Wednesday, November 18, 2009


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I really love Victoria station.

You can still imagine the hordes of excited mill workers starting off
at the beginning of Wakes week for holidays in Blackpool or Morecambe.

But I wasn't really surprised yesterday that Manchester Victoria was named the worst station in the UK.

(BTW - where was everyone when I took the photo last year? It's usually very busy.)

The Ladies is still beautiful and there is sometimes one that's in working order.

I hope they don't ruin everything with the makeover.

Last week I travelled from Victoria to Stalybridge. It was the train that comes to rest on the buffers of Stalybridge station eschewing the marvels of Mossley and the glories of Greenfield.

Two lads sat opposite. They had been doing a bit of shopping. The skinnier one had a posh, shiny yellow Selfridge's carrier bag. The other had shopped at Primark (not posh).

The skinny one couldn't wait to open his lovely bag.

I was all agog.

Out came a box and, out of that, emerged some trainers like this.

He looked proudly at the receipt and showed it to his cheapo Primark mate.

I gave him a smile.

I was so glad I hadn't worn my latest trainers which are identical - he would have been completely mortified.



Blogger xl said...

God, I would love to be in the station, under that glass ceiling, at twilight, during a rainstorm, listening to Love, Reign O'er Me.

7:50 am  
Blogger I, Like The View said...

those old loos have my favourite kind of tile - the plain white oblong shaped one

(your trainers are slightly curvier) (they are fab) (won't ask how much they set you back!)

7:59 am  
Blogger Dave said...

You are, of course, a fashion icon.

8:11 am  
Blogger Steve said...

You should have told him that they were, like, so last week...

As for the loos... why do people use cream and green tiles for public toilets. They looks so tawdry even when their clean and brand spanking new.

9:07 am  
Anonymous NiC said...

I've been to Manchester Victoria (though not the Ladies') and, indeed five of the others listed in the bottom ten. It's not my fault though.

Selfridges do you know.

9:55 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Drama Queen?
Me too - I'll join you.

I love it too - there's more of it about recently. Hope they have the good sense to restore rather that destroy.
Thanks - just a regular trainer price from a regular trainer shop.

Trainers are my summer footwear.
My toes didn't see much light - pity as they are my best feature these days.

But I'm a nice person.
I like them in this classic ancient shabby chic version.
Modern green and white ones would be awful.

Surely not Stockport!
No excuse for that.

10:17 am  
Blogger Clippy Mat said...

ahh a british loo in a british railway station. be still my heart.


11:44 am  
Blogger Geoff said...

I wear M&S brown trainers. They go with my brown jeans.

11:52 am  
Blogger Flaming Nora said...

I'm very fond of the ladies loo at York Station. Very clean.

I'm not fond of trainers.

12:26 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

Why does the refreshment room say "1st Class" on it?

12:27 pm  
Blogger Rog said...

You still call your Nike Air's Plimsolls though Kaz.

Isn't it satisfying writing your name in biro on the soles of a new pair of plimmies.

1:10 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

That sounds far too exciting for me.
But - good to see that someone supports BROWN.

Not been to York for ages.
What's up with trainers? I can't wear my Docs for 365 days a year - can I?

It was once and the tiling is lovely.
It's still beautiful inside - but take your own food and drink.

We had those all black flat ones called pumps.
Er - is it?

2:17 pm  
Blogger Nota Bene said...

I'm so London centric...I thought you were going to talk about Victoria station in London. Am going to come up to Manchester and flush my head down the women's loo there. In the hope it's not working.

2:31 pm  
Blogger zIggI said...

I heard that on the wireless news Kaz and I thought of you :)

Now about the trainers, do you tie a bow or do you push the ends of the laces into the shoes and suffer the uncomfortableness?

Are you a straight lacer (!) or a crisscross lacer?

4:15 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coll, that's original tiling from 19th century - indestructable. In those days they aslo had artificial and coloured stone made from milled stone, also indestructable. But what I really can not stand are those small modern tiles (on the foreground in the loo) - on the continent it's pure 70s fashion crime - together with the colours of these days some greenish börg and divers shades of brown - and this small-squared theme is repeated by the incredible ugly ceiling thingy.

Worst station of the country? I do not think so. And besides compared to the Würzburg station it's heaven on earth, or do you have to run over rats when commuting early?

4:28 pm  
Blogger Kerrie said...

