Good news! She was about the last on.
The "do" was here at ...
But all was well that ended well.
Bad news! It wasn't. Mrs fbb's train home was cancelled "due to technical reasons"; it was in a coma in a siding at Basingstoke Station, as busted as the morning's ferry. And so it all started again.
More bad news! Mrs fbb would have even missed the next train because, although there was an apology for the cancellation and a "next train to Portsmouth" announcement, nobody bothered to tell anyone that the next Portsmouth train would leave from a different platform. By the time it was announced, Mrs fbb's companion, registered disabled, would never have struggled through the underpass in time.
Good news! Mrs fbb had the sense to ask [have a good house point : fbb], and a station person looked it up in her book and offered the necessary directions.
Good news! There was a caff and, blissfully, plenty of seats on the revised platform.
Bad news! Connections missed, anticipated lengthy waits for the reduced boat service and a late arrival in the ever loving arms if fbb (?).
Good news! Wightlink had, by then, hired in Mark Rayment's "Ali Cat" [jolly jocular name; Ali(son) is MR's daughter.] to fill the peak hour gaps.
Good News! A good Bible Study about disabled Mephibosheth [try pronouncing that with loose false teeth! Try pronouncing it with a good set!], OT character and descendant of King Saul . King David blessed and cared for him, despite his disability and despite the fact that Saul had tried to murder David. There's a lesson for us all there.
Good News! fbb couldn't resist adding a picture of Basingstoke Station when Merchant Navy and Battle of Britain "spam cans" ruled the main lines. Ahh, blissful memories.
Bad News! Public transport can be great when it works. Sadly, and all-too-often, little things go wrong (a minor engine fire on a boat, and a busted floggle-toggle in a train) and our disintegrated system can so easily forget that many passengers will be confused and disorientated.
They need extra care and a much better standard of information.
Printed leaflets? You must be joking!