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Posted by The Weeder (# 11321) on :
 
Chorister has graciously agreed that it is time to play The Grand Game again.

So, to take off, I will head for

Temple

That gives endless options for players of all skill levels.

[ 13. February 2013, 04:30: Message buggered about with by: Ariston ]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Euston Square. If we're playing the new Dronfield Variations that should require some innovative shunting patterns around the Heathrow area to avoid putting the deep-level lines in Nidd.

[ 07. November 2012, 21:29: Message edited by: Karl: Liberal Backslider ]
 
Posted by The Weeder (# 11321) on :
 
Sorry, I should have thought.

New Dronfield Variations it is!
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Still your move...
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
May I, as per the 1955 Amendment to the "Piglet follows the Weeder" Convention (1549), be permitted to take her move as it's the middle of the night on her side of the Pond? If so, then I suggest St. James's Park.
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
That's a tricky one, piglet - I think it will have to to be

South Ealing
 
Posted by Latchkey Kid (# 12444) on :
 
I haven't caught up with the New Dronfield convention so I hope I am playing safe with

Ealing Common
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Stonebridge Park

Which I think puts anything south of the river in spoon.
 
Posted by The Weeder (# 11321) on :
 
It does. But I think
West Brompton
will get us on the move.

Over to you, Piglet?
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Sorry Weeder. These bilateral splits are always tricky aren't they? You know that feeling, like the one you get in chess when your opponent makes exactly the move you thought you wanted them to, until they make it and then you spot that innocent looking bishop.

Before making my move, it's probably worth getting a defence in first, because I know that the Leamington Spa Symposium fundamentalists are going to try to push their agenda here, as they always do in these circumstances. And let me remind you that poor Albert Pestlethwaite, formally Grand Master of the Coal Aston Crescentites, is still unable to cope even with news reports regarding the London Underground, and indeed experiences palpitations every time he feels the rumble of a Cross Country Train running through the tunnel to Sheffield, all as a result of the ridiculous four year campaign waged by the Leamington Spa faction to overturn the results of the Unstone and Sheepbridge regional finals in 1992 - a disgraceful episode for which I'm sure that those responsible all feel great shame, and which we do not want to rehearse here, except to remind everyone that the Bolsover Ruling was that reverse shunts involving stations in Spoon are wild.

So, bearing that in mind (and people to whom the italics are addressed know who they are)

Mudchute
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
But, you have to ask yourself, does that all apply within the scope of the Dronfield Variations?

Well, does it*?

Meanwhile I think we'll head off to

Epping


*I am thinking that this could go all the way to High Court.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Welease Woderwick:
But, you have to ask yourself, does that all apply within the scope of the Dronfield Variations?

Well, does it*?

Meanwhile I think we'll head off to

Epping


*I am thinking that this could go all the way to High Court.

I think, sir, that if you are going to try the Leamington Spa nonsense here, we'd be better off discussing it in the Hot Place.

Goodge Street

As you know, and choose to conveniently forget, the Dronfield Variations are completely independent of the Leamington Spa Schism, and occurred before that particular shameful incident burst onto our screens. As was pointed out at the time that the Leamington Spa Mafia started bleating their nonsense, the adoption of their ridiculous ideas would lead to reverse shunts losing their entire raison d'etre outside the very lowest levels of the game. We thought we meant "easiest", but it turns out that the change was supported by the "lowest" levels of the game in more ways than one.

This should be all ancient history by now, and would be, were it not for the wooden-brained bleating from some die-hard idiots who neither understood the implications of their proposed revisions, nor cared sufficiently for the game to understand their ramifications.

It's hardly surprising that some of us feel very strongly about this, especially those of us with ties to the Coal Aston Crescentites, as alluded to earlier.

Your move.

[ 08. November 2012, 13:17: Message edited by: Karl: Liberal Backslider ]
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
I thought the Coal Aston Crescentites lost all credibility after Boris became Mayor, but perhaps I am mistaken - that happened once before, I think it was 1973.

Chalfont & Latimer

[Big Grin]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Welease Woderwick:
I thought the Coal Aston Crescentites lost all credibility after Boris became Mayor, but perhaps I am mistaken - that happened once before, I think it was 1973.

Chalfont & Latimer

[Big Grin]

They dropped out of national competitions after the aforementioned incident out of respect for their most respected member. But remember they were the victims in all this.

Their leading lights play for Jordanthorpe and Batemoor now; there was a lot of fuss about this at the time as of course Dronfield and Newbold wanted them; lots of talk about "crossing the border" - you know how MCites feel about the importance of regional boundaries. Then of course it turned out that one of them lived in Halfway anyway, and not Highlane as he'd previously claimed; it turned out to be his girlfriend's mother's address. Now that did go all the way up and the stink has never quite left the area. Which is all a great shame, because the CAC was the home of some particularly good grass-roots MC, the sort we need to encourage, and not the corporate branded formulaic play being lauded by the fellow travellers of the Leamington Spa Faction.

And with that:

Kings Cross St Pancras - which should put everyone west of Earl's Court in Nidd for a turn.

[ 08. November 2012, 14:13: Message edited by: Karl: Liberal Backslider ]
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
I see your Nidd and raise you a

Hainault
 
Posted by The Weeder (# 11321) on :
 
Please do not let Chorister regret allowing us another run at The Great Game.

Lines must be drawn in all sorts of places, and hurt feelings overcome. So let us all pull ourselves together, and make a gentle shunt to

Temple

close by the Court of Chancery, to remind us that we do NOT want opposing views to end up where they did in 1881! So lets play nicely, please.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by kingsfold:
I see your Nidd and raise you a

Hainault

I think I can see what you're trying to do. That play's been popular the last few weeks; I suspect that the online availability of live feeds of the Rotherham Finals earlier in the Summer have something to do with it; as you will recall it was the strategy used by M. Indthegap to devestating effect.

I'm not sure that the defence to it presented by the MC Digest is that inpenetrable either; their recommendation would be to play something like Mudchute at this point, but I'm unconvinced, because it only takes someone to trigger a three-way split on the northbound suburban lines and we're in for a protracted period of play where it'll be more luck than good play that lets someone race towards the Northern Line.

Hence I'm going to cut through all that and play

Dollis Hill

Groan all you like!
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Well, that has ruined my rather clever diagonal through Caledonian Road and I'm not sure I'll ever get the chance to play it again, Dronfield or no Dronfield.

[Waterworks]

Dollis Hill
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Morden

[Keeps quiet to see if anyone can work out how to break the DH loop; no, it's nothing to do with Peak Hours reverse shunts]
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
You're both trying to be far too clever, and over-analyse and second-guess all this. I defy anyone to read my mind - heck, most of the time I don't even know what's in there.

And with that, I think we should make a move to

Goldhawk Rd
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Dollis Hill

Good try though. I don't think any attempts at shunts, reverse or otherwise, can break it in this situstion.

Except... [checks Little Book of Mornington Crescent] - yes, might try that next go, what with a semi-Spoon over... yes... that might just work...

[Snigger]
 
Posted by orfeo (# 13878) on :
 
Oh Golly. I haven't played in a while. In fact I only got introduced to the game a couple of years back on the Ship.

I certainly haven't kept up with all these bloody factions you're all talking about. I don't know, why can't people just stick with the central Rules Committeee and not form splinter groups every time they happen to dislike a particular decision. I mean, was there really anything in that Leamington Spa business worth all the fuss?

As a rank amateur I shall probably stick to fairly traditional moves, but if I show any signs of innovative brilliance it will probably be that kind of 'beginner's luck' where you don't understand enough of what you're doing to REALISE that you're being unorthodox.

And with that I think my best bet is Hyde Park Corner
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Thank goodness for that. I think we should move swiftly onwards to Mudchute before Karl starts spooning again.

Sorry: semi-Spooning

[ 08. November 2012, 15:09: Message edited by: kingsfold ]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Mornington Crescent!

[Big Grin]
 
Posted by Ceannaideach (# 12007) on :
 
I remember the Leamington Spa business all too well and found myself siding with the more liberal adherents of the Warwick Parkway amendment. With that and the Whovian addition to the Dronfield Variation in mind:

Perivale
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Humph - ruling - does my winning move still stand if cross-posted with a blocking move?

The rules on internet play have never been properly sorted out out. That makes the whole Leamington Spa business and the Coal Aston Fallout look like a pleasant disagreement over a pint.
 
Posted by Ceannaideach (# 12007) on :
 
Ah well you buzzed in first so to speak.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Let's take your Perivale as the start of the new round.
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
Official Ruling:
If we're on the first page, one can only move to MC if backed up with extreme cleverness. However, since it's morning and my standards are low, the ruling on the field stands. The blocking move was invalid, and, therefore, we will reset to the neutral site of Charing Cross

Well done!
 
Posted by Ceannaideach (# 12007) on :
 
If we're going with neutral then:

Swiss Cottage
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Very neutral. I like it. But we can't stay there, so I propose we aim for

South Harrow
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
As a complete newbie, who has only read the basic rules and not all this amendment nonsense, I'm going to plump for


Turnham Green

[ 08. November 2012, 19:08: Message edited by: Starbug ]
 
Posted by orfeo (# 13878) on :
 
It's damn hard to stop someone from spooning if they've really got it into their heads that they want to.

Hackney Wick
 
Posted by Latchkey Kid (# 12444) on :
 
That gets me between my old school and my old home

Canons Park
 
Posted by orfeo (# 13878) on :
 
DOH! How did I NOT see that move coming?

I don't know, need my brain checked or something. Next thing you know I'll be bringing the Piccadilly Line into play without guarding against putting the entire eastern half in Nidd.

With that in mind, let's hope this isn't foolish...

Pudding Mill Lane
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Which leads me, very nicely I might add, to

Fenchurch Street
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
EEEEHHHHHH!!! No underground station of that name! Invalid move! Reset to Dollis Hill!
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Nononononono! Not D***** H***!

Anyway, is there really anything in The Rules that precludes the playing of a station whose whereabouts* are a bit dubious? Where's Baptist Trainfan when we need him?

Meanwhile, I propose a gentle stroll over to Hammersmith.

* Unless we're playing the Monopoly (Straying into the Wrong Game) Variant, of course. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
Not good enough. Dollis Hill
 
Posted by Latchkey Kid (# 12444) on :
 
Harrow and Wealdstone of course.
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
Nope. Dollis Hill
 
Posted by orfeo (# 13878) on :
 
Why the blazes are we spending so much time at Dollis Hill? I mean, I get that it prevents a reverse shunt on the Circle or District line, but is it really worth it? It leaves you open to all sorts of other troublesome moves.

For instance: Brent Cross
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Fenchurch Street is a mainline station and is thus allowable since, I think, the 1927 revision. The Blessed Humph, who wrote the yearbooks for several centuries, was also known to allow, on occasion, places only reachable by bus!

Seven Sisters
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Welease Woderwick:
Fenchurch Street is a mainline station and is thus allowable since, I think, the 1927 revision. The Blessed Humph, who wrote the yearbooks for several centuries, was also known to allow, on occasion, places only reachable by bus!

Seven Sisters

That opens things up a bit. Rather a lot, actually. The Nomenclature Similitude rule now allows me to go to Pevensey and Westham

With a weekend just coming, I suspect that going will be slow now. Consequently the Weekend Engineering Works rule applies, which puts a Turnstile Spoon on mainline/underground interchanges within Zone 3.

I'm also hoping that this play will deter some of the Leamington Spa crowd (sorry to raise them again, but so much of the bickering we inevitably get these days derives from their activities) from trying to ruff the diagonals with a three carriage trump suit, thus clogging the entire southern region and forcing the sort of dire stalemate that leaves one wishing for a good honest Dollis Hill loop. Frankly, if the modern game descends to those levels then I may have to just dust off my tiddly-winks in search of a more challenging and mature option.

Which would be very sad. Humph must be spinning in his grave. What the people who played with little more than a knowledge of roughly where the carts went in the 17th century would think I really don't know.
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
You've got an attack of the verbose again, haven't you Karl? I can't be doing with all this obsession with the Leamington Spa Mafia, so am going to play

Elephant & Castle

(yes, it's the one in the corner)
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by kingsfold:
You've got an attack of the verbose again, haven't you Karl? I can't be doing with all this obsession with the Leamington Spa Mafia, so am going to play

Elephant & Castle

(yes, it's the one in the corner)

I wouldn't want any smart-arse rules lawyer to try to challenge a move taking place now in a couple of hours when I^hsomeone reaches Mornington Crescent. Some people, unfortunately, are rather into post-mortem pleading, and the confusion brought into the rules by certain people (and they know who they are*) only exacerbates this trend. Hence clarification as I go, where I think this scenario is likely.

I don't think that any of us want, by losing a little in game discussion and clarification, to see a repeat of the 2009 Ashover and Clay Cross regional finals, where George Two-Cylinders won after just three minutes with a blinding in-Nidd** diagonal ruff on Zone 1, but the arguments and attempts to have him stripped of his triumph went on for four hours, and even longer in some pubs. You do know that there are still three pubs in Alfreton where away MC supporters are still banned during competitions, as a result of one regular gnawing his own arm off in frustration. The Olde Oake's pub cat is still unwilling to come down from the pelmet in the snug, and has to be fed on the end of a long pole.

Moving on, with the Nomenclature Similitude rule still applicable, I think I can safely move to Gormenghast

[checks surrounding hexes before taking finger off counter]

Yes. Gormenghast it is.

*Except the Leamington Spa lot, who need it spelling out, it seems.

**It was his opponent's own fault. There are pub and club players up and down the land who couldn't believe he tried to set up a three way vortex with commuter lines wild and Picadilly trumps.
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
As far as I can see from perusing SEVERAL editions of the rules, going back as far as The Jubilee Edition of 1897, is that the only incontrovertibly allowable play after Gormengast is

Kensington Olympia

Under those conditions I presume it allowable on a Friday.
 
Posted by Imaginary Friend (# 186) on :
 
KLB, songs have been written about that game. I won't repeat them here because they involve some decidedly un-Circus-like words, but suffice it to say that day will live in infamy for a long time.

Wodders seems to have blocked any possible movement on the Northern Line (deliberate or not, I don't know) so I shall have to start out at

Heathrow Terminal 4
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
In honour of Melanie "Mad Mel" Philips' latest and finest manure-spraying effort on her blog (I do wonder when she's going to come out as an undercover Trotskyite) I'm going to plump for Barking

I'm not sure all movement on the Northern Line is blocked. I've had a quick dig around, even consulting the Jubilee Line Book of the Dead, or the timetable as it's also known, and I think it would be possible to sail between the Scylla of a Spooned Zone 1 and the Charybdis of a completely fouled Northern Line, but it would only take one person not on the ball to mess it up and start another D..... H... loop.

