A Grim North

Musings from a northerner living in the deep south…

Archive for August, 2011


Posted by Alan on August 9, 2011

Megadock, originally uploaded by Alan Perryman.

The new huge dock by Southwark tube has partly opened – the first tranche of docks are round the back of the station.

On Thursday my key will be 1 year old and auto-expire. Been a good year – I still haven’t got Victoria to Liverpool St down to sub-20 minutes, but I’m starting to think that’s down to my obedience at red lights! Think I’ll probably renew, £45 for a year is much better value than I would ever get at a gym…

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Posted by Alan on August 5, 2011

I’m a day off today, which has given me the chance to catch up on some bits and pieces and lounge round the house. This meant I followed up on an email from TfL, telling me about the joy of Skyride. Being a bit of a leftie liberal, I did think twice about whether I should sign up for something so overtly connected with Sky but the centrist me me said ‘meh’, it might be a nice bike ride – there’ll be no cars on the road! On signing up you get presented with this survey, to ‘help them organise their events’:

Skyride Survey

‘Some cyclists thing they own the roads and are a danger to other traffic’?
Really now? Spot the question written by the non-cyclist!

Yes cyclists can be a danger to pedestrians (less to then motorised vehicles, obviously) but the majority of the time anything stupid one does puts the cyclist at risk rather than the ‘traffic’. 13st of me versus a 1 tonne car is not a contest I’m likely to win. I wonder what outcome the researcher is actually trying to get to from that question…

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Pie Creche

Posted by Alan on August 3, 2011

Pie Creche, originally uploaded by Alan Perryman.

What a genius idea?

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