[Epub] Walk the Lines: The London Underground, Overground By Mark Mason – Rvtrek.info

Walk the Lines: The London Underground, Overground Enjoyable birthday gift from a best mate, in which the author conspires to walk the route of each of the London Underground lines, which nevertheless brought to mind a Caitlin Moran quip about George Galloway which I ll paraphrase the kind of activity most commonly considered in the midlife crisis years by men who ve hitherto got away with trying it on and, without exception, think I sound dashing Like Iain Sinclair circumnavigating the M25 for psychogeographic adventure Sadly the phrase Enjoyable birthday gift from a best mate, in which the author conspires to walk the route of each of the London Underground lines, which nevertheless brought to mind a Caitlin Moran quip about George Galloway which I ll paraphrase the kind of activity most commonly considered in the midlife crisis years by men who ve hitherto got away with trying it on and, without exception, think I sound dashing Like Iain Sinclair circumnavigating the M25 for psychogeographic adventure Sadly the phrase that onlookers most commonly think is why is that podgy man trying to cross the Hangar Lane gyratory on foot An absence of power politics is perhaps not surprising from a Spectator writer, who betrays some odd irritating perspectives Jean Charles de Menezes death, covered up by the Metropolitan Police, is tossed off as controversial , sex workers are tarts , for example while there s an ongoing obsession with suicide Still, the self depreciation saves the day at one point quoting Jeffrey Bernard that the trouble is, I bore myself When even a self obsessed man is made to yawn by his own daydreams then there s no where to go Bill Drummond s cameo appearance toward the end provides a suitable ending to the book, which I d recommend alongside Rebel Footprints as essential supplementary reading Love the way the authors brain is wired up, we must be related some how This book is genius, informative, entertaining and inspiring I ve always thought in Personal Tube Map terms, but never had the correct phrase to explain it to myself Only thing left now is to have a go at this myself Although I don t know that I would re walk all the bits I ve covered where lines either share track or a route if there was nothing new to see I also don t understand why the author insisted walking to dif Love the way the authors brain is wired up, we must be related some how This book is genius, informative, entertaining and inspiring I ve always thought in Personal Tube Map terms, but never had the correct phrase to explain it to myself Only thing left now is to have a go at this myself Although I don t know that I would re walk all the bits I ve covered where lines either share track or a route if there was nothing new to see I also don t understand why the author insisted walking to different branches Why not walk one way, train back to the fork then walk the next bit As A Lifelong Fan Of London, Mark Mason Embarks On A Mission To Conquer The Capital Once And For All The Only Way To Truly Discover A City, They Say, Is On Foot Taking This To Extremes, Mark Sets Out To Walk The Entire Length Of The London Underground Overground Passing Every Station On The WayOver The Course Of Several Hundred Miles, He Comes To Understand A Sprawling Metropolis That Never Ceases To Surprise In A Story Packed With Historical Trivia, Personal Musings And Eavesdropped Conversations, Mark Learns How To Get The Best Gossip In A City Pub, How The Ritz Made Its Female Guests Feel Good About Themselves, And Why The Bank Of England Won T Let You Join The M Northbound At Junction He Has An East End Cup Of Tea With The Krays Official Biographer, Discovers What Cabbies Mean By On The Cotton , And Meets The Archers Star Who Was The Voice Of Mind The GapOn A Broader Level, Mark Contemplates London S Contradictions As Well As Its Charms He Gains Insights Into Our Fascination With Maps And Sees How Walking Changes Our View Of The World Above All, In This Love Letter To A Complicated Friend, He Celebrates The Sights, Sounds And Soul Of The Greatest City On Earth Inspired That s a challenge for next year. This has inspired me to walk the lines myself currently 5 lines done as of writing , and there are some interesting facts in this book, but Mason comes off as a bit snobby and backward at times it s an averagely written book about a riveting subject Further Mason s unwillingness to explore the DLR and Overground seems silly as it misses out swathes of the capital, simply because he classes himself a puritan and doesn t think they should even be on the map A decent enough book if you, lik This has inspired me to walk the lines myself currently 5 lines done as of writing , and there are some interesting facts in this book, but Mason comes off as a bit snobby and backward at times it s an averagely written book about a riveting subject Further Mason s unwillingness to explore the DLR and Overground seems silly as it misses out swathes of the capital, simply because he classes himself a puritan and doesn t think they should even be on the map A decent enough book if you, like me, are fascinated by the Underground network but not a great piece of writing in general A light but enjoyable read Plenty of interesting trivia and observations As someone who loves to embark on long walks, urban and otherwise, and with a real love of London there was plenty of thought provoking material here. Do you know the street in London with the most vowels in a row After reading this book you will. An interesting read about one man and his desire to walk the London Underground Lines, and see how it all connects I loved it, and disliked it for three equal reasons LOVED1 I really enjoyed the determination and endurance of one man s quest to see it all I mean, I could not walk the distance of a marathon in one day, or over one evening in fact The all nighter one was both fascinating and just crazy in my opinion.2 