The problem here is of course that outstanding ruling regarding reverse shunts after fantasy stations have been called. Certainly Ankh Morpork Central and Lancre Parkway are in Nidd, but Minas Tirith High Level and Osgiliath Interchange would be possible plays, but I think the Reality Re-entry point might turn out to be somewhere on the Paris Metro. Do we want to go there? I believe the interim ruling on the above issue would point to the Mid-Wales line being safer if this happens. Of course, the interim ruling was made at the Llanuwchlyn and Bala convention, so make of that what you will.
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
Having finally managed to purchase a copy of the 1923 Amendment to the Lesser Certified Rule Book (Birkenhead Edition) on a well-known retail website*, I propose a move to the definitely non-fictional station of


Ellesmere Port.


*other Jersey-based booksellers with dubious tax arrangements are available.
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
Well, if were playing by those rules (really, K:LB, don't you know that extensive verbosity only gives rules lawyers ideas?), then may I suggest Penge East? In fact, I suggest it so strongly, I think I'm going to move us all there!
 
Posted by The Weeder (# 11321) on :
 
When I asked Chorister if we could play The Great Game again, I did not know what I was letting us all in for. It seems the pent up frustration of the past months has led to something deeply strange in the Zeitgeist.
Lets all try to calm oursrlves, and take a safe move to

Baker Strret

And yes, it IS permitted!
 
Posted by Imaginary Friend (# 186) on :
 
In that case, I'll play a reverse shunt back to reality and

Baker Street.
 
Posted by alienfromzog (# 5327) on :
 
I know I'm joining late but that's often an advantage...

I think I'll play Clapham Common


I know, I know, South of the River but I have a cunning plan... [Biased]

AFZ
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
Thank you, Baldrick. You've just set me up to take the Thames Roundabout Tri-Forked Express to Kew Gardens.
 
Posted by alienfromzog (# 5327) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Ariston:
Thank you, Baldrick. You've just set me up to take the Thames Roundabout Tri-Forked Express to Kew Gardens.

Bollocks. Was hoping no one would see that. I was straight in otherwise.

Continuing my southern strategy;

Wimbledon Park

AFZ
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
This reminds me of a funny story, if you'll indulge me for a moment. It was during the 2005 finals which were held, if you recall, in the grounds of Hardwick Hall. Well, there was a beer festival going on at the same time in Bolsover, so naturally the level of oiling was higher than even is normal in professional MC circles, and there'd been a bit of obvious joking regarding moves to Tacton Own and Krings Coss St Pancreas and questions about splitting moves for "comfort breaks" and so on. Now, Tina Icket-Spleez was really cracking on, with a double diagonal reverse shunt move that had put everyone else in the marquee in Nidd, and really everyone thought it was all over. At that point, however, a sheep which had got out of a nearby field wondered in just as she was making a move to the aforementioned Kings Cross St Pancras. It bleated just as she started, the judge heard "Baa - King", and before poor Tina could do anything about it, the next player saw his chance and ran straight for Dollis Hill. Naturally enough the obvious scenario played out and he won, effectively denying Tina her well deserved win, because as you can imagine had she been given her move as she intended, her move to MC and mate in three moves was inevitable.

Which is a long way of saying Kings Cross St Pancras

The one in the Philip Pullman His Dark Materials universe, that is.

[Snigger] [Snigger] [Snigger]
 
Posted by alienfromzog (# 5327) on :
 
Nice move Karl.

As everyone knows, KKStP is always a strong move. However since 2005, Prof M. Halbmond in his seminal work published in 2008 demonstrated that there are actually two escapes from was this trap. (Which is of course properly called the Atlee trap as he used it in the one and only competitive match he played but since 2005 has been commonly called the Shepherd's Crook in reference to the story that Matt so wonderfully recalled for us).

The first escape is easy if we're playing DLR stations. I have to confess that I missed the pre-match briefing so I'm not sure if Dockland's stations are allowed. So, playing safe I will take

Hatch End

(Easy to remember as the hatch allows you to escape the Atlee trap... [Biased] )

AFZ
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
I hoped that would happen. Since we've not apparently returned to this world, I can play

Svalbard

Polar Bears are wild, but balloons in Nidd. Of course any cross-world travel depends on Dust conditions but of course all regular zeppelin routes are Flush.
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Which must, I think, bring us all [and our daemons] to

Cambridge
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
Um, that was Oxford, you filthy Tab. For violating that, we've reset once again to a neutral site which . . . great. Just Great. We're still on a Pullman in Pullman. This is a spectre I wasn't counting on. Way to twist the knife, man.
Cittàgazze
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
[Snigger]

Gare du Nord
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
Hmmm . . . well, if we've escaped that little predicament, how about Abbesses? Anyone know where I can find a good Mâcon around there?
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
There's a very good wine shop in Colchester.

Just trying to be helpful.
 
Posted by Elemental (# 17407) on :
 
Colchester You're playing Colchester????

Gods, you've got some chutzpah. You know that that opens up the Gidson variant. That moves all the goalposts.

With that in mind, I'll take the slide rule, and my move (challenge if you dare) is definitely Morden . Note the Gidson variant junction puts the rest of the South in Nidd.

Follow that, Mr Colchester.
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Leyton Midland Road

[Big Grin]
 
Posted by Firenze (# 619) on :
 
(Of course, the moment has passed, but why no one played Hilversum Noord while they were on their cross-Channel excursion, I will never know. It's as if the Vlissingen Concordat never happened.)
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Well, to compensate and in honour of the political events in the Lost Colonies this last week and in line with the Yalta Accord [MC] of 1945 I suggest we go to

Maryland
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
Hmmm. This is a little left-field, but after some consideration, I'm going to try the old 'Dave Lister' ploy from Red Dwarf. By my calculations (which are admittedly a little rusty as it's some time since I was last in hyperspace), this should land us somewhere around


Ganymede Central
 
Posted by claret10 (# 16341) on :
 
Well as we're heading in that direction and i'm feeling a little peckish, I think we should pop into a favourite restaurant of mine. I'm sure you'ld all be welcome as they serve a wide range of varying cliental.

Milliways Halt

[ 10. November 2012, 10:45: Message edited by: claret10 ]
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Coombe Junction Halt - helpful if you need the Looe.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
That's a serious five-dimensional bounce Chorister. It of course opens up all stations previously in Nidd and actually makes their mainline station termini score double under the line.

The game is now wide open isn't it? It's my fault for reminding everyone of the Hardwick Hall Baa-King incident, which of course turned on a similar fine point of the rules.

Remembering what my old Icelandic mentor, Thistreint Ermineitzír always told me:
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Rivendell Interchange

(Bet you all thought I was going to play Akureyri, didn't you?)
 
Posted by alienfromzog (# 5327) on :
 
Haha, perfect. I trust you will concede graciously my superior strategic play this time Karl?

Mornington Crescent

[Snigger]

Play again?
 
Posted by alienfromzog (# 5327) on :
 
Can I recommend to any novices wanting to play that they read this excellent work: The Little Book Of Mornington Crescent

I'm not saying that after reading it, you'll be able to compete with the likes of Karl, WW, Orfeo and me but it will definitely help.

Oh, and Convent Garden

AFZ
 
Posted by Ceannaideach (# 12007) on :
 
Aha, Ronnie Barker 1998 revisionist rules suggests a play to...

Ruislip
 
Posted by alienfromzog (# 5327) on :
 
West Ruislip
 
Posted by Ceannaideach (# 12007) on :
 
I see your ploy and a trip to

Ruislip Manor

should put a pause in that!
 
Posted by claret10 (# 16341) on :
 
So cunning but not good enough to trap me, lets see if you can get out of this one.

Mansion House
 
Posted by The Weeder (# 11321) on :
 
I am still breathless from the last game. A real tour de force, and one that should appear in the next edition of the Little Book of Mornington Crescent.

However, trying to get back to sanity, I suggest


Dollis Hill
 
Posted by jacobsen (# 14998) on :
 
Sanity is overrated. After searching the Desert Fathers and the microfiche records in the British Library, I claim the Get-out-of-London Free card, and whisk us off to West Farthing. May the Force be with us all, shipmates.

[ 10. November 2012, 18:14: Message edited by: jacobsen ]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Dollis Hill
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
Taking into account the fact that it's a weekend, there is an 'R' in the month and the mist is rising like a steaming kettle off the river Stour, I'm going to make a wild jump to


Southampton Parkway
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
Which ought to give us enough inertia to escape the Hill and make it out to, oh, Heathrow Terminal 5
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
[tangent ON]
quote:
Originally posted by Elemental:
... Follow that, Mr Colchester.

Mrs. Colchester, if you don't mind. [Big Grin]
[/tangent OFF]

Back to the game:

Aberdeen
 
Posted by Firenze (# 619) on :
 
Ah, the old Ross and Cromarty Rebound! Haven't seen one of those in years. Reminds me of the good old days of the Wanlockhead marshalling yards and the c-beams glittering in the dark on the Paisley-Barrhead line.
 
Posted by alienfromzog (# 5327) on :
 
New Cross Gate
[Big Grin]
 
Posted by Elemental (# 17407) on :
 
Point of order
When the Get out of London Free card has been played in a month with an R in it, would New Cross Gate not be under reverse shunt protection?

I contend that it is out of bounds and an illegal move.

On that basis, I take the move to Bond Street.

Tangential profound gender error apology. It was the tension of the game.
 
Posted by balaam (# 4543) on :
 
On to the nearest station to the Cenotaph for an act of remembrance.

Embankment

We will remember them.
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
This has been an interesting series of moves - how about I add a little self-advertisement

Angel
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
I'm sorry Wodders but it was irresistible:

Barking [Killing me]
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
[Big Grin]

I think that forces me to take us to

Canada Water
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
Since this would be the second stop past Barking, I think it's time for Dagenham.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Incidentally, did anyone watch last year's friendly between the Ossett Oysters and the Castleford Carriages? Always a grudge match, this one; the local press reports little else for days and BBC Radio Leeds has to stop its regular reports on who's got a glut of green tomatoes in Dewsbury and who won the "Guess the name of the teddy" competitions at church fetes at places like Morley.

Those who did watch (and I can't imagine many of the people posting here wouldn't have) will remember the blinding double-play by Theresa "Bethnal" Green against Albert "Shepherd's" Bush of Todmorden, which carved a direct line through three stations all in Spoon, ruffing the diagonals and taking MC with three overtricks, peak time only stops wild.

In a similar vein, I have no hesitation in heading straight for Revelstone. Sunbane rules apply, of course, and portals back to the real world are subject to standard Nidd rules.

[ 12. November 2012, 10:26: Message edited by: Karl: Liberal Backslider ]
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Hmm. Yes, got it...

Ardrossan South Beach
 
Posted by ken (# 2460) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by kingsfold:
Hmm. Yes, got it...

Ardrossan South Beach

I thought that was a church...

Meanwhile, back in the world of Serious Games, I returtn you to our regularly scheduled programme and to the tube map with:

Imperial Wharf

MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Ah. We have one of the Truro True Crescenters in our midst! They lost the battle long before Arthur Green Brick beat the great Rayner S Lane some fifteen years ago at the Nationals by subtly entrapping Rayner in a five-way diagonal upshift involving Quirm, Galifrey Interchange, Tharbad, Frogstar (Total Perspective Vortex) and, spectacularly, Watford Met.

So [Razz] to Ken and I shall hie me to Utumno, as much to annoy him as it being a particularly good move. It does, of course, put all Years of Sun Middle Earth locations in a vortex.
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
have to admit, I'm now in a bit of a muddle, but can I got to

Gallifrey?
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
I rather think I can help by bringing us a bit closer to home

Beta Centauri
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by kingsfold:
have to admit, I'm now in a bit of a muddle, but can I got to

Gallifrey?

You can; it's always a possible play because it links to everywhere.

Whether it's a good play is another matter. Our choice in these circumstances raises important questions.

1. Do we foresee Spooned stations being an issue on re-entry? If we do, then Galifrey can be a useful play to limit our opponents options.

2. Are commuter stations in Nidd? If they are, then perhaps Galifrey is a bad move as not only will it take some time to effect a re-entry (having to find an operation phone box, for example), which gives our opponent time to get the advantage on us, or just play for time if we currently hold the token, but on re-entry there's a considerable chance that it'll be in to D..... H... loop, which really benefits no-one unless they're playing Lewisham Hold 'em.

But to show that no set of guidelines can really cover all circumstances:

Hainault
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Ashford

[Big Grin]
 
Posted by Jonah the Whale (# 1244) on :
 
I'll admit I'm still trying to understand the rules, but are you certain that is a legal move?
 
Posted by Sioni Sais (# 5713) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Jonah the Whale:
I'll admit I'm still trying to understand the rules, but are you certain that is a legal move?

[tangent]
If you try a move that isn't legal, Chorister will probably remove/eviscerate your post.
[/tangent]
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Legality?

Well, only for ONE Ashford.

[Snigger]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Welease Woderwick:
Legality?

Well, only for ONE Ashford.

[Snigger]

But the Rhyming Rule allows me to play Newcastle-upon-Tyne and that opens up the Tyne and Wear Metro.

Can I point out that since last Summer incorporation of joint preserved/mainline stations results in a redouble. I mention it because neither Keighley nor Grosmont are that far away. As a subsidiary challenge I think it'd be fun to go through both before heading back to That Station.
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
That station?

Leamington Spa [Snigger]
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
Casting my mind back to my time at Kelsey Grammar School, I'm sure dear old Miss Fridd of the Lower Fourth taught us gels something called the Lusitania Manouver. Can't remember all the details now, but it involves Threading the jolly old Isle of Wight Needle. Which should bring us out somewhere around


Smallbrook Junction

[ 12. November 2012, 16:57: Message edited by: Starbug ]
 
Posted by alienfromzog (# 5327) on :
 
Yeah [wistful smile] I remember the first time I played when I was just a lad... My Grandfather beat me in 3 moves...(sigh)

Anyways... um... Elephant and Castle

AFZ
 
Posted by claret10 (# 16341) on :
 
Wow that must have been a very long time ago!! However reminds me of a story my grandfather once told me about Nellie who escaped, however it's a long story and it's packed at the bottom of my trunk. However I do remember it led to the joke 'How do you get an elephant on top of an oak tree?' But i'm sure you all know that one...

So lets go to

Camden Town
 
Posted by The Weeder (# 11321) on :
 
I have watched with bated breath and the help of an oxygen tent, waiting for this series of moves, which allows be to double de-track over to

Kew Gardens
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Well played, Weeder! It occurs to me that you're almost the first person since my last move to be speaking a language other than Martian.

