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vent it here.
is running normally, as is Victoria from Finsbury Park - Victoria
My journey was fine
I managed to catch a 29 without too many people on it at the bottom of Hampstead Road. I don't live too far from work so I've been fine. The traffic on some of the roads has been pretty crap though from what I could see.
I'm going to call this a WIN rather than a FAIL. Yup.
Shit, I got it wrong again, didn't I? *sigh*
'How to Successfully Goad a British Secret Service Agent'
Stick with it....
i like it. looks very... cat.
It's quite secure.
You need to get them to a spinning class.
But you can't starve a cat thin as it would be dangerous. The big tabby one is 8.1kg and the tortoiseshell is 5.3kg but they should both be about 4kg each the vet reckons. We got them about 3-4 weeks ago and they're 13 so right now they're losing about 10% weight a week and that's a LOT.
to my work in Bond Street.
It's taken all of my spin doctoring chops whipping up enough phoney bluster at unions/passengers/weather to obscure the fact that it's a 25 minute walk and that I clearly left home an hour late. It's too early to tell whether this charade is going to take.
Do you have a 4m legspan?
43 mins (fast)
57 mins (med)
1 hr 26 mins (slow)
273 Cal (fast)
242 Cal (med)
234 Cal (slow)
0.36 kg tube
0.95 kg car
0.5 kg bus
3 miles is just about doable in 25 minutes but it would be a strenuous walk.
It's an annoying habit if anyone has to walk with me anywhere.
I have long legs and I can do 6 mph but it's pretty tough walking, almost comedic!
It's around half an hour-ish on the few times when I've actually done it, but I've never had a stopwatch out.
bond street is a bit ambitious!
for some reason i managed to leave on time today, so i wasn't late for work.
Trying to make this BT Vision system work. Hmm...
so I get to play fm and watch west wing while working, win!
no wemberley tonight, fail.
I was going in the opposite direction. In fact, I got to work quicker than normal. Win for me!
an hour and a half of this
promptly found out the northern was runnin soon as I got to work, but tbh I thoroughly enjoyed that.
How brilliant is The Regents Canal?
west of regent's park up to paddington. i was walking along there a few weeks ago when it was super warm and actually saw a guy playing a banjo whilst sat at the end of his houseboat.
Apart from costing about as much as a week in Europe would including flights.
from little venice to camden on sunday, it was rather lovely.
I was in early.
i don't really mind much. would've been 2 hours had i not been stubborn sitting on the 308 for way too long saying "NO. THIS WILL GET ME TO STRATFORD. IT WILL BE QUICKER THAN WALKING." incidentally, stratford is completely gridlocked heading into central london, the queues on feeder roads back right through forest gate, god knows what the main roads were like.
tbh as much of a crock of shit as it was, i'd rather live in a world where folk can strike than some dystopian tory-jizz-dream where they can't
but I've got no sympathy on this particular strike at all. What Bob Crow's been demanding is completely out of step with the current climate, particularly considering that TFL staff have pretty good pay and conditions anyway - the deal that was put on the table was one that I'd snap my employer's arm off for at the moment.
just trying to ward of knee-jerkism
I left my house at 7.30 and arrived in Stratford - usually a 3 minute jag on the tube - at quarter past nine. And that's not even half way to work.
Expert win/fail depending on how you view two and a half hours on a bus.
It looks like even less than that on a map. Whoever invented the 69 bus route needs horsewhipping.
That said, I didn't get where I am today by walking places, like a common... walker person.
and i only walked forest gate - stratford, and westminster - victoria
it's a confusing day when you realise your comfortable shoes aren't as comfortable as your normal work shoes
I always found those things retarded. They're huge, so they must take shit loads of resources to run and yet they have fuck-all firepower, are slower than molasses and if you have a decent bit of rope you can waste one inside a minute.
Rubbish. Total fail.
and the jubilee too? i thought every station and every line was going to be closed
and are members of Aslef or some other union.
No idea actually why the Northern Line is OK
The workers on those lines are different to the ones on the others.
and therefore are decent human beings.
cheers friends. i don't remember any news story mentioning the northern line would be fine before the strike happened...makes my life easier anyway.
but I think some of the working (ish) lines aren't calling at all their stations.
a handful of Northern Line stations are closed (like Mornington Crescent and Warren Street)
until my boss told me, and she gets on at the same stop as me.
but 30 minutes late isnt that bad.
i didnt bother checking, because I thought all lines were down.
but saw on the news just before i left that the jubilee line is running. so, a bit of walk to baker st, jubilee to south london. arrived earlier than usual, no problemo.
so it was exactly the same as usual. Numerous hot girls, Ramadanman & Arthur Russell providing the soundtrack. 7/10.
i got victoria on the overground LOADS easier than normal. then it took 1 hour 45 mins on the bus going 3 tube stops.
if i can find (or you can tell me) a really quick way of getting from earls court/kensington to victoria i'll be fine.
I ALSO BUMPED INTO BAMOS (caps) when i got off the bus. he was on his way to queens. the end.
I enjoyed myself so much getting to Queen's yesterday, my unaffected journey into proper work this morning was something of a let down.
