We were staying in Shanklin which is the final stop of the Isle of Wight's eight mile train system - running from the pier end at Shanklin, mere moments after you get off the catamaran - which meant we got to enjoy travelling the entire route of Wight's trains. The trains are operated by Island Line, the smallest railway franchise in the UK, which is owned by Stagecoach.
Regular readers might notice a difference in style for this entry. This is because this entry was originally written for One Day In History - an attempt to capture one days life of many, many people, and store that data in the British Library for future generations. That One Day is today, 17 October 2006. If you're interested in contributing to the archive about your 17 October, don't worry - it's not too late! You can do so until the end of October, via their website.
Whoever you are, wherever you are, best wishes to you all, and remember - drink responsibly, certainly don't get unlicensed minicabs home, and most of all remember that quadruple vodkas are never a good idea.
Well with a tube strike on New Years Eve looking increasingly likely, it's time to dig into the archives and just point you towards what I wrote back in August 2004 about The PR Of Strikes. Most of it's relevant in this case with just a few minor changes here and there.
The Babylon 5 Tube Tour never actually happened - it's a bit difficult to do a tube tour that takes in just two stations (Morden and Arsenal). That's not a tour. That's just a single journey. But it gave the idea for something with just a bit more potential. A Star Trek themed tube tour. It launched on Planet Bods on 30 September 2001. And now it's been completely redone.
A discussion in the canteen recently involved around one of my colleagues saying about how he is less inclined to do DIY and more inclined to get someone in to do things - it's about balancing up how much your free time is worth in comparison to the cost of getting someone in.