Early start, clinic at the Limes, 0700 appointment. Have lost 3.5kg in a week. Good. A fast start, steady as she goes from now on. Still conditions at last, a sea mist obscures all but the closest. A marked improvement some might say.
Home, tomatoes on toast for brekky, out to the local superstore. Fruit and vedgies and crackers for mummy allatsea, crackers seem apt somehow. Home again, refund employers who overpaid expenses by £600 (tch tch), honesty always the best policy. That or end up spending it on gin and stuff and then having to give it back when it’s gone…not so good that.
Out on the faithful pushbike. Twenty minutes of puff,cough, sweat and wobble along the esplanade and, despite initial impressions, feeling marvellous for it. Half an hour tomorrow, 45 minutes the day after, an hour by the end of the week………..maybe. Writing and pottering and mooching about the Towers and goodness, a great feeling of completeness has enveloped the place. Thank-you, thank-you to whoever or whatever sorted that.
Seemingly the RMT are supporting a strike by Tube drivers. The union and its members are outraged because the LT have sacked a driver who failed two, yes two, random drug and alcohol tests. So the union want drunk people to drive the trains it seems? Bless them. We thought that when the morbidly obese, enemy of the working man and all round gobshite Bob Crowe, died last year ( oh how we mourned, hahahahahahahaha), that the union might just creep out of the 1970’s. It isn’t the case but no surprise. The dim, the bullying and the unskilled are always the bolshiest, always have been. Those who do the least, scream the loudest, demand the most, are invariably self regardingly precious…….most of the time. Well according to allatsea’s nan they are :o)
Toddlers preparing for years and years of training prior to applying to be Tube drivers.
A Tube driver preparing for a rushhour shift. (Copyright RMT)
In the offshore and marine world, anyone failing such a random test would be dismissed immediately. His co-workers would not protest, they wouldn’t want to be working with a drunken or drug impaired plonker. Back in 1975 it would have been OK, but not anymore. The idea is quite repugnant, unless you’re a Tube driver or RMT member.