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Willing to take the abuse - Dumb Question #987


Aug 29th, 2003, 07:05 AM
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My post above is not meant to put anyone off travelling on the Tube. The cause of the power outage is supposed to be some sort of coincidence which might only happen once in 20 years.
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Aug 29th, 2003, 07:33 AM
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I particularly like hearing 'Mind The Gap' at Bank station. Nice and loud. Still makes me jump out of my skin!!
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Aug 29th, 2003, 08:12 AM
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This is copied from one of my previous posts.

I often see comments by travellers who are fearful about using the tube because of stairs and escalators.

A Tube Access Guide - How to plan a Tube journey avoiding stairs and escalators - is available at most tube stations. It also shows the tube map on a much magnified scale so is great for anyone who has trouble reading the pocket size.

Hope this helps a few people.
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Aug 30th, 2003, 02:16 AM
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A few words on "dumb" questions

If coming to London, do remember that the place is full of tourists (very few of them American, BTW) and even more foreign transients here for some other reason. So no-one's going to laugh at you for asking dumb questions.

But you're more likely to get a helpful answer if you follow some simple advice:

1. Try to ask a local. It's easy to spot a local: we dress scruffiest and we're in a hurry (although Brits work slightly fewer hours in a year than Americans, Londoners have much longer commutes, so we have less free time)
2. Ask the right question. "Where's Gloucester tube?" inevitably provokes the answer "the tube doesn't go 150 miles out to the city of Gloucester". Streets are always named in full. We do try to be helpful, but it's not our job to work out whether you mean Gloucester Road, Gloucester Place, Gloucester Terrace or any of the dozens of similarly-named streets, often many miles apart.
3. Do some homework first. I was stopped last week by a woman asking for Notting Hill Market. Did she mean Notting Hill Farmers' Market (unlikely) or Portobello Road Market? No, just Notting Hill Market. She looked truly offended when I repeated there was no such thing.
4. Remember your manners. Odd thing to say, since Brits typically have much worse manners than Americans. Except in casual questions. A Brit being stopped in the street finds it rude for the question not to be prefixed by "Excuse me. Would you mind telling me....." and then being thanked at the end. Queues may have gone the way of so many other forms of civilised behaviour. But the kind of old fogey (or West Indian bus conductor) who looks like she'll give you the right answer is still slightly offended at questions without these circumlocutions.
5. Asking dumb questions of drivers of black cabs, if you haven't hired them, might give you brilliantly insightful answers. But more likely a brusque lesson that they're not a free information service.
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Aug 30th, 2003, 03:30 AM
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I'm color-blind, dyslexic and perpetually drunk, so finding my way round on the tube is relatively easy.
All I have to do is surface and take a cab.

I hope this helps..
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Aug 30th, 2003, 04:08 AM
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To All Fodorites: I don't want to unnecessarily push this thread back to the top (my question has been answered and, as I have come to expect, expertly) but I want to again make an observation.

I have been using a computer since 1979 (a Texas Instrument 99/4a) and have been telecommunicating since around 1980 (when I used a 300 baud acoustic - you plugged the phone inset into some cups...think "Shall we play a game?"). I say that to prefice this: I have NEVER found a more helpful, generous, informative group as you, the Fodorites.

Seriously. I have visited other forums for help on subjects and, on most, when a new user asks a questions the regulars have heard for the 30th time (which new users have no way of knowing, usually), someone invariably "flames" them and reminds them how naive/stupid/ignorant their question is.

I am new here and have asked, I am sure, some tedious, boring questions in the eyes of you, the veteran Fodorites. I have been answered with nothing but wonderful information, insight, and experiences.

I just wanted you all to know how special you folks are, what a great place you have "built" here, and how much we, as new users, appreciate your patience and expertise. You have made me feel very at home and much more comfortable about my upcoming holiday to London.

Thanks for all your wealth of knowledge and kindness of spirit.


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Aug 30th, 2003, 07:57 AM
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Have a great trip. The enthusiasm of newcomers is vital to this forum, and be sure to come back here and tell us about your trip. No doubt you will have fresh new observations, First-timers and nth-timers always see something new, from different perspectives.

Best wishes,

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Aug 30th, 2003, 08:05 AM
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Have a great trip...you will be fine as long as the power doesn't go off !

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Aug 30th, 2003, 08:09 AM
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The very worse is that you will take the wrong train! If so simply get off at the next station, cross over to the other side and return back to your starting point. I like the tube!!
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