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Thursday, January 29, 2004

Alastair Campbell, Mandy & Down Street

Weird Evening

It's not very often that you can say you were in the same room as
Alastair Campbell, Peter Mandelson and Anna Ford. Or see the editor of The Sun Rebekah Wade trying to buy The Hutton Report. But all in the name of charidee, I was this evening. Not going to divulge too much in case I get sued, but also the very worthy Leukaemia Research Fund were involved and the very active London Triathlon too. But enough of my personal life (although if you're really interested it was reported in The Guardian), now here comes the tube bit.

On the way to the room where the media and charity and political movers and shakers were, me and my colleague walked past Down Street. "Oh", I say, tube geek head screwed firmly on "This is where Down Street Tube station used to be. They still make films there occaisionally" (part of the BBC drama Neverwhere was filmed there), "Really," my colleague replied in a bored fashion. "It's amazing where these lost tube stations turn up", I prattled on. "Mmm", replied colleague, "So who else do you think will be there tonight?"


Down Street by Wyrmworld

On the way home from room where charity and media and political movers and shakers were, I got to Hyde Park Corner tube and found a door in the platform of the tube which Neil Gaiman (author of Neverwhere) himself would have been proud of. A definite entrance into the mythical London Below where "real" Earls preside over Earl's Court and there are "real" black friars at Blackfriars and "real" knights at Knightsbridge.


Door into London Below at Hyde Park Corner tube station Door into London Below at Hyde Park Corner tube station


Actually funkypancake took a very similar picture of a door at Bank Station. Where do these secret doors lead? And who has the keys to them?


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