There aren’t many benefits to commuting to London for work.
I’ve made no bones about the fact I can’t stand the travel. In fact I think that over the years it’s made me a little crazy.
I’m not one of those people who can sleep on the train, or do some work – the motion and staring at a computer screen make me sick. Trust me, I’ve tried it.
So the journey to and from London is simply wasted hours, but I think I’ve found a use for it now!
You see I’m back at ITN, this time working for the commercials department. Oh yes, I’m making commercials for ITV News At 10 for one of their clients.
I have to say it’s out of my comfort zone and it’s been a challenge to get into the mind-set of what a corporate client wants.
I’m used to making light and fluffy programmes, but I’m enjoying learning new things.
What I’m not enjoying, however, is the long, tedious journey to Waterloo every day, which has been made even worse by the constant train delays.
Back in the day I used to work for South West Trains at the maintenance depot in Fratton and it was a job I loved and understood.
In fact I’d even go as far as saying I was empathetic to the constant issues that the train companies and their staff have to put up with on a daily basis.
But now it’s turned around somewhat and the boot is on the other foot, I’m starting to lose patience with the constant ‘signalling problems’.
It was so bad that not a single day last week did I get into London before 10am.
Now bear in mind that they charge you peak fare for getting into London before 10am and yet I never arrived then!
One of the days caused me so many problems I didn’t get to work until almost 11am having been re-routed via Basingstoke – that’s in the complete opposite direction.
Now I said earlier I think it’s driving me a little crazy and I genuinely believe that’s true.
I was getting so bored and fed up of staring out of the window that I started doing tricep dips on the seat. Who on earth does that? Either our upcoming wedding is causing me to go mad, or the journey really has got to me!