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  • 09:08 Antony Nolan Trust collectors on pyjamas. Meningitis collectors in tiger costumes. The world has gone mad. #

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From:suilven
Date:April 9th, 2009 07:10 am (UTC)
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The world has gone mad.
More evidence. I came home on a National Express bus for £1.00. One pound. How mad is that? A National Express bus from London. 285 miles or thereabouts.
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From:ringbark
Date:April 9th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
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I have no idea how NE ever makes any money. London to Southampton for a fiver was a highish fare, and I couldn't find a fare above about £15 for travel from London-Liverpool leaving the following day.
The only complaint for me is that it's far too slow. But if speed and back pain aren't an issue, it's probably fine.
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From:suilven
Date:April 9th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
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The only complaint for me is that it's far too slow. But if speed and back pain aren't an issue, it's probably fine.
Well, you said it in one. I think it is a problem! Certainly since yesterday. The speed was not good but I had pretty much psyched myself up for it in that it was a choice. The train was prohibitively expensive as I hadn't booked in advance and I thought I'd check out the bus and that is when I discovered the 'funfair'. The downside was the length of the journey. 8 hours, via Leeds. I'd worked the night before so I hoped I would just sleep. Twas not to be. I had an eight-year-old chipmonk beside me.

She alighted at Leeds and on the break I started a conversation with an older chap who turned out to be Australian and a level 3 cricket coach. He invited me to sit beside him and the rest of the journey went by very quickly. He was interesting and I astounded myself by how much I knew about cricket.

I found I knew enough to ask him about his thoughts on country selection, 20-20, captaincy of England, that kind of thing. AND, of course, having played cricket in a womens' team as a teenager helped my street cred no end.

I think the most expensive fare to Ncl is £27. In the olden days they used to have video and serve refreshments and they would say things like 'welcome aboard'. Those days are gone now.
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From:suilven
Date:April 9th, 2009 06:59 pm (UTC)
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That is hysterical. I hadn't seen that. Mind, it would appear that it is only Born in hte USA that he has been banned from playing.

A Bruce Springsteen fan has been given a community order for breaching an Asbo that banned him from playing one of the singer's CD at loud volumes.

PLenty more CDs knocking around.

That, I think, could be something I could strive for in life. An ASBO for playing Bruce too loud. I could die happy.
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From:ringbark
Date:April 9th, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
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For me, it would probably be Greetings from Asbury Park...

I came for you, for you, I came for you...


but I must admit that when I was at college, I nearly got told off for the volume I belted out Hotel California. It was so cool - it echoed round the quad so loud that you couldn't tell where it was coming from. Ahem. I have since grown up.
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From:suilven
Date:April 9th, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
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Once the police were called to my rescue when a neighbour got particularly horrible over my playing Bruce too loudly. I had arrived home late at night, having just met my first realy life American astrunaut who was a friend of a friend - Mike Foale - and I was as high as a kite, not on drugs or drink, just excitement talking about the space programme and stuff. It was about 12.30MN and I didn't realised how loudly music played in cars could travel, especially at night. The music stopped as soon as I stopped the engine, which was just about immediately but it was too late.

I have since learned and grown up. Anyway, so my neighbour went bonkers - a guy who regularly played music at high volume, and hit his girlfriend as well. It was all very traumatic living underneath them. He rang my bell and got very aggressive and when I realised why, I apologised but I think he was drunk and he got even more horribly aggressive and so another neighbour called the police and oh, dear me.

I like your Bruce selection. I think I'd have to have Thunder Road for my ASBO.
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