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Impromptu singalong on the London Tube

Don’t you love when an impromptu singalong strikes people on the London Underground?! It’s Erasure. It’s Kentish Town. It’s amazing.

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Do you know how to take the Underground like a Londoner?

London Underground dog

Well, first of all, apologies for the radio silence! I have been super busy at work and juggling the being a present parent thing and trying to keep the laundry done and the dishes washed and so on and so on, all while keeping up with watching the latest episode of “Girls.” It’s a struggle, let me tell you!

Anyway, I’m back on board and wanted to share this Buzzfeed quiz, assessing one’s ability to take the Underground like a Londoner. Go on and take it and let me know how you do!

I was very proud to have achieved “Tube Pro” status. “You’re either a Londoner, or just a great human being. You have a healthy regard for personal space, but also the patience that comes with travelling long distances underground. Well done you.” *sigh*

I’ll tell you once a London Undergrounder, always a London Undergrounder! It’s still in my blood so many years later! (But thankfully my nose is clear and not packed with black soot like it used to be from my daily commute!)

London Underground at home

London Canvas, Black and White, Subway Sign Poster

Look what I found on Etsy! Nice, right? It’s handmade and is priced at $140. The seller, GoingUnderground, specializes in subway art prints that pay homage to cities around the world and they ship worldwide.

They also offer these – so you can select the Tube stations that mean the most to you:

More London Underground signs

London Underground signs

London Underground signs

Fake London Underground signs

Wow. Someone has posted these fake London Underground signs on the Underground and they really are quite something!

Here are just a few…

Fake London Underground sign

Fake London Underground sign

Fake London Underground sign

London Underground sign
London Underground sign

See the rest of the Tube signs and try NOT to smile ….

No Pants Sunday

Rex Features via AP Images

Rex Features via AP Images

Many London Underground riders went pantsless on Sunday as part of No Pants Subway Ride, which originated in New York City. Since pants mean underwear in the U.K., Brits were careful to clarify that trousers were optional, knickers weren’t. According to the group’s Facebook page, 250-300 people participated this year!

No Trousers Day on the London Underground, London, Britain - 12

'No Pants Subway Ride Day', London, Britain - 12 Jan 2014

'No Pants Subway Ride Day', London, Britain - 12 Jan 2014

London Underground pulls all-nighters

London Underground

I can’t believe it! Starting 2015, the London Underground’s Jubilee, Victoria and stretches of the Central, Northern and Picadilly lines will run all night on Fridays and Saturdays. This is epic! Amazing! Life changing!

Not convinced? Check out Buzzfeed.com’s “15 Ways that All-Night Tubes will Change Your Life.”

24 London Underground signs that will brighten your day

London Underground sign

I’m not sure whose job it is to come up with these lovely little morsels of wisdom on the London Underground, but I used to love seeing them (on the rare times that I would see them). It certainly brightened my morning slog of a commute! Keep up the great work, Transport for London!

27 extraordinary facts about the London Underground

27 extraordinary facts about London Underground

Apologies for the recent BuzzFeed kick, but this was too interesting to not share! Check out their list!

Celebrations

Poems on the UndergroundToday, there’s much to celebrate as the world’s oldest underground transportation network, the London Underground, celebrates 150 years today on the same day that the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton turns 31.

When I studied abroad in the U.K., one of my flatmates had an anthology of poetry that had been posted on the London Underground (where the advertisements usually ran). The book, Poems on the Underground (Fifth Edition), became one of my favorites to just dip into now and again, and ranged from Percy Shelley to Maya Angelou, Brits and non-Brits as well as some anonymous authors.

I eventually bought my own copy  that year and have been revisiting those old poems this week. I found one which might be appropriate for today’s celebrations. Let’s raise a glass and have a read! Cheers.

A Birthday

My heart is like a singing bird
Whose nest is in a watered shoot;
My heart is like an apple-tree
Whose boughs are bent with thick-set fruit;
My heart is like a rainbow shell
That paddles in a halcyon sea;
My heart is gladder than all these
Because my love is come to me.

Raise me a dais of silk and down;
Hang it with vair and purple dyes;
Carve it in doves and pomegranates,
And peacocks with a hundred eyes;
Work it in gold and silver grapes,
In leaves and silver fleurs-de-lys;
Because the birthday of my life
Is come, my love is come to me.

– Christina Rossetti (1830-94)

London Underground gone wild

Photo credit: I know this great little place in London …

Have you heard about this? Some Londoners are having a laugh covering over the usual London Underground signs with something a little more fun. Check out a few more on Stickers on the Central Line.

NPR covered the story. Have a listen!