Wednesday, June 10, 2009
WRG - East Croydon chapter
Those of you who do not live or work in the heaving metropolis may be blissfully unaware that there is currently a tube strike on. However, as a result (and I will resist the temptation to give you all the details of our revised journey) Baz and I found ourselves on the platform at East Croydon last night with eight minutes to wait for our next train. As we sought to position ourselves so as to be right at the bottom of the steps when exiting the train at Lewes, a guard came up to us. Baz was wearing his IWA Festival Volunter T-shirt (that we acquired for him: he wasn't even there). 'Oh', said the guard, 'Which waterway are you saving then?' And then before either of us could get a word in edgeways, he proceeded to tell us in great detail about his plans for the Somerset Coal Canal. He was still talking when we got on the train. It was rather a surreal experience because, of course, I know absolutely nothing about that part of the country, but it was still nice just to encounter such an enthusiast.