“Pretentious? Moi?”

James Gingell: “In the Fawlty Towers episode The Psychiatrist, an exchange between Sybil and a guest ends with a two-word joke: “Pretentious? Moi?”…we immediately picture two people, probably acquaintances, and imagine that one of them has just accused the other of a certain la-di-da affectation.”

I mention this because it came to mind as I was waiting for the lift at Holloway Road. A really quite la-di-da female voice announced: “The lift on the right shall be the next lift.”

1. Maeve Maddox: “Here’s a frequently quoted joke that illustrates the consequences of using shall and will incorrectly:

A foreign tourist was swimming in an English lake. Taken by cramps, he began to sink. He called out for help:
“Attention! Attention! I will drown and no one shall save me!”
Many people were within earshot, but, being well-brought up Englishmen and women, they honored his wishes and permitted him to drown.”

2. As you will see below, there is no lift on the left.

3. The lift is the lift 24/7. The only thing that changes is its position.

From Wikipedia:

“The architect of the station was Leslie Green who built it for the Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway (Now part of London Transport) in the Modern Style (British Art Nouveau style). The building is listed by English Heritage as Grade II.

Holloway Road is a station on the London Underground. It is on the Piccadilly line between Caledonian Road and Arsenal stations, and in Travelcard Zone 2. The station opened on 15 December 1906.
The station was constructed by the Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway and was built with two lift shafts, but only one was ever used for lifts. The second shaft was the site of an experimental spiral escalator which was built by the American inventor of escalators, Jesse W. Reno. The experiment was not successful and was never used by the public. In the 1990s, remains of the escalator equipment were excavated from the base of the lift shaft and stored at the London Transport Museum Depot in Acton. From the platforms, a second exit no longer in use is visible and leads to the back of the used lift shaft.
The station is adjacent to the site of the former Holloway and Caledonian Road railway station.
The station is close to the new Emirates Stadium, the new home of Arsenal football club. As part of the planning permission £5m was due to be spent expanding the current station to cope with increased passenger numbers on match days. However subsequent studies showed that to ensure the station could cope with the numbers the lifts would have to be replaced with escalators which would cost £60m. As a result, the redevelopment plans were put on hold and now at match times the station is exit only, and before a match eastbound trains do not call.”

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