Friday Fun on January’s Final Friday

Right, let’s get this Friday morning off to an excellent start with a plethora of TfL geekery. I assume you’ll all have seen last week’s Buzzfeed genius ranking of Tube lines by now, but do check it out if you haven’t. Its brilliance can be summed up in its final sentence about the DLR:


You may well have also already seen the video proving that the Jubilee Line’s ticket gates fit musically into Blur’s Song 2, but I’m going to share it here regardless, for the following reasons:
1. I have a very soft spot for Blur.
2. I have a slightly less soft spot for the Jubilee Line, but it was my line of commute for five years.

Following the Sherlock-disused stations drama, a map of disused tube stations was shared widely, but it turns out that someone else was hard at work putting together a version that’s even more useful – sharing details such as what is visible above ground. Perfect for anyone who wants to go abandoned station hunting! [As an aside, I was at a meeting earlier this week where I found myself sitting next to someone who also had a passion for such stations – it made small talk so much easier!]


Next, a little tube and statistic fun. (Everybody finds statistics fun, right?) Firstly, a neat site that illustrates the the differences in annual entrance/exits of tube stations between certain years.

London Tube Map Stats

Secondly, a mapping tool I discovered during Monday’s lecture on gerantology and theology (that’s the technical term for the study of the elderly), that maps life expectancy and child deprivation data onto the tube map. I liked this firstly because the lecturer shared it with us with the opening line: “I know some of you like the tube – and I’m sure Liz will be especially keen on this”; and secondly, because it combines ONS data with the tube map, which quite frankly is a work of statistical genius. [I should also mention this is the first lecture we’ve had from this member of staff – such is the joy of lecturers following you on Twitter…]

Lives on the line mapThe same team has also mapped London’s surnames, which is similarly fascinating.

Thirdly, a map that’s less statistical and more theological. The genius that is Theologygrams (previously featured for some of their wit on major theologians) has produced a tube-style map of Paul’s missionary journeys. It’s fabulous, on many levels (I particularly liked the proposed extension to Spain). Unsurprisingly, several people saw this and immediately thought to themselves “Theology and the underground?? I must tell Liz about this!”  – the lovely Rhona got in first, literally by only 2 minutes! My friends clearly know me well…


Oh, and finally, I can’t wrap up a London Transport geek-fest without sharing the gems I bought at the London Transport Museum shop last weekend. (On two separate visits, because that’s how much I love that shop and its sales…)

TfL shoppingSaturday’s purchases: a moquette Christmas tree decoration & River Thames tiles (to be used as coasters).

Tube status magnets Sunday’s purchases: Tube line status magnets – as used on actual status boards, back in the days before they were all electronic screens. Now, if only I had my own list of lines for the fridge…

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