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Solving the Southern Fail problem

October 19th, 2016 · Comments Off on Solving the Southern Fail problem · Life, Politics

During my daily commute I congratulate myself on transferring away from London to the local branch of my company and replacing an expensive, overcrowded, uncomfortable and unreliable train journey with a 5-minute walk, and even more so on strike days. Mind you, I hear that even non-strike days are now pretty dreadful and for the […]

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A few thoughts about the tube strikes

February 12th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Life, Politics

Having spent six years working for one of London Underground’s contractors and, before that, six years working for London Underground itself I am somewhat familiar with the tube, even if I have not used it much in the last ten years. The current dispute is mainly about Boris Johnson’s plans to cut the numbers of […]

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Beat the rush hour

April 7th, 2011 · 3 Comments · Life, Work

Anybody who follows my scribblings even casually on here, or Twitter or Facebook, will probably know that I am not a big fan of commuting.  I have managed engineer my home and work so that I can get to work in a five-minute walk and I’m still a little amazed that so few people try […]

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Bloody airports

August 18th, 2009 · Comments Off on Bloody airports · Life

I like being away, but getting there is becoming less bearable every time I do it.   I used to take trips to the USA, Australia and the Far East in my stride but I am now finding even a four-hour flight to be about the limit.  Part of this might be age, but there […]

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Something for nothing

March 9th, 2009 · Comments Off on Something for nothing · Life, Work

There might be a catch but I haven’t found it yet: just a few limitations.   Today there was a stall at work manned by people from something called Easit.  They gave us photocards that we can use to get 20% discounts on rail travel.

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Compare and contrast

June 6th, 2008 · Comments Off on Compare and contrast · Politics

Theyworkforyou.com is a handy site for keeping an eye on what your MP is up to. I like to keep abreast of what my MP is doing and what the neighbouring constituency MP is doing. Yesterday it showed me their respective contributions:

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Very alternative fuels

May 23rd, 2008 · 4 Comments · Technology

The story about the financial benefits of petrol-electric hybrid cars in today’s G2 generated a lively discussion in the canteen today.  Maybe it was a mistake to involve engineers in such a debate…

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All aboard the Tex Express!

November 14th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Politics

According to the Argus “A councillor has won a battle to secure better public transport links between West Sussex and the new Eurostar station in London.” Well done to him… except he hasn’t. We already had perfectly good ones and he has persuaded TfL to provide the option of a worse one for anyone foolish […]

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Old Bangers

May 7th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Life

One of the many advantages of living in Crawley is that it is halfway between London and Brighton. The trip from London to Brighton is a popular one for motoring events, so it is not unusual to see, for example, whole fleets of minis or VW Combis going through town if the owners’ group is […]

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Taxi for O’Leary!

October 6th, 2006 · 10 Comments · Life

I couldn’t believe some of the stuff in this article in today’s paper, and the bit next to it. Living in a town where the economy is pretty much dependent on the aviation industry, its interesting to read about how the business model for these economy airlines works, but isn’t it amazing what we will […]

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