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Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Mid Month Subway - We're British

At least twice a day millions race underground to these stylish bunkers where they pack themselves into these equally stylish pods in a manner befitting a tinned sardine. No eye contact, please don't talk. Best of all please don't expect to get anywhere on time. Weekends. I suggest you walk. Can you spot where the millions in refurbishment has been spent?

subway day is a mid-month theme shared by the following blogs:
Budapest - London - Paris - Stockholm - Sydney
and previously (where you can still see earlier posts) - New York City

26 comments:

Peter said...

Sounds like you were a little bit criticizing! :-) ... not mentioning the fares! But isn't nice to have it anyhow? :-)

Julie said...

Yes, I can see that the tunnel is showing its age ... but the light came up well in your camera!

I also like the movement that you show in this closest end of the train/pod. Was that something called "rear curtain". I was told about it but don't think I am up to using it yet.

Have a good day!

Mara said...

My goddaughter loved those sardine cans. We could have travelled all day on the tube and she would have been happy.

Angie said...

Great foto!
Showing my age when I say I can remember 'racing' to the 'bunker' at Maida Vale when shrapnel was raining from the sky.

Sharon said...

I think I learned on my 3rd or 4th trip to London that walking was sometimes faster than riding the tube. I do love them though.

I can't tell what refurbishing was done unless it is the CCTV cameras.

Leif Hagen said...

ZOOOOM! I rode the subway in June on my way from Heathrow to Euston station. Fun as we don't have subway in Minnesota!

B SQUARED said...

It still beats having no system which is what we have.

Birdman said...

Our world... fast paced, slow paced. We get around. Nice shot.

Hyde DP said...

what used to get me about the London tube system whenever I went there was the long undergound walks between some of the platforms.

Meri said...

Mind the gap.

Rolf said...

In Göteborg there is no tube system only trams and buses.

And it is the sea you see in my photo from last week, actually Sunday just after my bath.

Ivy said...

Love the movement in the photo. You have a great touch. I'm guessing the money went for cameras and lights.

Per Stromsjo said...

Very tube-like! I never thought of sardines as role models but maybe they're on to something.

Happy subway day !

Abe Lincoln said...

I suppose it is something like the future for lots of people as you never know what the weather is going to be like or who will rob at the next stop.

I wouldn't like it but then I am old fashioned beyond belief. I still prefer the old horse and buggy to cars and asphalt highways and covered bridges to structures like the Golden Gate.

Asta said...

Public transportation in metropolitans is interesting - and the people in metropolitans are interesting. I'm from the country. I usually say goodmorning to the early birds at train stations and in busses. Because that's how we do where I come from. Which most of the time is a no-no-:)
Best regards
Asta

JM said...

Love the movement in the photo and also the great text! 'Subway attitude' is universal...

Amir seems to be doing fine although he is not posting much. Thanks for asking, Mo.

jenny2write said...

I am cross that they have removed so many of the unusual colour schemes and made everything look grey and concretey. Green Park used to be so pretty

Andrea Gerak said...

Hi Mo, this is a great action photo, well done!

The Lone Beader said...

There is no such thing as too many CCTV cameras in London... right? :o

OCD Bunni said...

I don't think I could stop myself from smiling at people =)

Michael said...

Hi, Mo. Another great blog. I LOVE the London underground. Even the smell of it. Yes, I know I'm a bit odd. As for not speaking... in my distant single days, I distinctly remember chatting up a young lady on the tube with nary a rebuke.

Oh, but once I accidently (honest, it really was a mistake) cut into a queue I didn't see waiting on a bus on Trafalgar Square and was soundly (verbally) thrashed by an old lady in the queue ahead of me. So they are not always silent.

Michael (airy-nothings.blogspot.com)

William Wallace said...

Where have they spent the Millions? That is a mystery that may never be solved.

As much as the tube system needs to be upgraded, when the Jubilee line shuts down virtually every weekend it doubles my journey time into central London.

Amy said...

Like this shot, love the blur :D

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» looks forward to seeing the next installment in this series!

Babooshka said...

You are spot on with the comments especailly the no eye contact. Excellent image, perfectly captured.

jay said...

I admit, I do feel like a sardine on a tube train, but guess what? Last time I was in London, someone gave up her seat for me! She must have seen me struggling to stand, with my recently repaired rotator cuff, and the other one torn too. Bless her. She hardly waited to be thanked either, but swapped places with me with a smile.

All is not lost!

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