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(BBC)   London transport chiefs restore old "mind the gap" announcement at one station so widow of actor can hear his voice again   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 39
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2013-03-09 10:40:31 AM
Usually when women say they want to hear "those three little words" they mean something else entirely. I'll have to try "Mind the gap" next time and see how it goes.
 
2013-03-09 10:47:11 AM
Its spelt "chieves", subby.
 
2013-03-09 10:50:55 AM
I guess it was too much effort for the BBC to provide an audio recording of said announcement on their website. :(
 
2013-03-09 10:57:17 AM
Not at all what I thought this thread was going to be about.....

/disappointed
 
2013-03-09 10:58:54 AM

weave: I guess it was too much effort for the BBC to provide an audio recording of said announcement on their website. :(


Apparently, it was too much effort to put the voice on their the new TfL system, but not on CD - so I'm guessing the British just aren't really smart about how these newfangled machines all work.
 
2013-03-09 10:59:16 AM
If this is it, it's pretty annoying.
In Hong Kong we have a sexy female English voice for the English version.
 
2013-03-09 11:01:36 AM
My brother took over my mother's phone after her death in 2002.  Somehow he has managed through several upgrades to keep her voice as his greeting for voicemail.  It still surprises me every friggin' time I get it.
 
2013-03-09 11:02:08 AM

weave: I guess it was too much effort for the BBC to provide an audio recording of said announcement on their website. :(


Here you go.  Careful to turn down the volume, pretty poor sound quality.
 
2013-03-09 11:02:52 AM

Flint Ironstag: Usually when women say they want to hear "those three little words" they mean something else entirely. I'll have to try "Mind the gap" next time and see how it goes.


+1 internets
 
2013-03-09 11:05:33 AM

FloydA: weave: I guess it was too much effort for the BBC to provide an audio recording of said announcement on their website. :(

Here you go.  Careful to turn down the volume, pretty poor sound quality.


That one is awful. I like the old one far better. That one sounds all sorts of terse and wrong compared to the softer, more gentle tone of the original.
 
2013-03-09 11:09:19 AM

FloydA: weave: I guess it was too much effort for the BBC to provide an audio recording of said announcement on their website. :(

Here you go.  Careful to turn down the volume, pretty poor sound quality.


Thank you.   Been to UK a few times and heard it. Was wondering if that was the one the article referred to.

On this topic, I also like the one in NYC on some lines that say "Stand clear of the closing doors"
 
2013-03-09 11:10:14 AM
I've always loved the various mind-the-gap announcments.

As an outsider who spends a couple days every  year in London, I find the tube amazing.

I've lived in many cities with subways, and visited even more, but London's is by far the best.

Whatever its problems, breakdowns, closings, etc., it has a fascinating history, and an endearing variety of equipment.
 
2013-03-09 11:19:27 AM
Awwwww....that's sweet of them.
 
2013-03-09 11:20:40 AM
My ex used to tell me that

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2013-03-09 11:22:50 AM
Also FTA:

Actor Tim Bentinck was the voice on the Piccadilly Line for 15 years from 1990 and was paid £200 for various safety messages.
 [...]
Mr Bentinck, who lives in Islington and uses the Piccadilly Line, said he always secretly hoped he would get a chance to "freak people" by saying "I warned you" if someone happened not to take note of the warnings.



Now that would be awesome.
 
2013-03-09 11:32:12 AM
The local mass transit around here has the announcement "STAN CLEAR THE DOORS, PLEASE"

It's been the announcement now for at least 25 years, I think it's about time ol' Stan retired.
 
2013-03-09 11:34:12 AM

de_Selby: I've always loved the various mind-the-gap announcments.

As an outsider who spends a couple days every  year in London, I find the tube amazing.

I've lived in many cities with subways, and visited even more, but London's is by far the best.

Whatever its problems, breakdowns, closings, etc., it has a fascinating history, and an endearing variety of equipment.


I loved Dara O'Briain's standub about the London Underground bombings and the way Londoners reacted. "Oh my god, there's been a bomb on the Circle line. I can take the Central Line and change at the Northern Line...."
 
2013-03-09 11:34:49 AM
Standup even.

/How the hell did I get standub?
 
2013-03-09 11:36:58 AM

Flint Ironstag: Standup even.

/How the hell did I get standub?


