?

Log in

No account? Create an account

Abi

Previous Entry Share Next Entry
04:13 pm: If you are in London, free and bored on Tuesday (or maybe you just need to get between Ealing Broadway and Wandsworth Road) there is apparently a s1kr1t rail-replacement bus that runs at 9.45am each Tuesday. It runs empty all the time because they didn't tell anyone about it.

Comments

[User Picture]
From:aster13
Date:January 8th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Ye gods!
[User Picture]
From:friend_of_tofu
Date:January 8th, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
(Link)
This is certainly interesting, and noteworthy, but I'm not sure it merits a divine exclamation. It's hardly unusual - the fact that the phrase "parliamentary trains" appears to be about 150 years old ought to show that.
[User Picture]
From:abigailb
Date:January 8th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Ah, but original parliamentary trains were entirely different things (ie statutory cheap early trains) to today's things (running a nominal service so you don't have to go through the shutdown procedure). The odd bit is that they have to keep the -track- nominally travelled by passenger trains, regardless of where they stop.
[User Picture]
From:friend_of_tofu
Date:January 8th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Yes, but the latter isn't unheard of. There were some very weird routes when I worked at TfL, which seemed to exist solely for the purpose of target-meeting. And I have heard the phrase before to mean something similar, so I assume the Times journalist didn't coin this new meaning.
[User Picture]
From:abigailb
Date:January 8th, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Yeah. From what I can make out it was revived (with a new meaning) with the post-War cuts to the railways.

I just quite like the idea of a horde of people trying to catch it one day. :)
[User Picture]
From:friend_of_tofu
Date:January 8th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Oh absolutely! I couldn't agree more. It should be organised like one of those Tubewalker events.
[User Picture]
From:abigailb
Date:January 8th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
(Link)
If only it were a Saturday. I'm just not quite geeky enough to take a Tuesday off work specifically to do that, though.

I draw the line at going along specifically to examine new bits of railway infastructure when I happen to be open (talking of which, there is a rumour that the Woolwich Arsenal DLR extension opens on the 10th!)
[User Picture]
From:friend_of_tofu
Date:January 8th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
(Link)
A very exciting rumour it is too! I hope it does - only 14 months late...
[User Picture]
From:aster13
Date:January 8th, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Well, it just isn't a phenomenon that i had previously heard of. And "ye gods" is merely an exclamation, like "bloody hell", rather than being literal.
[User Picture]
From:friend_of_tofu
Date:January 9th, 2009 01:10 pm (UTC)
(Link)
You mean you don't actually imagine a lake of blood surrounded by skipping demons when you say "bloody hell"??
[User Picture]
From:aster13
Date:January 9th, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Can't say that i do...
[User Picture]
From:friend_of_tofu
Date:January 9th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Ah well, chacun a son gout, as I always say.
[User Picture]
From:aster13
Date:January 9th, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
(Link)
What does that mean?
[User Picture]
From:friend_of_tofu
Date:January 9th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
(Link)
"Each one to his taste", usually shorthanded as "each to their own"
[User Picture]
From:aster13
Date:January 9th, 2009 04:00 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Ah.
Thank you.
[User Picture]
From:pplfichi
Date:January 9th, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
(Link)
I'm a bit tempted to try it...
Powered by LiveJournal.com