Tuesday, 13 March 2007

London Underground

On the way home from work this evening, a very tired and fed-up voice came over the intercom saying, "I apologise for the unexpected delay. I've just received my third set of instructions in five minutes. This is now going to be a stopping service. I think."
It reminded me of the following quotes, which are apparently all genuine announcements that London Tube train drivers have made to their passengers:

"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."

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

"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 greenbottles, 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 earlier, but no, they don't think about things like that."

During an extremely hot rush hour on the Central Line, the driver announced in a West Indian drawl: "Step right this way for the sauna, ladies and gentleman... Unfortunately towels are not provided."

"Let the passengers off the train FIRST!" (Pause ...) "Oh go on then, stuff yourselves in like sardines, see if I care - I'm going home...."

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

"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?"

"Please move all baggage away from the doors (Pause..) Please move ALL belongings away from the doors (Pause...) This is a personal message to the man in the brown suit wearing glasses at the rear of the train - put the pie down, four-eyes, and move your bloody golf clubs away from the door before I come down there and shove them up your a**e sideways."

1 comment:

Fr. Dwight Longenecker said...

I was once on a train pulling out of Paddington Station when an announcer with a very Indian accent said, "Welcome aboard the 15.33 service to Bristol Temple Meads. It is a beautiful day and there are not problems. Let's all pause for a word of prayer.' And he proceeded to lead us in a very sweet Evangelical -type 'wejus thank you Lord' prayer.