Thursday, May 31, 2012

Back to normality

This month saw relatively work travel, so the mileage for the month is pretty much what I would expect.

As usual, here is the detail split by each Train Operating Company:

Miles Travelled

Arriva Trains Wales
Chiltern Railways

Cross Country
Total for Month

As I shall be away for a while next month, June's numbers will definitely hit the doldrums!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

National Mills Weekend

Today (Sunday, 13th May 2012) is the second day of National Mills Weekend.

It has the making of a beautiful day - Currently there is not a cloud in the sky in my neck of the Chiltern Hills.

If you are anywhere near Princes Risborough, I recommend that you visit Lacey Green Windmill which is open today from 11.00am to 5.00pm.

It's a big day for the volunteers at Lacey Green. The weather forecast is for 8 mph winds today, so all things being equal, today is the day to see the sails turning.

For more information, please visit the windmill's website, or see my blog post of last August. The photo above / to the right is from last year - currently it's a blue sky day.

Travel information, including directions, is available here. Chiltern Railways are operating a normal Sunday service today to Princes Risborough.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Twenty Nine and A Quarter or Thirty Three?

OK. My Chiltern Railways train to London was cancelled this morning. Actually, my stop was taken off the usual train.

The next train arrived into Marylebone just over 29 minutes after my original train should have done, to Platform 5.

My usual train arrives on Platform 2.

I got to the ticket barriers more than 33 minutes later than usual.

Should I waste a stamp on trying for a 30 minute Charter Refund? Hmmm.


Thursday, May 03, 2012

Tippety tap, Tippety tap

On the usual early train to work.Last stop before London. I look for seat and find one.

Oh no! It's that woman.

Tippety tap.

"Woman"? No, not a sexist comment, more a statement of fact regarding an individual with exceedingly long painted nails.

Tippet tap.

Working on a lap top. Fair enough.

Tippety tap.

Wearing earphones (can't hear any noise overflow), fair enough.

Tippety tap.

All else in the carriage is silent.

Tippety tap Tippety tap.

I can't help but feel that the individual sitting opposite me is wearing headphone so that she does not need to listen to the sound of her tainted painted calcium enriched shards hammering into the keyboard of her inevitably soon to be replaced computer.

Tippety tap. Tippety tap. Tippety tap.

And you know the worst thing? I think she is employed by same company that I work for.

Tippety tap.