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Monday, November 17, 2003

The Bible & the 21st Century commuter

I often see people on the tube reading small copies of the Bible quietly to themselves or deep in thought and staring into infinity with the Bible on their laps. Must be something about the District Line, as up until today, I had only seen them on that line. Went to my post grad course today and got the Waterloo & Shitty Line or the Drain (to give it its more popular name) and then the Northern Line and there I sat next to a woman reading the Bible on a
Bookman, which is a little e-book or electronic thingy like a Psion organiser.

Pains on Trains

Speaking of books, me and my friend who's having a book published next year were a little put out to see the book Pains on Trains advertised on the tube. D'OH - it's a look at 50 painful train commuters including the "Flamboyant Groin" and "Double Seaters". Sounds familiar - check out my tube rules page and a previous blog entry here.

Oh well, it was only a matter of time before someone bought out a book with a similar them to the one I've researched - One Stop Short of Barking. Metro and the London Underground's own official site have also highlighted commuter saints and sinners and unofficial etiquette too. Needless to say One Stop Short of Barking will be infinitely more "funny", more "painfully true", and more "laugh out loud" than these blokes' book. Perhaps there will be a trend in "track lit" books from now on.

Bitter & twisted, moi? Good luck to them.


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