Confused...

Jan. 5th, 2010 09:54 pm
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Given that:

1 - I had a 500-ish mile three-train journey to take today to get back to Cambridge
2 - The train for the first couple of hours of the journey was replaced by a bus due to all trains on that line being cancelled due to a freight train derailing in the snow last evening
3 - Both the first two trains were running about half an hour late due to the weather
4 - The entire country (I think I've seen most of it today) seems to be covered in snow (except for Cambridge which doesn't have a single snowflake) with an hour or so of near-blizzard conditions on the journey.

How is it possible that I arrived home exactly on time? It doesn't make sense. Not that I'm complaining, of course :)

When I got here the flat was a bit cold (can't think why) so I went around switching on all the radiators/heaters I have. Doing this I skilfully managed to detach the cord that switches the bathroom heater on and off and can't see any way to reattach it, which meant that it was stuck on with no apparent way of switching it off apart from disconnecting it (which I eventually resorted to). Fortunately, I don't think I've actually used in the previous year at all, so it doesn't matter too much if it is broken.

Date: 2010-01-06 12:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fenryng.livejournal.com
I wouldn't think you could argue with that end result, considering the disasters you have recounted here before.

I thought upon reading your post the first time that the snow was somehow intrinsic to the train derailing, but now I am not sure. Do you know what caused the train to go off the tracks?

Date: 2010-01-06 01:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] williamjm.livejournal.com
Officially they're still investigating the cause of the derailment : http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/highlands_and_islands/8441120.stm

It would seem a bit coincidental that the derailment happened when the weather was so bad, so I'm guessing there might be some snow/ice involvement.
From: [identity profile] regina-of-york.livejournal.com
You obviously went through some sort of time warp if you made it home on time after all that!
From: [identity profile] williamjm.livejournal.com
After many years of experience I think all normal laws of logic and causality do not apply where the British public transport system is involved ;)
From: [identity profile] sraets.livejournal.com
You know, that sentence could come right out of a Douglas Adams novel.

Date: 2010-01-06 08:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] isis-newton.livejournal.com
I bet you've got snow now though, eh?

Date: 2010-01-06 08:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] williamjm.livejournal.com
Yes, although I think Cambridge was only on the edge of the snow today so we've probably still got less than most of the country. We did have a bit falling at lunchtime but it is only a light covering of the ground.
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Date: 2010-01-07 11:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] williamjm.livejournal.com
Yes, there was snow here before I went up to Scotland for Christmas (more than there is currently) but I think it had all melted after a few days, according to my colleagues who were here over the holiday.

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