Whenever I am in
These natives also respond to the beeping sound that precedes the closing of the train doors by instinctively contorting their bodies to fit into the carriage; and they undertake complex manoeuvres while reading newspapers or talking on mobile phones, pulled along by force of habit and the momentum of other moving bodies. They are as at home in their natural habitat as swifts on the wing.
I think there are about three million journeys made each day on the Underground - commutes, tourist trips, assignations, visits to meet friends, aimless journeys by the confused and depressed - and thanks to the Oyster card there is now an electronic record of almost all of them.
Mundane quote for the day: 'As if everything happens in
and the rest of the world doesn't matter. Every paper you pick up, every time you turn on the television or listen to the news, it's London London, London, , all the time. You come home from work, turn on the news and the announcer's there, and he says the temperature on the Air Ministry roof is such and such. And there you are! Buses can have been blown over in London and people killed – but the temperature on the Air Ministry roof is such and such!' - Huddersfield man, quoted in Brian Newcastle and Dennis Marsden, Education and the Working Class (1962) Jackson