Archive for January, 2011

Awful start to the week

January 17, 2011 12pm in Random Ramblings | Comments (4)

Today I got to Bermondsey station to catch the Jubilee line to work, and could hear the tube was pulling in while I was at the top of the escalator, which is a common occurrence. Sure enough I missed the train by seconds, due to slow people on the escalator (also a common occurrence).

This time though, they suspended the entire line after that train departed, because the train behind it was faulty, meaning I had to walk to work instead. The walk from Bermondsey Station requires a walk through the 1.6km long and very dirty Rotherhithe Tunnel. So missing the train by a few seconds ended up costing me about 45 minutes. I won’t dwell on the fact that it was also pouring with rain.

And then to top it all off, the people around me at work are being especially loud today but because my iPod ran out of batteries after an hour, I have no way to drown them out.

If you go down to the platforms of a tube station, and then leave via that same station (for example the line is suspended), you are still charged £1.40 despite not having travelled anywhere. Tomorrow I have the unenviable task of having to ring Transport for London and demanding that £1.40 back. Because they, like almost every other company in Britain, only have a premium rate number for you to call them on, it will probably cost me at least £1.40 just sitting on hold. Fun times.

I’m really hoping that this day isn’t indicative of how the rest of the week is going to play out.

And right now Pablo is probably an hour or so away on the plane heading to a sunnier climate – Ecuador. I’m very jealous.

Astounding discovery by the University of Munich

January 17, 2011 12pm in News Stories | Comments (0)

I visited BBC News today at lunchtime, to read this wonderful quote from one of their news stories:

“People who had a big breakfast, on average 400 calories larger than a small one, consumed around 400 more calories in a day.”

And apparently that required research from a university study. Ha ha ha. What next.