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Help I am a prisoner in Europe [Apr. 16th, 2010|11:20 am]
Richard Clegg
Icelandic situation means I am unlikely to be able to use 2x tickets for exciting whizzy boat tour of thames at 15:30 on Saturday and 2x tickets for comedy including andy zalzman at 21:30 on Saturday. Email me if you'd like these -- e tickets and I don't *think* I need to bring my credit card.

Update: Comedy tickets gone. Surely somebody must fancy a free thames rib experience. http://www.thamesribexperience.com/ -- it looks awesome. It's the 15:30 sailing from Embankment with a tour down to Canary Wharf and those boats look super exciting and fast. I'd be heart broken if they just went to waste.

For those interested, I've managed to get tickets on a "not yet cancelled" flight on Sunday evening.
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[User Picture]From: zenithed
2010-04-16 12:14 pm (UTC)
Yes please!
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-04-16 02:03 pm (UTC)
Emailed. Have fun.
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[User Picture]From: drdoug
2010-04-16 05:35 pm (UTC)
For those interested, I've managed to get tickets on a "not yet cancelled" flight on Sunday evening.

Hooray! Hope it remains uncancelled and you get back safely.
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-04-16 05:37 pm (UTC)
Feeling pretty lucky really. One of our party does not have a ticket until Tuesday and he was supposed to fly out before me. It's late Sunday evening so there's a good chance.

Thanks for your help earlier -- some really good ideas but most things are now booked up or on strike it appears though information about the strike is hard to get (in fact I ended up finding a definitive answer on a train company's facebook site of all places).
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[User Picture]From: drdoug
2010-04-16 07:22 pm (UTC)
Happy to help, shame everything was booked up or struck.

I struggled to find any information on the strike too until I thought to search in French - there's a lot more stuff on the Francophone web, oddly enough. A useful search phrase is "grève SNCF" - and Google Translate is handy if your French isn't fluent.

Turns out that it's quite a complicated strike with two unions (the venerable and once anarcho-syndicalist CGT, and Sud-Rail) disagreeing with each other and the management (SNCF), and local/regional/national conflicts within and between each of those three groupings.

The upshot as far as I can tell is that disruption is likely to continue. :-)
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[User Picture]From: randomstring
2010-04-16 08:46 pm (UTC)
I love the French for stuff like this. (Really, that's not a sarcastic comment). Though I might feel differently if I was stuck in Spain :)
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-04-16 11:54 pm (UTC)
I said something similar on twitter -- more power to them though I am obviously upset by the timing.
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-04-16 11:52 pm (UTC)
It's actually damn complicated to find out what is and is not cancelled -- possibly because the management are doing one of those "let's run what services we can but we are not sure what". It becomes tricky when you're booking trains on foreign language web sites where you don't know the cancellation T&C. The station staff at Valencia were very helpful in simply telling me no repeatedly.

Apparently been going on for nearly two weeks now though I had no idea. In the UK of course the idea that a union might get a strike vote as a negotiating tactic is tantamount to treason and the blighters should obviously be strung up and twitters opine wisely about how it didn't ought to happen.
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[User Picture]From: gothadh
2010-04-16 09:25 pm (UTC)
Where are you? I'm supposed to be flying out of Stockholm tomorrow but there's almost no chance of that happening.
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-04-16 11:55 pm (UTC)
I am in Valencia and have a flight for Sunday at 9pm -- originally friday at 9pm. Oh well...
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-04-16 11:55 pm (UTC)
Good luck with your travel woes.
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[User Picture]From: gothadh
2010-04-17 07:25 am (UTC)
Thanks. They've just cancelled my flight and KLM "aren't taking calls at this time" and just cut you off... No re-arranged flight for me then.
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-04-17 08:50 am (UTC)
I actually just physically went to the airport. Because few flights are leaving it was relatively quiet and I was able to rearrange it there. Old school solution but it worked for me even with easyjet who are as shonky as they come.
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-04-17 12:04 pm (UTC)
Looks like a bunch of us are going to organise a coach. Hope you can get a ferry or something. It's all pretty adventurous really.
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[User Picture]From: gothadh
2010-04-17 10:44 pm (UTC)
How's the coach organisation coming along? I'm coming back via train, at least 3 countries and 2 overnight stops...
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-04-17 10:45 pm (UTC)
Ouch... though actually train travel I find very relaxing so I guess it could be worse. We found 25 other British people wanting to travel the same journey so have got a relatively cheap deal for the 24 hour journey via the tunnel straight to London.
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[User Picture]From: gothadh
2010-04-17 10:57 pm (UTC)
well done at getting it organised! I shall also be going through the tunnel but in a train from Brussels at denial am on Wednesday morning. train travel can be relaxing but from what I can gather the trains are rather packed...
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-04-17 11:01 pm (UTC)
You managed to get a Eurostar? Mind you, I guess there's availability on Wednesday. Actually Eurostar is in my experience very comfortable even when every seat is taken.

A colleague was feeling proud he'd got a sleeper from Madrid to Paris then a Eurostar to London. He's not feeling so good now because due to the rail strike his sleeper train is a rail replacement bus service. It's about 14 hours by train.
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[User Picture]From: gothadh
2010-04-17 11:04 pm (UTC)
Oh good grief. Glad we're going via Brussels to the UK and not through Paris or somewhere! Wednesday was pretty good for availability I have to say. Fingers crossed that all our other connections work!
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[User Picture]From: kissmeforlonger
2010-04-17 11:29 am (UTC)
Hrm, it might be cancelled now.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/8626693.stm
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-04-17 11:30 am (UTC)
Indeed. The situation is not ideal. Especially as the train strike means that getting anywhere by other means is very tricky.
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