OK, so I left work at 5pm, because I thought 2 hours and 15 minutes would be enough to travel to the end of the world. Or the end of the tube map rather, I needed to go to Uxbridge which is the end of the Piccadilly Line, there were the trains drive of the map and disappear in the land beyond. From there the Tardis would be waiting for me, and I would be flown to Pinewood Studios where I would attend the TV recordings of the Weakest Link. the Dr. Who special. With David (The Doctor) Tennant.
That was my plan.
Now I could write a long rant about why I did not make it. Why the journey from South Croydon to Balham, and tubing from there to Uxbridge simply took more than 2 hours and 15 minutes. How they couldn’t decide if the Piccadilly train waiting for me was going to Heathrow (not my direction) or Rayners Lane (close to my direction). It went to Heathrow and I lost even more valuable time. When passing Park Royal station it was 7.15pm. I had to be there at the studios at 7.15pm. Park Royal was 11 stations from Uxbridge, and Uxbridge was 15 minutes by taxi from the Pinewood Studios. I wasn’t stressed, I thought that if David would like me to be there in time, he would have send the Tardis. However the Tardis was nowhere to be seen, and so I missed it. (If this had been the travel to Bill’s performance in NY I would have exploded, but it wasn’t so no need to make a big thing out of it).
I could have left the train in Park Royal, and take the train back into the city but I didn’t. There were 2 reasons for that.
1. I was close to Rayners Lane. I had never been to Rayners Lane station before. And you can’t write a poem about a man from Rayners Lane without actually having been there at some point, so I hopped off in Rayners Lane. I looked around for a while, but he wasn’t there. From there I began my journey home.
2. For some reason I ended up with a new mobile phone (long and boring story but Easymobile is closing down, I guess they weren’t so easy after all). Enhanced with a spicey Casino Royale (mmm it never stops now does it) theme there is something for the eye, and even better, in my ear there was the chocolate voice (of course he is there too, and the only reason why Daniel hasn’t been replaced yet it because I haven’t had the time) saying
But don’t hurry the journey at all.
And I thought: he is so right. I am going to enjoy this journey. The 5 hours I spent in the tube today back and forth to Rayners Lane – I love tubing. The train was nearly empty, I had good stuff in my ear and my pen wrote another piece of the script puzzle in my notebook while slowly returning to London.
No, don’t hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years.