green Mayor, along with Greens elected on the London wide list vote (orange ballot paper) could make a huge difference to London and the UK. We will cut fares, invest in public transport and reduce traffic. We will improve green spaces and reduce pollution. We will make housing affordable and hold down rents. We will reduce the gap between rich and poor.
Having spent the last 16 weeks on the campaign trail where I have watched the dominant BorKen show up close, I'm more sure than ever that we need new voices in UK politics and much more diversity of public leaders. We need politicians who are in touch, more willing to listen, less egotistical and not stifled by inflexible party lines. We need more women, more ethnic minorities and more people with different life and professional experiences. I hope that many of you choose to give your first vote to me.
After months of campaigning, it's time for Londoners to make up their minds about which Mayor will run our city in the next four crucial years.
Londoners should ask themselves whether they want a mayor who seeks to unite or divide? Whether we need a mayor who sticks up for London or for his cronies? And if we can trust a man who says one thing and then does the opposite.
I love cycling, yes even in London... I grew up in Germany and I rode my first two-wheeler bike without stabilisers before my third birthday. The main reason I started cycling in London was because I kept running out of money for the bus.
For those of you that don't read Polly Toynbee on a regular basis, Dr Eoin Clarke's blog, the Green Benches, is a poor man's version
Focusing on London policy, as a middle income earner, I myself would welcome an extra £1000 over four years saved if transport prices are lowered under Ken.
It saddens me that Ken rejoined Labour after serving his first term as London Mayor as an independent candidate. I would feel much happier putting my mark next to his name if he weren't affiliated with a party I have no love for.
This flawed selection process appears to come from the idea that all politicians are bad and therefore someone who appears to be less like a politician and more like a fool must be good. Unfortunately all you've done is elect a fool.
London needs a Mayor who takes the housing crisis seriously. A Mayor who responds to desperate times with creative solutions. A Mayor who doesn't put the interests of profiteering landlords before the needs of the millions who are overburdened with housing costs.
As I leave her grandiose adopted office on the Southbank, I can't help but think that if such an outsider as Siobhan Benita were to make it into City Hall at the expense of the megabucks political play-makers, then it must surely be a victory not just for her, but for democracy too.
I'm joining the millions that are backing Boris, and will be celebrating when he wins this week. And the next time I run into him, I shall throw my arm around him and say, "Congratulations, my friend, you deserve it. Well done". I bet he'll even act like we know each other.