March 22, 2006

Don't use the M1 until 2012

It used to only take 1hr 20 mins between NW London and Cov. Literally that time door to door. I sometimes pondered if it was possible to do that journey in 1hr??? The London-Cov 1-hour Challenge, that would be amazing. Faster than the commute from Leam to campus sometimes!

But I'm moving away from Stanmore in NW London soon into N1. So in future I'll have to contend with city traffic. And to make matters worse. They're now adding a "Pool car" lane along the whole of the M1, between now and 2011. The road works extended todays journey by about 20 mins. So basically I'll never be able to attempt that challenge… ever!

So now I'm up at Warwick;, had a nice coffee and chat/catch-up session with Pia. Found John Baillie exactly where I left him in F211 two weeks ago! (Some people are working hard). Found that other people have been struggling with Laser Rate Equations and managed to finally start on lab report. Been a good day.


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  1. In 2003, before I had the A3 and before I had a big car smash and wrote off the Citroen Xsara I came to uni with, I did the M40/M25 junction to campus in a shade over 45 minutes. I did it at 12.30am having left a Bruce Springsteen concert at Crystal Palace and got the train back to Crawley. I then did Crawley to Campus in 1Hr 40mins for 135 miles = 81mph av speed. Which considering the speed sat on 95+ from a mile away from home until the top of the A46 and then didn't drop till I reached campus is pretty good going I think. I don't know that it could be done now. For one thing I'm a young guy with an Audi. I'd get booked. The Xsara they took solice in it being French – they knew it would fall apart before I got far.

    22 Mar 2006, 20:18

  2. Moo the Moo Foo

    Dude, it's not NW1, it's just N1

    22 Mar 2006, 20:23

  3. Done it. Where is NW1?

    Well seeing that I'll be living very close to Victoria Station soon, I might not keep a car on campus next year…

    I've driven past a patrol car parked on the side of the A1(M) motorway with a policeman pointing a radar gun at me. I was doing 85mph. He didn't seem to mind. Despite being Yorkshire constabulary.

    22 Mar 2006, 21:24

  4. Chris May

    In my disreputable and reckless past I used to commute daily between Leamington and Watford; I managed that (M25,M40; 98 miles IIRC) in under an hour a couple of times. The slowest trip was 5hrs 30.

    I also got pulled over doing about 105, whilst falling asleep after an especially long day. Fortunately the policeman couldn't be arsed with the paperwork required for a ban and wrote it up as 99 mph instead. That's when I gave up commuting and got a more reasonable job.

    22 Mar 2006, 22:21

  5. lol glad you don't do that anymore!

    sleeping at the wheel at 105mph! Oh dear! Keep it safe ppl, go to germany lol.

    22 Mar 2006, 22:32

  6. Well its gonna be junctions 6–13 of m1 til 2011, then after they'll do 21–39 or will do at some point (fortunately I'd never have to past 17) unlike some people :P. Think its gonna be m40 all the way from now on – i just hope it works out as shorter for me.

    22 Mar 2006, 23:41

  7. Oh and it gets worse the M25 will be next :(, apart from kent – I assume they think no one lives there or at least its not worth bothering about.

    22 Mar 2006, 23:43

  8. Laser rate equations!!! Nooooo I forgot all about that….doh one more thing to add to the list of holiday fun…..opps i mean "Inter-term Study Period) ;) [that one is for you Prof.Godfrey] :D

    23 Mar 2006, 20:57

  9. Was there ever that awkward moment iduring a tutorial, where Prof Godfrey breathed heavily and said

    Christopher, I am you father!

    23 Mar 2006, 21:12

  10. Moo the Moo Foo

    No one's going to bother about Kent, we're all waiting for the sea levels to rise and flood it over.

    24 Mar 2006, 14:45

  11. Moo the Moo Foo

    Dude! What planet are you on? We're not even in NW at the moment, it's HA!

    24 Mar 2006, 14:46


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