Some lunatic (I had thought) had been posting stuff on my forum about rushing out to buy your gas masks. However Rueters have reported that 1,000 people have bought gas masks. This seems a tad premature to me. Yes, be vigilant, yes, watch out for unattended packages and bags, but gas masks, sounds like hysteria. Anyone who doesn't normally travel on the tube think about this. Over three million people commute on the London Underground everyday and only 1,000 people(reportedly) have bought gas masks.
(By the way gasmaskshop.com from which I borrowed the picture above has had only 1,342 visitors) Don't act like victims, just be vigilant at the moment.
Will certainly be making use of my worn copy of The Way Out Tube Map. To those of you who've not come across this brilliant map I would say get one straight away. Basically it is a whole map of the tube but it tells you which carriage to sit in if you want to be nearest to the exit of the station you get off at. It is truly brilliant and has saved me walking half way or the whole way up a platform when I've been late for meetings. It is also highly impressive if you are travelling with someone and you say, "Oh let's just walk along a bit further up here, so we'll be near the exit on the way out", this only works if you've sneakily looked at the map beforehand and they will marvel at your knowledge of london and its tube exits.
Don't travel on the London Underground without it!
Got a request for a link swap today from Grumbletext - basically it's a site where you text (SMS) them all your moans about UK companies that have pissed you off or, generally you think give bad customer service, and have call centres operated by morons. You get chance to rave and rant, everyone else gets a chance to see them.
Then, apparently, when there's enough texts on a particular subject the guys at grumbletext create a news story about it and try to get it published in the wider media. So the company in question are shamed enough to reply or at least give and answer as to why they're so rubbish. Interesting concept. Let's see if we can make the London Underground the first Grumbletext success.