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DonQuixote
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Had one of those experiences today that made me feel like a kid again.
Was going to a business meeting on the Thames (North side) but
said venue is bereft of transport links - stuck between two DLR
stations and a 20 minute walk from either one.

Phoned a friend who said don't worry, get to North Greenwich station
and make your way to the pier and we will send a boat over for you.
Sensing a wind up, I went along for the ride and found myself alone
on the pier, with a regular ferry ready to depart and nothing else.

Suddenly, what appeared to be an old Thames police boat appeared
and initially I took no notice, until it turned and berthed at the end
of the jetty.

Then heard my name called and business friend hailed me on board.
Apparently, there is this little known ferry that traverses said route
and despite a roughly kept to time table, they give you their number
and you just ring them up and they come across to pick you up.

All for the princely sum of just 2. Bargain. Stunning views of the O2
and Canary Wharf in the evening gloaming...

Apparently, the stars that appear at the O2 often use it as a quick
getaway to avoid the crowds and said boat - Predator II - links up
with a limmo company on the North side.




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Richard Rundle
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Had one of those experiences today that made me feel like a kid again.
Was going to a business meeting on the Thames (North side) but
said venue is bereft of transport links - stuck between two DLR
stations and a 20 minute walk from either one.


Bereft of transport links, yet still within a 20-minute walk of two DLR Stations? That sounds pretty well catered for to me.


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Had one of those experiences today that made me feel like a kid again.
Was going to a business meeting on the Thames (North side) but
said venue is bereft of transport links - stuck between two DLR
stations and a 20 minute walk from either one.


Bereft of transport links, yet still within a 20-minute walk of two DLR Stations? That sounds pretty well catered for to me.

You'll have to forgive him, he's from London. So am I, and it wasn't until I moved away that I realised how spoilt for choice Londoners are when it comes to public transport.

Where I live now, a 20 minutes walk to the station is considered a luxury, I kid you not!



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DonQuixote
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Mar 7, 2012, 1:29 PM

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Anything approaching ten minutes' walk or more is a taxi ride in my eyes.
Don't get me wrong, despite the moans and groans, the City's transport
is second to none, when you weigh it all up.
It was just a pleasant surprise to unearth a different way.
The cross river cable link is almost there too...check out the link on TFL, I think,
looks pretty impressive.




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oxpete
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Mar 7, 2012, 1:45 PM

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There's a ferry company with the (rather unfortunate) name of 'Salters Steamers' that runs pleasure boats between various points on the Thames from Oxford to Staines. The stop-off point in Abingdon is just a couple of minutes walk from Abingdon Town FC's Culham Road ground (though the last boat back to Oxford leaves infuriatingly at 4.45pm*).

You probably wouldn't want to entirely rely on them for important ticks/cup matches and the times are geared towards tourists rather than hoppers, but it would be a very pleasant way to reach some these clubs along the river: AFC Hinksey, Abingdon Town, Oxford United (walkable from Sandford Lock), Crowmarsh Gifford, AFC Wallingford, Benson AFC, Benson Lions, Reading Town, Henley, Marlow, Maidenhead United, Taplow, Windsor and Staines.

*(Just thought: certainly an option for the earlier ko's of North Berks fixtures at Saxton Rovers).


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DonQuixote
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Visiting grounds via narrow boat,
that is sooo cool...anyone ever done it?




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Cooler than Venezia ?





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Now it's narrow boats ?
Venice is a nice long journey by boat to ground.



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Mar 7, 2012, 2:09 PM

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Had one of those experiences today that made me feel like a kid again.
Was going to a business meeting on the Thames (North side) but
said venue is bereft of transport links - stuck between two DLR
stations and a 20 minute walk from either one.


Bereft of transport links, yet still within a 20-minute walk of two DLR Stations? That sounds pretty well catered for to me.

You'll have to forgive him, he's from London. So am I, and it wasn't until I moved away that I realised how spoilt for choice Londoners are when it comes to public transport.

Where I live now, a 20 minutes walk to the station is considered a luxury, I kid you not!


