Well, I'm back. Son of Signal Failure was born on Friday, 19th April 2013 at 06:44. Hence lack of updates in some considerable while. Mother and child are doing well.
In view of this momentous occasion, and because I'm feeling a little lazy, I am waiving delay charges to TfL for my travel home on Thursday, 18th April.
This morning, the train from Hersham to Waterloo was delayed by a minute within TfL's sphere of influence. This didn't matter, because the tube I would have been able to catch had the train been on time was delayed by two minutes (three by the time it got to Edgware Road), so I was able to catch it after all. Still a three-minute delay, however, so that's £7.50. Glad to see I didn't miss any big changes in my absence, then!
I've obviously missed a lot of news while I was out of service, and I'm afraid I don't really have the time to summarise it all now (I may backtrack in later posts), but I will offer this one tidbit: if you're still marting from the 10th consecutive fare rise from TfL, you can rest easy in the knowledge the organisation is sitting on a £900m budget surplus, none of which will be used to cut, or even freeze fare hikes. Lovely.