At gubpoint
 
2013-03-09 11:37:14 AM
/Deserves 'SPIFFY' tag. :-)
 
2013-03-09 11:55:01 AM
I hate the Gap.
 
2013-03-09 11:56:23 AM

Day_Old_Dutchie: The local mass transit around here has the announcement "STAN CLEAR THE DOORS, PLEASE"

It's been the announcement now for at least 25 years, I think it's about time ol' Stan retired.


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Hail Stan!
 
2013-03-09 12:10:16 PM
Perhaps she could supply a copy to the University of Cincinnati
 
2013-03-09 12:32:55 PM
Look, so the Tea Party thing was parody, but apparently a few Russians actually believe exactly what's in the article:  http://www.mediaite.com/online/russian-politician-meteor-was-just-ame r icans-testing-their-new-weapons/
 
2013-03-09 12:51:42 PM
I visited London 15 years ago and saw "Mind the Gap" on a T-Shirt.  I hadn't made it to the Underground yet to see it there.  When I asked the shopkeeper what "Mind the Gap" means he thought about it for a minute and said, "Mind the Gap means . . . mind the gap!"

It took my American brain a while to figure out that it's British for "pay attention to the space between the platform and the train car."
 
2013-03-09 12:55:44 PM
Probably the same woman that writes the BBC every week and requesting that they keep showing that godawful series with the gray old people having tea in their flat.
 
2013-03-09 01:07:50 PM
Factory air?
 
2013-03-09 01:26:33 PM
nice story
 
2013-03-09 01:28:32 PM

mat catastrophe: weave: I guess it was too much effort for the BBC to provide an audio recording of said announcement on their website. :(

Apparently, it was too much effort to put the voice on their the new TfL system, but not on CD - so I'm guessing the British just aren't really smart about how these newfangled machines all work.


Copyright? How does it work?
 
2013-03-09 02:18:55 PM
Interesting story, but it's just a plug for Mason's new book. The Daily Telegraph version of the story makes it a lot clearer.
 
2013-03-09 02:38:42 PM
I still don't understand what synapses have to do with trains.
 
2013-03-09 03:04:27 PM

Flint Ironstag: Standup even.

/How the hell did I get standub?


cdn.picsauce.com

An oontz of previewing is worth a pound of post-post regret.
 
2013-03-09 03:46:43 PM
is that anywhere near Mornington Crescent?
 
2013-03-09 03:48:03 PM

Norfolking Chance: mat catastrophe: weave: I guess it was too much effort for the BBC to provide an audio recording of said announcement on their website. :(

Apparently, it was too much effort to put the voice on their the new TfL system, but not on CD - so I'm guessing the British just aren't really smart about how these newfangled machines all work.

Copyright? How does it work?


Yea, I'm guessing you don't know either or you would've explained it instead of going for a cheap one-liner. Thanks, though, if I ever need your opinion again I'll look before I flush.
 
2013-03-09 04:00:28 PM
There's a headline with "mind the gap" and not one person mentions The Chive?
(It may not porn but it's still NSFW)
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2013-03-10 11:33:19 AM

mat catastrophe: Norfolking Chance: mat catastrophe: weave: I guess it was too much effort for the BBC to provide an audio recording of said announcement on their website. :(

Apparently, it was too much effort to put the voice on their the new TfL system, but not on CD - so I'm guessing the British just aren't really smart about how these newfangled machines all work.

Copyright? How does it work?

Yea, I'm guessing you don't know either or you would've explained it instead of going for a cheap one-liner. Thanks, though, if I ever need your opinion again I'll look before I flush.


Cheap one liners you say? No you would never stoop so low as to do that.
 
2013-03-11 10:26:28 PM

Fano: Its spelt "chieves", subby.


I was a den chief for a good part of my teenage years, so I've been through this discussion before with newbies.  The plural really is chiefs.  English is weird like that.
 
2013-03-11 10:31:10 PM

Day_Old_Dutchie: The local mass transit around here has the announcement "STAN CLEAR THE DOORS, PLEASE"

It's been the announcement now for at least 25 years, I think it's about time ol' Stan retired.


Then there's the horn sound on the New Jersey boardwalk trams.  "WATCH THE DAMN CAR PLEASE!"
 
2013-03-11 10:35:46 PM

Flint Ironstag: Standup even.

/How the hell did I get standub?


Something like this?
 
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