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Various bits of cobbled together footage from exploring metro systems in London and overseas. (The end bit at Aldwych is an in-joke).

https://vimeo.com/31108510

There's stuff from New York and skyscrapers and stuff on the account, as well as a trip to North Korea. I rarely film, so not much on there.

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A few bits I recognise on there, doesn't have to be polished it's always nice to see these places from another point of view.

Love the disclaimer at the end :D

Thanks for sharing :-)

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That's pretty cool and I like the soundtrack. I recognise those yellow trains but not sure of the others. Feel free to post the other vids up for nostalgia's sake, I'm sure a few people would appreciate the West Park one on here :D (EDIT) Errmmmm not to mention Male Whale :lol:

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      Lombard Street is reputed to be one of London’s streets that is steeped in seven hundred years of banking history. It began life in the Roman times of Londinium as a wealthy city road. It later became a notable banking street on account of several Jewish goldsmith occupants sometime during the Norman conquest. However, the street did not acquire its name until Italian goldsmiths, the Longobards from Lombardy, were granted the land during the reign of Edward I. The badge of the Medici family, the three golden pills, was first displayed here, and since then it has remained as a traditional sign of the pawnbroker. 

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      Explored with Ford Mayhem, Slayaaaa and Stewie. 
       
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    • By WildBoyz
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      Explored with Ford Mayhem, Slayaaaa and two anonymous individuals. 

      Stratford Riverside


       
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