the brass bands play and feet start to pound

northern line
More from London; that’s what you can expect for a while, still more to scan! These were drawn on the Northern Line, my line of the London Underground. It’s not easy to draw while the tube is bumping all over the place, though I see many people who seem to manage it just fine. How do they do it? I have no idea. But I gave it a go, and of course the bumping-about effect is really just part of the experience, added into the ink. The Northern Line is a lot better than it used to be. back in the olden days when I was a lad. That isn’t to say it’s not still without its considerable faults – coming back as an occasional visitor it works like a dream, but put me on it day in day out and the full experience would all come back. And it’s an expensive business, travelling on the tube. On this past trip alone I spent, ooh I have no idea but it was a lot, updating the Oyster Card. But that said, as a Londoner I almost have to complain about it, like the changeable weather, but I’m eternally thankful we have it at all.
northern line

4 thoughts on “the brass bands play and feet start to pound

  1. Mandy Cunis says:

    Thank you. Northern like is my line too and perhaps, like you, my local station was Burnt Oak. I used to complain about the underground when I lived there, particularly during rush hour…eeek! That was horrendous! Now that I don’t have a transport anywhere near as regular I REALLY miss it. Hard to believe but true. I find myself bragging about London Underground now and defending it against the toughest of critics.
    I do enjoy your London sketches best of all. Thank you!!

    • pete scully says:

      I have to say, I don’t miss it. I miss London a hell of a lot, but I like not having to use the tube every day! I can’t yet bring myself to brag about it. But I probably do love it, and I actually would, if I had the time, draw an entire book devoted to each station on the Northern Line, starting at Edgware, finishing at Morden. I have even planned the whole thing out (it would take three weeks at least, drawing all day every day). If TfL ever want to commission such a book and pay a load of dosh to do so… that’s what I really want to do!

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