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Clapham South

Clapham South tube station.

Picture by Ewan M: Clapham South station

Function follows form. Put up a house with three bedrooms, and a medium-sized family will move in; put up a stage, and you’ll summon a theatre troupe. Buildings determine their own purpose, dictating their content with the shape of their windows and the colour of their facades.

In one universe, just a sidestep from our own, Clapham South Underground Station is therefore an old cinema: the sort of place that closed down during the 60s, shed its paint with picturesque care, and welcomed surreptitious visits from photographers and teenagers for twenty years. Eventually it underwent regeneration, and since then it’s housed a rotating selection of dress salons, jewellery shops, delicatessens, hairdressers, and, for three months in early 2006, a cupcake bar.

In another universe, a step in the opposite direction, it’s the Ministry of some Positive Abstract Noun or other, the sort of thing that shorthands EVIL OPPRESSION: the Ministry of Love, the Ministry of Hope, the Ministry of Valour, the Ministry of Diligence. In its tunnels and tiny rooms, civil servants write policy documents about action management mechanisms, then mass-email informative pdfs about keeping your inbox empty.

Another step, and it’s the headquarters of the United Kingdom Objectivist Society, with REASON inscribed above the door in majestic capitals. Evangelists hand out free copies of Atlas Shrugged to faintly irritated passers-by. Study groups underground agree, over cake, that altruism is bad. Several of the men are named Leo.

It can all get a bit confusing, especially for Andie, who isn’t a great navigator at the best of times. Her technique relies on landmarks and a vague sense of familiarity, which works increasingly poorly with each new universe she travels through. Still, she’s sitting on the bench when Kurt arrives, against all expectations.

“I brought popcorn,” she says, unzipping her backpack surreptitiously and pointing. “I hope you didn’t buy any already? Sorry, I should have phoned ahead to say.”

“No,” he says. “I didn’t.”

She squeezes the backpack between them on the bench, and looks out at the station in front of them. “The Northern Line was the only thing showing,” she says. “No idea what it’s about, I’m pretty sure I’ve never even heard of it.”

“Are you joking?” Kurt asks.

“It’s okay so far. I think that girl there,” and she points at a woman who’s reading a thick book and leaning against the wall, “is the main character, she’s been pacing around a bit and looking tormented. Not many explosions or jokes,” she adds, “but 3D tech’s got a hell of a lot better since Spy Kids: Game Over.”

“This isn’t a cinema,” Kurt says.

“I think the guy with the camera’s the baddie.”

“This isn’t,” Kurt repeats, “a cinema. This is both the wrong decade and the wrong universe for a cinema.”

Andie frowns. “Oh,” she says.

“Yes,” Kurt says. “Oh.”

“You mean this is…?”

Kurt sighs. “That’s right.”

Andie launches herself from the bench, and tackles the reading woman to the ground, wrenching the book from her hand and throwing it across the platform. “Noooooo!” she yells. “Unrestricted markets don’t promote general prosperity, they act against it! The dictum that nobody should initiate force is itself unenforceable without a reliable system of government! History demonstrates that legislation against the right to discriminate is necessary in order to reduce inequality and inequity! Dagny Taggart is a stupid name!”

Kurt sighs, stands, and collects the book from where it lies, splayed open on the platform. It seems to be an inoffensive Arthurian fantasy. “That’s also,” he calls out, “not the universe we’re in.”

“John Galt is a fictional character whose imaginary experiences prove nothing about the real world!” Andie is yelling.

“Andie!” Kurt repeats. “Wrong universe! Again!”

Andie has paused for breath, and hears him this time. “Oh,” she says, and frowns. She gets up. The woman on the platform looks at her from the ground, astonished. “Sorry,” Andie adds.

“I thought the trains would be a giveaway,” Kurt says as he hands the book back and helps the woman to her feet.

“I thought they were, like, an allegorical representation of the motor of the world? I’m really sorry!” she adds to the woman. For a moment she tries to think of something else to say, but a couple of station employees in brightly-coloured safety vests are running along the platform towards her; so she mouths another apology, grabs hold of Kurt, and slips into the next universe across. In this one, the Clapham South building is an abandoned military outpost on the edge of a cliff, overlooking a lifeless sea. Which, as it’s quite sunny, makes for a better day out anyway.

