January 5th, 2008

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It looks beautiful out today. I think I'm going to go out for a walk. At least as far as Park Street, anyway. Today's a day for walking around, and then maybe sitting in a cafe by the window and doing some writing.
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Train fares again

Ho hum. This time I approached train fares with a view to simply confirming that it would probably be quite pricey to use a train to get to London next week. But while I was looking at the standard prices, I checked out the First Class prices, too.

The First Class prices seem to be out of the realm of "pricey" and well into the region of "mindblowingly stupid". Who pays £233.50 to get to London and back (about a hundred miles) on a Friday night? On a train? Is there actually anyone, or are these fares some strange artefact of the booking/pricing system?

Surely for that money, you'd hire a limousine instead, or just buy a car, and therefore either be free of parking problems or be able to change your return plans easily.

I might suggest this as a Top Gear challenge, actually. How ostentatiously can you get from Bristol to London and back on a budget of £233.50, given a week to make your plans?