Thursday, 1 November 2012

Mottos in Metroland

"Over the years I studied the rolling stock.  From the platform I could tell at a glance a wide from an extra-wide compartment.  I knew all the advertisements by heart, and all the varieties of decoration on the barrel-vaulted ceilings.  I knew the range of imagination of the people who scraped the NO SMOKING transfers on the windows into new mottos; NO SNORING was the most popular piece of knife-work; NO SNOGGING a baffler for years; NO SNOWING the most whimsical."

Metroland  Julian Barnes

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  1. Love that book. I lived in Metroland at the same time as Julian Barnes. I also knew those trains.

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