Sticking with a vaguely horticultural theme, I think Covent Garden for a spot of lunch* wouldn't be a bad idea.

* Porter's English Restaurant - v. good fisherman's pie.
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
Fish pie always wins, piglet—always. Which means, well, it's off to the docks to find some fish. Or the wharf. How about Canary Wharf?
 
Posted by Latchkey Kid (# 12444) on :
 
Which takes me to my Great Aunt's house at

Surrey Docks

[ 13. November 2012, 03:29: Message edited by: Latchkey Kid ]
 
Posted by claret10 (# 16341) on :
 
Hmmm a cunning move, however talking of aunt's bizarrely reminds of prisons. So that leads us nicely on to

Holloway Road
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Or it would, were it not for the Wormwood Scrubs Rider which was added to the rules in the wake of the regrettable events at the Wales and West Country quarter-finals back in 1996. Sparing the details, which are well known to all players at any level, and too embarrassing to rehearse amongst non-players, suffice it to say that there are several top level players who nevertheless can't show their face in the Yeovil branch of W H Smiths ever again. The worst thing really was the spilling over of the disagreement into the evening entertainments. Morris Dancing isn't everyone's cup of tea - indeed, it's not mine; the only value I see them having is as unfailing indicator of a good real ale pub - but the fact remains that surgeons took several hours getting that bladder out, and several members of the Minehead Morris Team still jingle whenever nature calls.

Therefore

Paddington
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
Aha, the classic 'marmalade sandwich' move! I have heard mention of this in ancient manuscripts from Darkest Peru.

Notwithstanding, I think we'll take a little wander closer to the Thames. Putney Bridge sounds good.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
If I had a tail it would be wagging.

Subtle misdirection has always been key to the MC game, don't you think? How many times, especially early in our careers, do we find ourselves bearing down on an obvious diagonal only to find ourselves derailed and hurtling down the embankment, only to find our opponent grinning in the signal box?

Incidently, I recently came across a dusty box as I was clearing the attic for insulation to be installed. It was an 1850s edition of Camden Town Tollgate (also known as the Tollgates and Turnpikes Boxed Set, with full set of polyhedral dice and little ivory stagecoaches), which many will know as one of the many 19th century and earlier games which informed the Mornington Crescent Ruleset as it grew up from its humble beginnings in the trenches of the First World War, frequently mistaken by Hun Morse-Tappers for a secret British Army code.

There are some fascinating bits in there about putting Turnpikes in Nidd and spooning horses (ooer! Don't tell the vicar!) that still form part of the modern game.

For example, in this situation, playing Marble Arch
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
And thence, obviously,

Mornington Crescent [Big Grin]


And thus we start afresh with

Moor Park

[ 13. November 2012, 13:25: Message edited by: kingsfold ]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Rats. That'll teach me to ruff out the mainline interchanges during the school Autumn Term, won't it?

That makes it the third game in the series, doesn't it? Hence:

Mudchute
 
Posted by Jonah the Whale (# 1244) on :
 
That was really careless letting Kingsfold in like that [Disappointed] - I expected better of you Karl.

Anyway, I think I can play Bank at this point. I'm not aware of the third match in the series making any difference in this respect.

[Edited to embolden Bank]

[ 13. November 2012, 13:38: Message edited by: Jonah the Whale ]
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
I don't often get an opportunity like that, so I'm not complaining.

Hmm, we were at Bank. I think we therefore need to head out to Turnham Green
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by kingsfold:
I don't often get an opportunity like that, so I'm not complaining.

Hmm, we were at Bank. I think we therefore need to head out to Turnham Green

You can turn 'em any colour you like, but that's still an open invitation to send everyone around the houses via Thurso
 
Posted by Latchkey Kid (# 12444) on :
 
If we're playing like this then we can't avoid
Liverpool Lime Street
 
Posted by alienfromzog (# 5327) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Latchkey Kid:
If we're playing like this then we can't avoid
Liverpool Lime Street

Well, that makes things interesting... It will have to be Oxford Circus seeing as we are playing the famous City Stratagem.*

AFZ

*As Everybody knows the City Stratagem involves skipping through London underground stations named for other places... Leicester Square, Oxford Circus etc. However Waterloo is NOT allowed as, whilst it is indeed a place, it was named for a battle and not for the place... Now, to escape the city stratagem and open up the 3 move win one of course needs to play.... [Hot and Hormonal] Sorry nearly gave the whole thing away then, and I know experienced players would not forgive me for making it so easy for novices... [Biased]
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
In the words of the late, great Eric Morecambe,


*cough* Arsenal! *cough*. [Snigger]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Are we playing MC or a game loosely based thereon?

Can anyone else recall all the "Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells" letters in the Torygraph a couple of years ago as a result of This Sort Of Thing in the 2006 "Battle of Hastings" finals down in East Sussex?

Come to think of it, creating a few red-faced Major Misunderstanding type characters exploding onto the pages of that blue-rinse rag is actually quite appealing, so perhaps we should try for an aneurysm.

Waunfawr

That'll annoy the hell out of them!
 
Posted by Latchkey Kid (# 12444) on :
 
Belmont

might calm us all down.
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
I observe that LK has introduced a little-known but nonetheless useful gambit - the Hymn Tune Option (1728)* - which obviously leads us to Kilmarnock.

* I know this puts Scottish players at an advantage, and frankly, I don't care. [Devil]

Over to you, Kingsfold. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Latchkey Kid (# 12444) on :
 
Can Kingsfold find Mornington Crescent?
None of the moves I see get us any nearer than

Rugby
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
LK - you could have had a quick victory there; there were diagonal spokes radiating from Kings Cross, which as you know enables you to rumble through north London straight to destination.

But now the spokes are all bent, like my front bike wheel when I went too fast into that underpass in May. However, that does mean I can invoke the similes rule and play

Dronfield

which is interesting, considering we're playing Dronfield variations. At this point one should pause and reflect on the heavy price paid by the Coal Aston Crescentites of recent memory for the furtherance of our noble game. Never, in the field of human gameplay, etc. etc.

Was anyone else up late last night watching Tim Brooke-Taylor and Jack Dee's documentary on the game on one of the more obscure Freeview channels? I had never quite appreciated how important seperating Nidd and Spoon in the 1950s had been to the character of MC as it's played now. The explanation of why Graeme Garden never plays stations on the District Line was illuminating; I do hope his step-uncle twice removed is eventually able to bring himself to travel by trolley-bus again in due course.
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
quote:
posted by Latchkey Kid:
Can Kingsfold find Mornington Crescent?

Oh, I can most certainly find Mornington Crescent, the only problem is that I can't play it after Karl's move...

Which leaves me in a bit of a dilemma: do I follow up on the the Hymn Tune Option (1728), thus leaving myself opens to accusations of playing fast and loose, or do I try and throw the game into Nidd and discommode the other players. Or is there a more Anglican Via Media?

So, it's going to have to be Lambeth North

[ 14. November 2012, 08:48: Message edited by: kingsfold ]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Don't we have enough religious wars of our own within MC without importing religious religious wars as well?

Of course you can't get to MC after my move; that's rather the point isn't it? I think I can see what you're doing though, and seeing as we're between the Dr Who season and the Christmas Special, it's an obvious time to play

Skaros

I saw this move played at the 70th anniversary of the Dronfield Variations symposium in Leeds some years ago. Everyone shouted "EXTERMINATE" at the tops of their voices as the Norwegian Ois Turgardt played this move.

You had to be there.
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
KLB, I find that move a bit skary ... [Eek!]

To avoid immediate extermination, I think Heathrow Terminals 1, 2 and 3 might be the safest option, but as a non-Dr. Who aficionado, I might be as wrong as a big wrong thing.
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
No, it's probably safe as a temporary measure.But I wouldn't hang about there, if I were you.

Hanger Lane on the other hand...
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
...would have been interesting last time we had a MC night down at my local pub. Actually, it was just at the point where someone made exactly this move when a Romanian chap called Pica Dilli nipped off for a call of nature. Suddenly there was a blood-curdling scream from the vicinity of the gents; investigation revealed the most bizarre freak accident involving the wind interfering with the venting in the pubs sewerage system, one of those huge round bog-roll dispensers where the end of the bog roll always disappears inside leaving you scrabbling at the razor-sharp entrance, and the contraceptive machine. Fortunately, Dilli did regain full use of all his body parts in due course. This is what happens when you're concentrating too much on the two-way diagonal reverse shunt and not enough on the task in hand. A warning to us all, but I digress.

Embankment
 
Posted by Traveller (# 1943) on :
 
Interesting events (and people) at your local, KLB, I wish mine had similar events rather than the interminable quizzes and morris dancing in the street outside.

You carefully don't let on that your Embankment move has left all stations south of the river in Spoon so any careless players could give you a free run, but we are used to such diversionary tactics by now. I was tempted by Osterley, but then remembered the Dronfield Variations could make that very tricky, so I think we have to go the other way.

Hmmm, Stepney Green, I think
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
See, I was wondering if Pica Dilli was related in any was to Pica Lilli, which would have taken the Spoon into entirely new territories. And I did therefore wonder about Baker Street or Pudding Lane (under the 1666 conflagration annotations).

But on the whole, I think Shepherd's Bush Market is probably the better play.

[ 15. November 2012, 11:15: Message edited by: kingsfold ]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
No, nor was he related to the Monopoly Pro Coach at the University of Harouanwiil Stohn, Pica Willi.

This sort of high/low playoff strategy can always be interesting. I don't know if anyone's ever played the LARP version of MC, which involves actually travelling to the stations played and having a drink at the nearest real ale pub to each, but perhaps not, since that rather unfortunate incident involving the famous Finnish pro Uppes Kaletor, who got a little bit excited about playing Stratford low level immediately after Stratford high level and very nearly ended up fricasséed on the live rail. The ban on short cuts was mistakenly taken as applying to the table-top version as well, which has severely hampered attempts to force opponents to meld out around Bank because of the arguments over misunderstandings on this point, but there you go.

Ribblehead
 
Posted by alienfromzog (# 5327) on :
 
The more I read this thread, the more I think that Karl does nothing ever in his life, other than play Mornington Crescent...

Which definitely gives him an unfair advantage. So, it's no more Mr Nice Alien; The yellow gloves are off... time for some really nasty moves.

Earls Court

Get out of that one, if you can! [Big Grin]

AFZ
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Well of course we can get out of that. It also gives me the opportunity to play

Stoneleigh which I've never been able to do before.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Nah, I just dabble. You should see the real pros; they live and breathe it. I have a few anecdotes over decades; they'd be able to reel of as much from the last few months.

Oh, and Ambergate
 
Posted by alienfromzog (# 5327) on :
 
Now, Kingsfold, you know that Earls Court to Stoneleigh was ruled Illegal by the 1987 International Mornington Crescent Reality Argument Protocols (IMCRAP) but seeing as Karl has already played...BTW Karl, your 'gifted amateur' act fools no one... so

Kings Cross / St Pancreas

AFZ
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Pawn to King's Bishop 4
 
Posted by alienfromzog (# 5327) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider:
Pawn to King's Bishop 4

Karl. No.

Just No.

No, no, no, no, no, no, no.

No.

Nein.
Non.
Hapanna.
Dim.

Just no.
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
Actually, yes. I think I can work with that, even if you can't—I'm thinking Boardwalk. AFZ—since you couldn't figure out the Multiform Ludorum Regulations, §§2718, you're going to Jail. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200.
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Bank
 
Posted by alienfromzog (# 5327) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Ariston:
Actually, yes. I think I can work with that, even if you can't—I'm thinking Boardwalk. AFZ—since you couldn't figure out the Multiform Ludorum Regulations, §§2718, you're going to Jail. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200.

[Frown] [Frown] [Frown]
 
Posted by claret10 (# 16341) on :
 
Just glancing through appendix 345z of the afore mentioned rules, (yawn) However I find at this point i am generously allowed to offer AFZ a get out of jail card and send us to

Coventry Street
 
Posted by alienfromzog (# 5327) on :
 
BTW, Kingsfold, are you playing Mornington Crescent or The Weakest Link?

AFZ
 
Posted by alienfromzog (# 5327) on :
 
Hmmm, Coventry Street...

That is (perhaps unsurprisingly) the MC equivalent of being sent to Coventry. I'm sorry if that's too literal but it is a tight spot. A difficult place from which to move.

[Paranoid]

That is indeed a fiendishly clever move - particularly masking it as you do in the cloak of generosity of getting me out of jail. So, as I sat back with my pipe and single malt scotch to consider my next move I found myself remembering one of the darkest times of my life. It was indeed the long dark night of the soul for me.

This is probably not the forum to dwell on, or try to express the anguish and soul-searching that went on that particular night. (Least I think it was night… it was certainly dark.) I found myself stumbling around in the darkness, just longing for some faint glimmer of hope. Nothing more; just a glimmer of hope. As I sat there rocking gently many voices came to me. Most of them seemed to be distant and some way off. The voices said some strange things like “What the Hell are you doing?” or “Get up here now!” I do not know if it makes any sense to try and enquire into the voices that a fractured mind hears (as indeed my mind was fractured) but they did seem to be ridiculous to me. Surely it was obvious what I was doing… I was sitting. In the dark. Similarly was ‘up’ some kind of reference to an improved mood – to maybe even happiness? If so, I would be there in a second if I only knew how. So I eventually taught myself to ignore the voices.

It was then that I finally found some hope, when I had given up believing that hope was indeed possible. A light-at-the-end-of-tunnel if you will. Strangely, I realised said light was indeed a literal light, in a literal tunnel. Of course it took me slightly too long to realise that the old maxim was right… the light at the end of the tunnel is so often the train coming towards you!

In this case, in this literal tunnel, it was – perhaps unsurprisingly, although honesty compels me to admit I was surprised – a literal train. I was truly surprised. This particular literal train was the 0538 from Nottinghill Gate.

As I frantically climbed on to the platform, somehow missing the third rail I learned what I believe to be two very valuable life lessons. Firstly – and less importantly – I learnt that NO ADMITTANCE, DANGER OF DEATH signs do actually mean ‘No admittance’ and ‘Danger of Death.’ I’m not entirely sure how it is possible to know this in advance, but it is certainly clear to me now. Secondly, and a far greater life-lesson, I also acquired some deep wisdom. As I sat there on the platform watching the on-rushing training obscuring the station signs, I realised that when faced with adversity, Bayswater is, and probably always will be, an amazing move in that greatest of games, Mornington Crescent.

AFZ
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Cast 5th Level Fireball at Troll
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Now look what you've done!

Burnt Oak
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Oh I've barely started. It's interesting though when someone opens an RPG vortex, especially when LARP is invoked. No-one who follows the professional game could possibly forget how Wim Beldon huffed his way to victory by claiming a King at Morden and roaring straight back through Zone 6.

