A Symbol of Our Oppression

An excellently subversive reimagining of the (North) London Underground map, turned around and with the station names appropriately renamed according to the places in South London. This image shockingly highlights the inequality South London has come to expect as part of the British Empire. To think Morden-dwelling Horatio Nelson DIED fighting for this bullshit! INDEPENDENCE IS THE ONLY ANSWER!

(Big revolutionary shout out to http://www.colourcountry.net for designing this, or rather counterdesigning it. PEACE!)

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21 Responses to “A Symbol of Our Oppression”

  1. Hmm. Whilst an interesting take, it’s a flawed concept.
    Apart from anything, no matter how hard south Londoners cry and moan, the “centre” of London (as viewed by non-Londoners such as myself) is The City of London and The City of Westminster- which is more or less what the Circle surrounds. That’s where the royal Palaces, the famous parks, Oxford Street, Picaddilly Circus, Leicester Square, Covent Garden, St Pauls etc are. The South Bank is as much “on the fringe” of the centre as Camden is.

    Having said that, the Tube-only map does very much underplay how well connected the South is. The London. The Oyster Rail Services map ( http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/oyster-rail-services-map.pdf ) shows a much more extensive network.

    I do appreciate though that it is still uneven- it would be far more equitable if the south london surface network had Underground level frequencies and train lengths- something the South certainly loses out on.

    Also, perhaps some sort of marking crossing the river on the Tube map wherever an Underground station (mainly Circle/District) is close to a foot crossing would help show better links for the South Bank at least? After all along much of the north shore the side of the tunnel is pretty much the river wall.

  2. Oh for heavens’ sake, get a grip on reality, will you? You complain about having a poor tube service, I live in rural west Wales where there not only is there no mainline rail service (the branch line some 5 miles away gets four trains up and four down the line (which is singletrack for most of its length) a day. There is no bus service at all, not even a post bus, and a taxi into the nearest town (5 miles) costs nearly £20.

    Surely we have considerably more right to complain about our non-existent public transport than you do about the tube service being not as good as you would like?

    You may moan about the congestion charge but you do have a choice. Here, there is no choice. Anybody who doesn’t drive is pretty much stuck.

    My message to Londoners and city-dwellers in general? Stop bothering us with your constant whinging about nothing and be grateful for what you have.

  3. Nice idea, I’d have liked to see it flipped while keeping the circle line in place though.

    @Cymro – it’s your choice what blogs you read…

  4. Bit of a sense of humour failure in the other comments so far. It’s flipped across the river (the traditional division between North and South London, geddit?), not over the city itself.

    A damn shame, though, that even in this topsy-turvy alternate universe, Crofton Park’s been neglected. Again.

  5. Actually, Lord Nelson’s closest tube was South Wimbledon and his bird Emma Hamilton lived by Colliers Wood.

  6. Who wants the tube, anyway? I’m quite happy with my grown-up daylight trains

    Tom, Penge

  7. laaahddaann Says:

    Missing out the tram. Not cool. Also, missing out a bajillion stations around North East London (at least 18 on the Central Line alone) is not cool either. But nice try anyway.

  8. i’m lacking the humour if i point out it’s you guys’ fault for living in the south on top of your hard rock as opposed to us guys up north living on easily diggable clay aren’t i?

  9. North Londoner Says:

    Anything that put a barrier between me and any Sarf Londoner chewing my ear off about how great Sarf London is, should be looked on as a good thing…

    Now only if I lived in a nice part of North London…

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  11. South London is a putrid hole, places like Brixton aside. Everything closes at 10pm. It’s a village built upon an industrial estate.

    At least in North London, like sunny Islington where I live, you can get a pack of fags and some chocolate at 3am if you so desire.

    In summary: bollocks to South London.

  12. Brilliant. Who are these Welshmen and Northeners to comment on a place they do not live? We shall rise up and blast these 3am chocolate eating naysayers away with our charm and cheap jewellery. They may have the tubes, the clay soil and extortionate house prices, but we will always, always have Peckham.

  13. sarf lahndan till I die (innit) Says:

    @secret life of a manic depressive: stuck in Islington, that explains the username.

    @north londoner: put that barrier up quick, at least it’ll stop you lot coming down and lowering the quality of life sarf of the river.

    But … apart from the better tube network, 24 availability of fags, booze and chocolate, nicer areas to live, better quality soil and better football teams … what has north London ever done for us?

  14. queenofjustice Says:

    Of course! The mystery is finally unravelled; the lack of effective public transport South of the Thames is the result of a nakedly political act of oppression. There can be no conceivable reason for it otherwise. Not a single one. Certainly not the fact that despite having the word ‘London’ in its name, South London has nothing whatsoever to do with London. Rather like the ‘Kansas’ in Arkansas.

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  17. The overcrowding on the Northern Line from Balham to Stockwell is scary – mainly hardworking Claphamites trying to get into the City. Brixton on the Victoria Line is far more civilised but in general getting to work is a nightmare and tfl suggested my cycle route should take in the Elephant and Castle roundabout. Er…no thanks!

    Vive la revolucion!

    Sasha @ The Happiness Project London

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