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Monday, October 31, 2005

No drinking on public transport proposals

Can't drink, can't smoke, what can you do?

With apologies to
Adam Ant's top song Goody Two Shoes - looks like the "Nanny State" is at it again with various people (including the opposition and RMT's Bob Crow) getting up in arms over Tony Blair's proposal to ban alcohol from public transport.

No Drinking on public transport proposal - Sunday Times 30th October

The Sunday Times wrote: "The Government was in retreat last night over proposals for a blanket ban on drinking on all forms of public transport. Amid protests that it was indulging in 'nanny state politics', ministers said that there was no intention of stopping people on trains having drinks with their meals in restaurant cars and that any action taken would be 'proportionate'.

Excellent cartoon from The Sunday TimesHowever, The Times has been told that action against yobbish and drunken behaviour on public transport is under serious consideration after a brainstorming session at Chequers last month of plans for Tony Blair's 'respect agenda'.

Pressure by the British Transport Police for measures to stop people who have already been drinking carrying large amounts of alcohol on to buses and trains is likely to be answered by the Government with new powers, ministers said."

There's a huge amount of double standards going on here, as one minute licensing hours are being extended (which will have a big effect on railway pubs) and then we're told we can't drink on public transport.

There was also an interesting feature in Friday's Evening Standard about Londoners' leisure patterns and how what you did to have fun and interestingly, how you then got home, was effected by what part of London you lived in.

According to a survey carried out by lastminute.com, half of North Londoners admitted to drinking until they fell down and worryingly, they then went home by Tube. East Londoners were also most likely to go home by Tube, although only drank 2-3 units of alcohol. South Londoners were also light drinkers with 2-3 units but then they would go home in a mini cab. West Londoners drank higher levels of alcohol 5-7 units, but then walked home.

Admittedly a lot of this is do with how much public transport there is in your area and shows that the Tube system doesn't operate that brilliantly in South London. Generally when getting home, 52% used the Tube, 31% mini cab and just 2% drove. Six out of 10 believed that alcohol was essential for a good night out.

; Posted by annie mole Monday, October 31, 2005 Permalink COMMENT HERE

Scanning machines introduced on Heathrow Express Stations at Paddington

But London Underground won't have body scanners

Just in case we haven't had enough railway news today, just thought I would report that airport style X-ray machines and body scanners will soon be launched at Paddington station's Heathrow Express. From the front page of Metro:

"Critics including train operators, say imposing extra checks at all stations would be too expensive. Transport Secretary Alistair Darling will tell Parliament on Wednesday he would like to start enforcing added security checks at rail stations.

"But the Association of Train Operating Companies said:
'We have an open access network and it is simply not practical to put in airport-style security at every station.'

According to the
BBC - "Brian Cooke, chairman of London Travelwatch, said there was no system available that could cope with the volume of Tube passengers.

He said everyone wanted maximum security but there were concerns the checks would mean more delays and congestion

Back in Metro - "Transport for London added 'Body scanners are completely impractical on the London Underground. Heathrow handles 67.1 million passengers each year - London Underground carries 976 million.

'You can just imagine the delays if such technology was introduced on the Tube. We are constantly reviewing technology to see what could be potentially employed - but body scanners are not an option for us. Our stations just don't have room for them'

So what is it lads, too many delays and impractical or not enough room or both?

; Posted by annie mole Monday, October 31, 2005 Permalink COMMENT HERE

Spot the "deliberate" mistake

Busking Cartoon from The Londoner

I love Sheriff Ken's monthly free newspaper
The Londoner as there's usually a laugh on every page (very few are deliberate jokes though). November's was particularly good though with this cartoon on the Letters to Ken page:

Busking Cartoon from The Londoner

There's no prizes for guessing, but can anyone see what's wrong with it?

; Posted by annie mole Monday, October 31, 2005 Permalink COMMENT HERE

SPADs (passing red lights) have trebled on the London Underground

SPAD taken from an old series of The Tube TV seriesNot SPUDs, SPADs - Signal Passed at Danger

Well it's certainly been a day for London Underground news today. I learnt this afternoon that the number of Signals Passed at Danger have trebled on the Tube.

