Saturday, 14 January 2012

That Friday Feeling... (on Saturday)

The Christmas period is definitely over. Actually tonight is Old Russian New Year and there are still a few fireworks going off outside, but for most of us we're back at work, nose to the grindstone.
I was wondering what this week's theme should be when I read that the first six miles of the London Underground was opened this week in 1863. I love the art you see on the underground so thought that I'd see what Etsy had to offer... 

Fabulous badge by ChloeLeeCarson

I could probably do with one of these - a tube map cushion by HuntedandStuffed
And this tube blanket by Verdurebydesign is super cute too!

Well, there's a wealth of information about the Underground - or Tube as we prefer to call it. Here are a few:

  • Only two tube stations have all 5 vowels in them - took me forever to work them out, but they are: Mansion House and South Ealing. 
  • The phrase 'Mind the Gap' was first used on the Northern Line
  • The first section of the Tube was part of what is now the Hammersmith & City line - the section between Paddington and Farringdon.
  • From Mile End station you can get anywhere in London with only one line change.
  • There are 270 stations - but only 29 of them are South of the River Thames, and there are 402 escalators.
  • Only one person has been born on the tube - in 1924. Her name was apparently Thelma Ursula Beatrice Eleanor (look at the initials)
  • Tube stations were used as bomb shelters during the Blitz.

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