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Old 02 September 2008, 01:39 PM
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When the next train, with the Japanese on board, left the platform he was standing by the door bowing very deeply in a thank you towards my friend who suddenly discovered the station name on the wall - Bank.
That reminds me of an occasion when I was standing on the platform at London Bridge (mainline) station (slightly inebriated), when a sweet old lady asked me where to catch the train to Bexhill. I pointed out platform 3 and helpfully escorted her across the bridge and made sure she got on safely.

It was only after rhe train departed, that I realised that the trains from platform 3 go to Bexley, not Bexhill - the two towns are about 60 miles apart.
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Old 02 September 2008, 02:49 PM
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I nearly did that to a Swedish tourist in Liverpool Street (mainline) station. He asked for the platform for the Stansted Express. I directed him to what I thought was the correct platform. Oops, on reading the Destination Board more closely it was the wrong platform completely. He was about to end up in Cambridge. (I know there was a reason for me misdirecting him, but I've forgotten it.)

I rushed on to the platform and then on to the train and - because the Stansted train was about to leave - I hauled him off the train and dragged him on to the correct train. He boarded it with ten seconds to spare.
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Old 02 September 2008, 03:22 PM
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If memory from the Snopesmeet serves, I believe BluesScale misdirected a couple due to confusion between Woolhampton and Wolverhampton.
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A true story from real life (I know it's true because it happened to a friend ). He was once standing on an underground platform somewhere in London when he was approached by an elderly Japanese gentleman who asked him how to get to Bank station...
Even with accurate instructions on the right train to get, the tourist could still have had trouble once he arrived at Bank. It's shown on the London Underground map being linked with Monument and apparently providing connections between the Circle/District and Central lines. But if you want to make that connection, I would not recommend you do it at Bank - it involves a loooooong walk.
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Old 05 September 2008, 10:35 AM
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Even with accurate instructions on the right train to get, the tourist could still have had trouble once he arrived at Bank. It's shown on the London Underground map being linked with Monument and apparently providing connections between the Circle/District and Central lines. But if you want to make that connection, I would not recommend you do it at Bank - it involves a loooooong walk.
As I discovered when I made a trip to see the leopard sculpture near Monument station. I thought "I'll hop off at Bank en-route to Shepherd's Bush, take some pics, then hop straight back on the central line" (okay, so now I know to get the Circle to Monument and only do the long walk once or maybe just walk there from Liverpool Street ).

Other ways to confuse tube users: Edgeware vs Edgeware Road
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Old 05 September 2008, 11:28 AM
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You really drag up bad memories. I was once sitting in the bus to Stansted when someone I was talking to (or rather it was he who started talking to me) told me that this was one of all stupid (my assessment) things he had done during his stay in London. He also said it was a pity that he hadn't met me earlier in the week as I seemed to know quite a lot about the place. I, on the other hand, thanked my lucky star and thought about the utter horror it would have been if I had been forced to have him crawling in my footsteps not understanding or willing to comprehend what eff off means.
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Old 05 September 2008, 12:16 PM
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You really drag up bad memories. I was once sitting in the bus to Stansted when someone I was talking to (or rather it was he who started talking to me) told me that this was one of all stupid (my assessment) things he had done during his stay in London. He also said it was a pity that he hadn't met me earlier in the week as I seemed to know quite a lot about the place. I, on the other hand, thanked my lucky star and thought about the utter horror it would have been if I had been forced to have him crawling in my footsteps not understanding or willing to comprehend what eff off means.
Despite sometimes seeming curmudgeonly, I have done the tourguide thing for confused foreigners perplexed by underground maps. If I have enough time I'll even get out at a different station just to point them in the right direction at an interchange (after all, trains are frequent enough in daytime that I can get one going back the other way). Some can have interesting perspectives on London. With others it tends to be a case of reciting station names and nodding politely as either their English is minimal or their accent impenetrable. I've led lost Japanese tourists along Oxford Street, directed Italians to Paddington, led the blind from Stamford Brook to a residence for the sight-impaired (it was unknown territory for her guide dog) and managed to get USAnians on the correct platform so they don't go heading off in the opposite direction to where they wanted to go. I'm sorry that I wasn't able to direct the Swedish lass to Ravenscourt Gardens (not having a handy A to Z), but I did point her towards the shops in the Ravenscourt Park area who should have been able to help her.