I laughed so much while reading the Circle Line walk that was thoroughl An interesting read about one man and his desire to walk the London Underground Lines, and see how it all connects I loved it, and disliked it for three equal reasons LOVED1 I really enjoyed the determination and endurance of one man s quest to see it all I mean, I could not walk the distance of a marathon in one day, or over one evening in fact The all nighter one was both fascinating and just crazy in my opinion.2 I laughed so much while reading the Circle Line walk that was thoroughly entertaining as they slowly drank their way around central London 3 I love a good trivia knowledge nugget, and there were definitely a few there that were great to know that just make you love London.NOT SO LOVED1 He didn t consider the DLR or the London Overground as cannon, and therefore, didn t walk them I thought this discredited a lot of the culture or growth of East and South London, and as a result, there was a lot of talk of North London and Metroland, without the balance of other parts of London 2 While it was nice to have friends join him on some of the walks, I felt like it distracted him from a few fun facts along the way There was a lot of talk and then we passed X station and that s it.3 While I know he loves to tick off a list, I thought he tortured himself there by trying to walk a lot of lines in a day or walking offline between lines e.g High Barnet to Edgeware I wouldn t have judged him for catching a bus train taxi to help speed things along on the offline moments As the blurb suggests the book follows Mason who has lived in around London and like many Londoner s I assume has become interested in the ever changing map of the Underground Wandering around where he lives, he travels up a side street he hasn t before and realizes if he continues he ll create a triangle back to his house a realization he hasn t made before He decides to walk the entirety of each length of the line in a type of homage to the city Line by line he beings to walk these tube As the blurb suggests the book follows Mason who has lived in around London and like many Londoner s I assume has become interested in the ever changing map of the Underground Wandering around where he lives, he travels up a side street he hasn t before and realizes if he continues he ll create a triangle back to his house a realization he hasn t made before He decides to walk the entirety of each length of the line in a type of homage to the city Line by line he beings to walk these tube lines and tells us a lot about the city I bloody adore.I just want to put in a little aside here Mason only walks 11 of the London Underground Lines refusing to walk the Overground Line and the DLR I find this a little unfair definitely still part of London Mason wanders the line giving snippets of local history that might one day help on a pub quiz He is a really entertaining narrator especially in the beginning of the book and I found myself desperate to undertake the walks myself especially the Circle Line Pub Crawl.I haven t finished this book and it s why I m also yet to finish a Bill Bryson book The beginning of the book is really interesting It s new ground, it s a non fiction book written in a fiction style As you can imagine we do end up walking through endless housing estates As the lines cross we do get quite a bit of repetition.The first couple of stations take up a couple of chapters But as we go further stations take up a quarter of this I think a big selling point to this unless on the DLR is you get to pick out your station Many don t get the coverage unless they re big names ie Wimbledon or Morden The pub crawl is fun but it does feel as though Mason realized that he needed to make it fun Following this certain walks are done at night which does stop the author seeing the highlights I think a main problem is that it doesn t really reference people It mainly references buildings and so it lacks a little passion.So, what did I think I really enjoyed dipping in and out of this book Read one tube line, put the book down for a bit, read another tube line It s not a book I think I could physically read in one go because it s too heavy It s a perfect gift for a new Londoner or a walker who might be tempted to walk the 11 lines For me a great dip in and out but not quite there Almost as difficult a slog as the actual 20 mile walks, and this is due to the writer, despite having many facts to hand I like a good hard fact , not being as funny as Bill Bryson or puppyishly amiable as Stuart Maconie, or a bit eccentric like Tim Moore all men, these, when will there be a female light hearted traveloguer He s not a great companion, moaning about town planners, the nanny state , street signs, art deco architecture, the art supplies shop called Let s Fill This Town With A Almost as difficult a slog as the actual 20 mile walks, and this is due to the writer, despite having many facts to hand I like a good hard fact , not being as funny as Bill Bryson or puppyishly amiable as Stuart Maconie, or a bit eccentric like Tim Moore all men, these, when will there be a female light hearted traveloguer He s not a great companion, moaning about town planners, the nanny state , street signs, art deco architecture, the art supplies shop called Let s Fill This Town With Artists, and cyclists, whilst referencing women by their hair colour a tired blondeHe writeslike a CAMRA member wanting to get something off their chest, rather than someone trying to engage the reader It s not that interesting to know what you had for your mid walk Starbucks snack, dear writer He even uses the pages to name and berate his female friends who ask him why he s doing such a strange thing Oh these silly women with their fashions and their fripperies, they don t understand that a man must have a challenge, a raison d etre, and no, sorry, he can t do the washing up, he doesn t have time for your nonsense

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *