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I realised something else about London as I lay in bed last night: the escalators just don't belong.

As I mentioned, most of London seems to have an anarchic survival of the fittest approach to getting from A to B. The only place this doesn't seem to be true is the escalators on the tube. The way they're meant to work is that everyone should stand on the right, so people who are in a rush and wish to walk/run up/down the escalator have a clear path on the left in which to do so. More alarmingly, that is exactly how they work.

The rest of the tube system is as bad as the rest of London. People ignore "no exit" signs, keep to the right when signs are telling them to keep to the left, push and shove to get on and off the trains, jostle you at the ticket barriers, and so forth. But the you get on the escalators and there's this little bubble of serene calm where everyone's actually doing what they should be, and being considerate to their fellow man.

Even odder is that this extends beyond the tube. I noticed when I was in Borders that the escalators there just had a nice line of people al standing on the right. There's not even any particular compulsion to do this outside of the tube, but apparently everyone has been well trained into being well-mannered on escalators and they do it instinctively.

It's quite freaky, really. It's as if all of London's escalators have been implanted from another time or place, where people actually care about each other.

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Some would say, of course, that the escalators are closer to an ideal "anarchic" situation than the trains, since on the trains the people who can push hardest are in control.

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