Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Wed 10 August - Stap me vitals...

Well stap me vitals**, the 07:14 is late! Arrives at Ripponlea late, sits in the yards at Flinders Street, pulls in three minutes late. Don't get me wrong, I'm not that anal that being at my desk three or four minutes later ruins my whole day, it's simply the fact that this has started happening for no obvious reason. And it's going undetected because the trains are "on time".

** From the Meaning of Liff by Douglas Adams - see "Corriedoo" entry.

At least the 17:38 is on time.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yarra Trams discovered a new purpose for the 'in tram' PA communication system this morning - advertising. A pleasant sounding lady (if you can disregard the speaker quality) informed us all that if we show our metcard at the aquarium we can get a 20% discount on entry. I didn't quite catch when this is valid until because of the speaker quality.

Is this a sign of how the PA system on trams and trains in the future will be?

Perhaps if advertisers paid to be plugged each time a service announcement is made, connex and yarra trams would actually provide service announcements. "Connex wishes to advise the 6:35 Sandringham train has been delayed 10 minutes - and to help you keep warm on the cold platform, go grab a mcdonalds coffee. Show your metcard and save 20c on your next mcdonalds purchase."

(A fellow Sandringham commuter)

P.S. Great blog Phil.

10 August, 2005 10:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're both idiots. There are NO yards at Flinders Street. Nup, none. Haven't been since 1999.

16 August, 2005 18:38  
Anonymous Hugh said...

The phrase "stap me vitals" is a lot older than Douglas Adams. It's uttered by a character called Lord Foppington in Sheridan's comedy "A Trip To Scarborough", amongst other places.

10 September, 2008 23:38  

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