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BritNews RoundUp: Don't Sleep in the Subway

Of all the problems our Metro system has had, here's one we haven't experienced: X-rated moans and groans broadcast over the PA system. That's what happened recently at an Underground station in London. According to the Daily Mail, "Transport for London confirmed that a broadcast of 'sexual noises' was heard through the speakers. It said the sounds had nothing to do with any of its staff and came from outside Tube property."

Said one commuter: "It was definitely a couple doing it there and then. He was grunting loudly and she sounded like she was having a great time. The driver must have heard it too, as the doors stayed open longer than usual." Officials think their loudspeaker system must have inadvertently picked up audio from a pornographic film someone was watching near the station. (Of course, this could happen on Metro but the PA is so awful, we'd never know it.)

I've never been sure what a Beefeater does exactly. They're the colorfully-costumed fellows who "guard" the Tower of London. I say "fellows" but in January 2007 the first female Beefeater--officially a Yeoman Warder--joined the staff. Sadly, some of Moira Cameron's fellow Beefeaters had a beef with her presence and, allegedly, made nasty comments about her on a Wikipedia page. An investigation is underway.

An Essex town's public clock was removed for repairs after it was vandalized. When the clock went back up, something wasn't right: The 7 and 8 were transposed on the face. Egads! What is the Rotary Club--the donor of the clock--going to do? We "had a good laugh about it last night," said one member, "and we decided to leave it at the moment because we think it will become a fascinating talking point. It may even become a tourist attraction."

If I was the skeptical sort I might think the town had done this on purpose, just to lure the sort of people impressed by a clock with the 7 and 8 transposed. If you should go, please be sure to sample the many fine amenities of Manningtree, including Mistley Towers, the Magic Wok takeaway and Curlews Bed and Breakfast.

File this under "oops": A South African man accidentally pulled the ejection seat handle while on a ride with that country's aerobatic team. He rocketed through the plane's canopy and was lucky enough to float down to earth relatively unharmed after his parachute opened. I imagine the pilot was not happy. According to the Guardian: "Passengers would have been briefed on the ejection sequence and warned that the 'loop' between his legs was not to be touched unless the pilot called 'Eject, eject, eject during the flight."

Casper is a cat. Casper's owner wondered where he would disappear to every day. Casper had a secret: He was addicted to crystal meth. No, just kidding. Casper was catching the No. 3 bus to Plymouth and back again. Watch this cute video from BBC News.

By John Kelly  |  November 13, 2009; 9:28 AM ET
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You once asked me why I loved London...its all the culture and drama, like this-Petulation in the Tube, Beefeater bullying,
cat commuting. Is that a great city or what?

Posted by: mfromalex | November 13, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

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