The BBC reported today that "In 1995 there were 296 signals passed at danger (Spads) but in 2004 it rose to 969, which the London Assembly's Lib Dems says points to "complacency"." It's interesting that I'm now hearing that this increase is being spun as better records being kept of SPADs not that there are actually more SPAD's.

Anyway, Lib Dem Transport Secretary, Geoff Pope said: "The failure to tackle the spiralling number of Spads smacks of a history of deep malaise and complacency over many years from LU. Serious questions must be asked into how, over years, LU has failed to deal with the ever-increasing number of Spads.

"While the Tube does have comprehensive safety systems, passengers will worry that a technical failure might lead to a collision and loss of life."

You'll be pleased to hear that London Underground are not too worried that it will lead to possible loss of life as there is something in place to stop over-running trains. A spokesman said: "Safety is our top priority. The Tube is equipped with Automatic Train Protection (ATP) so if a train does inadvertently pass a signal at danger it will be brought to an immediate halt. Driver training is kept under constant review and we work closely with the infrastructure companies, Tube Lines and Metronet, to improve safety and keep the Underground as safe as possible"

Thanks. I feel so much more reassured now specially as I know that Tube Lines are taking good care of the Northern Line after the problems we had with drivers refusing to drive unsafe trains earlier this month.

Excellent Private Eye comment & cartoon on the Northern Line & PPP

Loving this cartoon and particularly the comment above about the Northern Line and the PPP debacle from the week's Private Eye.

; Posted by annie mole Monday, October 31, 2005 Permalink COMMENT HERE

Happy Halloween

The obligatory Halloween blog post

It's hard taking Halloween and London Underground related pictures, so I've had to use a picture from last year, of this woman going to a Halloween party and texting her mate on the tube at Hammersmith.

Ghoulish Texting on the London Underground

If anyone has any good Halloween and Tube or London Underground pictures, send them in today and I'll put them up. Cheers.

; Posted by annie mole Monday, October 31, 2005 Permalink COMMENT HERE

Friday, October 28, 2005

Tube Fashion Victims Week 3

London Underground victims of fashion

It's that time of the week again when I look at some
great fashion victims I've seen over the week on the Tube. As usual there were so many to choose from, I've selected the best below:

Lavender Printed Corduroy Suit

I know she's an old lady, but she was clearly trying to look hip and trendy with this natty little suit. Quite what she's doing on the Docklands Light Railway in the rush hour was beyond me too, but she gets full marks for this fetching ensemble:

Lavender Suit

Just Gay Enough?

Also on the DLR I sat opposite a guy who I think was clearly too old to be wearing button badges. But I know a number of you like them. He was clearly in touch with his feminine side too if the fur collared raincoat was anything to go by and the "Just Gay Enough" shoulder bag with the lavender trim. To top it off, he was reading The Secret History by Donna Tartt to show his literary side

Just Gay Enough?

She's a slave to her feet

Well this poor girl was, with plasters nicely peeping out form the top of her shoes to protect where some shoes had been rubbing:

She's a slave to her feet

Gold Trainers, Green Socks

Another shoe wearing error. Horrible metallic trainers mixed with bright green socks and white trousers. At least she didn't have metallic handbag:

Gold Puma Trainers & Green Socks

What look shall I go for?

This woman going up the escalators at Tottenham Court Road, couldn't make up her mind. There's the trilby hat look. Then there's sort of weird cowboy influenced riding boots. None of which went with the tweed skirt:

Strange Mix at Tottenham Court Road

Kinky red boots

At Bank station I saw a poster for the new film Kinky Boots,

Kinky Boots Ad Bank station

and then just on the other side of the platform a woman tottered along wearing a similar pair. Very spiky, very red and she even had some cropped Twiggy trousers to go with them

