Using the underground in London recently, with the high temperatures there have been, has been a steam bath nightmare and like everyone else, I carried a bottle of water.

The best place to travel in these sweat tubes is at either end of the carriage, if you can bear to let seats go and stand for the major part of a journey. Windows can be opened which allows a strong air flow through, albeit a warm one, that revives ones flagging energies. Never mind sagging knees, they become very secondary! U-(

Advisory announcements were made over the tannoy systems about self-help and seeking assistance if feeling unwell, and what not to do, such as not alerting emergency help between stations, in tunnels etc. The announcements were not a lot of use in the span of their delivery as there was too much interference from the wonderfully regular arrival of trains, at least that was so on the lines I was using. You could just make out the full pattern of advice after about three or four journeys or changes of line. Goodness knows what, if anything, foreign visitors made of these fractured pronouncements.

One evening many stations were closed simultaneously, though temporarily, or a few were closed for the duration of the night, because of flash flooding caused by tropical storms and torrential rain. I hit the disruption on the return journey. The threatening skies (seen when overground) and the forks of lightening were quite exciting. I did not get soaked, I experienced a barely noticeable dash of water and my bright rainbow-coloured umbrella did not see the light of day or the darkened skies of the night time.

The following day was noticeably fresher for a short while then the electric stormy tension began to build up again very quickly, though not to the same disruptive levels as seen the day before.

8 thoughts on “SWEAT TUBES

  1. No-one can say that you haven’t had diversity in your travel weather this year Menhir, from being snow bound in Scotland to flash flooding and torrential rain in London.

  2. I’ve always loved the way the air smells after a good thunderstorm. I read somewhere that it has something to do a chemical reaction caused by the lightning, but I don’t know any of the specifics.

    Hope you are doing well, Menhir.

  3. Hi Josh,

    Thanks for your visit and wishes; things are chugging along here with the usual Scottish dreach weather but, I have to say it is mild enough to wear a tee shirt with a cardigan!

  4. I never liked going on the tube at the best of times and in weather like this I really disliked it. Thankfully I now rarely use it and certainly don’t miss having a sauna with my clothes on!
    It’s the humidity that’s the problem, with it usually ending in a storm with flooding causing yet more problems.
    London’s transport system isn’t really that good is it!

  5. LT does leave quite a bit to be desired, I agree. Reliability is one area which is highly variable and that applies to the national transport grids as well. However, living where I do, in a region that has a paucity of transport infrastructure, even LT becomes an amazing luxury!

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