Thanks to the valiant efforts of citizen journalist @ShaneOhhh_ we now know that Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini took the tube to last night’s 2-2 draw between Arsenal and Liverpool. (We’re not sure why we’re writing about this either, but there’s a Daily Mail article on it, so it must be real news, right?)
Disappointingly Mancini didn’t pull a Hodgson and declare that Wayne Bridge will never play for Man City again. Clearly, he had even weightier things on his mind.
The likely cause of Roberto’s uncharacteristically glum expression is the news that Mario Balotelli – with whom he shared a tender embrace earlier this month – is leaving him (sorry, Manchester City) for AC Milan.
Mancini said of Mario’s departure: “We talked. The club asked me what’s best for me. I spoke with Mario and I think he wanted this. After three years in England, to go back to Italy will be good for him. We love Mario and he deserves to have this chance. For me, Mario was like another one of my children. I gave him his start in Serie A with me at 17 [with Internazionale]. You can be upset with him sometimes but afterwards he’s a lovely lad.”
So ends the greatest love story the Premier League has ever seen. Chin up, Roberto. If we know anything about our beloved underground it’s that there’s nothing like a solitary ride on the ever-constant Piccadilly line to ease your sorrows.
Looking for inspiration for your commuting playlist? Get inspired by our top 10 tube-related hits. Can you guess what’s number one?
10. Amateur Transplants – London Underground
9. Lily Allen – LDN
8. Donovan – Sunny Goodge Street
7. The Clash – London Calling
6. Duffy – Warwick Avenue
5. The Kinks – Waterloo Sunset
4. Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls
3. Davy Jones – Maybe It’s Because I’m A Londoner
2. Bednobs and Broomsticks OST – Portobello Road
1. Click HERE for our top pick
Underground to open til 2am from 2015 (Independent)
Prince Charles and Camilla visit tube (Pics BBC; Video Telegraph)
See the tube map – in circles (Metro)
Link between South London and St Pancras saved (South London Press)
Census confirms cycling boom (ITV)
London commuters turning to motorbike? (Independent)
Future king of the surface-lands Prince Charles has journeyed deep underground, to
battle his rival the Troll Emperor celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Tube. The Prince and the Duchess of Cornwall took a three minute trip on the Metropolitan line, from Farringdon to King’s Cross. (You would be cross too if your mum refused to abdicate).
New charges brought in for tube WiFi (Digital Spy)
London Bridge closed this morning after chemical fear (Guardian)
Video: From street to tweet – A year of TfL’s twitter feed (London24)
Reported 1700: ticket machines not accepting cards on First Great West, First Capital Connect, South West Trains
Slightly dorky but none-the-less impressive video of the week: Visiting every single London tube station probably isn’t the top of every tourist’s ‘to-do’ list, but one intrepid New Zealander has done it – better still, he filmed it, so it almost feels like we’ve done it too. Yes, it is three minutes of pictures of a guy next to tube station signs – but it’s also three minutes of pictures of a guy next to tube station signs in alphabetical order.