Waterloo and City Line Kinky Boots

; Posted by annie mole Friday, October 28, 2005 Permalink COMMENT HERE

Farewell to the Routemaster Number 38 & Free poetry event

The last of the old double deckers hits the dust

Route 38 London Underground Poster

It's funny how the London Underground ad for this is singing the praises of the new bendy bus and not like a lot of Londoners bemoaning the loss of the double decker (check out Diamond Geezer's requiem)

My friend James sent me details of a free event taking place on Sunday to mourn its passing:

Farewell to the No.38 Routemaster Bus


An Evening of Poetry with


FREE ADMISSION - Starts 8.30pm - In the Bar of The Old Red Lion Pub

FRIDAY 28th OCTOBER is the last day of the No. 38 Routemaster Bus which stops outside the Old Red for as long as anyone can remember..........

Slowly, month by month, route by route, London is losing one of its most famous symbols: the Routemaster bus - a bus designed and made in London, by Londoners for Londoners, which is to London what the gondola is to Venice. In terms of postcards, books, films, and cheap souvenirs, and in the eyes of the world, the Routemaster represents the city just as much as Big Ben. It was the last bus to be have conductors as well as drivers, the last bus to ring familiar shouts that are at least a century old: Fares please, Full up inside but room on top, Next stop the British Museum!

The last bus, in other words, to be a proper bus.

Come join us at the Old Red Lion and celebrate the passing of this lovely bus you can jump on and off.

John Hegley used to be a busconductor! Luke Wright used to travel to work on the 38! Daryl 'Magic Bus' Easlea promises to play lots of 'bus' tunes from his fab vinyl collection.

; Posted by annie mole Friday, October 28, 2005 Permalink COMMENT HERE

Thursday, October 27, 2005

My last few weeks on the Waterloo & Shitty Line

I'm saying goodbye to The Drain

Contrary to popular belief I do have a life outside of the London Underground. A selected few of you will know that I will shortly be leaving my current charity job and joining the corporate world again. It's a truly fantastic job that I'm highly excited about and one of the best things about it means that I'll be waving goodbye to the Waterloo & City Line and saying hello to the West End again. Hoorah, Hoorah, Hoorah.

I've been doing very late nights winding down from my current job and yesterday evening ended up walking through the rarely seen deserted walkway to the Waterloo and City Line.

Deserted tunnel to Waterloo & City Line

Deserted tunnel to Waterloo & City Line

So you'll be pleased to know that you won't hear me moaning and moaning about my nightmare journey when the Waterloo & City Line is closed for about five months next year. But my sincere commiserations go out to anyone who will still be travelling on it.

Also, no more City and DLR tube fashion victim posts from a few weeks time, but more of the weird and wonderful fashion disasters of the West End. Believe me there will be plenty!

; Posted by annie mole Thursday, October 27, 2005 Permalink COMMENT HERE

"I Like Trains"

Metro's band to watch

Intriguing idea reported in yesterday's Metro "Despite the atrocious name, this Leeds five-piece are not 'wacky' pop punk chumps..... I Like Trains sport shabby British Rail uniforms on stage wihle projections of disaster movies flicker in the background.... the uniforms seem to turn them into anonymous conduits for lost spirits"

One of their tracks "The Beeching Report" is "a ghostly lament for the mass dismantling of the rail network in the early 1960's. You should be sensing their chilling presence soon".

Check out their own website www.iliketrains.co.uk where they say:

"iLiKETRAiNS met in the Northern Transport Hub of Leeds in the Spring of 2003. Windswept platforms provide the inspiration and a love of music that is progressively English and glacially Icelandic holds them together. They play songs of disaster, murder, betrayal and railways while antiquated projectors rumble and claw their way through films of disaster, films of snow and a film of Raquel Welch in a bikini."


; Posted by annie mole Thursday, October 27, 2005 Permalink COMMENT HERE

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Where to find love on the London Underground

"Love" on the Lines

I must thank
Rob from Londonist (don't forget the open invitation to their first birthday party - see ad on the top right) for sending me a link to a great press release that was issued yesterday by snoglondon.

