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    Is the use of cash dying out?

    Though conversely there is this article, also in the Guardian today:
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    What’s going on with Thameslink?

    The only silver lining for those of us on the outskirts of GN-land is that the Cambridge stoppers didn't end up going through the core. If they had, goodness only knows how much worse the effect would have been on the Cambridge fasts, given the long stretch between Hitchin and Cambridge with no...
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    "Smart" meters spamming from electric supplier

    The value is knowing *when* you're using energy and how much. That would allow someone to build up a profile of when you're usually in, when you're usually out, when you're asleep, when you eat your meals, etc. Very helpful to a potential burglar, to give a trivial example. Perhaps other...
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    "Covid rising in England" - let's stop the fear mongering

    Did any health service, anywhere, end up 'overwhelmed' in the apocalyptic way we were continually told they were 2-3 weeks away from? If they had, I'm fairly sure the media would have been all over it, and I can't say I recall that. Odd, despite all the various severity of measures (and indeed...
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    "Covid rising in England" - let's stop the fear mongering

    From Blair's 'plan', the 'improve efficiency' and 'maximise capacity' parts sound perfectly reasonable and match what many of us have been saying for years now (though I'd rather the NHS spent money increasing its own capacity rather than paying £££ continually to take over private capacity)...
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    Shops & other venues that still insist on masks.

    I see. Would you like to explain what made this 'become apparent', and why we didn't know this before 2020? Do you have some evidence or science to share that we've not been told about? I'm sure many of us here would be most interested.
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    What’s going on with Thameslink?

    GTR never seem to be able to properly recover from any disruption, so the increased number of infrastructure issues we're also seeing (weather? cutting costs? bad luck?) just leads to meltdown day after day. I've been posting about this inability to recover service for years. I don't know...
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    What’s going on with Thameslink?

    Why are they only planning on running a Sunday service after strike days, anyway? As far as I can tell most/all other TOCs are advising of a late startup of services but then plan to run a full weekday service from mid-morning. Why can't GTR cope with that?
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    What’s going on with Thameslink?

    I could say 'picked a good day to work from home' but every day is a disaster currently, so I'm not sure I can claim any particular credit for foresight here. My usual commuting train this week : 19 minutes late, cancelled, cancelled, cancelled (strike), cancelled (day after strike). That's...
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    "Covid rising in England" - let's stop the fear mongering

    Blair strikes me as someone who wants attention and to believe he is still relevant. But he isn't relevant and doesn't deserve the attention. Best to just ignore this nonsense.
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    Why I prefer to use a ticket office and obtain a physical ticket

    Depends what you're using it for. Yes, if you're doing banking or checking your emails or similar on your phone. But I'm only using it for phone calls, texts, music, radio, and a very occasional look at specific websites (eg. RealTimeTrains). I usually have an iPad mini with me that I use for...
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    Why I prefer to use a ticket office and obtain a physical ticket

    I have a Microsoft phone. A little old, but it works perfectly well for what I need it for. Why would I want to buy another?
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    ECML Disruption 16/08/22 - OLE issues at Biggleswade

    This is getting really silly now. Every day has multiple issues. What's going on?
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    Is the use of cash dying out?

    In my experience, yes, considerably. That's anecdotal, sure, but I do go to the cinema *a lot*.
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    Is the use of cash dying out?

    That happens too, of course, but significantly less often because you've generally only just bought the ticket so haven't had time yet to lose it in a pocket! Well, yes, but there's nothing new about this problem of the majority of people being terrible at anticipating imminent things they'll...
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    Is the use of cash dying out?

    Yes, I've seen similar. I also have the same experience regularly at the cinema now. Previously you showed your paper ticket to the person manning the entrance to the screens, and in two seconds they ripped it and said 'screen 4'. Now you inevitably end up behind someone who has to find their...
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    What’s going on with Thameslink?

    It's not much better on the GN side. Here's the last 7 weekdays of Ely -> Cambridge North; I'm trying to commute on the 0947... and then back on the 1841... It's been an appalling couple of weeks. It feels almost as bad as May 2018 right now.
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    The privacy aspect of E-tickets.

    Exactly so. Whatever my qualms about current surveillance systems and databases, things such as CCTV - at least until facial recognition CCTV is widely rolled out - are only of use if you're a 'person of interest', and - assuming there are sufficient safeguards in place for ascribing 'person of...
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    Why I prefer to use a ticket office and obtain a physical ticket

    I was speaking to a lady in the ticket office queue (*note* the word queue there, as indeed there is most mornings...) at Ely earlier. She told me she preferred to use the ticket office because she's had experience of being scammed online before when trying to pay something or other. She also...
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    Is the use of cash dying out?

    I strongly suspect you're right, and I'm already resigned to the fact I'm going to lose on this issue [1], but I feel strongly enough about it to try to put up a small amount of resistance, for all the use it will (won't) do. [1] well, until a big solar flare or a nuclear attack or similar...

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