You might think that Waterloo & City Line couldn’t even have a Myers-Briggs Type, being a tunnel in London with some trains in it, but you’d be wrong. Whilst the normal way to establish a Myers-Briggs Type is get someone to fill in a questionnaire, it’s apparently possible to use a sample of text to analyse the personality of the author. And while the Waterloo & City Line didn’t have much to say for most of its 115 year history, for the last couple of years, it, and all the other London Underground lines, have been tweeting. So I use samples of tweets to discover what kinds of personalities they have.
posted by v21
on Sep 5, 2013 -
The first District line train out of Upminster in the morning is the first train anywhere on the underground network. It leaves the depot at 4.53, the only train anywhere in the system to set out from its base before 5am ... if you catch that train, you might be tempted to say ta-dah!—except you probably wouldn't, because nobody is thinking ta-dah! at seven minutes to five in the morning; certainly nobody on this train. People look barely awake, barely even alive. They feel the same way they look; I know because, this morning, I'm one of them.
John Lanchester on the experience, at once aversive and hypnotic, of catching the London Underground
. Lanchester's article is an extract from his forthcoming entry in the new Penguin Lines
series of tube-reading-friendly books released to commemorate the Underground's 150th anniversary
. Meanwhile, the Guardian
a collaborative Spotify playlist
of songs that mention Tube stations, for those so inclined.
posted by Sonny Jim
on Mar 6, 2013 -
is a novel written for the Internet. Originally published in 1996, it is composed of 253 stories of 253 words about each of the 253 passengers on a London Underground train, headed for a crash
posted by yellowbinder
on Jul 27, 2011 -
Mole Man to pay £300,000 for burrowing under home.
A retired engineer nicknamed “Mole Man”, because of his fondness for burrowing tunnels under his home (video)
, has been ordered to pay almost £300,000 to the local council (he lives in London) after his hobby nearly caused his house to collapse (article with a few photos)
. William Lyttle, 77, spent 40 years excavating a maze of tunnels beneath his 20-room Victorian property
in Hackney, East London
, before the council intervened.
"I often used to joke that I expect him to come tunnelling up through the kitchen floor," said Marc Beishon, who lives a few yards from William Lyttle's house, in 2006, when the Mole Man was first ordered to stop
. [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu
on Apr 18, 2008 -