51. Smile, You Are On The Underground
Smiling at others is rather nice pastime. I heard about something that is going on next Saturday (5th July) and was rather enchanted by it – Underground Smile.
Underground Smile, as the name would suggest to any Londoner (although would possibly baffle others), is a project aimed at getting people to smile and be nice to each other on the tube. The project was the idea of Suzanne Morris, who was in London on 7/7 and noticed how in the face of adversity that day, everybody came together to create a community spirit.
She had to do a project for a development course she was undertaking and decided that she would like to try and recreate the sense of camaraderie that fleetingly existed amongst Londoners after the 7/7 bombings. She teamed up with the Talk on the Tube project and got cracking.
Back in April they did a beta version of what they are going to do on Saturday. So they went out spreading the love, giving out t-shirts and stickers and making people smile on the tubes – and they made a little film about it too.
So next Saturday, the closest Saturday to 7/7, they will be doing it all again. Starting off by making a ‘human smile’ at Liverpool Street at noon, then jumping on the Circle, Hammersmith and City and Piccadilly (the 3 lines affected on 7/7) and doing the do.
By Liz Akers