fbb owns up! His plan was to route the Mrs by service 11 bus from Victoria to Liverpool Street, stupidly forgetting the Victoria line. One very bad house point, self awarded. The rail company journey planner advice was much, much better.
Are today's rail fares daft or are they really daft? How many "normal" people would have guessed that the "long way round" would take almost exactly the same time as the "direct" route, yet would be 30% cheaper? How many people have the time and patience to tip-tap on the laptop for an hour or so to sort it out.
AND : The Southern Railway discount is only available on-line. Fair trading, NOT.
Mrs fbb's only comment about the Southern Railway journey was that the trolley-dolly rushed through the coach in an apparent attempt to avoid selling anything. Fortunately the Mrs had brought her ever-useful lasso and was able to haul the non-sales sales person back. The coffee was expensive and vile, served with only one tiny pottle of milk.
And the oft-maligned railway system did just what is should do, namely convey its passengers efficiently and cost-effectively.
Three cheers, then, for the rail system, three boos for the silly fares situation and a really loud and reverberating raspberry for disgusting coffee at a disgusting price.
Incidentally, both Mrs fbb and her chum travelled all the way from the Isle of Wight to Hoddeson and back (including the passenger ferry) for under £60, somewhat less than the cost of a ticket for the car on the ferry. So no car running costs, no depreciation to add in, no super-stress driving very slowly round the M25. A blissful bargain.
Next blog : due Tuesday November 15th