Expat Life Travel

Big Changes, the London Underground

Congratulations to Kate for giving birth to a boy yesterday. I know I was hoping for a girl but only because I selfishly wanted a little princess running around. The nation can all heave a collective sigh of relief now that this media circus will *soon* be over. That is after the naming, the Christening etc…

But the Christening will be a Bank Holiday so bring that day on! Betsy over at Betsy Transatlantically wrote a post yesterday about the difference between how Americans care about the Royal Baby and how Brits do. Needless to say, it had me laughing.

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Currently, I am on the train into London for the day which is exciting in and of itself.  Not to mention that over the weekend I received my first bit of gainful employment on this visa. I don’t start for another week because there’s lots of prep that goes into this job, but it involves over an hour of me speaking whilst dressed in Victorian costume. Intrigued yet? Plus, it’s Press Night for the last of Sam’s shows on Thursday. Loads of exciting things in Rhyme & Ribbons world.

In honor of my brief excursion into London I’d like to discuss some of my favourite facts about the London Underground

5. One of the first passengers on the Central Line was Mark Twain

4. The Tube travels 43 million miles every year when added up. That’s almost half the distance to the sun.

Looking smug about my journey. Blonde and smug.

3. Things found left behind on the Underground include the average purse, umbrella, coat etc and also things like a samurai sword, a stuffed puffer fish, a human skull and a coffin.

2. There are several “ghost stations”. Stations that are built on lines that no longer operate. One of them was used as a bunker by Churchill in WWII. Aldwych station is not a “ghost station” because it is still open- but only for use as a film set.

A rare snap of fairly empty Underground. Pictured is my trusty red trench.

1. The northbound Northern Line platform at Embankment is the only place where you can still hear the original “Mind the Gap” announcement. The recording was revived there at the request of the announcer’s widow.

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  • Tami

    The thought of those ghost stations creeps me out! Who knew!

  • Congrats on the new job! Is it a short period one? Sounds exciting and sounds like a lot of busy times ahead for you guys. 🙂 We stayed up late letting the boys watch news coverage last night of the Royals. So exciting!

  • gladley

    Heehee, great post.

    As a kid I used to find the “Mind the Gap” announcement hilarious. But then I also found the underground station names amusing too, particularly Bank, and Angel. I must have been a strange child, there are far funnier underground stations.

    Talking about Angel, have you seen the video of the guy skiing down the escalators?

    • I love LOVE LOVE that video! Sam once told me it was one of the longest escalators in the world. I don’t know if that’s true or just something he made up to impress me when we first started dating. xx

  • Holy cow, congrats on the job! You’re so awesome!

    These are great facts. I know nothing about the Tube. I just know that when I worked at a hotel and people would ask me how they could access our “Tube” I was very confused. When they’d respond with, “Trolly?” I was even more confused.

    In Toronto language:

    Tube = Subway

    Trolly = Streetcar

    A human skull and a coffin? Say what??

  • Tayler Morrell

    New follower!
    I went to Wales and England on study abroad in 2010 and we used the underground a lot whenever we were in London! Funny stories from it!
    Our Fairy Tale

  • Lisa

    Congrats on the job! I was always wondering how they filmed in Tube stations without causing a stop in service.