Mind the GapFor someone who doesn’t do mornings three in one week is just a bit much.  This morning I had to get up very early to make my way to Clapham where PCS head office is located.  It was time to go through the motions that had been submitted for our group conference in May.

I dislike using the London underground (especially on my own) so I  carefully plotted my route to avoid it.  When I was purchasing my ticket at the counter yesterday, I was very kindly provided with a little summery of the times of the trains I needed to do this.  It turned out that it was a good job I picked that route because there had been an incident on the the track just before Euston and the tubes weren’t accessible without a diversion, which would have made me very late for the meeting.

Last time I arrived at Clapham Junction, the gap between the train and the platform was so great I actually had to leap off the train because my leg couldn’t reach the platform.   So I was rather alarmed when I heard this announcement when we were approaching Clapham:

The train will shortly be arriving at Clapham Junction, mind the gap.  Please be careful not to fall between the train and the platform because this will be extremely embarrassing for you and will result in the train being delayed from leaving the station.

The passengers looked at each other and fell about laughing. Thankfully the gap was much smaller than last time!!!

The meeting went well and we have the conference motions sorted out, so our work is done until the time of the conference.

The train journey back was going so well until I reached Birmingham.  The train I was due to catch broke down in the tunnel.  We knew there was something wrong because there was another train on the platform that was due to leave a couple of minutes after the one I was due to catch.

The staff from that train were all on the platform peering up the track expectantly, they had no more idea what the problem was than we did.  Eventually there was an announcement to say there was a problem with the train and more details would be given shortly.  Luckily I knew there was another train in 20 minutes so I wasn’t too worried but non regular travelers were left a bit bewildered because there was no proper announcement.


10 Comments CherryPie on Mar 12th 2010

10 Responses to “Another Early Morning”

  1. Andrew Scott says:

    Three early mornings in one week? A good opportunity for that sunrise picture I’ve been looking forward to. I didn’t miss it did I? It gets earlier each morning unfortunately, at this time of year…

    • CherryPie says:

      I was very conscious of sunrise promise on my two early days at the beginning of the week!

      I couldn’t quite get the sunrise from my house and by the time I got out of the house it was not quite a sunrise anymore…

  2. Andrew Scott says:

    Well I’m glad I got my one in the bag when it was at a more sensible time of day. I can just lie in now, all warm and comfy, and wonder when you’re going to manage :)

    • CherryPie says:

      I can’t think of a single day when a sunrise is at a sensible time of day ;-)

      I think I need to go on a holiday abroad with silly plane times. Some of those sunrises are quite amazing :-)

  3. A busy time Cherie. AN activist’s work is never done is it!

  4. liz says:

    What a great announcement!

    I have always been scared of the little tiny narrow step on ordinary trains. I hug everything to me and get on/off as quickly as possible.

  5. Ooh, I’ve gone all nostalgic again!