I could play Four Clubs at this point, but instead I'll go for London Bridge

I'm sure you get the point.
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
quote:
posted by AFZ:
BTW, Kingsfold, are you playing Mornington Crescent or The Weakest Link?

Yes [Big Grin]

Anyhow, back to the game (ah yes, but which one, I hear you cry)

Dalston & Kingsland
 
Posted by Firenze (# 619) on :
 
I'm sorry, but some things just need to be said.
Kew Gardens

I know, I know. The Kleinhalter Converse. But if it was good enough for the Prince Consort, who are we to argue?
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Bit unconventional to play that this late in the game, but I think it falls on the right side of the divide between merely unconventional and ungentleman/ladily play (isn't it strange how old fashioned the required terms can be in MC?).

Of course, it means a bit of thinking to work out how to get around it. The Ruschkov Turn is clearly out of order, which leaves me with, I think, the only option being a diagonal side-shunt into Dollis Hill

Don't blame me, Firenze forced it. Who can forget the eighteen hour DH loop forced in similar manner by the Gambian challenger Sow Th'Kenzi Ngton, which of course had nothing to do with him being held down and a gallon of Hobgoblin poured over him by masked men shortly afterwards.
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
It's pay-day [Yipee] so the only logical move is Bank. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
Look, I realize that winter is coming, that we're all depressed because it gets dark at 4:30, but do we have to keep going to the Palm House? Is Kew Gardens turning into the new DH loop? I think the KG Circuit overrides the previous DHL in this case—see the Regulationae Ludorum §§10.894 if you don't believe me!

[ 16. November 2012, 02:48: Message edited by: Ariston ]
 
Posted by Latchkey Kid (# 12444) on :
 
If you are finding winter so depressing we can take our money from Bank to


Fish Market
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Well, there's always the Dulwich Drop, but do we really want to go there?

I'm aware it used to be really popular in the old days before the Earl's Court conference, but its somewhat lost its value now that commuter services running in reverse are wild on weekdays, so putting the whole of Zone 1 in Nidd if someone then goes and fills in a diagonal.

Mind you, there was that occasion branded I think on everyone's consciousness when Barry Took played it in the 2003 ISIHAC season. Stories of radios being thrown across kitchens are I think apocryphal, but certainly there were plenty of angry letters and Radio Times had to have a moratorium or there'd have been room for correspondence on little else. How things change; it's now commonplace in church halls and pub back rooms up and down the country and barely raises an eyebrow; at most you get a steely stare over a pint, although there was some ill feeling after one or two members of the Heeley and Meersbrook group felt they weren't being invited to game sessions and thought it was because of playing this move.

So it has to be:

Colonel Mustard in the Kitchen with the Lead Pipe
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
For some reason, my instinctive response to that is

Chalk Farm

I have no idea why, but I'll run with gut feel on this...

[ 16. November 2012, 13:57: Message edited by: kingsfold ]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
MC is one of the most logical games in existence. It is unambiguous, and by a combination of looking ahead and application of simple principles, it's always possible to discern the best move.

Gut feeling really has little role to play, even less than say chess. Gut feeling is for fishing. Which is why I can now play Dollis Hill once more.

And bear in mind that logical as it is, appearances can be deceiving.
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Sure, appearances can be deceiving. But we're not getting stuck in the bloody Dollis Hill loop again. Not if I can help it. So, taking a Caledonian slip we have:

Sanquhar
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Loop? What loop? I did say that appearances can be deceiving, did I not?

Mornington Crescent!
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
But you see, that gives us chance to start afresh, which is all good. Over to you...
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Ah. You threw the game on purpose. Now where have I heard that one before? Other than in the pub last Tuesday evening?

In honour of London Pride, Turnham Green.

It's the closest tube to the brewery.
 
Posted by Firenze (# 619) on :
 
Now if everyone just keeps calm and remembers to breathe, we can grow through this whole experience.

As a way of centering, can I suggest we go with

Theydon Bois
 
Posted by The Weeder (# 11321) on :
 
Remaining totally centered, I am proceeding in an orderly manner to

Bow Road
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
As I am currently residing in North Devon, I am going to shunt us all Westward Ho! to


Barnstaple
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Keeping west of the middle, how about:
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch?

That should shut KLB up for a wee while ... [Devil]

[ 17. November 2012, 01:25: Message edited by: piglet ]
 
Posted by alienfromzog (# 5327) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by piglet:
Keeping west of the middle, how about:
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch?

That should shut KLB up for a wee while ... [Devil]

Only if you're invoking rule 567 section B...
"Players may only play their move once they have verbally acknowledged the previous move"

As most players know the conventions are many and varied but often players will say:
"You play Embankment, I will therefore play Paddington" or "I see your Bank, and I raise you Leicester Square"

Two things to note at this point. By playing on line we are totally dependent on KLB's honesty that he has verbally acknowledged the previous move. I would never wish to impeach a fellow player's integrity in such a way, although as I noted in the previous game, at least 2 of his moves were clearly illegal. Secondly, there is much contention as to what 'verbal acknowledgement' actually means and for some "Clan-fair...mumble...mumble...go-go-goff" is an adequate statement.

Anyways, most of us who play regularly don't play rule 567 section B as we appreciate that our fellows can mean the genuine respect and politeness of acknowledging a previous player's move without actually verbalising it. In keeping with the letter of the law, all rules in the section 503-685 have mandatory section A and optional section B.

However, enough of this, Karl, I believe it's your move.

AFZ
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Dw i ddim siarad llawer o Gymraeg, ond dydy hynna ddim broblem ar 'nghyfer fi / I don't speak a lot of Welsh, but that is not a problem for me.

Therefore

Caerdydd/Cardiff

But anyone starting Llanfair P.G. with "Clan" can find themselves in trouble quickly. "Hlan" is closer.

[ 17. November 2012, 08:52: Message edited by: Karl: Liberal Backslider ]
 
Posted by Latchkey Kid (# 12444) on :
 
Edgware
 
Posted by alienfromzog (# 5327) on :
 
Bore da Karl. Nicely done. You're right of course but I try to be as gracious when playing this game.

High Barnet
 
Posted by Firenze (# 619) on :
 
Too easy.

Bushey
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Just has to be Island Gardens
 
Posted by The Weeder (# 11321) on :
 
Kew Gardens is not too far away. According to Stovolds Almanac, at least.
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by alienfromzog:
... for some "Clan-fair...mumble...mumble...go-go-goff" is an adequate statement ...

"Hlan-fair...mumble...mumble...go-go-goch" is about my limit, I'm afraid.

As the Weeder has just played it must be my turn, and I think St. Paul's would be quite a good idea.
 
Posted by alienfromzog (# 5327) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by piglet:
quote:
Originally posted by alienfromzog:
... for some "Clan-fair...mumble...mumble...go-go-goff" is an adequate statement ...

"Hlan-fair...mumble...mumble...go-go-goch" is about my limit, I'm afraid.

As the Weeder has just played it must be my turn, and I think St. Paul's would be quite a good idea.

Fair point, Piglet. As I tried and failed to type the last time, I try to be as gracious as possible. Either way Karl demonstrated good adherence with 567sB, even though I believe we are not playing the 503-685sB subset (see above) he didn't really need to.

Either way, moving on; Waterloo

AFZ
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Indeed; I'd play Llandudno if we were using that ruleset as it's amazing how many people pronounce it wrongly.

The game was played completely in Welsh in a number of Eisteddfodau, I remember particularly the one a few years ago (my Welsh isn't up to competing in MC in the language so I was watching the live feed in the Dysgwyr tent with subtitles) and saw a brilliant double-play which inspires me to now play Rhos Tryfan
 
Posted by Firenze (# 619) on :
 
Duw, duw, but that brings back memories. Remember those wild nights in the speakeasies of Buarth Road, playing the version banned under the Geneva Convention? The time Jones the Psychopath double shunted to Penrhyndeudraeth? You can see the marks on the ceiling yet.

For old times sake, it has to be

Blaenau ffestiniog
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
Oh dear. You know, this game would work a lot better if you could provide pronunciation keys for those of us who wish we had enough Welsh heritage to be able to pronounce any of it. Either that, or I could recruit my half-Welsh boss's boss to look at me funny and repronounce it all for me. At any rate, since I can write my answer on a little slip and hand it to someone else, how about Harlech? I know you can't get hardly anywhere from there!
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Mae Betws y Coed yn hawdd; mae hi'n Dydd Sul, 'te?

Betws y Coed is easy; it is Sunday, isn't it?

I played my first ever public match in Betws. Never mind the marks on the ceiling in Penrhyndeudraeth; my left calf will never be the same. It was a three-way, with two teams from Ystradfellte and Ty'n y Caeau; should have know that we were the sacrificial lamb. The whole incident is best left shrouded in obscurity, but I will say that Corgis have remarkably sharp teeth.
 
Posted by alienfromzog (# 5327) on :
 
I know I'm a stick-in-the-mud but I do feel Mornington Crescent belongs in London. So invoking the Rugby rule... I can locate to the station nearest to London Welsh which is of course, Richmond

Ahhhh... that's better.

AFZ
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Yes, but it's purely a stylistic preference; the rules are what they are.

Hence I can (and will) play Exeter St David's and there's not a lot you can do about it (besides the obvious, of course, but with your London-centric stylistic bias will you do it?)


[Razz]
 
Posted by alienfromzog (# 5327) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider:
Yes, but it's purely a stylistic preference; the rules are what they are.

Hence I can (and will) play Exeter St David's and there's not a lot you can do about it (besides the obvious, of course, but with your London-centric stylistic bias will you do it?)


[Razz]

I know, I know... but Kew Gardens [Biased]

AFZ
 
Posted by Firenze (# 619) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider:

Betws y Coed is easy; it is Sunday, isn't it?


Very true. And the Reverend Thomas is on the 2nd chapter of Romans after only sixteen months. And then we sing Who is this with garments gory? to Ebenezer. And so it must be
Dovey Junction
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Haha. aahaha. Ahahahaha.

Mudchute

Haha. Ahhahaha. Hahahaha.
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
That's it, we've invoked Kew Gardens enough that we've set off the Pagoda Palm House rule—immediate teleportation to Mornington Crescent, and a retirement of KG for all of the next game.

As for how I'm enforcing that, well . . . Fort Totten
 
Posted by Latchkey Kid (# 12444) on :
 
Ongar


An it's not just London, but Middlesex and Surrey at least.

[ 18. November 2012, 22:51: Message edited by: Latchkey Kid ]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Latchkey Kid:
Ongar


An it's not just London, but Middlesex and Surrey at least.

Don't open that can of worms! I narrowly escaped a three match ban on that occasion in Rutland - how the hell was I to know that the match organiser was a staunch member of the Real Counties Society or whatever they call themselves? I mean I'm all for pointing out that the West Riding traditionally ends at the Shirebrook and Meersbrook in Sheffield, but I don't, well, suffice it to say that I don't consider "Humberside" to be actual vulgarity as such.

Start as we mean to go on.

Dollis Hill
 
Posted by Latchkey Kid (# 12444) on :
 
I'm a defiant Bucker

Aylesbury

And I claim that it must be OK if it's on the Metropolitan Line, even though I remember the electric engines pulling non-motorised carriages for the through (not express) trains.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
[whistles]

Dollis Hill

[whistles]
 
Posted by Latchkey Kid (# 12444) on :
 
OK. Out of Left Field I will put my engines in the

Neasden

roundhouse, even though the turntable does not have the third and fourth lines.
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
Dollis Hill
 
Posted by Latchkey Kid (# 12444) on :
 
A gift.

Looping back to Dollis Hill three times closely spaced allows my first

Mornington Crescent

You are all so very kind.

You can start again at

Oval
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Congratulations, LK - well played! [Smile]

Noting the sporting nature of your opening move, may I suggest Upton Park?
 
Posted by Jonah the Whale (# 1244) on :
 
This is probably a bad move in terms of making any progress, but I can't resist:

Hammersmith
 
Posted by Firenze (# 619) on :
 
Practically retrograde. I suppose that means

Hanger Lane

while we wait for the weather to clear.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
LK - how sporting is it to play a move that you know would have attracted some censure if most people had been awake?

Technically legal, but, really - I know places where you could expect a bit of a frosty response when you put your order in for the next round. To be fair, perhaps standards are a little different around your neck of the woods.

New game, however, so no point crying over, well if not spilt milk, at least a bottle made to wobble menacingly.

Northern Line vulnerable; two overtricks probably available on Circle; Mainline interchanges are wild...

Croxley Green
 
Posted by Firenze (# 619) on :
 
Engineering works south of Carshalton again, I see.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
That means invoking the transport shuttlebeam via Carstairs. Or at least it does on a wet Monday in November.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Hmmm - current deep level stock is £6 rent and houses are £50 a time; cut and cover line stock is £12 and houses are £100 - so I'll roll the dice...

[roll] [roll]

8

That puts me on Jail - Just Visiting.
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Ah, the old Wrong Game ploy. That used to result in instant disqualification (and in extreme cases, sectioning under the Mental Health Act), but in these liberal, hanky-squeezing days it's become politically incorrect even to draw attention to it ...

oops ... [Hot and Hormonal]

Ah well, I suppose a trans-game move is called for:

Leicester Square

which, with judicious use of Triple Letter/Word Scores, would get about 250 points in Scrabble. [Big Grin]

[ 20. November 2012, 02:51: Message edited by: piglet ]
 
Posted by Latchkey Kid (# 12444) on :
 
Elementary. Let's go Holme to

Baker Street
 
Posted by Firenze (# 619) on :
 
You realise the Game was originally a monastic practice dating from the early 13th century? In Mornyng tyme cross cant the object was to pray the Stations of the Cross in the order prescribed by St Pancras (of Basildon, not the more famous one) while at no time traversing an imaginary line between the Holy Sepulchure in Jerusalem and the used-oxcart depot in Skelmersdale.

Only then were you allowed to eat breakfast.

That being so, it's only right to go to
Mottisfont.
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
St Albans Abbey
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Firenze:
You realise the Game was originally a monastic practice dating from the early 13th century? In Mornyng tyme cross cant the object was to pray the Stations of the Cross in the order prescribed by St Pancras (of Basildon, not the more famous one) while at no time traversing an imaginary line between the Holy Sepulchure in Jerusalem and the used-oxcart depot in Skelmersdale.

Only then were you allowed to eat breakfast.

That being so, it's only right to go to
Mottisfont.

