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June 30, 2004

Silver Linings

Things I discovered today:

1. Deciding to catch a train a half hour earlier to give myself more time to get to Hammersmith in the absence of the Underground will not work if it turns out that the 6:53 is the first train.

2. I really really should have plugged in my iPod and PDA when I got home last night, because neither had charge this morning.

3. There is nowhere anywhere near Walthamstow Queens Road station to buy a newspaper.

4. Or a grande skinny latte.

5. Or any other sort of coffee or anything for breakfast.

6. Whereas normally, the exact details of one's train journey are of little interest to one's colleagues, at today's Senior Managers Conference it appeared to be something of a pissing contest.

7. As I went on not one, but three train lines that most people don't know exist, and, due to (1) above, took 2 1/2 hours over the process, I scored rather well.

8. Under normal running, taking the Gospel Oak to Barking line to Gospel Oak, changing to the North London Line to Willesden Junction, and then taking a weird spur train is by far the most efficient way to get from here to Olympia. This is Inherently Implausible, but will be handy for the Great British Beer Festival.

9. What's more, today this route came with a free, while-you-stand, fully-clothed, Turkish Bath Experience.

Posted by Alison Scott at June 30, 2004 10:14 PM


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