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Ases 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 M11 northbound at Junction 5 He has an East End cup of tea with the Krays' official biographer discovers what cabbies m. Inspired That s a challenge for next year Gloom Town get the best uinze dias gossip in a City pub how the Ritz made its female Cheating for the Chicken Man guests feel The Last Runaway good about themselves and why the Bank of England won't let you join the M11 northbound at Junction 5 He has an East End cup of tea with the Krays' official biographer discovers what cabbies m. Inspired That s a challenge for next year

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Walk the Lines The London Underground Overground

Ean by 'on the cotton' and meets the Archers star who was the voice of 'Mind the Gap'On 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. 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 eual reasons LOVED1 I really enjoyed the determination and endurance of one man s uest 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 opinion2 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 LondonNOT 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 it3 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 eg High Barnet to Edgeware I wouldn t have judged him for catching a bustraintaxi to help speed things along on the offline moments uinze dias 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 Cheating for the Chicken Man greatest city on earth. 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 eual reasons LOVED1 I really enjoyed the determination and endurance of one man s uest 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 opinion2 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 The Last Runaway good trivia knowledge nugget and there were definitely a few there that were On Tidy Endings great to know that just make you love LondonNOT 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 Flat World Navigation 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 it3 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 eg High Barnet to Edgeware I wouldn t have judged him for catching a bustraintaxi to help speed things along on the offline moments

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As a lifelong fan of London Mark Mason embarks on a mission to 'conuer' 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 ce. Travelogue set in London finding London s soulThere isn t exactly a dearth of books about London You don t have to spend hours scouring bookshops or sitting in front of the computer if you want to find out about its history its people its rivers or its architecture indeed I guess you could stock a small British town library remember them solely with books about or set in England s capital citySo what inspired Mark Mason to add another one to the pile Well he tells us in the Introduction that he wanted to find London s soul Now I m all for having aims in life but this one struck me as a little ambitious especially as the way he was going about it was by walking all of London s Underground lines from end to end Disappointingly he didn t actually patrol the tunnels like a down market phantom of the opera but walked overground to every station on each Tube line in order and he didn t cheat once His wife suggested it which made me warm to herWell could such a pedestrian approach really reveal the essence of one of the world s greatest cities Of course not However what he did do was take a series of recognizable snapshots of many different parts of London and its suburbs so many streets and stations that even the most dyed in the wool Londoner would have problems finding all of themThe names of some of these stations are well know like King s Cross Marble Arch and Piccadilly Circus and anyone who s ever visited London will be familiar with them The problem is that the glamorous interesting parts of London which they serve are only a small part of the city as a whole and most of his route it is made up of the same sorts of streets and parks offices and shops that form part of every city in BritainI respect his wish not to cherry pick He wanted to experience the whole of London rather than just the bits we see in the background of action movies or news programmes The trouble is that many areas of the metropolis are simply rather boring at least to people who don t live there I m happy to learn that Woodside Park is pleasant enough and notable is that really the right word for being the Tube network s last station alphabetically but these facts do not enrich my life On the other hand there were bits and pieces which appealed to my nerdish side Did you know for example that the Maida Vale Tube station opened during the First World War was the first to be entirely staffed by women Or that Arnos Grove station on the Piccadilly line was modelled on Stockholm City Library Don t say you did as I won t believe youIf you re a lover of trivia you ll enjoy this book If you re looking for an insight into London s soul you may be disappointed It s a book to dip into but if you attempt to read it from cover to cover as I did it s a bit of a challenge as it s so bitty However the further you get into it the rewarding it becomes Many parts are interesting you learn a lot about a part of England that s unfamiliar to most of us and you experience a real sense of satisfaction in finishing and all without developing a single blister Cheating for the Chicken Man guess you could stock a small British town library remember them solely with books about or set in England s capital citySo what inspired Mark Mason to add another one to the pile Well he tells us in the Introduction that he wanted to find London s soul Now I m all for having aims in life but this one struck me as a little ambitious especially as the way he was The Last Runaway going about it was by walking all of London s Underground lines from end to end Disappointingly he didn t actually patrol the tunnels like a down market phantom of the opera but walked overground to every station on each Tube line in order and he didn t cheat once His wife suggested it which made me warm to herWell could such a pedestrian approach really reveal the essence of one of the world s On Tidy Endings greatest cities Of course not However what he did do was take a series of recognizable snapshots of many different parts of London and its suburbs so many streets and stations that even the most dyed in the wool Londoner would have problems finding all of themThe names of some of these stations are well know like King s Cross Marble Arch and Piccadilly Circus and anyone who s ever visited London will be familiar with them The problem is that the Flat World Navigation glamorous interesting parts of London which they serve are only a small part of the city as a whole and most of his route it is made up of the same sorts of streets and parks offices and shops that form part of every city in BritainI respect his wish not to cherry pick He wanted to experience the whole of London rather than just the bits we see in the background of action movies or news programmes The trouble is that many areas of the metropolis are simply rather boring at least to people who don t live there I m happy to learn that Woodside Park is pleasant enough and notable is that really the right word for being the Tube network s last station alphabetically but these facts do not enrich my life On the other hand there were bits and pieces which appealed to my nerdish side Did you know for example that the Maida Vale Tube station opened during the First World War was the first to be entirely staffed by women Or that Arnos Grove station on the Piccadilly line was modelled on Stockholm City Library Don t say you did as I won t believe youIf you re a lover of trivia you ll enjoy this book If you re looking for an insight into London s soul you may be disappointed It s a book to dip into but if you attempt to read it from cover to cover as I did it s a bit of a challenge as it s so bitty However the further you A House of My Own Stories from My Life get into it the rewarding it becomes Many parts are interesting you learn a lot about a part of England that s unfamiliar to most of us and you experience a real sense of satisfaction in finishing and all without developing a single blister


10 thoughts on “Walk the Lines The London Underground Overground

  1. says:

    Travelogue set in London finding London’s soul?There isn’t exactly a dearth of books about London You don’t have to spend hours scouring bookshops or sitting in front of the computer if you want to find out about its history its people its rivers or its architecture – indeed I guess you could stock a small Briti

  2. says:

    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 ha

  3. says:

    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 travelo

  4. says:

    Inspired That's a challenge for next year

  5. says:

    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 s

  6. says:

    A light but enjoyable read Plenty of interesting trivia and observations As someone who loves to embark on long walks urban and otherwise and wi

  7. says:

    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

  8. says:

    Do you know the street in London with the most vowels in a row? After reading this book you will

  9. says:

    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 eual reasons LOVED1 I really enjoyed the determination and endurance of one man's

  10. says:

    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 uip about George Galloway which I’ll paraphrase “the kind of activity most commonly considered in the midlife crisis years by men who’ve hitherto g

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