Oh come, come. The links between the monastic pasttime and the modern game are tenuous; there's a long lacuna between the Dissolution and the next reference of some 300 years and the assumption that it was a backstairs game throughout that 300 year lacuna doesn't really adequately explain the uniformity of the 18th century game, the fact that it was called Turnpikes and Tollgates, or the colours of Graeme Garden's shirts.

I seem to recall this was the basis of a dissertation read during one of the Symposium Sessions last year at Jarrow (how appropriate!). I think the matter was left unsettled, but enough Newky Broon had definitely been consumed to ensure that no-one cared much, although there was, the next day (for those able to drag themselves out of their hotel rooms further than the bogs) a special game along the lines you describe (roughly). It was a strange session, to say the least, not helped by the previous day's grudge match between the St James' Park Crew and the Sunderland Mob. You will be aware that MC is still banned in some schools as far apart as Berwick and Middlesborough because of the bad feeling thus engendered.

Football rivalries in the area don't come close.

King's Cross St Pancras

[ 20. November 2012, 08:19: Message edited by: Karl: Liberal Backslider ]
 
Posted by The Weeder (# 11321) on :
 
Things are getting a bit fraught. In an attempt to restore calm before we all go off the rails, I am doing a backstairs shunt-I know, but it IS legal, since the 2009 Derby Moot.

So

Finchley Road and Frognal
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Legal, but...

There's always the danger of creating a D***** H*** loop by play of that type.

I'm going to try to avoid having that happen by playing ... oh... Tottenham Court Road
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Possilpark & Parkhouse
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Butterley

Preserved rules therefore in effect for the next five clicks.
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
I think we all need some sunshine, so lets head off to


Porta del Mallorca
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Whoopee, I haven't played this for ages!

Soller
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Did you make sure you had a 2/3 majority for that move, Baptist Trainfan?

Man Sion House
 
Posted by Latchkey Kid (# 12444) on :
 
These new fangled variations are really testing me.

Kid Der Minster
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Baptist Trainfan:
Whoopee, I haven't played this for ages!

Hello BT! I wondered where you'd got to. **waves** [Smile]

Sticking with slightly obscure football teams:

Tamworth
 
Posted by Firenze (# 619) on :
 
Tamworth what one would expect from a piglet.

Which brings us neatly to

Plumpton
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
This is getting pedestrian. I could play Gallifrey, but then I thought best not.

So, with still an intention to stir things up a bit, and with the film less than a month away, I'll go for Goblin Town Interchange
 
Posted by Ceannaideach (# 12007) on :
 
Noting that Circle Line Gambits are risky from Goblin Town Interchange. (Though to be honest the more professional Crescenteers would know how to ride the mayhem that would arise from any such move.)

Using the Tolkeinian Fantasy Races double reverse shunt I'm sending us to

Elverson Road
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
Ankh Morpork Central
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Oh, very good. I wonder if it'll set up a vortex if I play Moria Endless Stair Low Level?
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Be careful, that vortex has been known to swallow the House of Laity whole. (Actually, wait, that might not be such a bad idea....)

Cockfosters
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
That just has to be followed by Picad(w)illy
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
I'm speechless!

Perhaps we ought to have to have a spell in quarantine at

Oldham (Mumps).

(Waves back at Piglet in a Friendly Way which will not attract the attention of heffalumps).

[ 21. November 2012, 15:34: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
I don't know where to go from there, really. I once needed to help a young lady deliver parcels in Lancashire and North Wales, so I got her to Oldham, and then I went to Bangor as fast as I could.

Which takes us back to Llandudno Junction, wrth gwrs/of course.
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
PS For railway nerds:

quote:
I wonder if it'll set up a vortex if I play Moria Endless Stair Low Level?
You may not know that there was truly once a Spiral Escalator at Holloway Road station. It didn't work, but bits of it still exist at the London Transport Museum Depot (I've seen them),
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
And thence to Machynlleth
 
Posted by Latchkey Kid (# 12444) on :
 
Ebbw Vale
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Crianlarich

You know why.
 
Posted by Firenze (# 619) on :
 
Jings, crivvens and help ma boab.

Waverley

Y'goat a problem wi' that Jimmy?
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Glasgow Central, Jimmy.*

* Everyone in Glasgow is called Jimmy, even the women. [Big Grin]

[ 22. November 2012, 02:14: Message edited by: piglet ]
 
Posted by balaam (# 4543) on :
 
Caol Loch Aillse (Rathad Iarainn Nan Eilean)*

--

*That's Kyle of Lochalsh (Iron road to the Isles) in Gaelic.
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
I have no clue where we are. Reset to somewhere I do know: Brookland/CUA
 
Posted by The Weeder (# 11321) on :
 
Kilmainham

Because I can. I have a red counter, and so the 1898 rules apply.

( I have had to edit this post- I typed 1998 by mistake! I know.....that way shunts disaster)

[ 22. November 2012, 09:57: Message edited by: The Weeder ]
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Ooh, that's where we've got to, is it? Mmm. So, what shall I play next....

March I think.
 
Posted by Latchkey Kid (# 12444) on :
 
Also known as Le Marche
which gets us to

Fiumicino
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
You can't expect to get away with that without getting Heeley

It's been closed for 50 years, so appropriate rules apply.
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
By "appropriate rules" do you mean that as I'm only 50 and can't possibly be expected to remember anything about that station, I can take us somewhere that actually means something to me?

Vienna Central*

* but obviously means nothing to this lot.
 
Posted by Latchkey Kid (# 12444) on :
 
All Stretton Halt

No explanation necessary.
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Balloch
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Now that does put me in a quandary ... does he mean Balloch Central (the only surviving station of that name) or the much more interesting but sadly defunct Balloch Pier (for the steamers, summer service only)?

Ho hum, I suppose it doesn't really matter if we put the Loch behind us and mooch up the line to Alexandria. Shall I take my Mummy?

[ 23. November 2012, 16:05: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by ken (# 2460) on :
 
Hah! I know its hardly an exciting move but its just too tempting to do the Highland Line Double Redoubled and back up to Yoker.
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
Hmm, given the subject of this week's news, I suggest we visit the now (sadly) defunct


Bishopsgate Terminus
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Canterbury East
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Ha! Let the good Bishop try to catch a train at Southwell these days. Synod might allow it (in all three houses), but Dr. Beeching won't.
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
PS I woz wrong - it didn't last long enough to be closed by Dr. B. However the "push and pull" nature of its latter-day service seems to match very well the vacillations of the CofE.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
I hope no-one minds my observation that this is starting to get slightly dull and predictable. I seem to recall a very interesting double play at a point like this back in about 1995 in the Aston and Aughton finals that the German visiting champion Mudsch Utt beat out own Barbara ("Bar") King. I know that questions were asked in a House committee about it, but all the authorities agree it was valid.

Apart, of course, from the Leamington Spa MC Mafia, but who cares, eh?

Hence: Harrow and Wealdstone
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
And a slight move to the west takes us to


Hanger Lane
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Sounds as if you need to hang up your coat somewhere - would St. Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe do? If so, you'll probably find it best to get off at

Blackfriars.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Baptist Trainfan:

Blackfriars.

I suppose you're one of those people who think that trains should only be driven by men? eh? eh? And celibate ones at that. But, I'll have you know, Mildred Carscobbler was the first woman train driver back in 1863 and the whole rules of this game were given a complete makeover after her skirts got snagged up in the wheel housing of the 0837 to Shoreditch.

Tooting Broadway
 
Posted by Firenze (# 619) on :
 
Though interestingly, the infamous 'Mildred' riots of '06 were entirely unconnected. The role of MC in labour agitation in the early years of the last century is too well known to need repeating here, though I don't think the part played by the Kentish goose foglers has ever really been given the prominence it deserves. I'm afraid the Labour Party has strayed far from its roots (some of us chiefly remember Ramsay Macdonald for his skill at the gradient shunt). Really, I think he least we can do, in memory of those gallant pioneers, is go via

Dorchester

(nearest stop to Tolpuddle)

[ 24. November 2012, 22:35: Message edited by: Firenze ]
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Hmm. Heading back Smokewards, I suppose we'll arrive at Waterloo.

The French would like us to rename Waterloo Station - how about Agincourt? [Snigger]
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
I suggest heading to Oxford Street for a spot of Christmas shopping.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
That, I fear, would necessitate several return visits to Bank [Ultra confused]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
I hope you're proud of yourself, Chorister.

Dollis Hill [Mad]
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Bank
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Dollis Hill

And with the Northern Line in Spoon as well. Why, I have to ask, did no-one see this coming?
 
Posted by Latchkey Kid (# 12444) on :
 
I just love it. You didn't expect

Willesden Junction
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
I did, assuming someone wouldn't notice the significance of the deep-level Nidd, and the fact that one cannot shunt into peak-time only stations.

Other than that, a fine play. As it is, however:

Dollis Hill
 
Posted by Sioni Sais (# 5713) on :
 
Deep-level knid (or nidd if you prefer) compels me to perform a flange to Stonebridge Park.

(I wonder how many of you have seen a flange before, or know the difference between a flange and a bracket)
 
Posted by Latchkey Kid (# 12444) on :
 
Dollis Hill

Your move, Karl
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Oh no it isn't.

Hammersmith [Snigger]

Do you think I came up the river in a bubble?
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Ah. That changes things a bit.

Incidently, did anyone else listen to the action at the annual Swadlincote bash this weekend? Only part of it was broadcast, and only on local radio, although it was available to stream and may be on a podcast if you do a bit of googling.

Old Wortal Lieu did a fine job in a three man tussle against Ray Nurselane and Wat Fordmet. It wasn't exactly like the current situation, but I think the general principles are appropriate.

Attercliffe Road

I'm glad to notice it's been quiet in Swadlincote this morning so, unusually, it appears that the event has come and gone quietly. This is quite gratifying; hopefully Ashby de la Zouch will forgive the MC community in due course, although one will have to have some sympathy if they didn't; their fire service has quite enough to do as it is.
 
Posted by The Weeder (# 11321) on :
 
I have been watching with great interest, and some concern. I name no names, but wonder if some players have actually read the rules? The Updated, Revised and Authorised rules, with a brilliantly argued preface written by a Mrs. Trellis. I have never heard of her, but she has opened my eyes to the real game.

And so, on her advice

South Ruislip
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
You've been had. Mrs Trellis is well known in some circles for her - erm - unorthodox views. You are aware that Mrs Trellis is rather like the ladies who send the Test Match Special commentators cakes, except with the sanity finally gone?

I didn't know she'd written a book, but I'd treat it with great caution if I were you.

Springfield
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Mrs Trellis is my guru. Which probably explains quite a lot. But there you have it.

Water Orton
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
I prefer to follow the way of Mrs Cosmopolite. Which leads us nicely to


Sto Plains South
 
Posted by Firenze (# 619) on :
 
Mrs Humphrey Ward is the guiding light to those of us who play the game from the golden era of Steam. When one thinks of those wild evenings in Bradmore Road - Matthew Arnold in one corner with a lampshade on his head, pretending to be the Ribblehead Viaduct, Carlyle in the other, throwing dominos at the cat; George Eliot playing rude songs on her ukele while Meredith and Hardy played the strip version - ah, it brings tears to the eyes.

I never see

Upminster

But I think of those dear dead days.
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Stoke Mandeville

(c0dE)

[ 26. November 2012, 17:45: Message edited by: Chorister ]
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Piccadilly Circus - for Savile Row? [Devil]

Sorry - I'll get my coat ...
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Which neatly leads us to a Tuesday morning Cross-Border Leap (Rule 114(b) para.79x(4th recension) in the 1923 North British (lowland) edition).

Coatbridge (Sunnyside).

Well, it's been raining a lot up there, hasn't it? They need cheering up.
 
Posted by The Weeder (# 11321) on :
 
It is difficult when we are all playing by different rules, but it does make the Great Game even more interesting.

So, I am going to
Arsenal
which should scupper everyone except Piglet.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Ah but Piglet is not in possession of the Silver Chip allowing him* to play Gunnersbury.

Whereas I am. Snarf, snarf.


*or even her [Hot and Hormonal]

[ 27. November 2012, 09:36: Message edited by: Chorister ]
 
Posted by Firenze (# 619) on :
 
I'll see your silver chip and raise you the Golden Splondul.

Newton Aycliffe

and damn the consequences.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Silver Chip really doesn't make that much difference in the modern game. It used to, but then, if you recall, old Quentin (Bond fan, always liked to be called 'Q') Gardens realised that holding the Silver Chip whilst Circle and District were pinned resulted in an unstoppable win, provided the holder was not on a peak hours only service. So they changed the rules - too much, in my opinion, and of course not enough as far as the Leamington Spa Mafia are concerned.

Consequently, it'll be safe to go for Euston Square
 
Posted by Ceannaideach (# 12007) on :
 
Ah, but I've been dealt Professor Plum and the crowbar. Which combined with a blue token and the fact that Jupiter is approaching its closest point to Earth until 2021, means (according to my rather dog eared copy of Coventarian Cathedralis Crescenteers) we should shunt back to:

Dollis Hill [Snigger]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
I think you're making some of that up, personally.

Magrathea
 
Posted by Ceannaideach (# 12007) on :
 
Indeed, my copy of Coventarian Cathedralis Crescenteers is not dog eared as I previously stated. All pages are iron flat to keep that new book feel. Mea Culpa.

May I humbly suggest:

Betelgeuse 7 Interchange
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Hah! Frogstar World B

Get out of that!
 
Posted by Ceannaideach (# 12007) on :
 
According to the Marvinites a mere wait of five hundred and seventy-six thousand million years should bring us to:

Milliways
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand a quick side-shift to Vulcan
 
Posted by Ceannaideach (# 12007) on :
 
Of all the places for the Doctor to end up after his regeneration. Still more Power to the Daleks I say.

Hopping into the TARDIS should give us a statistically higher chance of ending up back on Earth and indeed in London. So therefore:

Perivale [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Aylesbury Vale Parkway.
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Tring
 
Posted by Traveller (# 1943) on :
 
Careful how you say that, Kingsfold. At a recent match in our local club, Ken Loder called "Tring" rather enthusatically and old Fred Snedlingcote (who is getting rather deaf) thought he said "Bling" and was thus being rude about Fred's latest (ahem) escort.

The pub landlord has promised not to press charges if the club pays for the damage.

Anyway, Epping looks like a careful move here (and careful how you say that too, in case Fred lurks in this game too).
 
Posted by alienfromzog (# 5327) on :
 
Storm in a Teacup

North Utsire

AFZ
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
Llandudno Junction
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
No matter how many times I try to pronounce that town's name, I can never get it right. You'd think that, after having spent some good quality time waiting for a canceled train, I'd have learned at least that much. However, we can continue along the coast to other non-pronouncible Welsh towns—how about we see the Penmaenmawr* stone circles? I think there should be a train along shortly, just as soon as it starts turning dark, cold, and nasty.

