In 2010, the citizens of Tyneside, England, composed and performed an epic musical number about their metro system. Try to watch it without weeping.
Alex Niven is lecturer in English literature at Newcastle University and editor-at-large at Repeater Books. His first book, Folk Opposition, was published by Zero Books in 2011.
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