Credit: Pip Hill
Up and over, back down, under the pass, down the stair.
Only to hear – and then see – the subway doors close.
The driver, facing the stair, opens the doors again, smiling sweetly. A small gift, halfway through the evening shift.
Thank you, I say, as I get on.
The Glasgow Subway system is ‘going Smart’, in time, we are promised, for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
At the moment, this means stations are being transformed to sell and accept new tickets (what will Glasgow’s version of an ‘Oyster Card’ be? Something slightly less refined and more carbohydrate heavy, perhaps?)
In this transitional period, though, subway staff are manually checking tickets. And so at Buchanan Street, two men stand either side of the gate, invalidating singles with a black office hole punch. One says to the other:
‘Oh, you want a go?’ He hands over the punch. His colleague punches a ticket.
‘You’re like a big wean wi’a new toy you are.’