Postcards from the edge

Postcards from the edge
Tales of (mis)adventure from abroad

Mind The Gap

Mind The Gap

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The sudden stop between two stations was more original this time, the power also went out. You would think that such a modernized country with the oldest underground railway system in the world would have figured out some kind of logical process by now. I guess not. Here’s my theory: Every morning, the operator uses coin tosses to decide the order of departure of the trains; he then sits back with a bag of popcorn canvassing a huge electronic map with hundreds of moving blinking lights, and waits attentively… One hand on a big red button labeled “SHUTDOWN”.


There are 5 comments.

  1. comment number 1 by: Etienne

    You ought to read Neil Gaiman’s “Neverwhere.”
    It explains everything. You see, the tube is not actually a metropolitan transit system. It is a paralel universe in which praeternatural intelligences from ages beyond human memory still dwell, quietly ruminating their plans for overthrowing the rule of Reason.

  2. comment number 2 by: Yannick

    Hmmm… It all makes perfect sense now…

  3. comment number 3 by: Rachel

    The irony of this postcard is that I’m actually in England right now, and will be experiencing this first-hand in the next couple of weeks. Of all the places you’ve been, while I’m in England I get a postcard from there. haha. Made me laugh.
    Question: Don’t you hate metropolitain areas? Wouldn’t you rather danger and adventure in some wild jungle somewhere? Seems like London England is a little black sheep on the list of places you’ve been…

  4. comment number 4 by: danika

    haha je savais que tu parlais de londres ca arrete pas de repeter MIND THE GAP! cest malade cette ville la et jadore ta theorie! haha :)

  5. comment number 5 by: Yannick

    Rachel, you’re absolutely right: I do. And I’m actually leaving for the Mongolian-Siberian border in less than 24 hours. Now, that is as far as you can get from a metropolitan area…See you all in 2 months! (hopefully)

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