Lovelines - New Dating site for commuters"Looking for love? Wondering which route home to take tonight to maximise your chances of meeting that foxy single whose eye you might just catch? SnogLondon, the coolest site for London singles, has surveyed over 5,000 singles to give the Tube map a whole new meaning - we've mapped it out for love!

Which lines to take, which to avoid
The Northern line, despite its reputation as one of the most unreliable, oldest & dingiest lines, has the greatest share of singles across the entire Tube network (a whopping 28%). So there is light at the end of the tunnel - you might be stuck between stations every morning, but you'll be in good (single!) company.

Steer clear of the Metropolitan line, which, with a meagre 4% share of the singles network, is a veritable wilderness for singles.

Guys, make a dash for the Bakerloo line which has the highest ratio of single women to men. Get your coat, you might pull.
Girls, ride the East London line to avoid the competition - fewer women and more men mean you're in single heaven.
Tube, bus & train travel is one of the favourite flirting grounds among Londoners, with an almost unanimous 100% saying a bit of flattering attention can set them up for the rest of the day... so don't be shy about cracking a smile... just try not to leer, and boys, keep it above chest level...

Snog London Tube Ad

The press release (click for even more stats) is about 1,001 times better than the website (which I found fairly difficult to navigate - and I use the net a lot).

When I'd eventually worked out how to find people from my nearest tube - Richmond I found that I could get a free month's trial if I emailed them a better picture of the station (nice idea) - so you can see how they are really trying to build up the community aspect of the site. As LoveLines has only just launched, I'm sure you will soon see many more pictures of the actual stations on the site and many more singles!

isawyoutoday.com - re-uniting star crossed commutersIsawyoutoday.com

I'll still use this as an opportunity to give another plug for Isawyoutoday.com.

I blogged the site in passing September, linking it to my pet subject of James Blunt's single You're Beautiful - about passing someone on a crowded subway and sharing a bit of a "moment" with them, thinking "They're beautiful" or "They're hot" and realising that you will never see them again. (Please regular commenters no more on James Blunt - 43 comments in one throwaway post - I understand that the more vocal of you don't like his single - even though the awards and record sales show otherwise).

Anyway, this is where isawyoutoday.com can help, as it attempts to reunite or get star crossed commuters together. You can leave a message to that unknown person you saw on the District Line or Misery Line in the hope that they may have had the same idea and left a similar message about you, or at least read the site and think - "cool I can now get in touch with that hot chick/guy".

Isawyoutoday.com has actually been going for years (since 2002 - I think - when I added it to my main site), so consequently loads of people who have left messages. It's a cracking site and you never know you might meet Vicky on the Victoria Line or your Josephine at Waterloo!

; Posted by annie mole Wednesday, October 26, 2005 Permalink COMMENT HERE

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Tube Fare Evaders could be ASBO'ed

And London Transport fare evasion fines may rise to Fifty Quid

I have a confession to make. Before barriers were introduced on the London Underground, I used to evade fares like mad - or rather - deliberately travel outside of my travelcard zone. We are talking, I spose, over eight years ago now, as I knew that at certain stations like Kew Gardens or Richmond, that there would often be no one checking tickets and before the advent of barriers you could walk through "scot free".

Obviously it's harder to evade fares on the Tube now, due to barriers at virtually every London Underground Tube station (possibly with the exception of Shadwell DLR - any other stations like this?). Over the years, I've seen people vault barriers, "tailgate" - ie walk really quickly and closely behind the person in front of them so they go through on their ticket, pay Child fares and use all sort of
scams to avoid paying for a ticket.

But now it appears that fare evaders, if caught, will have to pay the largest fine ever: "People who evade paying transport fares in London could be fined up to £50 and persistent evaders issued with Asbos" (Anti Social Behaviour Orders) report the BBC today.

"Transport for London (TfL) is consulting on a private bill that will go before Parliament in November.

Last year it raised the fine from £10 to £20. If the new legislation is given the go-ahead it will rise to £50.

The bill will also give TfL the power to apply for Asbos for people who continually fare evade, which the organisation says costs it £70m a year.......

Speaking about the fare rise, TfL's Steve Burton said:
"We want fare evaders to know that dodging their fare will no longer be an easy option.

