The Anonymous Widower

The Queues In The Underground At Kings Cross St. Pancras

I came through Kings Cross St. Pancras Underground station on Friday afternoon and the queues at the ticket office, were enormous, as they often are at that time of the week.

The Queues In The Underground At Kings Cross St. Pancras

The Queues In The Underground At Kings Cross St. Pancras

I suppose one problem is that many people off the Eurostar from Paris or Brussels don’t have any British money or an Oyster card. But as this page says, you can buy Oyster cards on Eurostar.

July 19, 2013 Posted by | Transport | , , , | 1 Comment

Kings Cross Station

I took this picture of Kings Cross station from the balcony in front of St. Pancras station.

Kings Cross Station

Kings Cross Station

It’s all coming together, with the new square, which should make Kings Cross into one of the best stations in the world.

July 19, 2013 Posted by | Transport | , | 1 Comment

Tigers At The London Zoo

I am a member at the London Zoo and went there to check out their new restaurant and also see my old friends, the penguins.

I also ended up at their new Tiger Territory.

Incidentally, they’d just introduced their male and female tigers to each other. but the female was being rather coy and hiding in the long grass.

The territory is much better than anything I’ve seen for big cats in the past. Except of course for lions in the Masai Mara.

July 19, 2013 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

The BBC’s Gloomy Reporting

Despite the good news of the near £10 billion boost the Olympics gave the UK, BBC London is leading with two negative stories.

In one they are saying local business in London are moaning about loss of business because of the games.

And in the other, we have the residents of Surrey complaining that they have more road closures this weekend because of another cycling event. I suppose that it does make it difficult to drive the 4×4. I did hear once that you need a degree in moaning to live in Surrey.

Of course for balance the BBC is also reporting that too much of the Olympic benefit came to London.

In some ways the best legacy from the Olympics in this weather, are the new air-conditioned Class 378 trains on the London Overground and the S Stock on the sub-surface lines of the London Underground. It can also be said, that the place which has benefited most from these trains, is Derby, where they were built or are still being built in the case of the S Stock. It can also be argued that these trains would have been ordered anyway. The value of the orders is approaching two billion pounds.

July 19, 2013 Posted by | News, Sport, Transport | , , , , | Leave a comment

How To Get Your Own Back At The Devil

This story from the Standard about two brothers, Bob and Paul Forkan, who were orphaned by the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, have fought back from adversity, by starting a company making flip-flops called Gandys.

So don’t ever give up! You’ll only encourage her!

July 19, 2013 Posted by | World | , , | 5 Comments

Cissé’s Stand On Wonga

Papiss Cissé is adamant he won’t wear a Wonga-branded shirt, as reported here in the Guardian.

I support his stand.

I would like to see a law, where all loan companies from the banks, through peer-to-peer lenders to the legal loan sharks, have to publish the amount of money they lend in various parts of the country.

That way we could see if shirt sponsorship was a good idea for lenders.

July 19, 2013 Posted by | Finance, Sport, Transport, World | , , , , , , | 1 Comment