1. Hearing the voices of men working on the railway embankment above me.
2. Tipping packets on Lego on to the table and counting out the pieces I need.
3. He wonders why I am still awake. I tell him that the red shoes were expensive for these uncertain times; that I think I should have got the cheap pair. 'But,' he says, 'they will last, I think they look lovely and you'll wear them again and again.'