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Working from home

August 30th, 2013 · 2 Comments · Life, Work

I think I will be the only person in my department who is not working from home tomorrow. I think I will do my bit for team solidarity and integrating properly with my colleagues by turning up at the office in my pyjamas so I can work the same way as everybody else.

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On yer bike

June 18th, 2008 · 4 Comments · Life, Work

I am very tempted by this cycle2work scheme.  One thing that has put me off the idea of cycling to work is the state of my 20-year-old bike, which was only a cheap one when I bought it, and it saw 20 miles a day of cross-London commuting for several years.  Its a bit rusty […]

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Jam Yesterday

October 11th, 2007 · Comments Off on Jam Yesterday · Life

On Tuesday morning there was a fatal crash on the M23 at 5:00am which closed the motorway for hours. By the time I left for work at 7:30 the traffic was already building up as commuters came off at Pease Pottage looking for alternative routes and it took nearly 15 minutes to get to work. […]

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Rare praise for the railways

January 18th, 2007 · Comments Off on Rare praise for the railways · Life, Work

I know I complain about the railways, railway companies, railway staff, rail unions, rail passengers, railway stations, in fact everything to do with railways, a little bit. It is an occupational hazard if your occupation involves commuting by train for 20 years. Today I want to heap a little praise for a change. This year […]

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Train strikes

August 29th, 2006 · Comments Off on Train strikes · Work

Having been on holiday for a week I didn’t realise that there was a rail strike today. It was only on South West Trains but since they provide all the services to Waterloo (except for Eurostar of course) it was very quiet at work today. Apparently the strike was because managers drove some trains during […]

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Signalmen

June 13th, 2006 · Comments Off on Signalmen · Life

I see that the railway signalmen have voted for strike action on June 20th (when England play Sweden) and June 25th (when England will play if they win their group). How convenient. The timing of the first strike action is devious: they will walk out at 1300. Whenever there is a rail strike you know […]

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London Transport

June 12th, 2006 · Comments Off on London Transport · Life

I know just how Martin feels – thats why I try to avoid the tube generally, and especially during the summer, and stick to the mainline trains. Now that all the trains in my region have been replaced with air-conditioned carriages with tinted glass I can feel even more smug. This would be a good […]

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Reading on the train

March 18th, 2006 · Comments Off on Reading on the train · Life

You know how commuters on the train will sometimes glance about at the headlines in other people’s newspapers?  Sometimes a headline is so attention-grabbing they will try to read the story itself.

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RIP The Gatwick Express

February 3rd, 2006 · Comments Off on RIP The Gatwick Express · Life

The news about the Gatwick Express could be extremely handy for those of us living in Crawley. BAA Gatwick argued strongly for its retention, and I can see their point of view. It is a good service to offer travellers – a direct train into London where it is impossible to get off at the […]

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Travel Hell

September 3rd, 2004 · Comments Off on Travel Hell · Technology, Work

Today I did the unthinkable, and left the house without my iRiver iHP-120 (the only thing which makes the daily commute bearable.) I realised when J dropped me off at the station. The journey in was not too bad (slept most of the way) but on the way home I was sat next to a […]

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