Dear fellow members and friends
Our rides have always been on Sundays, so having the next one on the Saturday (because Sunday is the London-Brighton Bike Ride) is a novelty. So I’m putting in plenty of reminders about that in this newsletter. The ride will be on Bloomsday — 16 June — but I hope that not too many will feel obliged to stay home and listen to R4’s all day reading of Ulysses.
I have checked that there should be no problems with taking bikes on the train that day — though my enquiries were not very reassuring about the level of efficiency at Southern. First I went to the travel advice centre at Brighton station. “No problem” said the helpful young bloke at the counter clicking away on his computer. “The Bike Ride” (I’d mentioned that it was to avoid any complications arising out of this that I was making the enquiry) “is on 20 June and …” “No, it’s not.” I said, “It’s on 17 June.” “Well,” he said, “that’s what it says here — oh Lord it’s 2010 it’s talking about!” But search as hard as he could for the next 5 minutes or so, that was the most recent bit of info he could find. Full of apologies (unnecessary — he’d been as helpful as possible in the circumstances) he sent me off for a word with those presiding over the little Southern info counter next to the ticket barrier. I told one of them that the latest info on the internet was about 2010. “Now, why doesn’t that surprise me?” he responded and spent the next 10 minutes on the phone before he was able to confirm that going to and fro to Chichester on Saturday 16 June should be no problem. He also pointed out to whoever he spoke to that their website info needed updating.
Such is life in 21st century Britain!