May 6th, 2008

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Tuesday

Good morning. Still alive, despite the silence over the long weekend.
I arrived home to an empty house, but it wasn't long till boys started
to come home and tell me about their week. I was pleasantly surprised
to find just a few washed plates on the draining rack, with everything
else put away. It seems that they can cope with a few days.
The weather continued miserably, with Saturday perhaps noticeable only
for being a day when, frankly, nothing happened. I printed out some
financial statements I've been meaning to for some time, but that's
all of any note.
Sunday morning was pretty wet but noithing compared to the evening. In
the morning, were first inspired by +Colin on Ps 59 and then by Debbi
on a parable. It was still horribly wet in the evening.
I was keen that Monday should not be such a non-event but some sort of
family event. We went to see "Horton hears a Who" at the Odeon. It was
a fun sort of movie, with something for everyone. A person's a person,
no matter how small.
Then off to lunch at F&B. That was a meal and a half... Then home, for
the ultimate retrieval of clothes from the line, before an earlyish
night and an early morning.
  • Current Mood
    relaxed relaxed
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Railway thoughts

The announcement that saver tickets will not be valid on this train
from 19 May does not come as welcome news, but neither does it come as
a surprise. Yet the FAQ in National Rail's "Simpler Rail Fares"
brochure, ATOC49, contains:
Will fares increase as a result of these changes?
No, fares will not increase as a result of the new fares structure.
I suppose the official view is that the fares don't change, just the
trains on which they are valid.
Other questions, of shorter term, include: Why was the train to
Holyhead this morning a Voyager? (Or is it always a Voyager and I'd
never noticed before?) Why is this train in reverse formation, with
first class at the back?
Will I be in the office by 10 o'clock? (If the train arrives at Euston
a few minutes early, it will be possible. Yes, this does sometimes
happen.)
So here I am, on my way to a city that I will from now on refer to as
Johnsonville. I apologise to those good people who live in the real
Johnsonville, who have much to be grateful for.
  • Current Mood
    quixotic quixotic
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Late

Signsl failures meant we were late, but all services out of Euston are
currently suspended, so I had to get through a very crowded concourse,
a bit like the other Friday night. Passengers are being advised to
seek alternative routes, except to Scotland. The east coast line is
also suffering major delays, as a result of a person under a train.
So, not a good day to leave London either.
  • Current Mood
    grateful grateful