Bob Crow: Fuck Off.
about 15 min instead of 17 mins.
is now running normally
fuckin A. i might be home pretty easy now.
So does that mean the strike's resolved now or what?
I was going by the TFL website, which now says "part suspended" again. FUN TIMES.
tells you how long the next train is from every station in the underground.
Those things are always lying cocksuckers though.
well, it sort of works for west kensington.
When I was at Stratford earlier the display said all the lines apart from the Jubilee were 'part suspended'. What that actually meant in practise is a mystery to me since you had to swipe your card and go through the barriers to get close enough to read the notices. Jackasses.
and by part i mean mostly
Then caught the Jubilee to Waterloo, before hopping on a train to Putney. For some reason it only took an extra quarter of an hour.
Also: it really winds me up how the papers and the TV news report that it’s ‘CHAOS’, when a more accurate description would be that some people are either a)stood at a bus stop when they wouldn’t usually be, or b)stuck in a traffic jam.
or at least at the bus stops it is, when people who have no idea about how buses work try to get on them
because I walk to work.
Who wants to punch me?
i didnt read the first two sentences tho.
woke up about 8.30am, set off about 9.15. Took me an hour and a half to walk the four and a bit miles (most of which it was raining). Got to work ,logged on at 10.50am, checked my emails only to be told I had to attend fire safety training at 11am, in a place about half a mile away :'(
My legs really hurt now.
i passed lots of gridlocked cars.
will just ride naked, it'll save the shower when i get home.
Chiswick to Whitechapel: 3 AND A HALF HOURS.
Got the bus to Marble Arch, somehow. Then couldn't get a bus going to east London, so I walked. Marble Arch to Whitechapel is neither a short nor enjoyable walk, espeically when it's via Angel because you got lost.
I'm brewing a dirty protest in my guts, which will be deposited in a box and mailed to Bob Crowe, General Secretary of the RMT.
Jesus - you poor sod.
Most days this is good. Not today when everyone else has an excuse for being late. What has made me laugh is people who rely on the Northern and Met lines taking really long journeys to work and then finding out once they were here that those two are in fact actually open.
I actually think I'd rather put up with the hassle for a bit. I don't think they deserve the conditions they're asking for, and as long as it's summer and my boss doesn't care about when I turn up, I don't actually mind it. Winter might be a different story.
P.S I hope that thieving cunt that got fired and is alleged to be 50% of the reason for the strike feels pretty cool today.
I don't think TFL should give in. But that's easy for me to say considering it doesn't really affect me.
by a tidy little fare increase over the coming years, I think a few strolls to work in the middle of summer is worth the chance of watching Bob Crowe backtrack.
I was reading earlier how the starting salary for a tube driver is about £40k.
I am now confused about what possible reason they could be have for demanding more money.
Any idea what their current wages are ?
Anyway, it's not as if the job is becoming more difficult - if anything it's probably getting easier since a lot of it is automated. They just need to be able to open the doors on the right side once they're in the station. Oh, that's right...some dunce cunt couldn't even manage that and that's why they're striking today.
there's a system that prevents them from opening on the wrong side. And that one's getting it with the new trains in the next year or two.
BUT it is not up there with other highly skilled jobs that warrant such money. It's not as risky as certain other jobs that warrant that kind of money. They just have a great union. Bastards....
is roughly 36-38k if memory serves me right, with 38 days holiday pa. Station staff are (I believe) on considerably less.
Bob Crow can get to fuck. Other than his naive promise of a 'no-srike deal' when elected, I'm right behind Boris and TFL on this one.
sign me up
There's 3.5 MILLION extra people trying to catch a bus than there was yesterday
It's just not designed to take everybody in London on it
but this is a load of arse. The public outrage is because the bus system doesn't work very well when everyone on the tube system wants to get a bus and also if you have to get from leyton to notting hill. It takes bloody hours ( not that I'd do that trip ).
who to believe, eh?
I've seen some people say it's over pay rises, some say it's over how a pay rise is implemented over the next few years, and some people say it's over the two people who were fired or something (but then it was mainly the Evening Standard saying this and they're never exactly sympathetic towards a strike). So I'm left somewhat bewildered as to the arguments on either side.
both the length (TFL wanted 4 years, RMT 2) and detail of their pay deal.
Apparently these two people then got thrown into the mix late on Monday - which if true makes something of a mockery of the mandate that Crow was given to call a strike... it wasn't mentioned to his members.
early for work. I made myself feel better with a dirty maccy d's bagel. Now I feel wronk.
I can only hope it's that easy tomorrow.
'Transport Commissioner Peter Hendy said: 'Services are now running on nearly all London Underground lines, with good service on the Northern line and a decent service across the Jubilee line. Clearly, support for the RMT leadership's actions is far from the level they were expecting.'
1 hr 20 for a 50 minute journey, aaaaabsolutely fine by me
but Luke Haines' book was far more entertaining than getting off and walking like the other plebs were doing.
Took the bus all the way to Stanmore, then read Mao: The Untold Story on an almost-empty Jubilee Line.