LOEG Undergound
jamesb
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Black Dossier by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neil has a very nice parody of a London Underground map as the contributors page, shows how useful the map can be. Its quite wonderfully done, as is the whole graphic novel, truly an amazing piece of work, although not much tube action in the interior, but even so have a look at it.

I highly recommend it.

Now when you look...


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Fantasy Society Open Xmas Night
jamesb
Myself and some mates are going to this open night, I understand there are usually a few London based Horror/Fantasy/Weird authors along.

It might be of some interest to you.
The BFS Christmas Open Night will take place on December 7th at Ye Olde Cock Tavern, 22 Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 1AA in the upstairs bar from 6pm onwards.

Also, do ye know about this http://www.orbital2008.org/
Gaiman should be good and he has a tube connection, and I think Mievelles work is set in a city based on London.

J

Emma Clarke sacked
Eyes
arkady
Emma Clarke, the "voice of the Underground", has been sacked over her spoof announcements on her website (as mentioned previously in this post).

I very much hope that mention of her site in this community did not contribute to her sacking, and I am highly disgusted that TfL have decided to take this action over what was clearly a satirical site and had no direct connection with TfL or London Underground.

If you too feel that TfL have been far too heavy-handed, then please join me in contacting TfL to complain.

Emergency warning: I've chipped a nail.
nice cup of tea and a sit down, gosh!, news
reddragdiva

A pile of spoof Underground announcements by Emma Clarke, who does many of the ones you hear already. arkady wants a ring tone of this one.


horror night
jamesb
Last Wednesday waterstones gower street had a launch evening to coincide with the release of The mammoth Book of New Horror from 6:30PM - 8:00PM and it was Free.

This is the eighteenth volume (i think) and has a huge colection of fiction and articles on occurances of horror significance in 2006.

There were a real host of authors present and I was struck by the cross genre nature of Christopher Fowler, Michael Marshall Smith and Geoff Ryman who were joined by Mark Samuels and Don Tumasonis. MC for the evening was editor Stephen Jones.

Sanuels kicked off the evening with a wonderful Tube based horror story, I was impressed with the accuracy which added integrity to this piece. He read the beginning and immediately I thought of underground goth. He knows his underground.

Another story worthy of mention in the collection would be Kim Newmans The Man Who Got Off The Ghost Train, which is just an amazing piece of brilliant fiction, and despite my personal bias is a great addition.

There was considerable demand and the editor, Steve Jones ended the evening signing a last minute sale in the doorway of the shop as it closed, as the photo shows my mate getting his sig from Steve.

James


sunday morning slumber
jamesb
Found this map, its an old one showing how things would have been in 2016. I like it as already so much won't happen, like the uxbridge tram and crossrail having been curtailed.

http://www.london.gov.uk/mayor/transport/docs/transportmap2016.pdf

meanwhile, as I am from Ireland, country of no tube but much ingenuity and necessity mothering many a recycled invention, I took this picture, and its still odd looking. Sorry its not tube related, but can you imagine.

J



They're swarming!
oh shit!
reddragdiva

tubewhore has lured poggs along. TRAINSPOTTERGOTH CRITICAL MASS!


intelligent synicism - where to eat on the tube.
jamesb
Well guys, a strange comment came into me via my own LJ, so as requested I popped it up here, but really no idea why this didn't go via Arkady - (who can remove it if she thinks its dodgy)

but there is some synchronisity to this as I was in Wimbledon and while enjoying a tasty hot sausage in roll with chilli sauce, I was contemplating a similar question. Food on the tube.


looking for a sit down cafe on the underground?
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I think anywhere in the station is OK.

so my first wholehearted recommendation is snoogys at Wimbledon, its on the train side of the barriers on the lower concourse of the district line tube platforms. They had sausage and steak sambos and rolls. Its a South African shop, but their wurs was amazingly good. This wasn't just the best tube food ever, it was superb in its won right. Other places there too.

There is a place on the metropolitan platform in baker street that does excellent samosas and chicken kebab things. well as nice as one could expect.

There is a bookshop in Old Street underground station, well in part of the subway system, but this is food for the brain, their address is old st Tube and I have to approve.
Its camden lock books.

J

a map to download.
jamesb
You may have seen this before, but I just found it.

Its Niles Normans artwork celebrating 100 years of the piccadilly line.
ITs a nice piece here as a PDF to down load.

http://thincities.tfl.gov.uk/projects/artist-further-information.php?id=12

I like the picture, but it only makes me desire a Science fictional map of the underground, proper.

J

Bit late.... but if you wanted something to do this weekend
jamesb
you might fancy going to Swindon.
There you will find a big Museum, dedicated to The Great Western Railway.
http://www.steam-museum.org.uk/

(as you all know, GWR had a hand in the Metro Line development, and it did all start at Paddington.)

But this weekend, the sadness gets better, as there is a huge lego train exhibition on, here
are some pics of last years event:
http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=209425

and what has that got to do with Tubes...
well lookee here...

http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=2065849
http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=2065862

and if that's got yopu er, excited, well there are some more tube brick fans here:
http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=171863

The weekend exhibit is run by the Brickish association:
http://www.brickish.org/events/article.asp?ItemID=35562

dunno if there will be tubes there, but will take picccy things

james

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