I am crazy about Victoriana and for that reason love a lot of the old stations but many of them now do need some TLC.
It is always hard to find a quality toilet these days. Tell me do you have to pay 20p? In this establishment.
I don't know anything about trainers but I do know the devil wears Primark, maybe Moses shops at Selfridges? I can't imagine he wears Nike though.

8:06 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Sorry - I'm very Manc centric - not really by choice but it's so expensive to get to London from here.
You're on a safe bet.

We still have Piccadilly.
Bow and crisscross.
But morally straight laced (of course)

So do you think the tiling on the floor is more recent - it certainly didn't last like the rest.
The main thing is the efficiency of the trains - I think rats are everywhere in the cities.

Most women avoid this loo even though it's free. But I still love it.
I like to wear trainers - always white. But I add a few sparkles for parties - obviously.

9:02 pm  
Blogger Scarlet Blue said...

The loos should be listed before someone makes them hygenically plastic.

10:02 pm  
Blogger dinahmow said...

We still call them sneakers. Some of us still call them brothel creepers!

And for something completely different (except, perhaps, in the olfactory department) try this

But you may already be wired?

11:41 pm  
Blogger savannah said...

i love the sound of that: trainers


1:06 am  
Blogger BEAST said...

Awwww I feel really sorry for Primark boy , gazing longingly at the yellow Selfridges bag.
Probably cried himself to sleep mopping the steady stream of desperate tears with his new primark pants.

11:02 am  
Blogger tony said...

I hope they dont mess with Victoria.For Example, the Tiled Map Of The North is Brilliant.The Ladies Loos Look better than the Gents!

11:29 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

That would be nice.
I think we should be listed as well.

The word sneakers never really caught on over here.
Those books will do well to survive that machine. Good for the chemists they did a similar thing to tell chefs about compatible flavours.

Not that I ever do any training you understand.

You are all heart Mr Softie Beastie.
But the Primark guy was better looking than the Selfridge's guy. I suppose it all evens out in the end.

Yes - I love the map and inside of the bar/restaurant as long as you don't want to eat.
I'd like to see inside the Gents - there are many comments about needing wellies at the end of the MEN article.

1:53 pm  
Blogger Madame DeFarge said...

Don't you have the urge to get those trainers all grubby and muddy? Or is that just my little secret?

11:40 am  
Blogger Kevin Musgrove said...

I love walking through the puddles on the concourse (they're even deeper when it's raining) and the plastic netting to catch the bits of the roof that fall off. And the running between platforms to try and guess which one the train's going from 'cos the information's all the cock and the announcements don't work. And standing on platforms 4-6 and wondering why we aren't all issued with canaries, just in case.

A terrible waste of some beautiful late Victorian architecture. I'd hate it to have a modernist makeover but it really does need to be restored. Or at least made waterproof.

11:41 pm  
Blogger Roses said...

I bet he scrounged the Selfridges bag off of someone.

9:42 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Shabby chic - C'est MOI!

You put it so well.
It must have been like that during the war with no information, announcements or signs to confuse the enemy.
The cost of King's Cross restoration ran into hundreds of millions.

I don't think so - it was absolutely pristine.
And he was waving the receipt around with enormous pride.

11:39 am  
Blogger Istvanski said...

Good move on your behalf that you didn't wear them.
The white trainers would've clashed with that railway bog.

3:19 pm  
Blogger Kerrie said...

You could also consider dipping the toe in glitter but be careful with white in those loos hun.

11:26 am  
Blogger The Poet Laura-eate said...

Much nicer than London Victoria if you ask me.

I wish you had been wearing your trainers to see his face! It must have been tremendously satisfying to have your funkiness confirmed though.

6:14 pm  
Blogger Fragrant Liar said...

I'm all about androgynous fashion. But white tennies?

7:48 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

I just wouldn't have wanted to see his disappointment when he saw them on a woman of a certain age (or even older).
He must have saved up for ages.

You don't hear 'tennies' here.
Perhaps closer to Wimbledon :)

3:19 pm  
Blogger Donn said...

We just call them runners and I still wear my blue canvas NIKEs circa 1994ish...just before the sweatshop orphans were unionized and they still cared about quality.

3:48 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Did you run in your runners?
Surely not - or they would be worn out by now.

8:39 am  
Anonymous Forgiekrdl said...

ahh a british loo in a british railway station. be still my heart. :-)

1:22 am  
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