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  7. The last two years, “QiongYou” like a wave on both sides of the Changjiang River huobian. In the eyes of many young people, “QiongYou” is synonymous with freedom and personality. However, in the seemingly behind the scenes, it is a security risk. reporter Zhao while it is not prepared to take my daughter’s mobile phone. Although has been nearly sixty years of age, but the people of Beijing Liu Tong “hit” speed can be said to be “lightning”. however, daughter Zhang Huike was in no mood for mother good “skill” cheers, just graduated from university she frowned up and muttered “how you say don’t understand”. this is not due to a mobile phone and the “struggle”, which originated from Zhang Hui is the reply information. “of Kunming, take the Sichuan Tibet line or Yunnan Tibet line can be. Find a brave woman ride together, a man and a woman is relatively the most safe and most likely to take a taxi combination……” This “pick up” information currently appearing in a popular “QiongYou” APP, Zhang Hui is one of the responder. the “pick up” information, in Liu Tong seems like a time bomb, “the stranger and stranger, travel together, or ‘tour’, too dangerous, too terrible, too reckless.” In the information sent to reporters, for the daughter to “QiongYou”, Liu Tong used the most is “too”. Of course, followed by a certain is derogatory. Since the for a long time, domestic by shopping and expense items support tours is not in the minority, 2013 tourism law implementation, “zero negative membership fee”, compulsive shopping is banned, the travel agency must put the shopping and expense items hidden in profit in the tour, Beijing, Shanghai, Anhui, Shandong and other many travel agencies line prices than in previous years over the same period there are different degrees of rise. Under this influence, more and more young people began to keen “QiongYou”, it is with the least money to travel. some no money but still optimistic, love to travel the Europe younger people, “QiongYou” this concept by a German Chinese students present. After 2011, Chinese students launched a “QiongYou” heat, is not “QiongYou” white college potential. At the same time, all kinds of “QiongYou” Master have also become the “inspirational example”, and even popular network. however, seemingly fame “QiongYou”, are facing more and more problems test. scenery or infinite crisis “tour with relatively convenient save worry, but the schedule is too full, limiting too much.” Zhang Hui’s high school classmate Yang Han is worthy of the name “Backpackers”, Tibet, Yunnan, Sichuan, Vietnam, Singapore, Kampuchea travel, is she and friends all the way to “fight”, the longest travel time of 60 days. ” ‘tour’ can come into contact with many local people, understand more about the local customs and local culture, taste more authentic food, I think ‘Backpackers’ way to travel is a complete travel”. Although the Han Yang to a lot of friends introduced all sorts of advantages of “QiongYou”, but most people still disrelish a trouble, think they don’t have the time, do not bother to check Raiders. in fact, traditional and cumbersome “QiongYou” preparatory work is due to the rise of professional “QiongYou” website becomes simple. In Han Yang introduction, the reporter opened the a “QiongYou” theme of the site, through the “travel assistant, as long as the travel destination added, you can automatically generate the Raiders and travel notes, not only to recommend cost-effective Hotel and tourist attractions will according to the degree of from are listed in descending order. “this summer European tour had intended to offer tours, but now fares are too high, and these professional ‘tour’ website can provide companion, and a comprehensive strategy, I decided his backpack tour of Europe.” In many domestic “QiongYou” Yang Han told reporters. in the opinion of the Han Yang once “QiongYou” Jiangxi had to sleep on the train station, “sleep station chair is’ tour ‘most valuable experience and enjoyment”. however, it appears in Liu Tong are not “QiongYou” dangerous par. ” ‘tour’ is exotic, you look at the recent online the two trapped in the highway of the Russian female students, if there is no good police help, she would starve to death.” In the eyes of Liu Tong, consecutive similar case illustrates the risk of poor tour. February 17th, to China “QiongYou” Russian student Nicola trapped Beijing high-speed service area of Chibi. Hungry and penniless, he see the car stopped, want to take a free ride, language barrier can not get the help of others; monkey in the second day of the lunar year, a Russian female “backpacker” ride after trapped Henan high-speed, high-speed traffic police assistance, the female “Backpackers” set foot on the train. A few days later, and the girl, because of lost contact with friends, for several days did not eat her again trapped in Jilin. “is that they don’t have enough of the plan, and the language barrier.” Zhang Hui’s own reason. Liu Tong and seek to come to such a case: Holland a female “knapsack guest” during the time of traveling in Australia become “sex slaves”. A man to her imprisoned in the hotel, and repeatedly raped and abused. Even in her forehead carved a “ten” word, to show of her possession; Padova, Italy, a man with international tourism lodging websites that claim to provide free accommodation for young women, but took the opportunity to fall Rohypnol, the victim from around the world. “it is that they do not have safety awareness.” Zhang Hui continues to refute. car to Piedmont Road “fearless” Liu Tongjia debate continues. It does not seem to be a gap between the two generations, but the game “QiongYou” positive and negative . “QiongYou”, also known as a cheap travel, tourism economy, tourism destination information collection, according to its own conditions and tailored to the needs, the save travel expenses experience complete maximum experience of travel and tourism to tourism benefit maximization. “here ‘poor’ is not in the true sense of the economic poor, but tourists a idea to spend the least money, exhaust the world scenery, the pursuit