A one minute-delay on yesterday's tube journey from Edgware Road to Waterloo did not make me miss my train, which was three minutes late (£7.50).
This morning was another matter altogether. After dropping my daughter off at day care, I took the train from Hampton Court to Waterloo. For the first time I can remember, it arrived exactly on time. But the trouble began after that. I went down to the Bakerloo Line, in order to catch the 09:34 to Edgware Road.
After sitting on the aforementioned train on the platform for nine minutes, trying to make out a series of inaudible excuses from the driver, I eventually did hear the platform announcer telling us the entire line was now suspended, owing to a passenger action at Charing Cross.
I managed to jump on the 09:48 Northern Line north-bound, thinking to change at Euston to get to King's Cross, and thence via the Circle, Metropolitan, or Hammersmith & City Lines to Edgware Road/Paddington, from where I can walk to work. This tube train was on time. The next (the Northern Line south-bound to King's Cross) was one minute late because we were 'being held at a red signal in order to regulate the service'.
Changed to Circle (etc.) Line platforms. Nope: no service from those platforms owing to signal failure. Left station, and took two buses to get to work - finally - at 10:51. That's one hour, four minutes later than should be the case. £160. And a terrific Tube Bingo card with two days to run!