shoutout to the guy in charge of the train station at my hometown, who doesn’t limit himself to announcing trains but also:

  • comments on interesting birds he sees on the platform
  • gives completely unofficial weather reports on what he thinks the day is going to be like
  • refers to very crowded trains as ‘friendly trains’
  • regularly congratulates everyone on having gotten up on time on Monday mornings
  • basically seems to use the tannoy system to amuse himself and try and brighten up everyone’s morning commute
  • refers to himself as ‘the fat controller’

what magical land do u live where there’s something other than a robot in charge of the train announcing

I was on the tube the other day and heard a woman announcer say in the most cheerful voice, “Miiiiiind the gap! Please DO mind the gap! Do not! Fall into the gap.”