"The majority of our customers pay the correct fare. A small minority don't and this costs TfL approximately £70m a year, money which could be spent improving London's transport network."

This is all well and good, but this does mean that Transport for London may end up doing sensible things with their money instead like taking a woman to court over an accidental one pound, twenty bus fare evasion.

Oystercard Fare Evader may go to court over £1.20

; Posted by annie mole Tuesday, October 25, 2005 Permalink COMMENT HERE

London Underground Art

Private Paintings of the Tube

It's a shame the following paintings aren't public on the London Underground itself, but they are very good.

The first was sent to me by
Ralf - The Cartoonist and shows the almost photographic like quality of artist Michael Mau with his painting "The Northern Line". Michael Mau lives and works in Hamburg.

Michael Mau Northern Line

If you visit Ralf's site you'll be able to see a great level of detail in the picture.

The second was sent by a regular commenter who would prefer to remain nameless and he saw it in The Times on the 15th October. Basically it's a mural in the offices of Marshall Wace, one of the largest hedge fund groups in Europe. (No, I have no idea what a hedge fund is - maybe it has something to do with topiary like in Little Britain)

Marshall Wace Tube Mural - From The Times 15th October

Marshall Wace seem to be tube geeks and like the tube so much they commissioned a graffiti styled London Underground mural for their Mayfair offices.

I like the way the roundel on the Tube has their company name in it.

; Posted by annie mole Tuesday, October 25, 2005 Permalink COMMENT HERE

I am not addicted to Sudoku

I sooooo blame Metro

Why, did Metro have to put this stupid puzzle into their paper? This is now the second Sudoku puzzle that I've completed while commuting. I started it on the train on the way into work yesterday. Then left the paper at work, went out with Rob from Londonist in the evening and then coming home, I picked up another copy of Metro, started it afresh and finished it and in doing so missed one of my stops, as I was so busy concentrating on the stupid thing!

Sudoku I curse you - my second completed puzzle in Metro!


UPDATE - OHMIGOD - I completed my third Metro one this morning on the way to work in record time (for me) - I think I need help!

; Posted by annie mole Tuesday, October 25, 2005 Permalink COMMENT HERE

Do Bee-have

Bloke in Korea celebrates subway line opening with bees

I have no idea why, but "A man covered with some 260,000 bees rides a bicycle at a square near World Cup Stadium in the southeastern city of Taegu, Thursday. He did the trick to celebrate the opening of the second subway line in the city on Tuesday." according to the
Korean Times on the 20th October.

Bee Man celebrates second Korean Subway Line opening

And speaking of the Korean subway, you may want to check out the pictures of the North Korean Subway - or the Pyongyang Metro System itself, which someone, who wishes to remain nameless, sent me. It looks like an amazing system.

Yonggwang Station - Pyongyang Metro System, Korea

; Posted by annie mole Tuesday, October 25, 2005 Permalink COMMENT HERE

Monday, October 24, 2005

Comments are not working

Sorry, Haloscan, my commenting software is having a little rest

Just as I was beginning to think that no one had anything to say today, it appears that the
haloscan commenting software is having a London Underground moment.

No ETA on when it will be fixed either, so save up your comments for later or email me instead.


; Posted by annie mole Monday, October 24, 2005 Permalink COMMENT HERE

Riverboat commuting is on the rise

Londoners "turning" to boat travel after London Bombings

This is so weird after
my post of yesterday with Neil and mine's riverboat cruise, as today The Daily Telegraph have reported that riverboat commuting is on the rise.

"Commuter traffic on the Thames has soared since the July bombings as the river attempts to reverse the decline of the last 40 years......"

"The dramatic rise in the number of Thames commuters - 80 per cent higher than the same time last year and 40 per cent up on the pre-bombings level - comes at a time when optimism over the future of the river is at its greatest for more than a decade......"

"Peak services are operated on a 220-seat craft, with a journey from the Savoy pier, on the Embankment in central London to Canary Wharf taking 20 minutes, 10 minutes quicker than the tube. Read the full story from The Daily Telegraph here and our riverboat trip from Kew to Westminster with other transport issues below.

