Monday, February 14, 2005
The real EastEnders
the tube station
Kat: I'm going shopping up west. Gimme a ticket.
Tube operative: Which zone do you want?
Kat: I'm gonna buy me a little red dress and some tottery shoes.
Tube operative: Single or return?
Kat: And then I'm gonna get blind drunk.
Tube operative: Do you have an Oystercard?
Kat: I'm a Slater I am, and don't you forget it.
Tube operative: Excuse me, but you need a ticket to pass through that gate.
Kat: <squeezing through> You want a slap in the face, mate?
Tube operative: You'll never make it down the stairs in those heels.
Kat: Ooo-err <smash>
Tannoy: "Due to passenger action at Bromley-by-Bow, all services on the District Line are suspended."
Bromley-by-Bow station was opened by the London, Tilbury & Southend Railway in 1858, although the Underground only reached here in 1902. There are four platforms, but the two alongside the Southend line are now derelict and overgrown. The ticket hall is rather more modern, but not modern enough to be attractive. Just inside the entrance is a newsagent's kiosk which is only open during the morning rush hour (and stocks rather more tabloids than broadsheets). At least, unlike the special effects used at Walford East, the trains running through this station are real and appear more often than once a year.
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