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Sunday, 17 May 2009

Old Street Station: 1968 & 2009.

Braving the, frankly, quite remarkable quantities of urine in the stairwell, I managed to get up to the central island at Old Street this morning, and found...the structure the Beatles stood on as part of the (so called) Mad Day Out is still there. I once saw someone ejected from a pub next to the station for ordering a Coke (I'm sorry, Sir, if you aren't ordering beer or spirits, then I'm going to have to ask you to leave). Impressive stuff. More in this vein to follow.


  1. Very interesting! Thanks for posting!

  2. I wonder, what it this structure anyway and why is it (still) there? Modern art? I`m sure they didn`t leave it there just because the Beatles once stood on it.

  3. Those odd structures at Old Street are related to ventilation at the underground station - I assume still so, as they are still there.

  4. Thanks! Judging from your earlier entry the ventilation could be working a lot better ;-)

  5. God! Thanks for the post! I live 5 min away from Old Street tube station and never knew about the Beatles having done a photo-shooting there! Incredible! I just found out this morning when I was having a hair cut at "John's Hairdressing", an old shop in Old Street. John, the owner, told me "I've been here since 1965 and I've seen loads of things". I told him "wow, that's when the Beatles reselased Help!". And he replied "the Beatles? Let me tell you about them" (took me out of the shop) "Do you see that square thing? They had a few photographs there and I saw Paul or John, I can't remember, almost falling fown!"
    Just great. Thanks!