It's still two days to April Fools, but tell that to the staff at Victoria Tube Station. This roving Londonist correspondent was in the station - the network's busiest - at 8.45pm this evening and was both astonished and entertained to hear the following announcement broadcast on the PA system. It was delivered in a broad and apparently slightly weary and laconic Estuary drawl, and ran (according to hastily scribbled and probably grotesquely inaccurate notes):
"Ladies and Gentlemen, right, what you do with your Oyster Card, right, is you slap it down on the reader, right, when you go through the gates, right, and that'll make 'em open, right, and then at the other end, right, you slap it down again, right, and that's it, right. Alright? Alright."
The message was plainly recorded, as it repeated, word for word, three times. Tube passengers either pretended not to notice or looked bemused while the staff fell about in amusement. When approached by your intrepid reporter, a station employee claimed not to have a clue what was going on, even as he creased up.
Were you there? Do you have any idea what was going on? The public have a right to know.