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I took this photo through the rain-soaked windshield on the upper level of a 24 bus. The combination of bad weather and construction blocks on two of the Camden High Street lanes resulted in long queues of buses snaking towards the stops. While it provided great photo opportunities, it also resulted in disgruntled travelers repeatedly ringing the stop bell, trying to get the bus driver to let them out at traffic lights. Which, naturally, resulted in the bus driver going into a snit and ignoring them. I think Crowley must have designed the seven-street intersection on which Camden Town tube station is perched. It probably spells out the name of some unspeakable horror in the language of the Black Priesthood of Ancient Mu.
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[User Picture]From: thefounder
2005-04-28 10:07 (UTC)
i think Crowley probably designed much of Britain's road network, at least in urban areas. i'd also like to think he was responsible for Geminis [the nearest two double deckers to the camera are of this type - both appear to be Eclipse Geminis on Volvo chassis, though the Arriva one could be a Pulsar Gemini on a VDL Bus chassis], as i think they are one of the ultimate triumphs of style of substance.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-04-29 12:12 (UTC)
Whoa, you are a more knowledgeable transport geek than I am. I know I've ridden on several different styles of double-decker, but I haven't paid attention to the manufacturers. I know that there seems to be a dearth of stop bells on the upper levels of the Geminis and that the passenger traffic does not flow smoothly between the upper and lower levels. I also prefer the bench style of seats to the separated seats, as it seems to encourage people to be more polite with respect to allowing one another enough space. It's counterintuitive, but it seems to work. But that's the extent of my observational study. :-P
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[User Picture]From: thefounder
2005-05-02 18:21 (UTC)
i'm afraid i've been a transport geek for many a year, particularly about trains and buses, so i know a fair bit about that sort of thing.

i find your comment on bench seats vs. individual seats interesting, because i've usually found it to be the other way round, particularly with sets of five seats across the back. [incidentally, one of my problems with the Eclipse Geminis i've been on has been the poor design of the rear of the lower deck that prevents me from fitting my shoulders in when i sit in one of the corners.] however, i have difficulty believing anyone in London [present company excepted, i would hope] is bothered enough to allow enough space for other people, so i'm surprised you've noticed a difference...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-05-02 19:36 (UTC)
Maybe it's not so much "enough" space as it is any space at all. One of the things that weirds me out is the propensity to sit on the outer of the two seats when both of them are free and then not moving over when someone else needs to sit down. Instead, some people will make you climb over their legs to get to the inner seat! That doesn't seem to happen quite as much with the benches, since it's easier to slide in. I don't know, though, the psychology behind that particular behavior boggles my mind. Why is it favorable to have someone clamber over you rather than scoot over and then ask them to move when you need to get off the bus?
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[User Picture]From: thefounder
2005-05-03 17:25 (UTC)
to my immediately-cynical-about-Londoners mind, the explanation of the strange seat behaviour that comes first is that it's preferable to have someone clamber over you than to have to talk to them if you want to get off before they do. however, it could be an individual seat thing if the seats away from the gangway are too close to the inside wall of the bus to be comfortable. i choose certain seats on trams here for a similar reason [my shoulders are too wide for me to sit next to wall rather than window].
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-04-29 12:12 (UTC)
Especially when you're sitting on a nice warm dry bus and have managed to score a front seat on the upper level.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-04-29 12:15 (UTC)
Hoorah! I hope you like today's dispatch. If the weather we're having today holds, I'll have some dispatches from outside London after the weekend, too.
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2005-04-28 17:01 (UTC)
*beaming* I just finished G.O. (again) two weeks ago...I'd forgotten just how coool Crowley was/is. Wouldn't you like to see 20 different artist's interpretations of him racing at top speed in his flaming auto? *blinking* Right. Lost my train.

I love the crisp leg of the pedestrian dashing across the street--can't for sure tell you why, but at the same time, he really seems to add to the photo. (Foreground placement, human interest, action??)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-04-29 12:23 (UTC)
I would love to see that. It's fantastic idea. You have artists on your f-list, right? Make the suggestion, compile the results!

BTW, check this out if you haven't before. I'd love to see Phil Foglio turn the whole book into a graphic novel.

I was so pleased when I got home and downloaded this photo off my camera. Rain: it's Nature's Photoshop filter. Also, I couldn't have asked the pedestrian to place himself in a better position when I snapped it. Can you imagine trying to get someone to pose there? "No...wait...never mind the car that's about to run you over..."
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[User Picture]From: comfortslut
2005-04-28 17:37 (UTC)
Jesus, that's a great fucking shot. Just aching to be made into a book cover. Make sure you hold onto it, I might need it.

xo
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-04-29 12:24 (UTC)
WOW. I was bowled over when I saw this comment. Thank you, and I will.
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[User Picture]From: slutbunwalla
2005-04-28 19:29 (UTC)
Ha! Awesome.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-04-29 12:27 (UTC)
The other great thing about riding in the front of the bus with a camera in your hand waiting for good shots is that you can't see all the people behind you who are staring. Particularly the Spanish tourists, who don't realize you can understand that they're openly discussing the cute girl in the front with the camera in her hand.
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[User Picture]From: elleclectic
2005-04-28 20:38 (UTC)
Agreed that it's a great shot for the cover of a book!

I'm really enjoying the shots-from-London thing as well. It's like a mini-vacation from home. Also, I like the idea of seeing decidedly non-touristy things and get intimate shots of the "real London."

Well done, and thank you!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-04-29 12:31 (UTC)
A book about...Paris! :-P

Hope you like today's dispatch.
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[User Picture]From: seismic
2005-04-28 20:54 (UTC)
*itches to visit*

*cough* Foul temptress. *cough*
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-04-29 12:34 (UTC)
Muahahaha, the plan is working. MUAHAHA...um, I mean, that was not my intention at all.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-05-02 11:11 (UTC)
Heh. Distinction noted! Actually, the more trips I take into the countryside, the more I notice the differences between London and England.
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[User Picture]From: katyakoshka
2005-05-02 20:26 (UTC)
I think Crowley must have designed the seven-street intersection on which Camden Town tube station is perched. It probably spells out the name of some unspeakable horror in the language of the Black Priesthood of Ancient Mu.

Interesting theory. Probably a ring of truth to that. Or maybe it's just the Illuminati. And no Black Priesthood of Ancient Mu. Hey, it's... sorta possible.
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