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1  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: Addtions to Acronyms/Abbreviations page? on: September 17, 2018, 11:30:35 am
None of that slang is anywhere near new. Beef dates back to the 1880s. The BBC are being cringeworthily dank, as they usually are with this sort of stuff.
2  All across the Great Western territory / Your rights and redress / Re: Who to claim from? on: September 13, 2018, 02:13:24 pm
She lives in Birmingham, but I might point her here anyway. She's a master-grinker of extreme tenacity in any case!
3  All across the Great Western territory / Your rights and redress / Re: Who to claim from? on: September 13, 2018, 10:41:05 am
Thanks. I wonder if there's a XC equivalent of this forum?
4  All across the Great Western territory / Your rights and redress / Who to claim from? on: September 13, 2018, 10:03:32 am
The company that sold the tickets or the operator whose trains were cancelled?

I haven't got many details cos I am (genuinely!) asking for a friend. She reckons she's lost over 100 in tickets and work not done because she couldn't get to work. She was travelling on Cross Country but bought tickets from West Midlands Railway. She also wants to write a general complaint about single points of failure and inadequate and contradictory information about cancellations, which I've suggested to her is probably best aimed at Network Rail.

Thanks for any advice.
5  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: The most incompetent Customer Service response ever? on: September 12, 2018, 12:41:13 pm
What really struck me as a "wtf" was this:
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If you purchase a return ticket within a month of return then yes you can come back anytime.

However if on the return journey you do decide to stop off and then travel again the next day then your ticket will not be valid.

The reason is you have already completed your 1st part of the journey going to your destination; your return journey is back to where ever you decide to get off the train.

In your case it was at Reading, so as far as the ticket goes your return journey was complete.
So you return journey is not back to your point of departure, apparently...
6  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: East - West Rail update (Oxford to Bedford) - ongoing discussion on: September 12, 2018, 10:56:20 am
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Building the new link close to the east/west rail link will also offer more options for the commercial development of up to 1 million new homes, in line with proposals by the National Infrastructure Commission, and encourage more people to travel by train rather than by cars.
Building a new road is such a good way to encourage people to travel by train.
7  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: East - West Rail update (Oxford to Bedford) - ongoing discussion on: September 11, 2018, 12:22:36 pm
No prizes for guessing which of the Ox-Cam Expressway, the E-W Rail and the Metrolbuts which will be fully open first and last.
8  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Network Rail sells all its railway arches for 1.5bn on: September 11, 2018, 12:19:14 pm
I've no idea how many there are in GWR territory but back in the 90s I briefly worked in one in Bath, just across the river from the station. There were about half a dozen in the row.
9  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Assassination attempt foiled by lack of rail service on: September 11, 2018, 10:53:58 am
 Grin
10  Sideshoots - associated subjects / News, Help and Assistance / Re: The Coffee Shop - planning ahead on: September 07, 2018, 05:50:30 pm
I thought about Taunton but didn't want to be seen favouring what I regard as my home town!  Grin

Taunton can be a bit of a hike from deepest darkest Cornwall. Hence Exeter.  Wink

People who attend TWSW are used to Taunton and the Albermarle Centre is convenient.  In Exeter, venues tend to be near Central rather that St. David's.

I have broken an 'oliday in 'ayle to travel up to (and back from) a Taunton meeting.   

Options open - we may find massive interest and do Dickdot, Tinmouth and (Saturday, right?) The Plough.  Sorry - semi-kidding there unless we could persuade GWR to make an extra drop-off stop as a one-off (or rather for a 25 off)
I'm not sure whether this is a famous Grahame typo or a deliberate joke or just a Freudian slip! But I like it.

Taunton sounds like a decent venue.  Smiley
11  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: September 06, 2018, 12:38:18 pm
Google maps not directing me off the bus exit, nor are any of the other mapping apps I sometimes use. How much are the fines per incident? 250,000 sounds like an awful lot of infringements (also sounds like a rather rounded figure).
12  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Brizzle Arenal....where to mi babber ? on: September 06, 2018, 12:28:38 pm
Monorail. Like Alton Towers?
13  Sideshoots - associated subjects / News, Help and Assistance / Re: Crossrail thread spam on: September 05, 2018, 03:35:23 pm
Thanks. I'm not sure why I had not ticked that box, but I've ticked it now.
14  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Brizzle Arenal....where to mi babber ? on: September 05, 2018, 12:50:08 pm
Marvellous Marvin says that the centre is the best place for the Arena but that using that land for a mix of offices and housing will be more beneficial for the city as a whole. Possibly he's right, I don't know. I just doubt that the Nonarena Island will actually be used for anything now.
15  Sideshoots - associated subjects / News, Help and Assistance / Crossrail thread spam on: September 05, 2018, 12:41:02 pm
I've received the following email, supposedly connected with the thread about Crossrail on this forum. Seems like total spam to me. Has anyone else received it? And more importantly, how did "Claire Robertson" get my email address from the forum?
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Hi there,
I just read Crossrail - The Elizabeth Line - ongoing discussion, merged topics, I've shown it to some colleagues and we think a collaboration between us could work well. I represent a digital marketing agency currently working with a leading home interiors company who operate in the same marketplace as Houzz and Made.com. We would like to feature a unique piece of content on your site on behalf of our client. For the privilege, we'd be happy to pay you somewhere in the region of $30.

Let me know your thoughts.

Best wishes,

Claire
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