Before i Forget : Simon Jones's blog

May 2010

Found on the webMonday, May 10th, 2010, (8:20 am)

Anyone who regularly uses the London Underground probably has a story or two they could tell you about something or someone they’ve seen. It’s impossible to ride ‘the tube’ and not eventually encounter a strange or odd looking person… Better yet, maybe you have been that person?

Seen on the London Underground

The abundance of wonderful weirdos and interesting anthropological opportunities on London’s busy underground network has provoked one anonymous commuter to start a blog called ‘People I see on the tube.’

The title explains it all but in the first post made on March 26th this year the ‘secret photographer’ writes. “I’ve started to take snaps of people that I see on the London Underground. I am constantly shocked/amused/creeped out by some of the bizarre people that I see.”

Using an Apple iPhone the secret photographer snaps her subjects who, for the most part, seem to be oblivious to her photographic attention.

While the photographer has chosen not to reveal her own identity, she can be seen in reflections on a number of the pictures posted on the blog.

Wary of the possible objections that some of her subjects might have about their photographs being posted online, the photographer has provided details of how to request the removal of any pictures. However, it’s worth noting that anyone who uses ‘the tube’ is monitored by a complex network of some 12,000 cameras recording their every move.

The last time I was on ‘the tube’ a highly intoxicated man who had a distinctive aroma began engaging me in loud an absolutely incoherent conversation. He then started pointing at people, apparently choosing them slurring “You can stay” then pointing at others and grunting “Not you.” – I’m glad to say I made the cut.

I’ve often considered starting a blog of a similar nature, but I don’t commute to work. Besides which you need to live in a city the size of London to be able to gather new and interesting content on a regular basis.

The next time I find myself riding the tube I’ll be on the look out for the anonymous photographer, though hopefully I’m not creepy or shocking enough to get her attention. You can see the secret photoblog at


Unfortunately, ‘the secret photographer’ closed the website shortly after this blog post following contact from Transport For London who own and run the tube. According to ‘the secret photographer’ someone complained to TFU about the site.

I have no further information at this stage though it’s difficult to see how TFU could exert any authority over the website or the photographer as she was not doing anything illegal.

‘The secret photographer’ has now changed the focus of the site which is now called ‘People I see on the street‘ which I have to be honest and say I don’t find nearly as engaging as the original.

People I see on the street
People I see on the tube – No longer working.
Careful Santa
London Underground song
Official London Underground website
British Transport Police CCTV BS

PoliticalFriday, May 7th, 2010, (7:10 pm)

Britain’s general election is now over and apparently we’re heading for a hung parliament.

British Election Result.

Now I’m all for change, but really I’m disappointed that the media couldn’t just stick with the issues and not drag everything into the gutter as usual. I mean what do I care if the parliament is “hung” or not!

GeneralMonday, May 3rd, 2010, (10:00 am)

So I’ve been watching ‘Lost‘ since it began in 2004, and now in it’s final season I’m none the wiser as to what the hell is going on. In essence, I too am utterly lost.

Previously on Lost.

So here’s the thing; I have forgotten more questions about ‘Lost’ that I can remember. The show has confused the hell out me, and now it seems the characters are shifting through time and alternate universes or something.

So far it seems Jon Locke in dead, but he isn’t. Jack’s Father is dead, but is also alive maybe. Sweet little Claire has become a bunny boiler. Sawyer is a cop. Richard is Peter Pan. Hugo is getting fatter despite spending years on a desert island. Jack and Sawyer’s stubble never ever grows, and nobodies hair has grown either.

There are a few theories floating around about what the heck is happening, some suggest that everyone is actually dead or in some kind of purgatory. At this stage though, I wouldn’t be altogether surprised if it all ended up being another narcoleptic episode of some woman from Dallas!

I’m pretty sure that the script writers won’t answer all of the questions. For example; Why did the DHARMA Initiative have robotic sharks? Why did Walt have special powers? And who did Horace work for?

I’m still enjoying the show, but each time I get to the end of the latest episode I’m always left with the same question, the one it seems that those in the TV show have asked over and over themselves as demonstrated in the video below.

So, do you have questions or a theory about what the heck is happening in ‘Lost?’

Lost (Wiki)
It was all a dream (from Dallas)
Why is Hurley still fat?
[Video] Lost University