Sunday Musings #98

Only dead fish go with the flow.

– Andy Hunt


A little encouragement for those of you who, like me, always seem to be going in the opposite direction to everyone else. Rather that than go belly up!


One time I particularly remember was arriving at Nottingham train station, where I’d never been before. They were renovating the whole station, so things were all over the place. I had a back pack and small case on wheels. Off I went, carrying my bags up some steep steps and so onto the walkway over the tracks towards the Exit.

As I got up there, suddenly it seemed that the whole of Nottingham was advancing towards me. I soldiered bravely on, following the Exit signs I could see high up at the end of the passageway.

People were bashing into me, How Rude! But I held my ground.

Finally, the mob dissipated and I went down the steps alone. There I was wandering around a platform looking for the exit. A man and boy sitting on a bench waiting for a train had no idea where the exit was either.

Nonplussed, I went back up the stairs (carrying heavy bags) and into the passageway again.

This time, because it was empty, I could see signs stuck all along the walls, directing you to their new Temporary Exit.

In their wisdom, all these signs were placed at waist height; which meant that when the mob thronged through the passage, not one sign was visible.

Eventually, I found my way out to the Temporary Exit, with one novel thought:

Perhaps, sometimes, it is better to go with the flow!



27 thoughts on “Sunday Musings #98

  1. annabelletroy

    I get lost everywhere, including train stations, and find that the most ordinary events can have a Wonderland-like sheen. But I am definitely a live fish, no floating around for me! Guess it can make life exciting, if frustrating and/or absurd…

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      I hear you. You just reminded me of all those Sundays I’d take the slow train back to Manchester – 4 hours to do a journey of 75 mins by car – and then to my freezing attic bedsit!
      Those were the days! πŸ˜€

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      1. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy

        And I really didn’t mind back then, either – I mean, I didn’t like dragging my stuff around and I would have preferred the shorter journey, but I still lugged everything from train to bus to train to bus. If you made me do that today…well, I probably would never go anywhere!

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  2. quiall

    You are absolutely right . . sometimes! It is rather nice to buck tradition and go it alone. However it can get crowded again when everyone else decides you were right!

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  3. colinandray

    British Railways experiences were (for me) usually frustrating at the time, but entertaining much later and would make good short stories. Hmmmm…. I could write quite a few short stories about BR in the 60’s – 80’s! πŸ™‚

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      haha I thought they were! – Actually, I just assumed they were all going for a train and not the Exit. I generally assume I am Right regardless of the mob! But at least I won’t be mistaken for a dead fish!! πŸ˜€

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