Flavour Map of the London Tube Stations

↑ 通常の地下鉄マップ  ↓ James Wannerton氏作成の味覚マップ

先日テレグラフ紙の記事で、各駅の「味」を網羅したユニークなロンドン地下鉄マップのことを読んだ。このマップの製作者である、ブラックプール在住のJames Wannerton氏は、共感覚と呼ばれる特殊な知覚現象のため、読んだり聞いたりするだけで、その言葉の「味」を感じることが出来るという。彼が、駅特有の「味」に気付いたのは、お母さんと共に、北ロンドンの家から地下鉄で学校に通っていた4歳の頃。以来、ロンドンを離れた後も、時折ロンドンに来ては記録を取り続け、今年初めに、49年もの長きに渡って情熱を傾けてきたこの味覚マップを完成させた。

Wannerton氏は、駅の味や質感は驚くほど一貫していて変わらなかったと言う。それらの味覚は、ソーセージやベーコン、アップルパイ、HPソースなど、大半がイギリスの食べ物や、Wannerton氏が子供時代に慣れ親しんだlove hearts, poppets and jelly totsなどのお菓子だが、中には乾いた血(Pinner駅)、革製ベルト(Northolt駅)、3-in-One Oil(Cannon Street駅とGunnersbury駅)、燃えたマッチ(Holborn駅)といった変わったものも。ちなみに、Wannerton氏の美味しさベスト3駅は、Baker Street(焦げたJam Roly-Poly:ジャム入りロールケーキ)、King’s Cross(フルーツケーキ)、Tottenham Court Road(ソーセージと目玉焼き)で、ワースト3はBond Street(ヘアスプレー)、St Paul’s(芽キャベツ)、Seven Sisters(Spangles:1950年代〜80年代初期まで発売されていた茹で菓子)とのこと。以下は、ロンドンの主な駅の味一覧。

I read an interesting Telegraph article about this unique London Tube map – a map that shows what each station tastes like. The person who made this map, Mr. James Wannerton from Blackpool, can ‘taste’ words when he reads or hears them, due to a neurological condition called synaesthesia. He first noticed each station had a distinct taste when he was four and lived in North London, while traveling to school. Since then he has continued to keep notes and make special trips to London after leaving the city, and he finally completed his 49-year project of the “taste map” of the Tube earlier this year.

Mr. Wannerton said that the tastes and textures of the stations were incredibly consistent and had never changed. Most of the tastes on the map are of British comfort food such as sausages, bacon, apple pie, HP sauce, as well as Mr Wannerton’s childhood treats such as love hearts, poppets and jelly tots. There are also few peculiar flavours such as “dried blood (Pinner)”, “lether belt (Northolt), “3-in-One Oil (Cannon Street and Gunnersbury)”, and “burnt matches (Holborn)”. Mr Wannerton’s three tastiest stops are Baker Street (Burt Jam Roly-Poly), King’s Cross (Fruit Cake & Dripping), Tottenham Court Road (Sausage & Fried Egg), and the three nastiest stops are Bond Street (hair spray), St Paul’s (Sprouts), Seven Sisters (Spangles). Here are some of the flavours of London’s major stations:

  • Piccadilly Circus = Picnic Bar
  • Oxford Circus = Oxtail Soup
  • Notting Hill Gate = Sausage, Potato & Bacon
  • Bond Street = Hair Spray
  • Westminster = After Eight Mints
  • Heathrow Airport = Eccles Cake

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