DLR, Star Lane to Stratford International
Saturday 19 November 2011. Today no conferences or meetings. Got up at about 6 am and did my morning ‘path’ (reading) and worked till about 10.30 on my emails, blog and flickr photo account. I then took a bus to Hounslow West and from there for one stop to Hounslow Central.
I walked to the Hounslow High Street via Montague Road as I wanted to buy a 2012 diary and a new A to Z. I went to the Hounslow W H Smith as I thought I knew my way in that place and would be quick in and out. It was not to be, the shop had changed completely, neither the diaries nor the maps were anywhere near where they used to be. I was almost ready to give up (there was also no staff to help me) when I spotted the diaries and a sign pointing to the books and maps.
The next hurdle was the check out. Only one till was open and there was a long queue, but luckily while I was waiting two more tills opened. The (Asian) staff member who served me was efficient and friendly, but I do not think that being friendly is part of the company policy.
I then went by 235 bus to Isleworth, by South West trains to Clapham Junction and by Overground to Stratford (change at Willesden Junction).
On Thursday I took pictures of the Stratford High Street, Star Lane, Abbey Road and Canning Town stations on the new DLR line, now I took pictures of Stratford station platform 1 and 2, of Stratford International and West Ham station (DLR, Jubilee and C2C, there was no service on the District/Hammersmith and City lines). I met a fellow railway enthusiast and we travelled together from Stratford International to West Ham and Fenchurch Street.
From there I walked to Bank, Central Line to Ealing Common, First Great Western to Hayes & Harlington and U4 to Amrik Singh’s house.
In the evening I was in the Gurdwara from 4.45 till 6.15 pm. First I listened to a kirtan jatha of young ladies, which seems to be improving every time I hear them. They were in the 4 pm till 5 pm slot, followed by rahras and then kirtan by the Bhai Lehna Singh jatha. I am writing this on Sunday morning, tomorrow afternoon it is back to Sint-Truiden again.
DLR, Star Lane to Woolwich Arsenal or Beckton