*Wow, I actually spelled that correctly from memory! How 'bout that?
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Clearly you ought to be at Elephant - as the destination boards on the front of the old Bakerloo line trains used to say, presumably much to the mystification of visitors.
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
If it had just said "& Castle" they could have ended up anywhere.

AFZ's last move* has made me somewhat homesick, and I've now got Sailing By as an earworm; playing Fair Isle will make me feel better.

* I wish I'd thought of that ... [Overused]
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Aye, aye, aye.

Jokkmokk
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Penmaenmawr is not hard to pronounce. The second syllable might depend a bit on where in Wales you come from, but anything from "Mine" to "Mane" should pass muster - "Mine" is closest to the "official" way. Mawr rhymes with Sour.

That aside.

Seeing as we are playing silly buggers, Talsarnau
 
Posted by The Weeder (# 11321) on :
 
The only way out of what is degenerating to a bit of a shambles is via

Severn Tunnel Junction
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Bristol Temple Meads

This, you reaise, puts all single-word station names under Spoon?

Peak lines are wild, travelcards invalid, Zone 1 Trumps. Dealer flush naturally.

Point of order though - should that be scored under the line?
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Gospel Oak
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
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aida Vale

 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Stutton.
 
Posted by Traveller (# 1943) on :
 
(To KLB - Made a veil for whom, might one ask? [Razz] )

Ah BF, be careful playing all those defunct Yorkshire stations. You can allus tell a Yorkshireman, but you canna tell him much. You'll put the whole of the north of England under curfew if the tykes start arguing about the relative merits of the old lines, and it will not be nice or enlightening.

For a pretty station and a difficult MC play, the only move is Gunnislake.
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Weymouth Quay

and I've been there. By rail.
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
That's it, I'm lost. Again.

This is what happens when you play without a map, isn't it? I'm invoking the Octogon House Protocol, Ghent Additions, to force a reset to Charing Cross. The board has been cleared, all moral rights have been asserted, and the usual blocks around the terminal station have been restored.

As you were.
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Thank God, at last.

Ealing Broadway
 
Posted by The Weeder (# 11321) on :
 
Amen!
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Now we have a choice here, depending whether this is an Episcopal Amen or merely a Royal Peculiar (which, of course, some of us perform with some frequency in the Smallest Room).

But I think we'll plump for St. Paul's. The other place is so touristy. And St. Paul's is a direct run on the Central Line.

[ 28. November 2012, 16:23: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by Firenze (# 619) on :
 
Good grief man! Can't you see where this is leading? Listen, there's only one thing for it - wear these inflatable pyjamas and the ocelot-fur bowler the better to blend in, take the down escalator and the second train to depart platform B.

If you just make it to Alexandra Palace -
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Ideas above your station, Firenze?

Swiss Cottage
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
What a cuckoo idea!


Penge West
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
You've been reading Rumpole of the Bailey again, haven't you? Oh well, keeping with the Law:

Chancery Lane

**hums**
quote:
The Law is the true embodiment
Of everything that's excellent ...


 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Ha! A closet Savoyard, no less. That can only mean Charing Cross.
 
Posted by Alex Cockell (# 7487) on :
 
Barnet
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Baptist Trainfan:
Ha! A closet Savoyard, no less ...

Not at all. My Savoyardity has been out of the closet since 1968 when, aged six, I saw the school production of H.M.S. Pinafore and was instantly hooked ... [Big Grin]

Fairlop
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Taking pinafores out of closets sounds a bit kinky to me - especially at such a tender age. It sounds as if your Domestic Cleanliness and Catering gene had to make itself known before it was fatally harmed by familial repression.

You clearly need to make a pilgrimage to the Hoover Building (nearest station Perivale) - a pity that it's no longer a factory but a T*sco supermarket.

[ 30. November 2012, 08:22: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Kentish Town
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Using the Welby invective (didn't know I was familiar with the Durham rules, did you?):

Canterbury East
 
Posted by Firenze (# 619) on :
 
I dunno. I don't think Baptist Trainfan followed instructions. I think he was captured by the other side and turned. He is now a ticking bomb. We have little alternative but -

North Queensferry

and even then we may be too late.
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
No, I do not tick (of course, the conspiracy theorists among you may see such stiff denial as further proof that I have been turned). Or do I detect a modicum of caring pastoral concern?

Perhaps a visit to Queen's Park will set things straight? Seeing it's St. Andrew's Day (just) you can go to the station of that name in the erstwhile Second City of the Empire, rather than down to the Big Smoke.

Unless you want to.
 
Posted by Ceannaideach (# 12007) on :
 
Kingsbury
 
Posted by Firenze (# 619) on :
 
Baptist Trainfan, Central Control are considering your case. In the event that you are issued with the Black Ticket, England expects that you will act in the best traditions of the Game.

Remember Didcot!
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
(Trembles ...)

[ 01. December 2012, 15:47: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Firenze:
I dunno. I don't think Baptist Trainfan followed instructions. I think he was captured by the other side and turned. He is now a ticking bomb. We have little alternative but -

North Queensferry


and even then we may be too late.

I suspect the bloody Leamington Spa Mafia have got something to do with this.

Listen, Baptist Trainfan - you've got one chance to come clean - are you a member of the Leamington Spa crew? If you are, just be warned that no-one here takes your mates' shit seriously - as has been gone over ad nauseam up-thread.

If you're not, stop playing like you are. It's bad enough we have to put up with the bilge, lies, distortions and plain mis-statements from that bunch of hyena's breath mouth-breathers in the literature of late without having to put up with it on here.

It'll be the death of the game, I tell you.

Cockfosters
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
Whoa, Lemington Spa Mafia? KLB, I think you have entirely the wrong game here. While I'm sure we could do some vote-counting, role-playing, and general debating of strategies before we lynched him, I feel obliged to remind you that THIS IS MORNINGTON CRESCENT!

HA!

Next game starts at Blackfriars.
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Impressive win, Ariston, if a tad sneaky. [Big Grin] For what it's worth, I reckon any connections our dear BT has to the LS mafia are in the interests of espionage and national security, so I suggest we let him get into his standard-issue Aston Martin DB5 (how on earth can one be incognito while driving about in a work of art?) and get on with it.

Meanwhile, back at the game, have your passports ready:

Pimlico
 
Posted by Firenze (# 619) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by piglet:
I reckon any connections our dear BT has to the LS mafia are in the interests of espionage and national security,

I hope it is so, piglet. But at the least sign of you-know-what, I think we need to say the Trainfan terminates at this station....

But meanwhile, to more serious matters.

Seven Oaks

[ 02. December 2012, 10:30: Message edited by: Firenze ]
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Hmm, I see what you are up to there, Firenze, sneaking past us on the up line.

Fairlop
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
Didcot Parkway
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:

The only time I have ever been to Leamington Spa in my entire mortal existence was when I was decanted upon its station by a Sunday service/engineering works bus substitution from Stratford to catch a non-existent train connection. (We eventually persuaded the driver to take us on to Banbury). Mind you, my English teacher at school really did drive a DB5.

However as a Baptist my connections to the Didcot mafia are, of course, unquestioned, although I've never really been a Great Western man myself. And, anyway, I am at present marooned on a scion of the Eastern Counties Railway.

Hence, in the interests of abject regret (nay, penance) and for the Greater Good of the Game, I throw myself upon your mercies and suggest Ravenscourt Park as my last church was just across the road.

Well, I've got to use those green chips before they expire.

[ 02. December 2012, 17:02: Message edited by: Ariston ]
 
Posted by Traveller (# 1943) on :
 
That's a nasty, sneaky move, BT, under cover of pleading easy access to a church. (Are you really, really, sure about that Leamington Spa mafia connection?) No transfer to the Picadilly, no access to sarf of the river (I don't rate Richmond as a move), no nufink. Hammersmith would have left all sorts of options on the "Circle" line, as they call it these days, but Ravenscourt Park is a real backwater, with no reverse shunt available on Advent Sunday, of course.

The only decent move I can see is Tower Hill.
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Baptist Trainfan:
... my English teacher at school really did drive a DB5 ...

That must have been an expensive school if the teachers could afford DB5s. [Overused] My old English teacher went around in a recycled, painted-over Post Office van.

But I digress. Is Canary Wharf acceptable when the correct liturgical colour is purple and I've got enough purple counters?
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by piglet:
quote:
Originally posted by Baptist Trainfan:
... my English teacher at school really did drive a DB5 ...

That must have been an expensive school if the teachers could afford DB5s.
It was. But (a) said English teacher was the son of an Earl and had plenty of "old" money; and (b) I had a free place (the delights of the long-lost "Direct Grant" system).

Back to more serious business! You do realise that the height of the Cabot Tower at Canary Wharf has now been exceeded by the Shard at London Bridge?
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Which query will inexorably lead us to Cannon Street.
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Oh dear. Do you realise what you have done? For there is only one place we can go from there on a Monday morning. Yes! Welcome to ...

Dollis Hill (shudders ...)

Or is there some arcane rule which will get us out of this mess?

[ 03. December 2012, 08:05: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Good Grief, pull yourself together! It was after noon/afternoon here when I posted that - it is logged as 13.51 on my machine so, I'd guess, about 8.21 on yours, but, as you well know, time zones have been taken into account ever since the Berne Convention of 1889!

Hyde Park Corner
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Bit of a wiggle there, BT - it is, unfortunately, all to easy to be completely "in" with the LS Mafia without having ever been near the place; I'm therefore not at all reassured by knowing that you've never been to Leamington Spa; that wasn't the question I asked and I wonder why you answered a different one.

Have you considered a career in politics?

Harrow and Wealdstone
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Well, I'm a Minister (Baptist not Wesminster) so you can draw your own conclusions about the veracity and trustworthiness of muy assertions.

However, I am seriously worried about the equivocation demonstrated by your last post - any stations with "and" in the middle betray a dangerous lack of topographical certainty (see this month's "Backtrack" magazine for further information).

We'll just have to be definite about things. High Street (Kensington).

[ 03. December 2012, 09:52: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
I totally believe your assertion that you've never been to Leamington Spa.

And then you go winging off to Kensington and expect me to believe you've no connection with that bunch of dangerous nutters!

Dollis Hill - yes, again.
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Maryland
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
That seems very appropriate for Advent.

In a way that West Ruislip isn't.

Why is an unmarked train with tinted windows slowly drawing up alongside me on the main line?

[ 03. December 2012, 12:10: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by Ceannaideach (# 12007) on :
 
*Hides Birth Certificate*

Leamington Spa? Nothing to see here folks.

Westbourne Park
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Aha!

Sloane Square so I can go shopping down the Koenigstrasse - Kings Road to those that want to know - and perhaps a drink at the Markham.
 
Posted by Ceannaideach (# 12007) on :
 
Assuming parallel lines are blocked a diagonal shunt should put us on

Barbican
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
Nooooo! Haven't you ever wandered round and round in multicoloured circles, trying to make sense of their ridiculous floor plan? Oh, the wasted hours! We had to break out the bottled water and stop for a rest break after the fourth time around. That's a day of my life I'll never get back.

Quick, lets escape while we can and make a run for


Piccadilly Circus
 
Posted by Latchkey Kid (# 12444) on :
 
So WW wants to be a Sloane Ranger!

Well from any of the Circuses we can get to

Golders Green

[ 03. December 2012, 20:20: Message edited by: Latchkey Kid ]
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Turnham Green.

'Nuff said.
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Green seems to be the colour (which is just as well, as I found some green counters down the back of the sofa):

Kensal Green
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
ITTWACW!

Parson's Green
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
REVOCATION NOTICE!

All green tokens are herby REVOKED until further notice, under General Norm 1752, §1453, §§410. Puce tokens may be exchanged at a rate of e to π, fuscha ones are now valid between zones 2 and 4, and indigo may be used in all unrestricted zones. Rikyu gray passes are now fully functional, presupposing their validation by an authorized official, are printed on paper with a kozo fiber content of not less than 50%, and still show proper impressions from the letterpress. Validating officials can be found at many major and minor station stops, including Ascot Road.

[ 04. December 2012, 05:39: Message edited by: Ariston ]
 
Posted by Latchkey Kid (# 12444) on :
 
Green Park is excluded from the revocation because it is no longer green but has passed from autumnal colours into plain brown.
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Blackfriars will probably do, assuming that - in this multifaith age - we don't necessarily have to use stations which carry the correct colours for Advent.

[ 04. December 2012, 06:54: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear - we ARE in a muddle!

If you exclude all diagonals then I think we have to head to

Angel

Which is quite appropriate as it is my move.

[Angel]
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
It's probably too early in Advent to go to Shepherd's Bush, sadly.

But if we go to Upminster we might be able to intercept those Magi on their way from somewhere in the East (Sarfend perhaps?)
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Baptist Trainfan:
It's probably too early in Advent to go to Shepherd's Bush, sadly.

But if we go to Upminster we might be able to intercept those Magi on their way from somewhere in the East (Sarfend perhaps?)

Hmmm. Hard to imagine Jesus being born in Essex - where'd you find three wise men there, not to mention a virgin?

Therefore:

Morden
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
The old ones are still the old ones, aren't they?

Anyway, we really need to head to Clapham Junction
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
It is probably not very safe but how about

North Sheen
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Two options at this point - to do as did the veteran German player Ken Zincktonheisstriet did at last year's European symposium, and basically throw a hissy fit...

...or to play Tottenham Court Road and await the fallout from those diagonals.

Oh, and that means that the Northern line has castled and the Central Line's in Nidd.
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
RooK to Knightsbridge

[ 04. December 2012, 14:54: Message edited by: kingsfold ]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by kingsfold:
RooK to Knightsbridge

I saw what you did there.

Barking, and down the snake you go!

You need a six to start again.
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
[Snigger]
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Six Mile bottom
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Sevenoaks.
 
Posted by Firenze (# 619) on :
 
Five Ways

You forgot it's a Tuesday! Nyer-nyer-a-nyer-yer.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Earl's Court
From where you can go three ways - up, down or sideways. (Remember to check the colour of the interior metalware before boarding.)
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Upton Park

because I'm feeling bloody grumpy.
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
I am sure you will agre that the next stop should logically be "Downton Abbey".

So off we go to Horsted Keynes which was used in the series.

** Nerd alert!!! **

Although I do not know how a Southern Railway (post-1923) locomotive hauling Metropolitan Railway carriages could possibly represent a country station in Yorkshire in 1916 (and yes, I am thinking of series 2)!

Anyway, the Cotswold stone was all wrong.

** Alert ends!!! **
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider:
... Hard to imagine Jesus being born in Essex - where'd you find three wise men? ...

