Friday, May 04, 2007

"I hereby declare this clock..."

Great to see London Underground staff are still the masters at producing communications that cause customers to stop and stare in bemusement. Here's how they describe a clock that doesn't have any batteries.

Will they have a windy speech by some posh person's wife and then break a bottle of champagne over it like when a ship is launched?

"May God bless her and all who tell the time by her." (CRASH!)

And like when they describe a train delay due to somebody falling/jumping on the track as 'due to passenger action', this message leaves me none the wiser.

They used to use the words 'normal service' when referring to those rare periods of the day when there were no delays on any of the lines. But of course 'normal' for London Underground means times when they do have delays so they changed the wording.

Now, when everything's fine, they call it a 'good service'.

Sorry, but I'll be the judge of that.

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