Of course, being a lover of the London Underground helps!
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Old 05 September 2008, 01:03 PM
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Other ways to confuse tube users: Edgeware vs Edgeware Road

And Shepherds Bush (Central Line) versus Shepherds Bush (Hammersmith and City Line). (And the same thing at Paddington, to a lesser extent - at least those are both within Paddington Station.)
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As I discovered when I made a trip to see the leopard sculpture near Monument station. I thought "I'll hop off at Bank en-route to Shepherd's Bush, take some pics, then hop straight back on the central line" (okay, so now I know to get the Circle to Monument and only do the long walk once or maybe just walk there from Liverpool Street ).
There are a few of these stations that have these long walks between lines. Changing lines at Green Park is a HELL of a walk.
Charing Cross is also pretty mislaeading. It looks like changing from the Northern to the Bakerloo line is straightforward but it is a heck of a hike! This is (as I'm sure llewtrah well knows but some others may not) because Charing Cross is actually two separate stations joined into one in 1979 due to the opening of what became known as the Jubilee line. Ironically, the Jubilee line no longer runs through Charing Cross since the last extension, so they could presumably decouple them and open the old Trafalgar Square station again....
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Old 05 September 2008, 03:48 PM
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And Shepherds Bush (Central Line) versus Shepherds Bush (Hammersmith and City Line). (And the same thing at Paddington, to a lesser extent - at least those are both within Paddington Station.)
And Hammersmith (on the Hammersmith & City Line) vs Hammersmith (on the District & Piccadilly Lines). The Hammersmith & City Line struck out on its own hence it has separate stations from the other lines at both Shepherd's Bush and Hammersmith. The Hammersmith & Cith Line Shepherd's Bush station is soon to become Shepherd's Bush Market. In the not to distant past, the Central Line Shepherd's Bush Station was Shepherd's Bush Green.

Count me as one of the sad trainspottery cases that has a copy of the Diagrammatic History of the London Underground - basically a modified LU map with open/close dates on it. Even sadder, I hand amend it when lines extend or stations open/close (and added the DLR for completeness, but haven't yet added the Overground - I'm hoping for a new edition of the history diagram to come out)
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Old 09 September 2008, 11:33 AM
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And one way to tell native English-speakers from non-natives is that the former see the "e" that isn't really in "Edgware," since ideally that's the way it ought to be spelled. A Swiss friend of mine pointed that out once, while a South African guy who had lived in London at one point swore up and down that it was "Edgeware".

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Old 09 September 2008, 12:05 PM
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And one way to tell native English-speakers from non-natives is that the former see the "e" that isn't really in "Edgware," since ideally that's the way it ought to be spelled.
Gosh, I had no idea I was a native English-speaker. I have read that name I don't know how many times without noticing.

A little googling gave me Edgware, 2,320,000 - Edgeware, 246,000.
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Mornington Crescent. (which of course can only be approached on a diagonal unless you conceed Seven Sisters via a reverse sweep)






What?
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Mornington Crescent. (which of course can only be approached on a diagonal unless you conceed Seven Sisters via a reverse sweep)
Only under Tudor Club rules.
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Old 09 September 2008, 06:30 PM
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Only under Tudor Club rules.
Well, you could suspend rule 2 if your opponents' world ranking is not terribly high.
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Well, you could suspend rule 2 if your opponents' world ranking is not terribly high.
Oooh, unorthodox ruling there. Are we in Knip?
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Old 09 September 2008, 06:41 PM
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Oooh, unorthodox ruling there. Are we in Knip?
I don't think so, as I was stacking the perpendicular before my lateral pass. If only Humph were about to rule...
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Don't forget, no interchange at Bank due to escalators being replaced!
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When I was at Shepherd's Bush tube station the other day there was a group of Kiwi tourists who insisted on taking a photo of themselves in front of the sign, because "Shepherd's Bush, get it?"

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Old 09 September 2008, 07:16 PM
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When I was at Shepherds Bush tube station the other day there was a group of Kiwi tourists who insisted on taking a photo of themselves in front of the sign, because "Shepherds Bush, get it?"
A friend of mine always refers to Shepherd's Bush as the "shepherd's merkin"
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