Thursday, October 28, 2010


Managed to get assaulted last Thursday. A very inebriated man decided to go for a walk down the track so I ended up wrestling with him trying to drag him back onto the platform. So after potentially saving his life he again assaults me and racially abused me before legging it prior to BTP arrival. Ending up finishing work 2 hours later than usual driving around in the back of a police car looking for the man and giving a statement to the police.

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Change of scenery

After nearly 10 years as a reserve supervisor I have finally been offered a rostered position on another group. Will be transferring in a couple of weeks. Hope the staff morale is higher as it is really low on my current group.

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Monday, October 04, 2010

Strike 2

Decided to come to work for this strike. Don't particularly agree with the strike anyway. Not too many staff booked on and a very limited train service operating from my station. Sone staff will continue to make themselves very unpopular by working overtime on strike days though.
Had to get a DSM to cover my meal break or the station would have had to close for 30 minutes.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Dyed notes

We got a memo a few days ago to warn us about some stained £20 notes being tendered, presumably from a bank job or something similar. Well at least three of our group stations were targeted tonight with the alleged perpetrators buying a ticket from the ticket machine and then getting a refund. Thankfully a fellow eagle eyed supervisor got suspicious and called BTP. I think at least one of whom was caught. Aged about 12-13 as well so nothing will probably happen.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Serves them right

Cycling home after work this afternoon. A woman in a Volvo estate was so engrossed in her mobile phone conversation she failed to notice the police motorbike rider behind her, nor did she appear to notice the traffic light was red as she sailed through it. The police rider hit his sirens and pulled her over. She was so shocked at this she tried hiding her mobile by throwing it on the floor of her car.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Saturday, June 19, 2010


Had to deal with a very angry young Somali man last week. He initially jumped over the gates to enter the station, and when approached by staff started shouting and using very very abusive language with many utterances of the F-word. I was called on the radio to assist. When I approached the young man, he was still swearing, so I tried to calm him down as he was causing quite a disturbance. We managed to get him to leave the platform when he mumbled something in Somali. I asked him in his own language 'Excuse me, what did you say?' When he heard that he became even more angry and started shouting that it wasn't allowed for me as a white man to speak his language and this just proved that I was a racist as it was illegal for me to speak his language. In the end we had to get police assistance and he was carted off in handcuffs.

Friday, June 04, 2010

Stupid drivers

On my ride into work tonight I had 5 near misses in a 50 minute ride. All caused by drivers having hand held mobile phones glued to their bloody ears. Is the law on this ever enforced?

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Wet ride

Took a ride to St Albans yesterday, lovely ride on the way there. Nice weather, courteous passes by car drivers, a few nods and hello's from other roadies. Not so on the way back. 5 minutes after I set off for the return journey, the rain started, and started and started. For the whole ride back it rained non-stop, really heavy rain with a bit of thunder and lightening for good measure. I was completely soaked when I got back. Still enjoyed it though. :)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Busy day

Was expecting a quiet day today as I was supposed to be on a spare duty. Got into work and was told about an earlier derailment of an engineering train so the Piccadilly line was suspended. Spent the first 4 hours of my duty on the platform assisting my staff in detraining trains and explaining to hundreds of customers alternate routes to their destinations. This would have been easier if people took of their headphones. I was then about to commence my meal break when we were informed about a one under at a neighbouring station so I went down to the next station to assist. Unfortunately the person was pronounced extinct and it took a while for the ERU and the police to hand the track back to us.

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Monday, May 03, 2010


It's that time of year again where we have to renew our operational licences. So for the next 3 days I will be doing classroom based training. On a side note I was visited by the puncture fairy thus morning so had to take the tube.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

I'm rich

Received my first cheque installment this morning for a bloke who tried to stab me with a wine bottle about 23 months ago. Now what shall I buy myself with this windfall?

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Currently Reading

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Same contractors back again

The same gang I had to contend with last night are back :( At the moment they are stinking my office out with the smell of greasy food.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Finally gone

The gang of self opinionated Neanderthals have finally left and I have the office to myself for 4 minutes before I open the station. Tried to make myself some toast and they've somehow managed to break the toaster. Grrr!!!!!!

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Rude staff

One of the last trains was running late and seemed to be stuck at another station. I phoned the line controller to ask if there was a problem and he told me that there were two engineering trains before it. I then asked how long before it is due to leave as it was now 20 minutes late. Controller snapped back saying I've told you where it is so work it out for yourself and then hung up on me. :(

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Nights again

On my first night of five and I have a gang of contractors working in my office. They don't seem to care about the disruption and annoyance they are causing. They are having very heated arguments about football, constantly swearing and shouting. I am unable to do anything. Can't read, eat anything, can't leave the office and can't even drink tea as they have completely taken over the office and mess room.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Lovely Ride Today

My last day off for a week so took advantage of the sunshine and went for a nice long ride. Started in Heathrow, cycled to Bracknell, had a rest, cycled to Hammersmith to report my lost staff pass :( then cycled back to Heathrow via Barnes & Richmond. Ah well back to work tomorrow.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Uxbridge customer

Customer complaining that he had to wait 6 minutes for a train to uxbridge. His argument was that because there are no flights all the heathrow trains should be diverted to uxbridge so he can get home quicker.

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Double Shift

Supposed to be my long weekend but I was asked to work one of my rest days today and am now doing two consecutive shifts. I started at 06:30 and will finish at 23:00. Today seems to be a day for one unders. We have had incidents on the Victoria, Central and Metropolitan lines.
Ah well. Only 5 and a half hours to go.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

No flights

Now all flights to and from the UK are suspended.

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Fire alert

Just to exacerbate the problem we are now suspended Acton to Heathrow because of a fire alert at Northfields. Nothing to do with volcanic ash though.

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Volcanic Ash

Due to airpsace restrictions, in accordance with international regulations as a result of the on-going volcanic activity in Iceland, we anticipate that all flights in and out of heathrow airport will be suspended from 1200 today. Therefore, we strongly advise passengers intending to fly from this time not to travel to the airport today. We will provide further updates as we get more information from air traffic provider NATS

It's already affected our staffing levels for tomorrow as one of my staff is stranded in Los Angeles.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Power failure

Not at work but in my local tescos. All the lights went off and we have to wait 15 minutes for the tills to reset.

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Signal failure

Just to make things worse for our customers we have just had a signal failure, performed a wrong direction movement and had to implement station control. We had no trains at all for over 25 minutes.

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Finished my nights yesterday morning and I am now on early shifts. My body clock is very confused. Lots of engineering works taking place at my station so lots if confused passengers.

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Thursday, April 08, 2010

Long Long time

It has sadly been almost three years since I last posted. Nothing much as changed, I am still a station supervisor in the same location, still fighting the battle of the bulge. Lost 4 stones, last stone doesn't want to budge :( Still cycling though so hopefully the rest of the weight will go soon.

I am on nights this week at a very quiet station, had about 15 contractors last night checking all the station OPO cameras and mirrors. Just over 75 minutes to go and then a 45 minute cycle ride home.