Five Views Of Shangri-La (Shaddap you face!) (73/80)

Post 73 of 80. Thursday 7 November  – Watford High Street (Square A3 on the Tube map), Watford Junction (A3), Wembley Central (B3), Wembley Park (B3), West Acton (C2)

The Inner Curmudgeon and The Wee Professor have kept me up half the night with their incessant bickering over The TubeforLOLs Awards – The LOL-OSCARS. [Click on AWARDS page for details] ‘Bickering’ is the wrong word: The IC has been shouting and throwing pots and pans at the furniture, The WP has kept an impenetrable – and extremely annoying – reserve. And we haven’t even got to the LOL-OSCARS short-lists yet; they’re arguing over the categories – The IC insists on ‘half-dozen, max!’, The WP’s list stretches to more than forty …

Ah! Shaddap you face! snarls The IC at me, We-a kissed and made-a up, so Getta on witha you post. (Hey!)

Huh?! The IC doing references to Popular Culture!   Continue reading

Much Ado About Nothing (Dreaming The Life) (72/80)

Post 72 of 80. Monday 4 November  – Wapping (Square D7 on the Tube map), Warren Street (C5), Warwick Avenue (C3), Waterloo (E5), Watford (A2)

The rain that’s been thumping on the roof all night stops and, in an instant, there’s bright blue sky outside: a good day for TubeforLOLs. Except I don’t want to traipse round the Tube where anything might happen but nothing does. I really don’t. There’s only thirty-odd stations to go, I thought it would get easier, but it doesn’t get easier, it gets harder … harder … harder … Someone is poking me in the ribs with a stick. It’s The Inner Curmudgeon. Come on, boyo, he is saying. He’s got his gruff voice on but today there’s a paternal, concerned gruffityness about it. Slowly I swim upwards from the anxious and loathsome deeps, through the world of sleep and dreams … You can’t let this TubeforLOLs’ nonsense, get to you, Sandy, The Inner Curmudgeon is saying. It’s nothing, understand, nothing! You can’t let it get into your dreams!   Continue reading

Tears Before Bedtime (71/80)

Post 71 of 80. Friday 1 November  – Walthamstow Central (Square B8 on the Tube map), Walthamstow Queen’s Road (B8), Wandsworth Road (E4), Wanstead (B8), Wanstead Park (B8)

Some titles for posts come as flashes of inspiration during visits or suggest themselves shortly afterwards, but for other … I get no further: The Inner Curmudgeon is up and at me. Others, Craig, he says, are acts of desperation or plain muddle-headedness! … I acknowledge the truth of this and continue. But for other posts, a number of titles fit. Today’s, for instance, could equally well be called Fellowship is Life or Scenes of Dickensian Life or The Most Beautiful Waitress in London or Doppelgangers!   Continue reading

Ah Memory – You Disobedient Dog! (70/80)

Post 70 of 80. Tuesday 29 October  – Upper Holloway (Square B6 on the Tube map), Upton Park (C8), Uxbridge (A1), Vauxhall (E4), Victoria (D4)

I can’t believe it: a Tube station here! Over the past forty years I’ve passed this way countless times (as in ‘I can’t remember how many times’) mainly by car, sometimes on foot and, perhaps, a couple of times by bus. And I’ve never known there was a station here. I’m gob-smacked. Or, as I used to say when but a callow youth – my gast is flabbered.   Continue reading

A Fruity Little Number (69/80)

Tuesday 22 October  – Turnham Green (Square D2 on the Tube map), Turnpike Green (D2), Upminster (B9), Upminster Bridge (B9), Upney (C9)

TubeforLOLs presents – perhaps, ‘throws up’ is a better expression – many philosophical questions. For instance, is there a Platonic ideal of a TubeforLOLs trip? Or is the Wittgensteinian notion of ‘family resemblance’ a better intellectual tool with which to get to grips with this alphabetic tube travelling? How can we reconcile the sheer pointlessness and boredom that is the hall-mark of TubeforLOLs with the fact that things, admittedly mainly pointless and boring things, do occasionally happen? Whatever. As today progresses – perhaps, ‘unravels’ is the mot juste – I begin to entertain hopes that this may turn out to be the quintessential TubeforLOLs trip.   Continue reading

Accentuate The Positive! (68/80)

Tuesday 15 October  – Tottenham Hale (Square B7 on the Tube map), Totteridge & Whetstone (A5), Tower Gateway (D7), Tower Hill (D6), Tufnell Park (B5)

A grey day and a miserable prospect. First off, the snorting snarling road junction known as Tottenham Hale. Next up, Totteridge & Whetstone – one from the end of the Northern line’s High Barnet branch and the only thing likely in its favour is that it’s one step nearer to civilization than High Barnet. Then the two Towers, Gateway and Hill – tourist fodder; ugh! And finally, Tufnell Park: an awful dump the last time I was there twenty years ago, an awful dump the first time I visited forty years ago!

Stop belly-aching, Craig! hollers The Inner Curmudgeon.    Continue reading

Of Beauty, Change and Loss (67/80)

Tuesday 8 October  – Temple (Square D5 on the Tube map), Theydon Bois (A8), Tooting Bec (F4), Tooting Broadway (F4), Tottenham Court Road (C5)

It’s a glorious autumn day but I really don’t want to go out. My muscles are aching from my recent over-strenuous gardening but that’s only a part of it. It’s more that I really really don’t want to drag my carcass around the Tube. Not today, not this week, not this year. Come on! I’ve visited over three hundred stations. What more is there to discover about London and its neighbourhoods? Surely I’ve run the gamut of human emotion – or as much of it as I’m going to run?

It’s his own stupid fault, Dear Readers, The Inner Curmudgeon chips in. And it’s not the first time. He’s a serial offender. ‘Over-strenuous gardening’! My Giddy Aunt!   Continue reading