Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Hallelujah! The cheque arrives


Well my friends, here's proof, finally, that you can obtain a refund from First Great Western, if you really try hard.
Thanks to some timely intervention from the Insider, a priority cheque was dispatched, and my claim from the 28th of April is finally settled, thank goodness. I do wonder how long it would have taken had the Insider not stepped in and performed magic, but let's not dwell on that, on such a happy day.
In other news, starting the week after next, my run of late shifts comes to an end, and sadly therefore, so does my first class upgrade, as I'll be travelling during peak hours again.
I have so much enjoyed the peace and quiet, and occasional cups of tea that go with a first class upgrade, that I can understand why those with First Class tickets are so loath to let any of us cattle-types in. But to be honest, as long as I've got my bum on a seat and the train runs to a reasonable schedule, I can live without the occasional free biscuit.
And in a month's time, I move into my new abode, which is considerably nearer to London, and therefore begin a whole new commuting experience, from the branch line in Windsor. I can't wait to tell you about all the Slough-based adventures I'm sure to have.
As the summer (what summer?) comes to an end, and things begin to change in work and home life, perhaps its time to reflect that things aren't quite as bad as they were when I began this blog back in January, and perhaps there's room for hope that they might get even better in the near future, with a favourable wind and a bit of luck.
Or maybe the arrival of the cheque has given me a rose-tinted moment, I'll probably be back to my normal grumpy self tomorrow, so that's something to look forward to, I'm sure you'll agree.

3 comments:

Charlotte said...

Make me a vegetable face. No more of this moan moan moan commuting stuff.
http://greatbigvegchallenge.blogspot.com/2007/08/go-on-you-know-you-want-to-make.html

Charlotte
xx

I hate FGW said...

Do you know what? You're right. When all else fails and the rain is coming down, a vegetable face will always cheer you up. I'll get in the kitchen tomorrow and rustle up something for you xx

Charlotte Hume said...

Helen,
Great
I am very worried about the level of angst on this blog. You need to counteract it. Maybe a bit of light relief on a train theme.
Top ten novels or poems featuring trains? 101 things to do with a late train? Worst sandwich bought on a train?
Most expensive sandwich purchased in a train...