Sorry for not posting in awhile. My Black Friday bounty has been coming in and doing all these rebates took a lot more time than I anticipated. Plus the fact I only have a little over 1 week before I go on vacation for the rest of the year, I’ve been trying to wrap up stuff at work.
Anyway, I saw this article a few days ago: London PA voice fired for slamming Tube:
The woman behind the gentle, even voice which warns London’s subway commuters to “Mind the gap” was fired after telling a newspaper she thought the transit network was dreadful.
Emma Clarke has been recording messages for London’s sprawling subway network, popularly known as the Tube, since 1999. In addition to warning passengers to watch their step in walking between subway cars and the platform, she also reads the trains’ stops, tells Londoners how long they have to wait until their next ride, and delivers service updates.
When I first read the article, it reminded me of the Voice of London from V for Vendetta.
Anyway, that’s pretty harsh to fire her just over a honest remark. If I was to be fired for every anti-Microsoft remark I’ve made, I would’ve been fired a long time ago.
I wanted to hear what these spoofs were. The link on the article pointed to her homepage: EmmaClarke.com, but it was down the past few days due to everyone linking to it. It’s back up now, but during that time, I found a mirror of the spoofs here: The Voice of the Underground is silenced.
If you’ve ever ridden the Underground (London subway system), you most definitely will recognize her voice. Here’s a few demos she has up on her page: Voiceover Demos / London Underground.
You can also listen to the Spoof London Underground Announcements:
- Do not drop litter on the train. Please use the tramps provided.
- Warning, this is an emergency. I’ve chipped a nail.
- Would the passenger in the red shirt pretending to read a paper, but is actually staring at that woman’s chest, please stop. You’re not fooling anyone, you filthy pervert.
- We’d like to remind our American tourist friends that you are almost certainly talking too loud.
- Passengers should note that the bearded gentleman’s rucksack contains the following items only: Some sandwiches, a library card and a picture of a bare ankle and is no cause for concern.
- Would the gentleman in the pinstripe suit and £1000 glasses who obviously works in the media, please take one step forward onto the track as the train arrives. Thank you.
- Residents of London are reminded that there are other places in Britain outside your stinking shit hole of a city, and if you removed your heads from your arses for just a couple of minutes, you may realize that the M25 is not the edge of the Earth.
- Passengers are reminded that a smile is actually a friendship signal, not a sign of weakness.
- Passengers are reminded that like all voice over artists, I probably look nothing like you’d imagine and may turn out to be somewhat of a disappointment.
- Would passengers filling in answers on their Sudokus please accept that they’re just crosswords for the unimaginative and are not in any way more impressive just because they contain numbers.
- Here we are again, crammed into a sweaty tube carriage. And today’s Wednesday – only two more days before you can binge drink yourself into a state of denial about the mediocrity of you life. Oh, for Goodness sake, if you’re female, smile at the bloke next to you and make his day. He’s probably not had sex for months.
Somethings to note, I did in fact have a mental image of her and what she looked like and of course she did not turned out exactly the way I’d imagined. I wasn’t exactly disappointed since I’ve gotten used to the face that most Japanese voice over artists aren’t that pretty/handsome, but they’re good at what they do and bring characters to life, I did imagine her to have a skinny face and look sexier. Haha.
Another thing to note is that she pronounced Sudokus like Sudukos, which sort of irked my head.
If those links are down again, mirrors can be found at: The Voice of the Underground is silenced