10 April 2009
The Vauxhall effect: Park rubbish here
Spotted this in the railway-arch bike parking underneath Vauxhall Station this morning (on a research trip, to be written up in detail shortly): a Sheffield rack cheerily commandeered for use as bin park.
We've seen bike racks used for all sorts of things - lockups for ladders, dog-parks, impromptu gym equipment for children - and I think my bike's a bit rubbish, but this is ridiculous.
Clearly there's something about 'Vauxhall' that gives people misleading ideas. Visitors to Soviet-sphere countries are often amused to find that the name has been appropriated to mean 'central station'.
Georgia's railway hub in Tbilisi, for example, is called Voksal. It gave me a shiver of homesickness when I was there a couple of years ago. Almost as much as glimpsing a signpost in North Carolina to a place called Macclesfield.