Guerilla Sticker Craze Sweeps London Underground

If you are one of millions of Londoners who stoically battles through the Tube’s rush hour commute, you will no doubt pass dozens of Transport for London signs and notices on your journey. But how much attention do you actually pay to them?

Take the following examples:

“No eye contact. Penalty £200.”

“We apologise for any incontinence caused during these engineering works.”

“Peak hours may necessitate you let other people sit on your lap.”

These are a few of a growing number of guerrilla stickers that have recently appeared on the network. They use the same fonts and designs as London Underground’s famous branding. But they subvert the intended message making often amusing but sometimes serious points about anything from overcrowding to Tube etiquette. But British Transport Police (BTP) warned: “The costs of graffiti are substantial for the railway industry in terms of repairs and clean-up, and can leave permanent scars on the infrastructure.”

The BBC spoke to a spokesman for the website which sells stickers similar to some of those which have appeared on the Tube. He referred to himself as James, from east London, and said his site had sold about 200 stickers “for the Underground” so far this year, at an average cost of £2 per sticker. He believes the stickers are about “taking back power”.

He said he has seen the stickers growing in popularity. But he defends his website for selling the stickers: “I’m not putting them up and the website cannot endorse them being stuck on the Tube,” he said. “It’s not graffiti. Stickers can be removed,” he added. “It’s up to people where they stick the stickers. I don’t think it’s been doing any particular harm.”

Do you find these “Guerilla stickers” amusing or just another eyesore? Feel free to share your thoughts with us!

Source: BBC News

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Promising Cricket Star Tom Maynard Killed By Tube Train

Surrey cricketer Tom Maynard has died after being struck by a London Underground train. The batsman, 23, from Cardiff, played for his county in the t20 game against Kent on Sunday.

Monday’s incident involved a District Line train at Wimbledon Park station. Police said a man matching Maynard’s description ran away after a car being driven “erratically” was stopped shortly before. The police watchdog IPCC is investigating. A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “At approximately 04:15 BST on Monday, 18 June, officers stopped a vehicle after it was seen being driven erratically in Arthur Road, SW19: “The male driver of the vehicle – a black Mercedes C250 – made off on foot. Officers were unable to locate the man.

London Ambulance Service medics were called but Maynard was pronounced dead at the scene. British Transport Police (BTP) said the death was not being treated as suspicious. The BTP said: “The incident was reported to BTP at 05:03 BST and is currently being treated as non-suspicious.

In a statement, Surrey described Maynard as “an incredibly talented young batsman”. Maynard, who came through the ranks at Glamorgan, was considered a rising star in the game and earned himself a place on the England Lions tour to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at the start of this year. He moved to The Oval at the start of last season following his father Matthew’s departure from the Welsh county in 2010 after claiming his position had become “untenable”.

Surrey’s Friends Life t20 game against the Hampshire Royals at the Kia Oval on Wednesday has been postponed. England cancelled their press conference at Surrey’s home, the Oval, ahead of the one-day international with the West Indies on Tuesday.

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Source: BBC News

Image: Euro Sport