I have just returned from a holiday in Austria. In 2009 the Austrian Government introduced a partial smoking ban in public places. The problem is that no one told the smoke, Brownian Motion applies in Austria ( although I don’t think humour does) and as result after 20 minutes of sitting in a no smoking area you are breathing in other peoples second hand smoke.
As a result 2 things will happen:
- Austrian will not see the reductions in cancer and heart disease that other European countries have seem post a full ban.
- Non smokers will chose their holidays elsewhere.
I am sitting on a train from Edinburgh to Bath, of the 30 people of so who have got on and off this train in the last few hours I would say that 40% were charged extra because they had the wrong ticket.
Things I have heard:
- That ticket can only be used on East Coast…. we are X Country…. you need a new ticket.
- You are on the wrong train yours leaves in 30 minutes you will have to get off… unless you pay extra
- That ticket is for Off-peak.. now if you were going to Birmingham that would be Off-peak but this train is Peak to Leeds… the passengers bought tickets to B’Ham and got out at Leeds… it was cheaper than Peak to Leeds
- No we going South you need to go to Edinburgh that’s North …. fair enough!
- A soldier in full combat kit and more baggage than you could shake a stick at, got in at Darlington and was asked for his ID to prove he was in the Army… fortunately he had one… and his ticket was OK. I thought we might all die in the Cross-fire.
- No, this Ticket is for tomorrow you have to get off, passenger then shows seat booking for Today with the same ticket … Ticket collector nonplussed… have not seen him for a bit.
Oh well it was fun while it lasted.
As part of making the web a greater part of the way I work, I spent Friday morning with Matthew Stibbe. His blog Bad Language is a great resource for all writers.
My week must have a does of TED.com, I am great fan of Hans Rosling and his Gapfinder site. He makes sense of complex things, and he tells it as it is.
I am planning to take 2 months away from Microsoft in the summer. So I visited http://www.ctc.org.uk/. I am a member of the Cyclist Touring Club and they have a great library of routes in the UK, Europe and around the world. I plan to riding just a few thousand KMs.