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What say the voices in the sky?

I heard the announcement for the train to Paris as I was waiting for my train to Lyon, in Vichy. The announcement was in French, then repeated in English and in German. What a cosmopolitan little station! I was everso proud.

Speaking of train announcements, why does it seem to be the same voice in every station in France? I can't imagine it's a recording, because there are so many variations on what she has to say - train numbers, which one's late and by how much, etc. I've decided to imagine that the woman sits in SNCF headquarters in Paris and receives messages from the individual stations. Then she presses the "Vichy" button and says whatever the gare de Vichy told her to say. The problem with this theory is that she would never have time to eat or sleep.

srah - Thursday, 17 October 2002 - 10:50 AM
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