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DOWN THE TUBE THE JUBILEE LINE by Carole Blacher and Judy Worham
Carole and Judy, the two zany companions seen on BBC TV’s The One Show earlier this year, continue their exploration of the London Underground with the second title in their next in the Down the Tube saga. This time travelling along the length of the Jubilee Line, they get off at every stop, joking, bantering and discussing in their own inimitably entertaining way and finding places, people and stations of interest including:
- Seeing half an elephant and men with sheep on their heads at Waterloo.
- Crawling down the entrance shaft to Brunel’s famous tunnel between Bermondsey and Canada Water.
- Coming over all arty-farty at Tate Modern.
- Being forbidden to tread on Wembley Stadium’s hallowed turf, but sitting in the Royal Box.
- Discovering in the Royal Mews it’s not just cats that mew.
- Bowled over by the elegant pavilion at Lord’s Cricket Ground.
- Searching in vain for the missing planetarium but finding Sherlock omnipresent at Baker Street.
- Feeling queasy at the Old Operating Theatre and learning the recipe for snail water at London Bridge.
- Contemplating their spiritual side while marvelling at the beauty of Neasden Temple; practising mindfulness in the Willesden Buddhist Temple; covering their heads at the Central Mosque, and assimilating the history of Southwark Cathedral.
- Being bowled over by the elegant pavilion at Lord’s Cricket Ground.
Authors Carole and Judy said: ‘We had a great time swinging over the Thames on the cable car, and were dazzled by the modernity and efficiency of the Jubilee Line train depot. Then there’s the stations themselves; some old, some impressively new, some borrowed from other lines, and one in particular, very blue.’ You can join the fun and discover amazing facts with Down the Tube the Jubilee Line for just £8.50 plus postage and packaging from www.worblerpress.com.
The Northern Line review by the Londonist says: ‘Carole and Judy are such joyful company you’d love to be a part of the adventure.’
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Choose Happy, the title says it all, not that life’s a picnic, but making the best of it is Carole’s advice to us all. These poems are by turns quirky, original, surprising, metaphorically strange, rhythmical, funny, but always entertaining and clever with words. Enhanced by her grandchildrens’ illustrations, the poems in this anthology are a little piece of Flamingo Woman’s experience, humour and wisdom. Laugh at them, think about them, treasure them.
DOWN THE TUBE: THE NORTHERN LINE
by Carole Blacher and Judy Worham
Two bosom buddies from Kent
To travel expressed their intent
Not for them the Great Wall
Or treks in Nepal
On a Northern Line jaunt they both went
Who travels the Northern Line at leisure? Who gets off at every single station in order to experience it in all its glory? We did. We boldly went where Baedeker and the Lonely Planet had not gone before. With three Finchleys, three Claphams, two Tootings and two branches passing through central London, this was an adventure of truly epic proportions.
Fugitives from the administrative excesses of Further Education, Shakespeare loving foodie, Judy, and lateral thinking psychologist, Carole went underground. Close friends and co-authors of the college’s unofficial satirical staff magazine, Rant – our antidote to the glossy brochure culture – we turned our whimsical attention to travel on a Freedom Pass.
- We blagged our way into the Oval cricket ground
- We searched in vain for Stalin’s tomb at Tuffnell Park
- We were fascinated by Finchley Central’s visit to the Stephen’s Ink Museum, surprising eh?
- Jeremy Bentham’s clothed skeleton at UCL was a ghoulish must
- We revelled in the past at The British Library Newspaper Store at Colindale
- We worshipped at the site of Mornington Crescent
- We witnessed the excitement of a storm drain at Tooting Broadway
- We behaved badly in the Cyber-dog shop at Camden
And so much more, including visiting the well known places: The Bank of England at Bank; the crypt of St. Martin’s at Charing Cross; Somerset House at Embankment, and The British Museum at Tottenham Court Road. This book is a cross between travelogue and a dialogue between friends, at times surreal, at times informative and enlightening, but always entertaining.
Available from 12th November, 2011 priced £7.50 plus postage and packaging from www.worblerpress.com
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