Did I miss a trick?

#1
Been to London today, quick round trip in one day, lovely.

I don't mind, I fork out for first class for a bit of leg room and the free brews so that's good.

Going back today we stopped at Grantham, I was halfway to snooze-ville when the conductor trooped in and stuck 2 Tankies in rig in the spare seats across from me. It's not this that bothered me (much) but where does it end?

They've got wristbands, t shirts, community events, fat old men in oddly shaped lids rattling tins in shopping centres, bumper stickers, subsidised rail travel, public adulation, campaigns for free stuff, campaigns for sticking ex squaddies at the front of the Housing List, all that and a decent wage considering how much down time they get.

Its a job, simple, granted its a job that's a bit lairy but fuck me where do you draw the line?
 
#2
The lads and lasses should milk it while they can - the feelgood factor won't last much beyond 2014. It beats the Forces Discount Brochure, which was the sum total of "support" in my day. Good luck to them I say.
 
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exmunkey

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#3
Damn their blood, Was it that they interrupted the snooze or that they were tankies and were leaving oil stains on the upholstery?
Personally I think it was a nice gesture.
 
#4
Damn their blood, Was it that they interrupted the snooze or that they were tankies and were leaving oil stains on the upholstery?
Personally I think it was a nice gesture.
Bollocks, I work hard to travel more comfortably, I should have been asked at least if it was ok, it's why people like me pay extra.

I had to sit in the walkways with a carrier bag full of Stella in my day.
 

TheIronDuke

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#7
What utter shite. They weren't (I presume) doing anything to upset you other than sitting in the same carriage. It's irrelevant if they paid or not.

If it's going to wind you up more, a number of times I've been invited through to first class when showing my MOD rail card in cattle class. Result!
Bollocks. You have had the good fortune never to have been seated anywhere near a quiet elderly gentleman in a Jasper Littman suit, a Thomas Pink shirt and a pair of Loakes wearing specs and reading a big book.

This is why your teeth are still at the front of your head and not poking out beneath your greasy hair at the back of your neck. Now, fuck off quietly before I summon the Train Manager and have you hoyed out into the bushes. Fucking cheapskate. Welshman. Deadbeat.
 
#8
Been to London today, quick round trip in one day, lovely.

I don't mind, I fork out for first class for a bit of leg room and the free brews so that's good.

Going back today we stopped at Grantham, I was halfway to snooze-ville when the conductor trooped in and stuck 2 Tankies in rig in the spare seats across from me. It's not this that bothered me (much) but where does it end?

They've got wristbands, t shirts, community events, fat old men in oddly shaped lids rattling tins in shopping centres, bumper stickers, subsidised rail travel, public adulation, campaigns for free stuff, campaigns for sticking ex squaddies at the front of the Housing List, all that and a decent wage considering how much down time they get.

Its a job, simple, granted its a job that's a bit lairy but fuck me where do you draw the line?
I'd have been fucking outraged, would have been forced to finish my lines of charlie in the bogs instead of hidden under the Times on a nice clean table
 
#10
Been to London today, quick round trip in one day, lovely.

I don't mind, I fork out for first class for a bit of leg room and the free brews so that's good.

Going back today we stopped at Grantham, I was halfway to snooze-ville when the conductor trooped in and stuck 2 Tankies in rig in the spare seats across from me. It's not this that bothered me (much) but where does it end?

They've got wristbands, t shirts, community events, fat old men in oddly shaped lids rattling tins in shopping centres, bumper stickers, subsidised rail travel, public adulation, campaigns for free stuff, campaigns for sticking ex squaddies at the front of the Housing List, all that and a decent wage considering how much down time they get.

Its a job, simple, granted its a job that's a bit lairy but fuck me where do you draw the line?

Be grateful they were merely Tankies, in Grantham you could have had a whole horde of Loggie TAs decend upon ye.

They don't know they're born nowadays, in my day being a squaddie was one step down from being a child molester.
 
#12
What utter shite. They weren't (I presume) doing anything to upset you other than sitting in the same carriage. It's irrelevant if they paid or not.

If it's going to wind you up more, a number of times I've been invited through to first class when showing my MOD rail card in cattle class. Result!

Also, there's been many occasions I've travelled in first class having paid a lot less than a standard fare. Advance tickets are a wonder. Maybe you should be upset at people who snap those up too?
You do know where you are, don't you?
 
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exmunkey

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#14
Like I said, it's a job, nothing more. I can name more worthy professions that deserve a posh seat.
Cops get offered 1st class when showing their warrant card on a regular basis, I think the reason is it's easier to find them if there's a problem. But they still land in shit if they get caught regardless.

Agree on deserving professions, I think all nurses and teachers should be directed to first class as well, only I think it's probably getting crowded by now

You could always complain to the rail company and get the ticket collector sacked or reprimanded
 

TheIronDuke

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#18
I did get seated next to somebody matching that description, actually. Unfortunately for me he was clearly well past it, had fallen asleep, was snoring loudly and quite clearly had either shat himself or had very bad personal hygiene.
So you moved smartly to a seat a long way away and left the old chap in peace? Do not come back or I shall fucking puke on you. Young whippersnapper.

If we had a law preventing Welsh gits getting on English trains it would save some of us a fortune in dry cleaning.
 
#20
Cops get offered 1st class when showing their warrant card on a regular basis, I think the reason is it's easier to find them if there's a problem. But they still land in shit if they get caught regardless.

Agree on deserving professions, I think all nurses and teachers should be directed to first class as well, only I think it's probably getting crowded by now


You could always complain to the rail company and get the ticket collector sacked or reprimanded
I think printers are also worth a freeby seat.
 

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