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hello, my name is al. i make music by myself and with a band called the fictive kinship. i work in an office in london on railway related stuff and cycle to work every day. i love cooking, swimming and riding my bike all over london. i try to eat well, write good songs and not drink too much. i don't always succeed.

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today i've been out on site visiting railway substations in glamorous battersea, wandsworth and streatham. it was mostly cold and not all that exciting.

as you can see the modern railway with it's shiny new trains, cappucinos and star-trek toilets is a little more down to (19th century) earth behind the scenes.

y'know that noise you hear before announcements in stations? is actually just an old pipe-smoking man playing a xylophone attached to a really big gramophone. true.
17th Mar 2008, 21:29   | tags:,,

hildegard says:

In an odd sort of way, I find these reassuring. Much more reassuring than the customer-facing bits anyway.

17th Mar 2008, 22:34

dookerdoo says:

i was actually quite disappointed that most of the subs i visited yesterday were modern and clean. i was kind of hoping for more victorian dereliction. y'know, hanging chains and broken windows etc. but no. most of them were clean, bright, and full of banks of benevolently humming electrical equipment with the occasoinal bit of pre-war technology tucked away among the LEDS and fibre optics.

18th Mar 2008, 10:22

Dhamaka says:

I prefer the xylophone story

18th Mar 2008, 19:29

You could rely on stuff like that.

The new stuff spends far too much time humming to be able to concentrate on the job in hand if you ask me..

29th Mar 2008, 08:11

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