There's long been a tradition on British television of Christmas specials. Old characters come back, stories get bigger and more melodramatic, and the whole thing feels just a tiny bit self-indulgent.
This is our Christmas special, so, well, you know what to expect.
Things Stephanie and I talk about this week, in no particular order:
- The CityMetric Christmas playlist – that is, which Christmas songs are actually about cities/maps/geography/something;
- How I started the year by wandering around London with a map and a film crew, pretending to be lost, because of this story about station names;
- How I ended it riding up front in a train (sorry, Jim);
- The CityMetric Christmas quiz, which Stephanie wrote specially to flummox me (you can see the questions below);
- How we'd like to hear more from those of you who listen to this thing who aren't in London, New York or another of the cities we bang on about all the time. If you're the person who's listening to this in Tirana or Tehran, please do write in.
Lastly, we are giving serious thought to doing a live episode at some point next spring, probably somewhere in London that serves drinks. If you’d be up for that, have suggestions about topics or guests, or would even like to offer us a venue, you can write in about that, too.
The CityMetric Christmas quiz
1. Which metro has the longest metro system by route length?
2. Which has the highest ridership?
3. Which has the most stations?
4. Which is the oldest?
5. Which is the second oldest?
6. Which popular drinking-game destination is the third oldest?
1. Which is the southernmost tube station...
2. Which has the funniest terminal station?
3. Which stations are connected by the Emirates airline?
4. Which of these is not a disused railway station: City Road, Wood Lane, or Church Street?
5. Which station is objectively the worst to change at?
6. Which is the coolest disused railway in London?
1. The city of Berezniki in Russia is home to the world’s biggest what?
2. Which city has a population of only 824?
3. Where was TV Sitcom Frasier set?
4. Of which city’s aquarium did Matthew Norman say in 2014, “This gigantic aquarium – “the world’s first submarium” – is one of very few Millennium projects that could be called a success by anyone not tripping on acid.”
5. Which two teams feature in the famous Istanbul derby, known as “the Eternal Rivalry”?
Gävle goat round
1. How was the goat destroyed in 1970? (Two drunk teenagers)
2. How was the goat destroyed in 1976? (Hit by a car)
3. What was special about 1979? (First goat burned prior to being erected; second broke)
4. What happened to the 1983 goat? (Legs destroyed)
5. What happened to the 2011 goat, even thought it was sprayed with water to create an ice coating?
6. What happened to the 2013 goat, even though it was soaked in a flame retardant?
7. And in between, what happened to the goat in 2012?