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- The MMs Bar Recording by Various Buffet Car Attendants
4/10 Dave Staff review, 15 July 2011
A retrospective, fond look back at one of the sadly missed institutions of modern day rail travel, the MMs Bar (pronounced the "Ems Bar"). This hive of buffet activity used to live in Coach F on the Midland Mainline trains (hence the "MM") running regularly between Leicester and the place some people call London. During each trip the staff at the MMs would announce that it was, or in some cases was not open for business. Business meant hot food, light snacks and a dazzling array of drinks. Making the journey weekly was Sandra Cross, who is an "artist" of sorts. She decided to record the MMs bar announcements as part of a project she was working on. However there appeared to be no consistency to when the announcements would start. This is all riveting stuff. Marvel at the way the recordings fluctuate in quality. Wonder at the varying voices, tones and delivery. Gasp at the uninspiring array of menus. Chortle at the way one of the announcers says "bottle of pop". This is art...and its the kind of "art" that makes me want to don a balaclava and set fire to people's faces. There are only 250 of these LPs in existence and each time one is purchased, a kitten is drowned in a bag...you might buy this but would you want that cold hard fact preying on your mind? I guess its not for me...
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