18 Jan 2007

on the train to nowhere

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Thursday 4:41 pm 1/18/07
Originally uploaded by robinhamman.

At 11.30am today I set off from home for Manchester, a journey that should have taken around 3 hours and 20 minutes including an hour long connection.

At 4.30pm I arrived at Birmingham which is 90 miles south of Manchester and not even on the same railway line. The cause? Wind has wrecked havoc across England today causing severe disruption to the transportation network, damage to several train stations and seven deaths.

I never did make it to the BBC Manchester blogging workshop Richard Fair and I had organised for this evening but at around 6.30pm I did manage to find a train – the first and only one I’d heard announced in the two hours I spent at Birmingham New Street station – heading south.

My apologies to anyone who went along to the Blogging workshop and were disappointed that I couldn’t make it. I really wanted to be there and had all sorts of great screenshots, websites, sample blogs and other stuff to show you. Hopefully we can do it again very soon.

Some of my photos have been used by BBC Birmingham and I also found myself being interviewed for use online and on Radio WM as I stood and waited for a train back home.

You’ll find the photos here.

Update: I arrived home at about 21.45. Richard Fair has posted about the blogging workshop that I missed and I’ve uploaded a podcast I made on the train towards the end of my hellish journey to nowhere.

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With over 13 years of professional experience in the digital and social media industry, and a client portfolio that includes some of the World's most recognisable brands and organisations, I've built a reputation internationally as a leading practitioner in the industry.


  • By Craig McGinty / 18 Jan 2007 /

    Hi Robin
    I couldn’t even get to the BBC event from about 10 miles south of Manchester.
    If we are going to have more crazy weather thanks to this global warming stuff, then the UK better work out how to handle it better.
    Ah well, already looking forward to Manchester BBC Blog workshop 2.0 ;-)
    All the best

  • By Alan Connor / 19 Jan 2007 /

    I had almost exactly the same journey in totally clement weather once. I feel your pain.

  • By Robin Hamman / 19 Jan 2007 /

    Hi Craig – I’m hoping we can get a date pinned down for sometime in the next two weeks to have the session that was originally planned. It does sound like the few people who could make it last night and Richard Fair had a nice evening anyway.
    Alan – Hi! I wondered where you’d got to. It would seem that, yesterday at least, the answer to that question is a resounding nowhere. Drop by and say hello sometime if you’re ever in West London.

About Robin Hamman

I've been helping some of the World's most widely recognised brands and organisations devise and implement strategic digital and social media programmes since 1999.

I'm currently the EMEA Digital Network Lead at Fleishman Hillard. I've previously held a variety of roles including Managing Director of Dachis Group Europe, Director of Digital at Edelman, Head of Social Media at Headshift, Acting Editor of the BBC Blogs and Executive Producer at ITV.

In addition to my day job, I help my wife run an online retail business selling wool blankets - if you're feeling chilly, check out JustSheep.co.uk

I hold a BA in Education, MA in Sociology, MPhil in Communication Studies and a PgDip in Law. I've also been a Non-Residential Fellow at Stanford University Law School and a Visiting Fellow of Journalism at City University, London.

Why cybersoc.com? In 1995, I tried to register, for the purposes of researching "ordinary users", the username Cybersociologist on AOL. They truncated my name and I stuck with it....

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