London Walking Tours    with Joanna Moncrieff

Anorak tales …

I think I’m turning into an anorak although I am sure some people will say I already was one. Having to learn 17 five minute stops around the London Transport Museum for an exam this Saturday the 21st I am beginning to get obsessed with London’s transport and its history. I am ashamed to say I found myself discussing the print font (ie Johnston) with someone from work that I got on the tube with. Am not really sure how that fact managed to come out of my mouth with no prompting. I must apologise next time I see her. I also found myself on Saturday getting off a no. 26 bus and trying to find out what was different about it and even looking it up on the Internet when I got home. It seemed a completely new style to all the other buses but I’ve yet to find the answer. I did notice however that the seat covers had “ELBG” woven into the design ie East London Bus Garage. Think I need to get out more.

I have, however, enjoyed having conversations with my fellow classmates about random obsessive websites we have discovered. I have already signed up to follow one very interesting blog and I think more may follow even beyond the date of the exam.

Tonight I’ve been researching the Routemaster and the Green Line bus and have discovered I can now talk for 5 minutes without even having to learn it as I find it so interesting. Did you know for example that the ceilings of the upper decks of the Routemasters were allegedly painted yellow to disguise cigarette stains? Right, I had better stop now …

3 Responses to Anorak tales …

  • Should I be worried about you, Jo. Mind you there are lots of single men out there who would love to go out with someone who obsesses about London transport especially buses! But you really don’t want to go there! Interesting about the typeface. I never knew that snippet of information.

  • 1 more snippet – the computer equivalent is Verdana.

  • That thing about the reason for painting the ceilings makes me feel just a bit queasy!