of freedom of mind and action.” For “QiongYou”, Yang Han understood that. however, it is undeniable that the tourism safety is poor hot behind the worries. “So far,” QiongYou “emerging is the lack of policy protection and legal protection, and no security response mechanism.” As concern “QiongYou” national social science planning project fund project researchers, Su gratified said, traffic accidents, turmoil and conflict, natural disasters, social security and crime, fire and explosion, disease, tourists, is “poor Tour” security involves a few aspects. through research, Su pleased to notice, at present “QiongYou” showing several characteristics: “QiongYou” for the students; in front of the tourism will strict budget, mainly through the network access to the travel destination information; travel traffic choose cheaper train, bus or ride, hiking; diet tends to bring their own; choice of accommodation houses, family hotel, inn even comes with tent camping; visit with adventure and exploration properties; in tourist spending to try to save, focusing on the psychological feeling; have the best travel experience with the least money to pursue, and share “QiongYou” experience. “as a result, the ‘tour’ activities to meet some tourists exploration in pursuit of novelty and prove yourself at the same time, will be accompanied by the occurrence of safety accidents. “QiongYou” safety is the interaction of natural and human factors, and always the penetration in the tourism process.” Xin Wei Su said, “QiongYou” safety accident reasons mainly from three aspects: one is their own “QiongYou”, which belongs to the subjective reasons of “QiongYou”; the second is a tourist destination tourism environment and facilities; the third is the tourism destination management. in the visit, reporters noted, “QiongYou” before the trip will of tourism destination, weather conditions, social security and traffic conditions to fully understand, with reasonable arrangements for the route and itinerary. However, some “QiongYou” in the actual tour tend to temporary change in itinerary, especially with the adventure trip, did not fully understand the new rush forward. In Han Yang tells the once sleeping in the train station is because her temporary decided to change the itinerary, and does not agree with the accompanying “backpacker” “throw” at the train station. security preparations are often not subject to some “QiongYou” attention. When asked about Zhang Hui will be how to face the Sichuan Tibet line, physical condition, clothing and equipment, standing drugs, communications equipment and so on to prepare for what, a reporter from the the girl’s back part of skull and a sentence “car to the front there will be road” rhetoric “. “Hongbian the half the sky,” after the regulatory gaps although already has the “popular in the half the sky,” the trend, but at present “QiongYou” are still many regulatory beyond the scope of management. access to relevant information, the reporter noted, there is no relevant departments issued a special safeguard “QiongYou” security measures. “QiongYou” as a new, non mass of tourism, despite a few tourists respected, but from the perspective of economic interests of related parties generally lax management ‘tour’, are more reluctant to take the responsibility for safety of the ‘poor tour. ” Xin Wei Su said that the tourism administration department as a tourist safety management department, although the protection “QiongYou” tourism safety responsibility, but “QiongYou” as a new type of travel tour way, relevant departments currently there is inevitably management gaps. And “QiongYou” travel arbitrarily large, travel behavior not within the arrangement of tourism enterprises. Therefore, tourism administrative departments is difficult to the safety of real-time tracking and supervision and management. in this regard, Beijing Tourism Association Deputy Secretary General Liu SM told reporters, the relevant departments should gradually establish and perfect the “QiongYou” security early warning mechanism for the formation of a complete early warning system, “QiongYou ” safety pre warning system of responsible tourism safety information collection and analysis, strategy and information release and other functions, is the tourism administration department issued travel safety information, tourism safety and accident prevention organization. “QiongYou” safetywarning content should include: social security, early warning of natural disasters, weather warning etc.”. in the Soviet Union should build “relief, rescue system security QiongYou”. “QiongYou ” safety relief system is established for the implementation of the tourist rescue of the type of division of labor and cooperation work system, including with the tourism safety related to various organizations. The system includes tourist rescue command center, tourist rescue mechanism, direct and indirect peripheral mechanism of external agencies.” Xin Wei Su said that indirect outside institutions refers to those indirectly involved in the accident rescue departments, including the news media and communications departments, insurance companies, tourism and community, its role is after the claims, the supervision of public opinion, information transfer and help aid, these institutions can help “QiongYou” to reduce accidents caused by damage. in addition, liusimin told reporters stressed that “QiongYou” policy and safety regulations is “QiongYou” security is an important guarantee, “QiongYou” safety management provide the basis to guide and regulate “QiongYou” security system of early warning and rescue behavior. “” QiongYou “because of the time is not long, there is no specific laws and regulations to regulate them. Therefore, it is imperative to establish a ‘tour’ rescue mechanism and relevant legislation and strengthen government supervision, establish training ‘tour’ skills education system, strengthen publicity and education, improve the ‘tour’ of the security risk prevention awareness, and the ‘tour’ relevant insurance system perfect. ” Liu Simin said. editor: Chen Yan SN225

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