On the London underground there’s a ‘Mind the Gap’ message that’s repeated throughout the day to keep people safe on the platform, but it’s a mystery as to why there’s one station (Embankment) that doesn’t have the same computer-generated message…
Here it is:
Just before Christmas 2012, staff at Embankment Tube station were approached by a woman who was very upset.— John Bull (@garius) December 11, 2019
She kept asking them where the voice had gone. They weren't sure what she meant.
The voice, she said. The man who says 'Mind the Gap'
The woman, a GP called Dr Margaret McCollum, explained that her husband was an actor called Oswald Laurence. Oswald had never become famous, but he HAD been the chap who had recorded all the Northern Line announcements back in the seventies.— John Bull (@garius) December 11, 2019
And Oswald had died in 2007.
For five years, this had become her routine. She knew he wasn't really there but his voice – the memory of him – was.— John Bull (@garius) December 11, 2019
To everyone else, it had just been another announcement. To HER it had been the ghost of the man she still loved.
And now even that had gone.
In the New Year, Margaret McCollum sat on Embankment Station, on her way to work.— John Bull (@garius) December 11, 2019
And over the speakers she heard a familiar voice. The voice of a man she had loved so much, and never thought she'd hear again.
"Mind the Gap" Said Oswald Laurence.
Archives were searched, old tapes found and restored. More people had worked to digitize them. Others had waded through the code of the announcement system to alter it while still more had sorted out the paperwork and got exemptions.— John Bull (@garius) December 11, 2019
And together they made Oswald talk again.
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