Point of order:

Under amendments brought in under the Race Relations Act (Unkind Remarks Made About Minorities) 1984 KLB should miss a turn for disrepect to Essex Men. I married one, and (obviously) he's very Wise indeed. Anyway, they came from the East, and Essex is as far East as you can get without running into Baptist Trainfan.

Just to prove my point: Epping [Devil]
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
I, too, was born in Essex but I'm not sure which side of the arguments that supports.

Staying with God's Own County - Hainault
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by piglet:
Essex is as far East as you can get without running into Baptist Trainfan.

Not true - there's always Lowestoft (change at Ipswich for the East Suffolk line, new hourly service starts on Monday now that they've completed the Beccles Loop!)
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Dear me! Are we really going to re-enact the Daily Fail reader's wet dream that was the Aylesbury Extension Fracas of 1997? Isn't the canonical view still that although old William "Wimble" Don could have been more careful with his choice of jokes and anecdotes, he didn't really intend any offence towards the inhabitants of the Isle of Wight, and no-one really thinks there's any actual truth in the old "daughter was his sister and his son was his brother" jokes about the good citizens of Shanklin.

Everyone knows that's Ventnor.

The fuss that was made is possibly the only real example of "Political Correctness Gone Mad" there's ever been. Common Sense does appear to have been restored however and the one about the Yorkshireman, the ewe and the hot water bottle told the following year by Lou Isham at Rochdale was both hilarious and received without incident. Well, if you don't count the Tetley's Enema, but that was just high spirits.

In honour of which:

Ryde Pier Head
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Wigan
If that's not too Orwellian for this stage of the game.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Very good. I see what you did there, as they say.

Am I correct that all lines are now out of Nidd. If so, doesn't the first person to say:

JINX!

get a free pass to Rayner's Lane, £200 for passing Go, and get a special +5 against attacks from the Elemental Plane of Earth for the next three segments?
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
That sounds positively Meridianic, if not Elliptic, especially as we are so close to the Winter Solstice. Clearly a trip to the Royal Observatory is what is required - I think that Maze Hill might be a shorter walk than Greenwich itself, but you'll still need to climb the Hill.
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
K:LB - I can't recall at the moment - was the Tetley's Enema beer or tea?

I think we are being called back to Essex and Rainham, which was always referred to in my childhood when travelling backwards and forwards to Fenchurch Street, as Rainham Marshes.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
It was beer, of course. I have never been able to decide which would be worse.


Goodge Street, btw.
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
From Rainham?

Good grief!

Oh well, if you want to be like that then

Enfield Lock
 
Posted by Ceannaideach (# 12007) on :
 
It's at times like this that I recall the move made by the great George Stephenson, (who started life as an amateur trainspotter before moving to a more dignified hobby), when playing against Isambard Kingdom Brunel, (portrayed marvellously by Sidney James in the epic biographic film Carry On up the Severn).

A move that IMVHO should have been recorded among the greats of the time. In memory of these two determined players I give you

Monument
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Very definitely

Paddington
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
That leads me inexorably south of the river [sorry about that but then I believe some people actually have to live down there!] to

Surrey Quays
 
Posted by Firenze (# 619) on :
 
I remember that film. With Barbara Windsor as Queen Victoria and Hattie Jacques as Disraeli.

But anyway -


Penge West
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Well, I suppose Harold Wood...

...he always struck me as that sort of chap.
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
A bit like Stan More, then.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Are we playing word association or Mornington Crescent?

Mudchute will soon put a stop to that. Red chip, please.
 
Posted by Ceannaideach (# 12007) on :
 
A red chip you say Chorister? I believe that according to the Mrs Trellis amendment we should land on

Debden

putting zones 1, 3, 4 and 5 in nidd between 03.00 and 13.37, excluding bank holidays and major saints days.
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
East Molesey

Don't get your Hampton caught in the door on the way out! [Razz]
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
East Acton
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
I think this calls for something a little drastic

Roding Valley
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Ah, the infamous Fairlop Loop Night-time Reversal, designed to swap your "A" end with your "D" end and turn all your comings into goings.

You do realise that the Piccadilly Line folk have to copy, don't you? Heathrow Airport Terminal 4.

Assuming, of course, that there is no snow on the runways to add to the confusion.
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Now I am in a quandary, partially caused by watching Portaloo wandering England [& the Continent] with an elderly Bradshaw and wearing MOST unsuitable clothing for someone who would purport to be a gentleman.

So, it has to be a diagonal from there, should I go up or down?

I know:

Knockholt
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
You could always see-saw, Wodders.

Anyhow, time to move north to Crianlarich
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Due to an unprecedented number of Golden Haggi on the Line, last-minute diversion to Gretna Green. Bonus points for elopement.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Chorister:
Due to an unprecedented number of Golden Haggi on the Line, last-minute diversion to Gretna Green. Bonus points for elopement.

The plural of Haggis is clearly Hagges, not Haggi - only second declension nouns take a plural in -i, and they all end in -us or -er in the nominative singular, never -is. Nouns in -is are almost invariably third declension masculine or feminine and take a plural in -es.

Which means I can play Birmingham New Street and start to bring things to a more exciting pass.
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Since when has Birmingham New Street been exciting?? I've spent far too many bored hours there waiting for a Norwich train.

Anyhow, I think we'd be much better heading for Rhyll
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by kingsfold:
Since when has Birmingham New Street been exciting?? I've spent far too many bored hours there waiting for a Norwich train.

Anyhow, I think we'd be much better heading for Rhyll

Are we getting crossover from the pedantry game here?

I'll see your Rhyl and raise you Penrhyndeudraeth
 
Posted by Firenze (# 619) on :
 
This is all going to end in tears and
Dovey Junction
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
Llaniog Station , home of Ivor The Engine. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Llareggub

You know why.

[ 06. December 2012, 21:39: Message edited by: Karl: Liberal Backslider ]
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Resorting to inverse vulgarity is really not tha answer, KLB, no matter how carefully you disguise it to look like a place in Wales. Back north, I think, to boldly go* even further than Kingsfold did:

Thurso

* I know, I know ... [Roll Eyes]
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Showing my age, I suppose, but, considering the time of year and the possibility of inclement weather north of the border I think we need to head south again via Manchester London Road.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by piglet:
Resorting to inverse vulgarity is really not tha answer, KLB, no matter how carefully you disguise it to look like a place in Wales. Back north, I think, to boldly go* even further than Kingsfold did:

Thurso

* I know, I know ... [Roll Eyes]

ACtually, Thomas did a bad job there; for one thing you never get a double g in Welsh, and what he put down would actually be pronounced Hlarreggib.

Hyde Park Corner
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Do you know, I suspect that a moment of sanity may have actually prevailed?

But for those allergic to Christmas crowds:

Berney Arms - for the windmill.

Told you it wouldn't last.
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Aha, the Windmill Connection takes us up to Merseyside and Bidston
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
moving east...

Cullercoats
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Which brings me neatly to Purfleet
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Quick - are we playing according to the 2006 Maentwrog amendments?

It does rather make a difference. Whilst awaiting a consensus, as a holding play, I'll go for Kennington Oval
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Not last time I looked...

Swiss cottage
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
In which case

Lewisham
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
I will see your Lewisham and raise you Borough
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Earls Court
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
I saw what you did there!

I think the only option at this point is Does anyone have Mr Bun the Baker?
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
No, but I can confirm it wasn't Professor Plum, with the candlestick, in the dining room
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Aha!

Pimlico
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
MORNINGTON CRESCENT

Amazing how few people see the significance of two card related moves with diagonals blocked and a queue on the Central line...

Your new starter for 10 - Upminster

[ 07. December 2012, 14:13: Message edited by: Karl: Liberal Backslider ]
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Well done, Sir!

I shall respond with Uxbridge
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Back across to

Upney
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Uttoxeter. It has to be.
 
Posted by Ceannaideach (# 12007) on :
 
What with all these U's we'll have to take a trip to

Shepherd's Bush Market
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Talking of shopping, I need to get D. a birthday present:

Tottenham Court Road
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Football, eh? Highbury & Islington.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Emirates Greenwich Peninsula
 
Posted by Latchkey Kid (# 12444) on :
 
Tin Pan Alley
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
42nd Street
 
Posted by Firenze (# 619) on :
 
Manhattan Transfer
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Baptist Trainfan:
Football, eh? Highbury & Islington.

No - Ipswich.

We won today! [Yipee] Mind you, it was at home to Millwall, so there may not be much of Ipswich left ... [Eek!]
 
Posted by The Weeder (# 11321) on :
 
Oh, Piglet- I am sorry to do this to you, but you have obviously forgotten that today is Monday! So...

Mornington Crescent

and to start us anew

Ealing Common
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Congratulations to The Weeder, who doesn't seem all that sorry to me [Biased]

But then neither would I be [Big Grin]

Hainault

[ 10. December 2012, 08:04: Message edited by: Welease Woderwick ]
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
You got a thing about Hainault, Wodders? You keep returning there..

Anyway, I think we should head off up the Met to Amersham
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by kingsfold:
You got a thing about Hainault, Wodders? You keep returning there..

Anyway, I think we should head off up the Met to Amersham

There's always one isn't there?

Heathrow Terminals 1-4

Go on, you know you want to...
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
You asked for it.... [Snigger]

Dollis Hill
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
You know you didn't have to do that. So many possibilities.

You do know that last year young Les Tersquair did that on telly during the MC Sub-Olympics?

And you do know that the authorities were, shall we say, somewhat casual about finding out who was responsible for him finding himself wearing just a collar, jockstrap and tie, sitting astride one of the lions at the base of Nelson's Column with a whip in one hand, held on by the sort of restraint generally only available via discreet mail order from the back pages of low-class jazz mags?

Just saying.

Covent Garden
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
It's so very tempting, but I shall resist.

Anderston
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
And so you should.

Two no trumps

Oh, and by the way, that now means that District stations in Zone 3 are effectively wild.

One has to assume that the peak services are evenly split across North and South's hands and can be ruffed, of course.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Sorry that forces me into

Mornington Crescent

Now try starting again at

Hayes & Harlington
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Harrumph.

Ongar
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
We'll have to balance that by going equally West ...

Brill.

P.S. To Piglet: Ipswich is fine. Or it was when I looked this afternoon. The match got mentioned in church yesterday (well, the theme was "Joyful Tidings"). And I had a visit today from an old Canadian friend (from Edmonton).

[ 10. December 2012, 21:28: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
[Killing me] Joyful tidings indeed, BT.

As we're heading into pantomime season, I can feel a spot of rhyming coming on. Now, what, I hear you ask, rhymes with "Brill"?

NO! NO! RESIST!

Rhyl **phew!**

PS Well played, Weeder and Aber Vicar! [Smile]
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Penrhyndeudraeth
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Oh not there again! You asked for this.

Caergybi

Don't blame me.
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Returning to the realms of pronounceability (well, it is a lovely morning here), let's over-anticipate Epiphany in more ways than one and go to

Seven Kings.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Dim ots imi / makes no difference to me.

Penzance
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Diss
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Winteringham
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Springburn.
 
Posted by The Weeder (# 11321) on :
 
Turnham Green
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
I can play a turn in the Correct Order (i.e. after The Weeder). [Smile]

**waves**

Green Park
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
I fear that we are going to get in a knot soon unless we take some drastic action - will Mill Hill East suffice?
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Eastcote
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Worcester Foregate Street
 
Posted by The Weeder (# 11321) on :
 
Kingsfold! There are rules to this game, you know, even though it is the Christmas season!

So, to get back on track (see what I did there)

Jerusalem Central
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Oh dear me, we seem to be heading into cider country and we all know that anything can happen then - I'll yank us back, I think, to

Buckhurst Hill
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
quote:
Kingsfold! There are rules to this game, you know, even though it is the Christmas season!

Oh yes, I'm well aware of that - I'm playing the Scotch Mist variant (2004 or was it 2005 - it passed in a bit of a blur).

So, with that in mind, Arnos Grove
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
Hainault
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Grange Hill
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
There's only one possible response to that. Theoretically it's possible to go to Kings Cross St Pancras in situations like this, but a minor tradition has grown up of not making that play, in blessed memory of the late Rich Mond. One cannot use this strategy now without being assailed by images of baked beans, slow moving street cleaning lorries and sanitary towel dispensers. It would have been funny had it not been so tragic.

So, lifting a glass to the late Mr Mond, I'll satisfy myself with a quick trip to Chancery Lane.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
You've laid yourself open to the Hawkins Gambit I'm afraid, but I won't take advantage (just this once...) and move us instead to:

Theydon Bois
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by AberVicar:
You've laid yourself open to the Hawkins Gambit I'm afraid, but I won't take advantage (just this once...) and move us instead to:

Theydon Bois

That went badly. I rather thought you would take advantage and thereby fall into my carefully laid trap.

Or is that what you have done anyway?

Time alone will tell. As indeed it will as to whether Wes Tampsted's scars will heal after that unfortunate accident at the trolley bus museum. Even if they do, I fear there are many onlookers whose mental scars may not.

Flitwick
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Well considering I could have gone straight to MC you might at least be grateful...
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Much more fun to prolong things though [Biased]

Anyhow, we were at Flitwick, weren't we....

Gotta be Shoeburyness
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by AberVicar:
Well considering I could have gone straight to MC you might at least be grateful...

Not on a Tuesday you couldn't have. On Winter timetables, anyway. You'd have ended up conceding a free pass to Goodge Street, where, coincidentally, we're going now.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Just as well today it's Dydd Mercher (Wednesday) in Wales today...


Pinner
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
It's also international Soundcheck Day ('one-two, one-two, one-two'). [Big Grin]


Rickmansworth
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by AberVicar:
... it's Dydd Mercher (Wednesday) in Wales today...

Goodness, is it really? Oddly enough, it's Wednesday in Newfoundland too, and in Advent, which means that as I've got enough blue chips, I can play Elephant & Castle.

Let's see what the mighty KLB makes of that ... [Devil]
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
I can confuse him a bit more, piglet, by making the famous 1967 world finals move from there to

Hendon Central
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Back in 1967, the next station up the line was much happier than it is today: it was simply called Brent and wasn't Cross. Must be the effect of that shopping mall next door.

[ 13. December 2012, 08:34: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by AberVicar:
Just as well today it's Dydd Mercher (Wednesday) in Wales today...


Pinner

Mae ddrwg gen i, dydw i ddim gwybod be digwyddodd 'na. Bydda i'n colli 'mhen yn nesa / Sorry, don't know what happened there. Forget my own head next.

Meadowhall - that'll teach me.
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Southfields - the nearest that Wimbledon has to Elysium?
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
A little hop to

South Wimbledon
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Phew - Just in time for the 15:30 to Murrayfield.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Not clear how you got there, but neither is the Scottish rugby team.

