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clockwork
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posted 05 November 2003 11:27 AM      Profile for clockwork     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I've never been to Europe, or more specifically London. I have been to Montreal, though. Yesterday I happen to grace the presence of the Eglington subway station where weird symbols in duplicate and triplicate graced the walls. The site of a bobby on the north east corner of Yonge and Eglington threw me off but I was later informed the London policeman was apart of an advertising blitz at the Eglington station. For some travel company. To London, apparently.

When I exited the station, I recognized the metro symbol from Montreal. But later analysis clued me into the fact that the red-and-blue-circle-with-a-line did not, in fact, say "metro", which I associate with the Montreal underground, but "underground" which apparently is associated with the London underground.

My question: is the red and blue circle and line the international symbol of the subway, where TO is somehow out of synch European tradition, or is the Montreal metro symbol, as a city in French speaking Quebec, dominated by an English speaking design clique that needs to foist quaint little symbols of the mother country on the local populace because of their pompous allegiance to some island off the North Atlantic?

Bonus question: When did street people usurp the McDonald's thing about smiles being free? Every bum on Queen West wasn't asking for money but a smile. Unfortunately, I couldn't help but complete a transaction.

PS: after driving by Dundas Square many times, I actually took the time wallow in all it's public square glory. Here in Brampton, we have a term for such opulent public spaces. It's colloquially refered to as a the "parking lot of Wal-Mart" (of which there are two of them, nyah-nyah!).


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skdadl
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posted 05 November 2003 11:42 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hi, clock.

clock, you manage to come up with the most amazing questions. I wonder whether anyone has ever wondered this before:

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My question: is the red and blue circle and line the international symbol of the subway, where TO is somehow out of synch European tradition, or is the Montreal metro symbol, as a city in French speaking Quebec, dominated by an English speaking design clique that needs to foist quaint little symbols of the mother country on the local populace because of their pompous allegiance to some island off the North Atlantic?

But, so, like, you got me wondering, enough that I stumbled off to get my old maps, and damned if you aren't maybe right, perhaps.

The symbol for the London Tube is just as you describe. I don't know of a similar symbol for the Metro (Paris) -- when I think of recognizing a Metro stop, I think of the lovely lacey wrought-iron art nouveau entrances to the old ones, and the lettering of the word Metro. On maps, the stations are just hollow dots.

You have a curious mind, clock. I hope you're still writing your stories. There's one in much of this. Thanks for the smiles.


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Willowdale Wizard
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posted 05 November 2003 02:00 PM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
i know that the paris metro has a symbol that looks like the seine winding its way through the city,

and they've got a great symbol for their night buses:

berlin's u-bahn stops have signs like this:

a good site to browse the world's transit systems

oh, and maybe some sort of sci-fi film/TV series could be filmed at dundas and yonge:

dundas square: spaceport

the year was 2005, and dundas square drifted away from the earth ...

[ 05 November 2003: Message edited by: Willowdale Wizard ]


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