Whats made you happy today?

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(25 Feb 2020, 10:18 am)streetdeckfan Wrote: The issue with Darlington Station is it's a bit of a trek to get to anything. Well, it's more of an issue of having to walk back up the 'hill' to get back to the station. At that point I'd rather just catch the X1 to Bishop which takes basically the same amount of time anyway! (Or even faster when you inevitably spend half an hour waiting to get in to the station!)
Biggest issue with Darlington Station for me is the automatic ticket gates which force you to stay in the station, I understand why stations have them but it's annoying when you have a lengthy connection time, recently looked into journeys that had a 50 minute connection time at Bradford Interchange, there's literally nothing you can do within that time as everything else is on the opposite side of the gates, that's why I like York Station as if I have a bit of a wait I can go outside and do whatever, spotting usually.
(25 Feb 2020, 12:52 pm)Jimmi Wrote: Biggest issue with Darlington Station for me is the automatic ticket gates which force you to stay in the station, I understand why stations have them but it's annoying when you have a lengthy connection time, recently looked into journeys that had a 50 minute connection time at Bradford Interchange, there's literally nothing you can do within that time as everything else is on the opposite side of the gates, that's why I like York Station as if I have a bit of a wait I can go outside and do whatever, spotting usually.
The few times I've been the gates have been open so I haven't had to deal with that!

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If you've got a rail ticket that permits break of journey, then you should have no problems being released through the gates and then allowed back in again.

However, sometimes it can be a bit tricky finding anyone to ask …..
(25 Feb 2020, 2:56 pm)Ianthegoon Wrote: If you've got a rail ticket that permits break of journey, then you should have no problems being released through the gates and then allowed back in again.

However, sometimes it can be a bit tricky finding anyone to ask …..

IIRC, any Northern ticket allows to break your journey, although I'm not sure if that's still the case if you buy it in conjunction with an advance ticket from another operator
On Thursday Lisa Shaw on BBC Radio Newcastle was playing songs from June 1974 on her Time of Our Lives feature. It was great as well as topical of her to include Alan Price's Jarrow Song, as he is from the area and the song is about an event (a people's march for jobs) that started in Jarrow.
Demonstration by Black Lives Matter and counter demonstration by military veterans in Newcastle. Its interesting to listen to the different points of view.

Charles
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I have a job induction today at 4pm. I've had no self employment (which is bulk of income) work since March and surviving on a part time wage struggling to make ends meet I can't wait.

I've applied for over 100 jobs since March
My broadband is up for renewal so I've been shopping around.

I got in touch with Vodafone (my current ISP) and was told if I signed up for a new 24 month contract I would pay £22.95 instead of £23 per month.
But I noticed in a message I got from them that my current plan will continue at £23 a month after my plan expires.

So I asked them if that was the case and they told me it was. I asked again if "I'd just be tying myself into a 24 month contract to save 5p per month if I renewed" and they told me that was the case.

This was a big surprise to me as every other ISP I've ever used has doubled the price at the end of the contract, and would certainly have tried get me to sign up for the 24 month contract!

As a side note, I'm thinking of switching to Virgin as they're now in my area, if anyone has experience with them, are all the negative reviews about their network stability true?
(19 Feb 2021, 3:55 pm)streetdeckfan Wrote: As a side note, I'm thinking of switching to Virgin as they're now in my area, if anyone has experience with them, are all the negative reviews about their network stability true?

I've got a few friends with Virgin and, while they generally praise speed, the stability is an issue. I'm not sure it goes down often, it's more that when it does go down its for a longer period of time than you'd expect. I've checked the trending tab on Twitter when it's been down before and the amount of tweets along the lines of "how long for this time" are too many to mention.
I went into McDonalds today to discover that they have the self serve tomato ketchup back!

IMO it tastes much nicer than the packet stuff, and I don't have to be self conscious about asking for so much ketchup anymore!