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Thursday 24-Mar-2016
倫敦地鐵love and hate

去過倫敦的人,少不免要撘地鐵(TUBE)。倫敦地鐵是世界上第一個完整的鐵路網,香港的地下鐵路亦習自倫敦。作為國際大都會,倫敦鐵路一定是先進科技和現代化的象徵吧?錯喇,一提起倫敦地鐵,我個樣仲衰過…囧…



第一件事,倫敦地鐵永遠唔準時。乘鐵路的人總有一種想快、方便、準時的心態。倫敦地鐵調轉,總想訓練你EQ。話說那些年去倫敦和夢中情人看音樂劇,燭光晚餐,好老套吧?更老套的,是撘地鐵遲到。一分鐘,唔緊要,三分鐘,唔緊要。遲十分鐘?呀,我想到有甚麼比起買了機票才知道護照過期更慘了,就是遲到三分鐘看不到音樂劇開場而要等下一節入場,miss了開場而身邊的lady黑哂口面和我極度尷尬地企門口唔知做乜咁。好彩那年英國比卡超未hit...



倫敦地鐵是我見過繼迪士尼後第二多老鼠的地方(歡迎挑戰)。我見過,我真係見過。如何訓練自己的紳士風度?直落地鐵站,看見老鼠橫行,聞到尿壓味臭狐味時能夠冷靜不失霸氣你就得道成仙了。



和香港地鐵有很多不同,倫敦地鐵站沒有大量的商店,沒有乾淨企理的月台,但同樣有智能卡。不知道鐵路部同事是否對海鮮有情意結,香港叫做八達通(Octopus),倫敦叫Oyster Card,生蠔卡,好名!



有人話鰂魚涌站似迷宮,路好複雜,我笑而不語。如果鰂魚涌引人犯罪,Paddington和King’s Cross肯定是邪惡軸心。走進這兩大皇牌車站,我覺得自己走進了Inception的夢境…



儘管倫敦地鐵治安差,龍蛇混雜,你總不能否認TUBE是構成倫敦獨特多元文化不可忽視的組成元素之一。正當香港地鐵職員努力嚴打超重超長的樂器時,倫敦地鐵的暗淡燈光襯托著發光發亮的buskers。他們演奏The Beatles的名曲,連地鐵職員都拍手叫好。而來自世界各地的遊客都樂此不疲,拍照留念,和香港人只會在打風逼爆月台時高舉手機影相的畫面大相逕庭。



倫敦鐵路連接大街小巷,亦連接著英國人的心。雖然奇臭無比、環境惡劣,但文化匯萃和人情味都是香港沒有的。每天,無數的香港人腳步踏進地鐵,卻沒把人情帶進去。來匆匆,我們每天都花上一兩小時的地鐵只是一種工具,沒能將倫敦Tube最美的一面帶過來。愛你恨你,問君知否?



圖片:英國《Evening Standard》 

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