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Transport Blog
29 January 2007
The Oyster Scandal
Patrick Crozier

Stephen Pollard gets ripped off by Oyster.  He’s not the first.  Two stories on the same subject, eh?  That makes a category.

Talking of rail-related smart cards.  What’s with the marine wildlife connection?  In London it is called Oyster.  In Hong Kong it is called Octopus.  And in Tokyo it’s called Suica.  OK, so I don’t know what Suica means.  But they promote it with a penguin.



  1. In Hong Kong there were initially eight different companies or agencies that used the Oyster system. Hence Octopus. Britain essentially copied the Oyster system, and choose another marine creature starting with O that was similar but not the same. I suspect Tokyo may have done the same thing, but without the letter O.

    Posted by Michael Jennings on  29 January 2007 at 03:30 pm

  2. Hmm. Shellfish. Things with Tentacles.  Penguins (Tekeli Li!).  It’s something out of H.P.Lovecraft!

    Iä! Iä! Cthulhu Fhtagn!

    Posted by Tim Hall on  30 January 2007 at 12:38 am

  3. Just for the record, Suica is, according to wikipedia, an acronym for “Super Urban Intelligent CArd”

    Glad to see the blog back, I lost it when you changed addresses.


    Posted by David Levinson on  30 January 2007 at 09:41 pm

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