POMPEY POP

Bollocks

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You know how people increasingly say “have a nice weekend …”

MRA has gone to London today, so I figured I’d take my favourite train trip down to Brighton, have a spot of breakfast, check out some books and records, buy a pair of blue desert boots for the summer … only for some reason today the trains from Pompey run just once an hour and take well over two hours to get there with a change and twenty minute delay at Littlehampton.

Add to that the news this week of the complete cancellation of the A27 Chichester by-pass project and it’s becoming quicker to travel to Spain than the 50 miles to Brighton

So, I made some coffee here instead and switched on ‘Sounds of the Sixties’ forgetting that it’s gone from its 8am slot, replaced by something and someone I’m not interested in. It was the only radio programme I ever listened to regularly and now it’s gone (as Paul Ellis commented, “who gets up at six on Saturday morning?”)

So, clearly one (if not two) of those days. This afternoon, Pompey are home to Crewe who are in terrible form. The northerners will probably win 1-0 with a 95th minute goal.

 

 

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Author: pompeypop

University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

4 thoughts on “Bollocks

  1. As we say “Some days you get the big bear…and Some Days the big bear gets you” Probably “bullocks” sums it up well though.

    • Cheers Pete. While I’m in the mood to grumble, I wandered over to that Gunwharf shopping centre last week to check out desert boots and as far as I could find there are 17,000 clothes shops and 8,765 cafés and restaurants but only one dedicated shoe shop (Clark’s) – and of course just half a ‘record’ store and NO bookshop. All this from the future City of Culture!

  2. According to the 1973 Southern Region timetable (staff edition), 44 years ago you could have caught the 9.56 from Portsmouth & Southsea and been in Brighton at 11.05. Today, assuming the trains are running, the fastest journey is 1 hour and 15 minutes. Sometimes one just can’t hold back progress.

    • And the trains this morning were taking much longer than that Geoff. 8.30 due to arrive at 10.44 after a 20 odd minutes wait at Littlehampton. Same with the 9.30, so not worth going. The consequence is less money for Southern today and no dosh spent by me in Brighton. Maybe I wasn’t alone?

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