28 Mornings Later...
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A truly wonderful time for your alarm clock to go off isnâ€™t it.
Unfortunately it was indeed that time my wake up call (which I had laboriously set despite the bizarre instructions which the hotel tried to foist upon me.) Iâ€™m not keen on being away at this time of the night on the best of days.
Having wandered back to the hotel at around midnight I had made the mistake of flicking on the TV and ended up watching some film about German solders in WWII being haunted in a bunker. Very interesting it was but of course that meant I didnâ€™t get to sleep until around one thirty in the morningâ€¦
So here I am at six rather distressed that I had to be on the 8.30 train back to Sheffield in order to attend a meeting.
Now Iâ€™ve been in London on the underground at various rush hours in the past and itâ€™s always hellishly packed so I had decided to leave myself a good forty five minutes to travel the short distance back to St Pancrass.
On this basis I rather eschewed the rather naff breakfast that was being provided. A bowl of cornflakes and some orange juice was about all I had time for - I wasnâ€™t going to hang about to see if anyone was going to offer me tea or toast â€“ life is just too short.
So I set off for the underground expecting it to be thronging with the working masses on their way to work. Except they werenâ€™t.
There was barely anyone around. The whole place was deserted - it was spookily like the opening of 28 Days Later as I wandered up Tottenham Court Road.
Down in the underground things were even quieter - I arrived on the platform to find I was the only person there waiting. This was also reminiscent of the film Creep (except without the flesh eating mutant chasing me round the tunnels.)
And so the potential battle I had steeled myself for in order to reach St Pancrass never materialised. Which meant that it only took me about five minutes to get there. Which meant I had to sit for about half an hour waiting for my train.
At least I caught up on some sleep. I didnâ€™t wake up until Derby...