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What I Learnt About Public Transport Today [20090610|09:12]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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The London Underground union went on strike at 7 PM last night. Rather than stress myself out about potential travel chaos, I decided to make the unavailability of the Tube into an experiment.

I took the bus from my house to Hammersmith, as usual, but the traffic started to get very bad on the approach to Hammersmith Bridge, so I hopped off early. I walked past the station and up onto Hammersmith Road, where I saw many wonderful things.

I saw groups of suited men standing quietly at bus stops which are normally deserted because everyone normally hops on the Tube at that point. I listened to the conversations of pairs of office workers cheerily complaining about the change in the weather. I saw teenage girls bopping to the music from their iPods. I was passed by a woman in her 50s pushing herself gleefully along on a scooter with pink handles and Hello Kitty decals on the wheels. I saw commuters wobbling uncertainly on bikes that had clearly been sitting in the garage for months. I watched the crowds swell, but continue to flow smoothly as I got closer to Kensington.

I checked my watch when I arrived at my office door and discovered that my commute had taken only 10 minutes longer than it normally does.

Today, Londoners kept calm and carried on. And I was damn proud to be one of them.

From: pbristow
2009-06-10 13:22 (UTC)

And if just 20% or even 10% of the people who found a new way to work decide to stick with it, I daresay London will be a healthier & happier place for all concerned.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-06-10 20:34 (UTC)
It's unusual for people to stick with alternatives to the Tube, though. It's just too much faster than road transport in the centre - except for cycling, which is scary. As soon as the weather turns bad, resolve tends to go out the window.
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[User Picture]From: senusert
2009-06-10 14:28 (UTC)
That's what British people do: keep calm and carry on. And throw eggs at fascists.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-06-10 20:31 (UTC)
As one of my friends pointed out, the only thing the fascists probably care about is whether or not they were British eggs.
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[User Picture]From: shamroq
2009-06-10 18:04 (UTC)
Your courage and fortitude in these troubling times is the thing of legend. Someday we will write epic poems lauding your many feats, some of them in iambic pentameter (which really is the fanciest kind). I'm no poet, but I'm already formulating one called "The Ten Minute Stroll OF DESTINY".
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-06-10 20:37 (UTC)
I shall hold you to this promise. I expect Poet Laureate stylings about soldiering on despite the blisters on my heels, and do not leave out the white van man who whistled and made some manner of crude remark about the shape of my posterior.
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[User Picture]From: anthrokeight
2009-06-10 23:27 (UTC)
I have been hollered at and scoped up and down from anterior and posterior more times in a three week period here in Central MN than anywhere else I have lived. Except Brazil.

St. Cloud: the Belo Horizonte of North America.

Sadly, we have no underground, nor even bus service to speak of so I can't sing the praises of all the people who got from here to there in an admirably organized manner.

Edited at 2009-06-10 11:28 pm (UTC)
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