The defeat of Sisera was surprisingly swift.
So it was that the fbbs arrived a good six minutes after their connection was scheduled to lave Clapham Junction. But it was "delayed". Trains were running out of order from busy platform 13 ...
Notice that the 1223 (1216 from Waterloo) terminates at Eastbourne but offers a natty change at Hampden Park (arrive 1341; cross the line and depart 1348) into the preceding Brighton train for through passengers to Hastings and Ore.
But the fbb's train was 30 minutes late by the time the split was made.
In fact something was held back and was waiting for them at Eastbourne.
The fbbs were 31 minutes late arriving which, considering the level of disruption earlier in the day, was not all all bad.
But all because of a bit of rain? They kept going in the good old days ...
But it does seem strange that, despite advances in civil engineering, track laying and drainage standards, a few inches of heavy rain should spread disruption so far and so completely.
Could Southern have done better?
Was there too much misplaced "health and safety" and not enough concern for passengers?
Many frustrated passengers thought so.
Meanwhile in Sheffield
Big Board Bust-up Beaten
Yesterday afternoon was the Extraordinary General Meeting of First Group - called by major shareholder Coast Capital aiming to "take over" the board. The attempt was roundly defeated but the chairman will stand down.
While many are reading this blog, fbb himself is on safari from Eastbourne (via Brighton and Hove buses) to Brighton and on by train to Ford. Such fun! Mrs fbb was hoping to be watching Andy Murray live for real, but he and his doubles partner were soundly defeated yesterday afternoon.