Another one originally from London and I concur. Where I live now a 20 minute drive to the station is considered a luxury.


DonQuixote
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I thought that was Arbroath for a minute...
easy mistake to make.




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Mr Teapot
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Mar 7, 2012, 7:21 PM

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Visiting grounds via narrow boat,
that is sooo cool...anyone ever done it?


Never visited a ground by narrow boat but was once on my way to a Stoke game, walking along the tow path of the Trent & Mersey Canal, when a narrow boat turned up at the point where you leave the path to walk over the footbridge to the ground, and three home supporters got off to go to the match.

Even though this happened back in September 2010, I can still clearly remember my reaction to it now - I'm not a Stoke supporter but I was so impressed by the panache of it all.


DonQuixote
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I was thinking more of Hampshire or the upper reaches of the Thames...






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Mr Teapot
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I'd be telling porkies if I said the walk was pretty but the surrounds had...er...character...that's the word I'm looking for...character!


DonQuixote
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Six degrees of separation...

1 Character
2 ___________
3 ___________
4 ___________
5 ___________
6 Discarded shopping trolley in a Stoke canal

And don't take all night about it....Tongue




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Mr Teapot
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I lived 33 years in east London - I know all about shopping trolleys in waterways - saw enough of them in the Roding at the bottom of Ilford Hill and in the various braids of the River Lea in Stratford - happy days!

I miss east London - you can take the boy out of London, but you can't take London out of the boy.

I feel homesick now.Frown


DonQuixote
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Nothing's changed much fellah...apart from a dearth of pubs
around the area these days.
Your're better off where you are in all honesty.




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Had one of those experiences today that made me feel like a kid again.


Thought the judge had warned you about that! Wink



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I lived 33 years in east London - I know all about shopping trolleys in waterways - saw enough of them in the Roding at the bottom of Ilford Hill and in the various braids of the River Lea in Stratford - happy days!

I miss east London - you can take the boy out of London, but you can't take London out of the boy.

I feel homesick now.Frown



Having moved from south London to rural Kent 20 odd years ago I can't think of too many things I miss about the place!


DonQuixote
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It's hard to get hold of a decent bag of 'pick and mix'
since Woolworth went to the wall...Shocked




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Mishi
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But think of the long term benefits for crime figures in the long term...

For every thieving git always began with the 'Pic n mix' at Woolies....that is where a life of crime begins! ;-)



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DonQuixote
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Twas the A & B, C bubble gum factory for me on Harold Hill that
could have set me on the road to a life of crime...
Raiding the lorries of Bazooka Joes and other such e-ridden delicacies.
Used to go home with a mouth full of gum looking like a space hopper
and hid what was left over in the dog kennel, to sell at school the next day.
Then spent the next few hours sorting the cards and Confederate money out.
There were flags of the world too, but I never got Ecuador for some reason.




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Matty
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a small lottery win to set aginst my debts
as a kid - finding a black crispy beetle in my pork scratchings
getting next doors telly (who I'd said hello to once in the preceding year) delivered take to mine, taking it round, demanding a coffee for my efforts and still being married 12 years later


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When I was very much younger than I am now I used to work with a girl called Sarah. As far as everyone knew she was gay. One night a few of us went out for a few drinks and as I had to pass her house on the way to mine I walked with her. When we got to her house she invited me in, I assumed for a cup of tea. She went to the bathroom and when she came out she said "come on, lover" and walked to her bedroom. I thought she was joking but it turned out she was deadly serious and you can guess the rest!

I subsequently told her I thought she was gay but the said that she actually liked to 'lick both sides of the stamp' but only let on to men she was interested in as that prevented unwanted attention. We had a number of very enjoyable, casually arranged nights together over the next six months before she changed jobs and moved away.

Now THAT was a very pleasant surprise! Cool



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Matty
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Well I thought the girl next door was good 'til I heard your tale
sweet dreams everyone


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When I was very much younger than I am now I used to work with a girl called Sarah.

Have just EMailed the missus.



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