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[Jan. 15th, 2008|12:05 pm]
Mark Rimmell
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I've finally given in...

I've got an Oyster card.

Will Red Ken know where I go in London?

Will I get stuck at the barrier as I franticly and repeatedly slap the card on the touch pad desperately trying to find correct angle for the machine to read the card, causing people behind me to "tut" loudly? At least that is what seems to happen when I see the cards used in London.

Apparently I won't be able to use it from my station. But if I walk to Richmond I can use it on platforms 4 & 5 and sometimes 3... but not 1 & 2 unless I top up the card in a different way. Huh? So I am none too sure which trips I can and can't use it on... and judging from recent conversations I've heard between passengers and ticket collectors on my line, neither is anyone else.

I guess I've fallen off the cutting edge of technology. I now know how my grandmother felt when she got a TV with a remote control (and that only had 2 buttons).

As far as I can tell it's cheaper to get a one day travel card if I do my usual journeys up to central London... Which is bonkers as I live in Zone 4.

I will use the card for the first time today. Will my prejudices be proven unfounded or will I have some new grumbles about the system?
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[User Picture]From: glamgothruthy
2008-01-15 12:58 pm (UTC)
i think oyster card are a fantastic invention -red ken is a genius. But they work best on buses - but check out all the 2-4-1 offers you can get with an oyster card on the website...
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[User Picture]From: _hedgewytch_
2008-01-15 01:12 pm (UTC)
Ooh best of luck
I've not had any problems with mine but I don't use it very often
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[User Picture]From: chyldecatcher
2008-01-15 01:38 pm (UTC)
We’re watching YOU sunshine!
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[User Picture]From: indigo_violet
2008-01-15 01:57 pm (UTC)
It'll automatically calculate and refund you accordingly if you do more than a travelcard's worth of journeys in a day. Or something. I think Oyster pre-pay is bargaintastic.
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[User Picture]From: sallypointzero
2008-01-15 02:07 pm (UTC)
Don't forget to top the bloody thing up! I got HOISTED OFF a bus in a spot-check because it transpired my card was empty. It didn't make any different noise or anything when I used it.
LT let me off the fine after I wrote them an indignant letter--- but OH THE SHAME! Curl.
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[User Picture]From: pinkwitch2000
2008-01-15 10:23 pm (UTC)
You might of used it for the first time today, but you had to be accompanied by an adult i.e. me. And you whinged all the way about if they could tell where you were at that precise moment. Still, it was worth it to see you perplexed by modern technology!
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[User Picture]From: markrimmell
2008-01-15 10:47 pm (UTC)
I'm not perplexed by the Oyster Card... I just don't trust it.
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