; Posted by annie mole Monday, October 24, 2005 Permalink COMMENT HERE

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Tourist in your own town

Riverboat Better than London Underground?

Every so often it's good to be a tourist in your own town. I had lived in Kew for about seven years and yet had never taken a boat trip from Kew Pier into Westminster or even the other direction out of London and into Hampton Court. But today,
Neil and I decided to do it. We intended to go to Hampton Court cos it was prettier but due to lots of miscommunication between me and the guy at Westminster Passenger Service Association we ended up going to Westminster instead - a 90 minute leisurely journey.

The Riverboat Route

Neil will blog a lot more of the pictures on route, but I'm sticking to the tube related-ish and London Transport stuff for the blog and it's more to do with what we saw when we left our boat (below) at Westminster.

Our River Boat at Westminster

Westminster Pier Flag - picture taken by Neil

When you come up from the boats and get to the top of Westminster Bridge, it is heaving with tourists and whenever somewhere is heaving with tourists you'll find people trying to sell them a lot of tourist tat.

I particularly liked the London Underground Map Boxer Shorts with "Wapping" station prominently at the front (an indication of the size of the wearer's men's bits?)

London Underground Boxer Shorts

I had to buy some batteries for my camera, so went to the stall holder and used my best London accent and said "Sigh, so how much will the batteries be here?" She looked embarrassed and said "Eight pounds for a pack of four". I feigned shock. "You are joking?" She looked embarrassed again, "You could go to Tesco's, it's not too far". Obviously I couldn't be bothered, "Well would you just sell me two?", and fortunately she did for four pounds - still a rip off, but hey I needed them.

So I thought it was quite funny to see her sign saying that she accepted Euros above the little London Underground roundel badges. I felt like adding "and blood"

Euros and Blood Accepted

Going across Westminster Bridge and the inside of it was covered with a promotion from Transport for London highlighting their 5 year investment plan of providing a fast way for people to travel round London

Transport For London Posters at Westminster Bridge

So there were lots of images showing how quickly you could get to Westminster from various parts of London, using a variety of public transport. It was pretty appropriate to see the Kew Gardens to Westminster by boat one

Kew Gardens in 40 minutes

Admittedly it took us 90 minutes but we weren't on the commuter route which I think uses faster river boats. I also liked the two below:

Greenwich in 56 minutes

Lords in 15 minutes

We walked down along the river towards the London Eye going past City Hall and the Dali Universe gallery

Dali and the London Eye

Finally, as were coming into Westminster on the boat we sailed past the brilliant "Ducktours" boat/bus. This river boat turns into a tourist bus and leaves quite near to the London Eye. We heard the driver asking if anyone from France was on board as they would be driving past Trafalgar Square (London is currently celebrating the bi-centenary of the Battle of Trafalgar)!

Ducktours Bus and Boat

All in all, a good day being a tourist!

; Posted by annie mole Sunday, October 23, 2005 Permalink COMMENT HERE

Acton Museum Depot meets the Dust Masker & Nikki

Go today while the Dust Masker is away!

I mentioned in
Thursday's post that the London Transport Museum's reserve collection is at the Acton Museum Depot and has an Open Weekend this weekend.

Well Neil and myself couldn't go but we did meet up with regular commenters and tube challengers, Dust Masker Anthony and Nikki (Fimb) for a few bevvies in the evening after they had finished.

It sounded like they had a great day and they showed us pictures on their digital cameras of the highlights. They'd even bought has back some rather fetching hats which will be blogged later, as Neil and Anthony modelled them in the pub.

Anthony has already emailed me some of the pictures and a few are below so you can see the sort of things you can get up to there.

To The Trains - Acton Depot Open Day

Volunteer & Tube Relief entrant David Scard with Nikki

David Scard & Nikki (Fimb) - Acton Depot Open Day

Anthony "driving" the train - God help us!


David Scard donated his Tube Relief T shirt to the Museum.

