June 14th, 2002


real tube train announcements?

well, I think I've actually heard more than one of them myself...

"Your delay this evening is caused by the line controller suffering from elbow and backside syndrome, not knowing his elbow from his backside. I'll let you know any further information as soon as I'm given any."

"Ladies and Gentlemen, I do apologise for the delay to your service. I know you're all dying to get home, unless, of course, you happen to be married to my ex-wife, in which case you'll want to cross over to the Westbound and go in the opposite direction".

"Please allow the doors to close. Try not to confuse this with ' Please hold the doors open'. The two are distinct and separate instructions."

(in a West Indian drawl and a hot spell): 'step right this way for the sauna, ladies and gennelmun...unfortunately towels are not provided'.

"Please note that the beeping noise coming from the doors means that the doors are about to close. It does not mean throw yourself or your bags into the doors."

"May I remind all passengers that there is strictly no smoking allowed on any part of the Underground. However, if you are smoking a joint it is only fair that you pass it round the rest of the carriage".

"Do you want the good news first or the bad news? The good news is that last Friday was my birthday and I hit the town and had a great time. The bad news is that there is a points failure somewhere between Stratford and East Ham, which means we probably won't reach our destination."

"Ladies and gentlemen, we apologise for the delay, but there is a security alert at Victoria station and we are therefore stuck here for the foreseeable future, so let's take our minds off it and pass some time together. All together now.... Ten green bottles, hanging on a wall...."

"We are now travelling through Baker Street, as you can see Baker Street is closed. It would have been nice if they had actually told me, so I could tell you, but no, they don't think about things like that"

"This is a customer announcement, please note that the big slidy things are the doors, the big slidy things are the doors".

"Apparently, this train is no longer terminating at Barking, but is in fact, terminating here. I'm sorry about this but I too was under the impression that this train was going to Barking, but 'they' have other ideas. I mean, why tell me - I'm merely the driver..."

'We can't move off because some **** has their ****ing hand stuck in the door'

'let the passengers off the train FIRST!' He gave up... 'Go on then, stuff yourselves in like sardines, see if I care, I'm going home.' I heard this one myself once!

"to the gentleman wearing the long grey coat trying to get on the second carriage, what part of 'stand clear of the doors' don't you understand."

Beggars are operating on this train, please do NOT encourage these professional beggars, if you have any spare change, please give it to a registered charity, failing that, give it to me!"
full steam ahead

why is porn so tacky? You needed to ask?

this is one of those self-referential, I'm point at another Weblog things, but this is an interesting piece, not least because I tend not to agree with Eric Raymond on a lot of things (like calling Bankise a 'young Scottish writer' for a start). But it's always nice to hear someone saying tacky porn is tacky because it makes the women in it unreal fetish objects rather than real people and I find the idea of his 'controlled experiment' kind of amusing.
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