I got evacuated from the tube today: sitting at Bank Station, Lee Maguire turned up, and told me of how he'd just got off a tube that had had smoke pouring into it while stuck in a tunnel. Sure enough, the next thing we hear is a pre-recorded announcement: "Would Inspector Sands please report to the control room", three times in quick succession. "That's code!" says Lee. Really, say I, code? "Yes! For an unidentified emergency," and then we hear the real announcement - emergency evacuation of Bank Station. Off we obediently rush, with lots of panicky-looking Tubegoers who at this point probably don't know it's just a fire.
Spilling out into Bank's tangled crossroads, there are fire engines and ambulances and police already swarming, with more arriving by the second. Time to go comic-book shopping: the bus down the road at the Temple of Mithras goes to close enough to Tottenham Court Road. Lee hadn't seen the Temple before, and while I see it all the time, I had no idea what it actually is. Turns out it's one of those wonderful London artifacts, an Hellenic "mystery-religion" temple in the middle of London, dedicated to Mithras, from whom we get Phrygian caps - the ones the Smurfs wear, which in turn leads us to Smurf Communism. Meanwhile, Lee says, "Mithras? Isn't he a level 30 quest?"
Turns out, he might be. Checking my inbox, I see that today a mini-expansion for Legion Arena called Cult of Mithras is announced. Coincidence or what?
Maybe I should go back to bed.