Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Now, I realise that 'hate' is a strong word, and I have been cautioned that it might upset staff to see people wearing the soon-to-be-revealed 'I hate First Great Western' badges. But I don't think that I should tone down the message, and this is why. Firstly, I think FGW staff are well aware of how rubbish their services are, as evidenced by the drivers' messages to passengers when the train grinds to a halt. Example from this morning: "The train is now approaching Reading. If you'd like a faster service to London Paddington, please get off here and cross to Platform 5, where a fast train will whisk you straight there ... probably". They have a sense of humour, and a healthy disrespect for their employers, so I don't feel we're going to be hurting their feelings. Secondly, I would make sure that this is the case by having a leaflet to hand out, explaining that our wrath is firmly directed at the company, which is a company and therefore has no feelings, or perhaps those few at those at the top of the company, who are frankly paid enough to take a bit of stick from a few fed-up travellers. And, let's be honest, when you're standing wedged against your fellow commuters at the end of a hard day, because your usual service is cancelled, and the train then stops for 45 minutes en route, you don't feel slightly peeved, you feel furious, admit it. At that moment, I bet if you had an 'I hate First Great Western' badge, you'd wear it. Well, maybe soon you can.
Monday, January 29, 2007
Friday, January 26, 2007
Well, it's finally happened. After weeks of waiting for winter, it's here and it's cold. This may not be big news, I realise it happens every year, but the last few weeks of mild weather have been pure heaven to those of us who have to spend long periods on railway platforms in the early mornings and late evenings. The winter is the worst season for train-users; the unhappiness of standing waiting for a delayed train with shoulders hunched while the wind whistles across the station, your bones ache with cold and you wonder if you'll ever be warm again. Of course, the train does finally come, is usually mercifully warm, and allows shivering passengers to remove a few layers en route to work. However, this is when frozen noses begin to thaw, and the nightmare continues, in the form of sniffing, coughing and sneezing, creating god-knows-what kind of germ soup floating around in the cramped space of the carriage. Has anyone ever measured this air? I suspect it's positively deadly. Which is why I wonder why we don't see more face masks on trains. I'm a naturally healthy person, but since becoming a commuter, I pick up at least two or three heavy colds every winter. So, I was wondering, I know it looks a bit silly, but if we all do it, then it won't be so bad. Are you with me?
Thursday, January 25, 2007
I'm thinking of printing a nice 'I hate First Great Western' badge, for us to express our feelings on the train every day, would you wear one?
I look forward to hearing your comments. Fingers crossed for the journey home