As I write this, I’m waiting for delivery of a new laptop. I think that I have worn the old one out, rambling on about things on this blog. UPS kindly allowed me to track the progress of my computer all the way from China – and this is what I have been following:
Well, I’ve often heard the argument that rail freight for part-wagon loads died due to the time, and indirect routes, that goods took to be delivered. Hence the apocryphal story of the consignment lost in a siding at Crewe. But it seems that UPS have done the same with aeroplanes. My computer ended up in a siding in Dubai, missed the next flight out, then went back to China, and through Thailand, India, Germany and Belgium before arriving in the UK. And having landed at Thames Gateway, just up the road in Essex, it then headed for the Midlands and Tamworth before coming south again to Crawley.
I now realise where all those surplus British Railways staff went to….
And I’m still waiting for it to arrive….