2017-05-14 22:21:02 UTC
Today is my birthday. It's a long time since I have looked forward to a birthday, over fifty years, I remember hating birthday parties up to my last one when I was six. When I was seven they decided that I was old enough to decide for myself that I didn't want one.
This year however I have actually been looking forward to my birthday, and the most useful and valuable birthday present that I have ever received, the 60+ London Oyster photocard.
Remarkably it's valid on national rail services after 9:30 on Monday to Friday, with no evening peak restriction as far as I can tell, and on most other public transport networks in London at any time.
I lost out in my younger days, having to pay full fares from age 14; no student discounts etc in those days.
Decided to go for a ride this afternoon; this is where I went:
405 bus from Coulsdon to West Croydon
Train from West Croydon to London Bridge
Jubilee Line from London Bridge to Stratford
DLR from Stratford to Cutty Sark
368 Bus from Greenwich to Woolwich
54 bus from Woolwich to Elmers End
Intended to catch the tram from Elmers End to East Croydon but it's not running today, so had to use the replacement bus to East Croydon
Train from East Croydon to Coulsdon Town
Does anyone else remember what they did with one of these on their first day?