I like that Twitter Blue is just all the bugs they should have patched out years ago, but for a small monthly fee.
And that the "undo" feature isn't so much an "undo" as a deadman's switch for drunk tweeting.
Coupled with what is essentially a promise to stop fucking with your timeline. Maybe. Probably. In return for a reasonable protection payment.
Of course my real anger will come when they use this as an excuse to finally kill off Tweetdeck. Which (particularly with Better TweetDeck installed) basically does EVERYTHING Twitter Blue promises to do. For free.

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6 Jun
As a Labour Party member I very much wish that BOTH Jeremy Corbyn and Tony Blair would fuck off out of the public discourse.
Being in Labour is like your mum got divorced twice, but both exs keep showing up at family BBQs.

You don't invite them but SOMEONE in the family keeps leaking the date.

"Tony's turned up. His Mercs blocking the street"

"Jez is making a scene cos the potato salad isn't vegan"
Meanwhile Gordon, who she dated for a bit between them and you kinda liked, always politely turns down your invites because he "doesn't want to cause a scene"

Which is a shame, because that one time he DID turn up he brought an absolute STACK of burgers from a proper butcher.
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2 Jun
Like the DLR, the Victoria Line has grandfathered rights for its CURRENT setup.

ORR have consistently told TfL that alteration to the operational model of either line would require them to resubmit their ROGS HSMS.

ORR have said that PEDs/PED equiv would be required for cert.
And, for those thinking:

"ah but could they come up with a way of staying just the right side of requiring a safety recertification?"

I refer you to my article on the 737 MAX and how much of a not good idea that approach turned out to be there. garius.medium.com/twelve-minutes…
It is worth noting, of course, that the Victoria Line is the ONLY Tube Line where a train has EVER successfully operated at GoA 4.

But it wasn't deliberate.

And TfL don't like to talk about it. 😆
Read 4 tweets
1 Jun
BTW, if you're wondering what the real price attached to this current TfL settlement by the government is, then a big part of it is killing off TfL/SK's efforts to increase the social housing stock in London.

That's how vindictive this government is.
TfL Business Plans are, essentially, one of the few real things over which the Mayor of London has near-absolute control.

i.e where he gets to set policy as he likes AND wield TfL's significant budget, fund raising and market pressure to facilitate meaningful change.
Both this settlement and the one before it are really about clipping that power and forcing the DfT (for which read 'Cabinet Minister') into the TfL planning and budgeting process.
Read 7 tweets
1 Jun
Not a silly question, but one that isn't necessarily immediately obvious.

Firstly, because the doors are in different places. That brings all sorts of problems - because where do you put the PEDs, and how do you get them to open in a way that doesn't interfere with boarding? /1
Secondly, because your carriages will be designed differently and because some of them will be designed for use WITH PEDs and others not.

Is the gap between door and platform too wide? Can you retrofit the sensors necessary to line doors up?
Thirdly, passengers move through trains and platforms differently on busy stations with PEDs. Pop down the Canary Wharf Jubbly platforms to see this in action.

People queue!

But how do you handle/help them navigate when it's not obvious which PEDs will open or not?
Read 4 tweets
1 Jun
Remember this every time Shapps/Boris make a BIG SIGHING NOISE about funding TfL in the pandemic:

1) The gov DEMANDED TfL be funded by fare revenue. Boris agreed as Mayor
2) The gov DEMANDED full service patterns rn
3) They've given MORE cash to regional rail with no conditions.
So if you're outside London, thinking "well this is just bloody London getting more money than the rest of us yet again."


You know how they're fucking the northern cities? They're doing it to London, too.
And that's the ENTIRE reason they push this narrative

Because they want you to think of us as "them." Their absolute worst case nightmare is people in Manchester, or Blackburn or in any of the other cities they're fucking realising that London isn't your enemy. We're your ally.
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30 May
There are a LOT of people discovering right now that English Catholicism has a habit of quietly ignoring the crappy bits of the rules when nobody is watching.

Not as much as it should, because it depends on how decent the priest is, but more than most realise.
Having the medieval version of Boris Johnson do a Brexit on your churches tends to leave you somewhat pragmatic about how you practice your faith.
Bluntly: I've been in Anglican churches that are more "Catholic" than most Catholic masses I've been in, in England, during my life.

As a kid, most of the chats I had with my local priest were when he was out in the car park fixing his motorbike and we cycled past to the park.
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