This is reassuring; I've only ever been on a train once, and that wasn't in this country! Very confusing indeed.
Generally speaking trains in this country are easy. *There are clear departure boards in the main station area (and usually smaller ones dotted around too). It helps greatly if you know the departure time and destination of your train (even if you're getting off before then). *Once you've looked up on the departure boards which platform your train goes from the platforms are always clearly signposted. *Then when you get to the right platform there's a screen announcing trains leaving just from that platform. When your train comes up jump on (if it's there) or wait for it (if it's passing through). *And remember to jump off again at the right station. It helps if you make a note at what time you expect to arrive and what station comes before yours so that you know when to expect your station.
The only thing I found confusing at first (having never used public transport in my life before moving to England) was that the train you want is labelled on all the destination boards by the final place it is travelling to. So for instance if I want to get from London Waterloo to Andover, Hampshire the chances are that my train will be up on the destination board as 'Yeoville Junction' or 'Exeter St Davids', so once you know which line your station is connected to then its less confusing (it has scrolling script underneath the final destination listing all the places it stops at so you can be sure)
Zomg, I am completely finished! Just did 30 intense mins on the rower for the first time in weeks Every minutesque muscle is screaming and I'm too weak to move Tomorrow's going to hurt...
Amybee, will you and James be in/around Cambridge in the first week of August? I may stop off and see you on my way to go narrowboating, if I won't be an inconvenience
Of course. We live in Cambridge now (well, Waterbeach, but we'd love to see you) How long will you be narrowboating for? and are you going anywhere nice? i still can't work out which one you're visiting, it must not be moored in the centre of cambridge, unless i am much mistaken!
Paris, 9th Dec - it now says on their website that they're going to add tour dates, including some in GB, but I already made plans to go to Paris so... Plus, I get to go on the Eurostar *excitement* There's going to be quite a few new ones in Germany too, perhaps you can still go?
Clare mentioned Kings Lynn and Ely, so I'm not entirely sure where the boat is moored, but as I *think* (dodgy geography here) they're further away than Cambridge, I suspect breaking my journey in Waterbeach would be a big help, and I always like visiting you and James. And of course, I can't wait to meet Lyra!
Just read your report. Very interesting, although I was surprised not to see a mention of Tidy's Rule
Glad scribd worked.
Thanks for linking it. I started a thread mentioning Tidy's Rule (not as such) but all of the replies came up with different experiences, and it wouldn't have been central to the thing I ended up looking for.
I can't believe how long some mark breakdowns take.. Mine were in my pigeon hole within two hours of results coming out..
Yeh, this year my DoS sent it the day of exam results, whereas last year she sent it two weeks or so after. This gave me the impression that they have too many people to send to and can't be bothered, but make an effort with the scholars