on the train to nowhere

By on Jan 18, 2007 in BBC, citizen journalism, conferences/events, journalism | 3 comments

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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.