Bloody Virgin trains! Stupid, stupid trains! I got out of the conference, on three hours sleep, and transfered from Birmingham International to Manchester. I sat down on the Manchester train, clearly indicated on all of the signs, and got settled in. Then a girl came on and asked if it was the London train. Well, about half the train said yes and half said no. Virgin trains had changed the platform without telling the people who had already got onto the train what was going on, and a couple of dozen people had to make a dash for the other platform. That was OK, though, because then the train was late. So I caught it fine. Virgin owe me half a bottle of orange juice that I left behind in my hurry, though. Weasels. I mean, I know people have worse traumas. But I'd spent three days stuffing my head with information on profile logistics and all I wanted in the whole world was Virgin not to do anything weird to the trains so I could get to Manchester and eat a curry. The practical upshot being that I had a banging headache when I met my friend in Manchester and was really relieved when he suggested a cab. The curry went a long way to cheering me up - curry in Manchester is a seriously good idea! - and the next day I was feeling a lot more human.
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