London Life

100 feet underground

Confirming why my mobile doesn’t have service down here.

Sometimes London’s underground tube network feels like a world unto itself. With no mobile reception or wifi – or even access to sunlight, it can somehow feel very removed from daily life… but also so connected because millions of people rely on the tube to get them around the city.

You look out windows the tube windows and see walls and artificial lights instead of the sky. During rush hour people will squish themselves inside the carriages so their faces are buried in a strangers armpit or back, yet these same two people invading each other’s space wont make eye contact or small talk. Other times the carriages are empty and you have a false security of privacy; go on, pick your nose – it’s only CCTV watching! And then when it’s time to exit the station you need to remember: Stand on the right, walk on the left!

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Leaving Mornington Crescent.

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To avoid eye contact, I sometimes fixate on my shoes.

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Peaking at the other passengers.

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Transfer at Euston: platforms empty after trains depart.

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Crowded Victoria line home.

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