David Scard Donating his Tube Relief T Shirt - Acton Depot Open Day

Anthony reclining on a District Line Sofa

Anthony on District Line Moquette Sofa - Acton Depot Open Day

Here are our luvverly models Anthony & Neil in the pub afterwards with the rather strange baseball caps from the museum. Picture courtesy of Nikki

Neil & Anthony

Many more pictures of the Dust Masker (which were expertly taken by Nikki) are on the Tubechallenge Forum. And Nikki's pictures without the Dust Masker are in her Flickr set for the Acton Museum Depot, so you can see it's not just for the men in white coats!

The one below is very X Files:

All very X Files - by Nikki Tysoe

The Acton Museum Depot is still open for visitors today!

UPDATE - More pictures from Toby Bryans

Toby Bryans emailed me with a link to the pictures he took on over the weekend with a great picture of the little model Tube Train that people could ride on:

Acton Museum Depot - tube train ride - picture by Toby Bryans

Many thanks to Toby for sending the link through.

; Posted by annie mole Sunday, October 23, 2005 Permalink COMMENT HERE

Just to satisfy the sudoku addicts

Sudoku on the London Underground in Saturday's Times

Sudoku on the Tube - From The Times 22nd October

Abigail does them on the Tube and can't get enough!

; Posted by annie mole Sunday, October 23, 2005 Permalink COMMENT HERE

Friday, October 21, 2005

Welcome from The Times


What's the world coming to? This blog is featured in today's
Times. Ooooer

"The Tube is an abiding obsession for many and the London Underground Tube Diary at www.london-underground.blogspot.com should be loved by anyone who has been mesmerised by Harry Beck's classic map design. Annie Mole's blog is an irreverent and informative must-read for everybody, not just subterranean commuters."

London Underground Blog in The Times - 21st October 2005

Cheers guys - and welcome to everyone from The Times. Hope you have fun......

; Posted by annie mole Friday, October 21, 2005 Permalink COMMENT HERE

London Underground Fashion Victims - week two

Back by popular demand

People seemed to enjoy the
Tube Fashion victims so much that I'm going to try to make it a regular feature. This week there was a huge amount of material, but I've just selected some of the best.

Orange is so last year

OK Hare Krishna people are an easy target - the orange robes, the weird hair cuts, the bare feet, or sandals with socks in the winter. All too 1960's and peace and love. I saw them yesterday outside Oxford Circus Tube - I remember being really frightened by their haircuts as a kid and even now they're still scary!

Hare Krishnas outside Oxford Circus Tube Station

The Ballet look gone mad

I have no idea what this woman was trying to achieve with her mis-mash of clothes. Saw her on Wednesday night on the Piccadilly Line.

Fishnets, Ballet Skirt and Gold Sandals

Ballet style skirt, brown fishnets and gold sandals with fook off high heels. Also loving the slightly blokeish way she is sitting. Doesn't do the sexy fishnet look any favours.

More Gold for the Chavvy Colleen McCloughlin look

So don't like this gold belt and white boot combo. It's sort of like a 1970's wrestler being styled by Jade Goody.

Gold Belt White Boots

The Aladdin Look

Now I can't go too mad with this woman on the District Line, as she was quite old, so she gets good marks for the trendy brightly coloured carpet bag, but it's not helped by the very hideous skirt she is wearing with it. What set off the whole ensemble was her brass teapot on the seat next to her. I thought she was going to rub it and a genie would appear.

Blue Bag and Teapot

Another Aladdin look below. Those Asian sequinned slippers are "in" at the moment, but I think this lady's turned up a bit too much at the toes:

Aladdin Shoes

Possibly the world's worst jacket

Seen at Leytonstone station last Saturday. What in heaven's name was this man thinking of? Why did anyone let him leave his home like that?

Vile Offwhite Jacket

Old Snake Hips is Back

Yet another item that defies description. Seen on the Central Line. Snakeskin trousers.... I am speechless

Snakeskin Trousers, How very......?

; Posted by annie mole Friday, October 21, 2005 Permalink COMMENT HERE