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at Highbury Corner on Saturday night.
if my friends' facebook pics are anything to go by. Those kerrrrazy tories! ;)
And then he'll prob have to get back to London to shout at bob crowe, or something.
I think he passes that means test
meaning less stress and less work.
i've always wanted to be a nonce.
So I was late. By a whole hour and a half!
Thank you Bob Crow for giving me a shorter working day and an hour on the bus to read my book.
However compensated by the entertainment of watching people navigate using blackberries or whatever because they've never walked further than the nearest tube station and have prepared for what they thought would be some sort of epic journey.
I got shoved off the pavement onto the road twice on threadneedle street this morning by selfish fat cunts. The second time, I chopped the culprit with my umbrella but missed and hit my own leg. Tube strikes really do bring out the Dunkirk spirit in us Brits.
morning just due to the shear weight of people walking / looking at their navigation tools / staring at the floor etc. Typical, 2 weeks ago it was closed due to gasworks..or something. Would have made life a bit easier today had it remained pedestrian friendly.
I felt really exposed this morning, and but for the quick thinking of a cyclist who swerved to avoid me (risking his own safety) I think I would have been hit. I'm quite small and very easily trampled. I think I'll leave work early so as to avoid the phalanx of shovers heading back east at 5 :)
probably seen the trench currently being constructed on the corner of Threadneedle / Bishopsgate. That's where they're planning on putting today's tube strike casualties you know. You had a lucky escape ;-)
But TFL completely lied last night - I downloaded a list of stations/lines that would be running today - a list tfl supplied, and surprise surprise, Liverpool Street was NOT open (as they said it would be) and the Central Line was NOT running (as they said it would be)
and subject only to "minor delays". The tubebuddy app on my phone shows that they're running every 7-10min from liv street, so you might be ok getting back, if that helps at all!
I will be walking home tonight .
and st paul's and chancery lane and bethnal green are all shut but the rest on that stretch of the central line are open.
It was amusing seeing lots of South-West London dwelling, city-working chumps getting all pushy around Waterloo station though.
I took a couple of wrong turns at first
The traffic was much worse, took about half an hour longer than usual.
In short; yes, but not a lot.
which means more work for me.
This is why I don't live in London.
Picked the worst Sunday to stay over night at a friend's in London.
oh no. i'm going back to london today for the evening and need trains :s
however, it took me 30 mins to get from London Bridge to Canary Wharf
i am now under the impression that the unions are idiots because they don't realise that their industry has changed and they're simply going to have to evolve.
Totally with TFL and Boris on this one.
However, this is worth reading: http://diamondgeezer.blogspot.com/2010/09/clipped-tickets.html
and i suspect that this is the same for about 70% of all people who live in London.
Hell, my friends find it shocking that i just don't top up my oyster online and that i still use those machines
when there's the slightest hold-up, slashing 800 staff is really going to improve things.
if staff are cut though?
Reinstating the western zone congestion charge would allow him to reduce bus fares by 10p for example.
No matter what happened it was always operational. *sigh*
Although a girl was killed by a hit and run on Thursday outside my old tube station :O
Swings and roundabouts.
(I am not really this cold hearted)
I'd be very surprised if most people couldn't walk from their house to their office in 1.5 hours or so...* have a stroll - no harm done. Take the pressure off the buses and all that...
Tube strikes are hardly the end of the world. But once again where every other city merely JUST GET ON WITH IT when it comes to inconveniences; Londoners DEFY them. Why is that...
(* - This isn't carte blance for people who live in Surbiton and work in Kings Cross to say "I can't do that you thoughtless bastard")
and i'm betting a LOT of people don't even know how to walk to their office.
there are people in my office who have never travelled more than three tube stops for a night out (excluding the occasional trip to leicester square)
but still can't walk into work in Canary Wharf
Bit of a tricky walk that - I admit.
Walking to my office is possible but will leave me a tired, sore, sweaty mess.
When I lived in Golders Green the two bus journey wasn't too bad (210 round the top of Hampstead into Archway then 271/43 into the city) but always slow on the way home.
Pretty much a straight line to Liverpool Street there!
I mean walking isn't ideal for most people, but I'd take a nice long stroll over BUSJAM any day of the week...
