I’d begun to feel like a cross between Bill Murray in Groundhog Day and Michael Douglas in Falling Down. The reason: Thameslink. Delayed trains, cancelled trains, trains that stopped at red signals and didn’t move again for twenty minutes, trains that were too short, trains that were dangerously overcrowded; during my time in London, I’d seen it all.
Between Crofton Park and Farringdon, a journey of just 26 minutes, I had regularly witnessed people be horrible to one another; people who, presumably, are capable of being quite pleasant when they’re not sardines packed into a tin. The fact that I was spending £38 a week, and was projected to spend an annual figure just south of £2,000, pushed me to take drastic action. I’d walk to prove a point, teach Thameslink a lesson, and save some money.