Monday, October 04, 2004

Another Train Event

We have new trains in the South East. They are gradually replacing the trains that have been running since the 1950s. So I was sitting in the new train and we stopped at a station but the doors wouldn’t open. (These are new-fangled electric doors). The guard came along and started fiddling in a control box, situated above one of the doors. Eventually the door opened and people got on. The doors closed and we carried on with our journey.
“Does that often happen?” I asked the guard.
“Yes," he said. “This train is controlled by a computer. And the computer says when the doors will open. The worst thing is when we have to add carriages to the train. Then the computer has to be rebooted.”

The mind boggles.


14 comments:

michael said...

In his best Victor Meldrew voice he says "I don't beeleeive it! The whole world's gone mad and the train companies are the maddest of the lot! You can see the headlines now can't you- COMPUTER CRASHES - TRAINS BLOGGED ONLINE!

Stan said...

Reboot it right out of there, I say.

Syl said...

There's just one thing I wish to say...
Roger, have a great Birthday!

Syl said...

Mind Boggles...a new fashion accessory?

fluffy-scruffy said...

*hope you've been enjoying your birthday today, or at least having cake (if you like cake, otherwise replace with a food you do like)*

my birthday's not till next month, people seem to like that date. one of my aunty's got married on my 2nd birthday and my best best friend is getting married on this one. at least this way i've no excuse for forgetting their anniversaries.

*:)

Roger Stevens said...

Thanks very much for your birthday wishes everyone.
It was an odd birthday. Jill left for America this morning - so we stayed in a hotel at Heathrow last night.
So today began at 5.30. Jill gave me my prezzy (The George Harrison boxed set of Dark Horse records - more of that anon) and left for the terminal.
I then drove a roundabout route (got lost on the airport's ring-road system) to a very nice school in Wokingham. Had a great day performing poems etc. Then a mad rush to Brighton to pick up Judy Dog and from there to Battle where I run a creative writing class. Got home at around 9.30.
So a long day and not very birthdayie.
Did get to play lots of George in the car though.

Syl said...

Yeah!!! You got the George Harrison set!!! Good going, Jilly!.

Ed Giecek said...

Still hard to believe George is gone...

(sigh...)

michael said...

Funnily enough i was listening to George's "Brainwashed" this afternoon as I glued bits of paper to other bits of paper. very nice it was too.

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hazel said...

That re-booting of computers..that happened to me on a 747 plane on the tarmac at Olso airport...The pilot kept saying over the tanoy "I just need to switch the plane off and re-boot it...." then he did it again...and again...and we all started to get worried..its okay on the ground but what do you do in the air?
THEN he said I am calling to London to get them to read through the manuel...!!!!
Glad to say we swapped planes and got home 5 hours later.

Roger Stevens said...

Scary, Hazel.

We were waiting for a flight in Denver a couple of years ago and they said they were sorry but the plane wasn't ready yet. They were still trying to fix the door.

zen mantra said...

happy belated birthday greetings, friend!