(Most Londoners it seems would rather shit themselves then take a bus so its no wonder Tube Strikes bring such chaos...)
But either I carry my work shoes along with a big laptop and wear trainers or I walk in my work shoes. Either way, it's not a pleasant thing and it means either walking down Mile End road or Roman Road, both of which are fucking awful, depressing roads to walk down.
Also I don't stroll. I walk fast. This means I get very hot. If I try to walk slowly it annoys me too much. Even so it probably takes about 45 mins, which is dull.
so no impact whatsoever.
have a nice day!
Forgot my trainers for the probably walk home tonight so that's irritating. But I did remember to pick a good bag for the long-haul of my heavy work laptop tonight so I hope to not have back issues.
Sorry about the DanielKelly.
Got to get to broadcasting house this evening, but the Northern and Victoria Lines (only ones I'd bother with) are both running some kind of service.
Caught the 94 bus from Turham Green to Oxford Circus then walked down to Bloomsbury. Took about an hour and a half. Enough time to enjoy a This American Life podcast, the Crocodiles album and the irrated looks on peoples faces, spanning Shepherd's Bush to Marble Arch, upon realization that the bus was full.
I'm contemplating walking the 5.5 km this evening.
I own a car. So not at all. I did quite enjoy rolling smugly past enormous queues of angry wet people at bus stops though.
and feel a little outdone.
I'll have to settle for parvenu wealth. It'll do.
It took 1 hour 45 mins instead of the normal 45 mins. But I got on at the first stop and got the front seat on the top deck, so I wrote a long email to my cousin and then I watched people getting annoyed on the street. Not bad entertainment.
Imagine if the other cities had to rely on only walking or buse......
What must it be like?
But my seat getting techniques are near perfect. Got in about half an hour later than usual though. I do get irate at people who get off the 276 with their kids and then onto my buses. THE SCHOOL IS FIVE MINUTES DOWN THE FUCKING ROAD
Walked Old Street to Farringdon. Mostly surprised by these mole like people who apparently must live on top of and work immediately next to tube stations, opening their eyes into the world for the first time.
One gentleman at a crossing stood in the road and proceeded to light up and puff away, before looking incredibly indignant as he repeatedly came within inches of being run over before conceeding and stepping back.
nipped to the shop this morning and had a chuckle at the part-time cyclists trying to negotiate the traffic
But no real hassle. Meant I got to listen to my mp3 player a bit longer, and sit on the top deck of the bus (which I like doing regardless of the situation).
Hope it's not more of a nuisance on my way home though...
Got my usual back corner seat where I can look sulky and read my book, got in 5 mins late. That 5 minutes might mean that Bob Crow defeated me though, I'll have to check
"Waited for two hours for the 205 to get to King's Cross, then from there to Farringdon so I can be at work - but only two buses came in the two hours and yes, I couldn't get on any of them," says Ferial from Paddington.
Why would you wait two hours for a bus instead of just walking for 20 minutes? :D
of where everything is in London. It's like that old thing where you see tourists getting on the tube at Leicester Square, only to get off at Piccadilly Circus.
who INSISTED on getting the tube from a restaurant in Covent Garden to a pub in Leicester Square.
Honestly, some people actually seem determined to have their day ruined by the strike.
But I'm sure I could do in half that...
Point remains - Ferial is a dunce.
piece of piss. just caught the train instead of tube to finsbury park, and (just like last time) the victoria line was working not unlike a dream. plus, it started at seven sisters so that meant most people (who care deeply about such things) could get seats.
it's stating the obvs but it becomes clearer with each strike that bob crow has minimal backing. there was a real nice atmos in green park today amongst the scabs.
Luckily, it actually made my commute part 1 quicker as no Southwark Station meant direct from London Bridge to Waterloo. And no discernable effect on the Waterloo-Syon Lane overground leg.
Tonight I'll probably just walk home from Waterloo, it's only 20 mins at most down Union Street. Nice to see so many people are willing to just walk rather than pissing and moaning, unlike the folk in our Victoria office who are apparently braying to anyone and everyone that they haven't been allowed to walk out at 3 in the afternoon to make their epic journeys home.