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A good slice of the Central Line was shut down this morning, which made getting to work somewhat fraught. One thing I discovered is that if there's one thing that's hotter and less comfortable than a deep-level Tube line, it's the lower deck of a Routemaster bus.

Apparently the cause for the shutdown was the usual signal failure. Why is it that the London Underground cannot run a service without signals failing? Could it be that the companies which maintain the tracks maximise their profits if they let the system run down to failure, rather than keeping it running smoothly?

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Slowdive - Last Demos - Summer Daze
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On June 24th, 2005 07:29 pm (UTC), bluestate commented:
You betcha. Good thing about getting to work on the tube between 6am and 7am is that peak hour hasn't come along yet to disrupt the working of the system :-)
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On June 25th, 2005 12:06 pm (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
Assuming, of course, that they have finished the nightly maintenance on time.
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On June 25th, 2005 08:11 pm (UTC), bluestate replied:
Shhhhhh, you'll jinx it!!!
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On July 1st, 2005 12:38 am (UTC), datakid23 commented:
work?
I didn't realise you had found employment, acb - you mentioned _not_ having employment, but never having rectified that situ...what you up too? and here I was thinking that you were either making a mint off your once a month dj slot, or were some insanely rich heir....
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On July 1st, 2005 09:30 am (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
Re: work?
I wasn't quite that well off; in fact, I ended up borrowing money from relatives (which I've since paid off). I got a job in January, after some five months of London unemployment (not having any generic office/service-industry experience meant that it was either specialised IT work or standing on Oxford St. holding one of the GOLF SALE signs for £5/hour; thankfully, I managed to find some Python web programming work).

Anyway, I've just added you to my friends list, so you can see my friends-only posts.
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