Chancery Lane
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider:
quote:
Originally posted by AberVicar:
Just as well today it's Dydd Mercher (Wednesday) in Wales today...


Pinner

Mae ddrwg gen i, dydw i ddim gwybod be digwyddodd 'na. Bydda i'n colli 'mhen yn nesa / Sorry, don't know what happened there. Forget my own head next.

Meadowhall - that'll teach me.

It took me a moment to realize you weren't just typing gibberish meant to look Welshish. Come to think of it, that'd be a great thing to do to the three of us who don't know a lick of Welsh . . .

And just because I've been temp hosting the Cricket thread, which, to my eyes, looks to be just like this one without the sensible rules, let's go visit St. John's Wood
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
In honour of my late father, born south of The River and a lifelong Surrey fan - poor deluded soul

Oval
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Ariston:
Cricket ... which, to my eyes, looks to be just like this one without the sensible rules ...

I'm told t's really quite simple. However, as I'm Scottish, I don't have the Cricket Gene*, so I suggest a change of sport:

St. Andrews

* Having said that, you have to admire a sport where they stop for tea. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Sticking with Golf I will take us to

Birkdale
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Saint John of the Cross... Second Friday of Advent...

Let's save ourselves from any more golf and facilitate a rapid exit:

Old Street
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Castle Bar Park
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Finsbury Park
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
A gift! A veritable gift!

Thank you, piglet.

Mornington Crescent

- - - -

Let's start again from

Oval
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
Booo. That was too obvious. A true sportsman would have waited another turn . . . so that I could have won via the Ada Lovelace Slide.

*sigh*

Well, in thinking of dear Mrs. Lovelace, I think a proper analysis of this situation could resolve any differences we might have, so let's point our engines off to South Kensington.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Liverpool Street
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Erm, that's a bit unconventional on a saturday!

Hmmmm.

Pinner
 
Posted by claret10 (# 16341) on :
 
I was pondering the conundrum of the next move, when an alien being yelled out baker street. As i've learnt not to question such advice
[Confused]

Baker Street
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Let's go back to

Old Street
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Curiouser and curiouser

Bank
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Tower Gateway
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Park Royal
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Cyprus
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Island Gardens.

Mind you, they'll probably be rather muddy at this time of year.
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
Today is the birthday of Michelle Dockery, who stars in Downton Abbey. In honour of the posh hairdos sported by the Lady Mary, I think we should go to


High Barnet
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Low Street. It closed in 1967, but of course that isn't a problem for 1920s Downtonians.
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Welease Woderwick:
A gift! A veritable gift!

Thank you, piglet.

You're welcome - Merry Christmas! [Smile]

I've now begun my Christmas shopping [Cool] but we haven't yet done the Wine Society order for Piglet's-friends-and-relations, so I'd better head to their headquarters which, unfortunately, are in

Stevenage.

Sorry about that.
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
You're sorry? How do you think we feel stuck in the wilds of Hertfordhire?

Parsons Green may help get us out of this mess.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Let's take a day out to the people who deliver my gin: at

Hereford
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Tut, tut - surely you mean GIN!

Worcester Shrub Hill
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Very Saucy!

Westminster - for the Houses of Parliament. (Lie back and think of Harold Wilson).
 
Posted by Traveller (# 1943) on :
 
The only good thing I know about Harold Wilson is that he and I shared the same birthday. (Trivial fact you don't need to know #34).

As we are deep in Advent now, and all reverse shunts will soon be closing for the holidays, I think the best move is to go shopping with the crowds around Oxford Circus
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Good Grief! I share a birthday with Harold Wilson as well - I think this may mean that Traveller and I also share a birthday!

As we are now agreed that Pisceans are the very best of people I think I'd better head us off to
Knightsbridge.

I think that is a called a non sequitur.
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
Moving on to South Kensington for more shopping in the King's Road.
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Depends if you like HP Sauce or not ...

The Coates Connection inevitably takes us to Covent Garden - but is it still Exit Only on Sundays?

[ 16. December 2012, 15:44: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Well it is a Sunday so that's alright.

Parson's Green (can usually only be played during Ordinary Time, but it's OK, I have a coveted and, until now, covert Gold Dubloon).
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Glasgow Queen Street
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Princetown.

Unusually, the return half of your ticket is valid for up to 10 years.

[ 16. December 2012, 21:50: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
If I'd been born when I was supposed to be, I too would have been a Pisces (and may even have shared a birthday with HW, WW and Traveller), but I was a bit previous, so I'm an Aquarius, and share a birthday with Olympic swimming legend Mark Spitz (I suppose that'll be Trivial Fact no. 35).

Anyway, hither and on to Belfast Central
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Let's leave the Hibernian wilds for

West Hampstead
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Quakers Yard (High Level).

That should satisfy him!
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Pontypool Clarence Street
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Largs for Millport
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Killin Junction, change for Loch Tay.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Before 4pm? Isn't that a little - erm - unorthodox. I'm trying to figure out whether that's a ?? or a !! in the records, and the fact that I can't quite see how it's a !!, but played by a skillful player, makes me worry that I've missed something.

Not the first time an unorthodox play has proven game changing, of course. Only within the last year I've seen a Black Belt beaten by a relative novice in the most bizarre manner. The 3rd Dan in question was the usually almost unbeatable Maude Den; she'd lined up the diagonals and restricted reverse shunts right up the Central Line; District, Northern and Picadilly lines were all in Nidd and she currently held three blue chips and two Wild Spoons in Trumps. It looked like a predictable slaughter, given Maude's status and experience in the game. But young Wat Fordmette just plonked his Joker down on Euston Square, and essentially it was mate in three from there with no real defence possible.

I should mention in passing that that's something that the Leamington Spa Loonies ought to stick in their pipes for smoking.

The incident wasn't without controversy, however. Whilst the move was completely legal, there are plenty who cannot believe that Wat could possibly have seen such an obscure chink in Maude's armour - certainly the commentators took several seconds to see the implications of it. No-one's quite sure what to make of the presence of the famous Ray Nurselane (hasn't he come up in conversation before on this thread?) in the onlookers, or the fact that while Wat claimed to need a hearing aid and was clearly wearing one during the game, he'd often been seen without one. Three things are, however, certain:

1. No-one knows where he is;
2. The same goes for the prize money;
3. He's got a great future as a medium.

Oh, and Oxford Street

[ 17. December 2012, 11:14: Message edited by: Karl: Liberal Backslider ]
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
I don't know what KLB is on, but I'm fairly sure he didn't buy it in Oxford Street London (though what you can buy in Oxford Street Abertillery is a different matter...)

Perhaps he acquired it at

Elephant & Castle
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Double Onion
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Don't worry folks, it's probably just his anoraksia kicking in again.

Shall we put him out of his misery by revealing who "Maude" is? Well, here's a photo: only click if you are not faint-hearted.

Meanwhile I prescribe a trip to Edinburgh (Waverley).
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Is it an anagram? And what's with the constant shifting to Scotland??

Let's put some sense back into proceedings (and a bit of risk too) with

Morden

Now we'll see if he's pickled or not...
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
I suspect they were performing the Cheap University Place manoeuvre. A well-known ploy.

Harrow and Wealdstone
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Sticking with the Stones:

Totteridge & Whetstone
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Leytonsdtone.

But that puts the entire Central Line east of Notting Hill Gate into knid, which will prove somewhat inconvenient for Christmas shoppers.

(Oh ... what did you say? It wasn't me after all? Just a common-or-garden signal failure at Liverpool Street? Wipes brow. Well, that's all right then - I was beginning to feel a bit guilty).
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Anything that incoveniences Christmas shopping has to be a good move! Nice one, Baptist Trainfan.

Anyhow, I think we should bimble over to Ravenscourt Park
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
and back to

Elm Park
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
I'm perfectly aware who Maude is, thank you very much. And, flibble, oh dearie me now my hatstand has become pope I can't ride in the St Leger any more - oh what will become of little Anastasia now? - casting nasturtiums on the stability of my mental state is quite unnecessary, Susan.

I'm a little teapot
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
In that case we have to use the Frears Tea Time Biscuit rules and move across the Atlantic either to

Short Street

or to

16th & Stout

(Google is your friend - if you're not boycotting it...)
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Stout = Guinness

and

Guinness = Park Royal (or it did until the brewery there closed).

Anastasia should be quite happy with that, unless she prefers vodka (as she well might, with her Russian background).

[ 18. December 2012, 13:17: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Cockfosters
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
I saw that.

Cyprus
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand

It's..........................................


Fulchester

[Breaking the scroll lock makes everyone else cranky. Please don't. --Ariston, Circus host]

[ 18. December 2012, 15:26: Message edited by: Ariston ]
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Casterbridge (South).

[ 18. December 2012, 15:30: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
You jest, surely?

I mean...

I didn't think anyone would be so - erm unsporting.

Dollis Hill

And may the Lord have mercy upon your soul.
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
You'd better hope He's going to have mercy on your soul after playing that. [Disappointed]

Bethlehem Down
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
An Overground swerve to:

Hampstead Heath. Well, I can still use my Oyster Card, even with carol singers standing outside the station.

Just be glad I didn't take you all to Erewhon (Central). Even ASLEF don't know about that one.

[ 18. December 2012, 15:46: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Dollis Hill

My soul? my soul? I wasn't really given much alternative, was I? I mean, any attempt at a flanking move and I'll have all my trumps ruffed in as many moves. I'm holding two blue chips and a Get Out of Jail Free card, but who's to say that the next shunt wouldn't see me straight through to Todmorden, and that'd really help, wouldn't it?

As Frs. Ted and Dougal would say, "Down with this sort of thing!" and "Careful now!"
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Well, if he's got that card, we'd better give him the opportunity to use it, hadn't we? That might keep him quiet(er), although he would be advised to spend a little time reflecting on the state of his soul before he is sprung back to life (such as it is) in the Outside World:

St. Quintin Park & Wormwood Scrubs - via North Pole Junction.

[ 18. December 2012, 16:39: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Mercifully

Mornington Crescent

Can we start again soberly at

London Bridge
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
Ah, where they used to put the heads of executed traitors on spikes. Let's take a step back to the old gibbet at Tyburn, now renamed as Marble Arch
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Soberly? In this place? I should cocoa.

Bywater for Hobbiton
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
and from Marble Arch a decapitated hop, skip and jump to

Tower Hill
 
Posted by Traveller (# 1943) on :
 
I think it is time for a cautious Edgware Road (Bakerloo line version, of course).
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Canons Park but only in the marked spsces, please.
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Parsons Green, obviously. [Devil]

[ 19. December 2012, 02:12: Message edited by: piglet ]
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Pudding Mill Lane
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
There is clearly some kind of mental association going on there between clergy and rotundity ...

Plaistow. Because it's there.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Quite correct

Hornchurch
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
I wonder if the orbitals have reached escape velocity yet?

One way to find out (and it makes me wonder whether the Derby and District MC club have been allowed back into the Scouts' HQ at Matlock Bath yet)

Drayton Park

This does, of course, invoke a Closed Station Timeshift, since it's not been on the tube system for over a century. Green chip, please.

[ 19. December 2012, 08:45: Message edited by: Karl: Liberal Backslider ]
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Oooh, that was sneaky. You got in there whilst I was making a cup of tea, so I'm going to have to rethink my move.

Closed Station Timeshift, green chip... yes, that means I can play St Helier
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Mortehoe
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Morden
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Down... - no, wait...

Amendment 4 Subsection 4 paragraph 6f does imply that after a green chip timeshift has been declared there is no real prospect of a high straight, as it doesn't list any below the line penalty for it.

Assuming this isn't a mere oversight, I could be selling myself short with that move.

On the other hand, forward maintenance shunts to closed platforms do have a distinguished pedigree; admittedly wartime rules were in place in 1944 when Baron Scourt played his famous duel against Colin Dale, but the winning moves do bear careful examination (after Lyttleton):

BS: Kings Cross St Pancras
CD: Euston !!
BS: Hyde Park Corner
CD: Dollis Hill (blue chip gained at risk of loop)
BS: Acton Town (RS-CP) !
CD: Dollis Hill (central line now in Nidd)
BS: MORNINGTON CRESCENT!

Now, and I think this is where some of the confusion that the Leamington Spa bunch suffer from comes from, Humph did not mark CD's first move in this extract as !! because of the spoon it avoided on Circle/District Westbound, but because it forced a ruff of all of BS' counters within the City Walls. Of course, it was to no avail because BS had three melds in hand and a skewer holding down CD's trumps, so even castling would not have saved him.

But I digress. Classic match; do look up the full transcript.

In honour, Colindale
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
For Elfin safety reasons - North Pole
 
Posted by Traveller (# 1943) on :
 
Ah, KLB, exchanges like that are rare in the modern game. It's all grudges and "what chips are you holding" and worrying about what the Leamington Spa group would do these days.

I'm looking forward to an old fashioned family game around the Xmas tree this year, with the children giving helpful observations, like: "I thought the Northern Line was in spoon, grandpa, you can't play Goodge St there!" and being rewarded with a clip around the ear (just like I remember in my younger days).

Mind you, with all that practice over the festive season, this thread could get more esoteric with some challenging plays devised over the mince pies and brandy butter.

St. James' Park, by the way, was I waffling too much? More mulled wine, I say.

Even so, deliberately soliciting assistance from the so-called experts is a bit of bad show, what? [Disappointed]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
You realise that that implicitly means that Tooting Bec has been called?

I think we have two players in nip, so that really means that seasonal translations are in effect.

What a can of worms you've opened, Chorister!

I can't imagine that I can do much better than Cair Paravel at this point.

Edit - Traveller's cross play doesn't really change my move, but it does mean that lateral transfers are now wild.

[ 19. December 2012, 12:11: Message edited by: Karl: Liberal Backslider ]
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
Pooh Corner
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Trumpton
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
And I get accused of being surreal?

Let's get this half sensible, at least.

Gormenghast Mountain
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
In that case, I have to play Knapford
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
And via Barrow in Furness we are back in what passes for sanity.
 
Posted by balaam (# 4543) on :
 
Tir na nÓg
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
That's got to be one of the worst mass derailments I've seen, and using the Celtic Connection in such a manner...

Just don't do it in Belfast, that's all I can say.

What a bizarre position we are now in. We've got everyone's counters in different realities, only one green chip in play...

Lateral re-entry called for I think, which can only mean Hyde Park Corner.

Travelcards are NOT valid, single fares only within Zone 1.

And Circle Line stations are trumps.
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Lowestoft Central.

You can't get further east than that (well, obviously you can if you go to somewhere like Vladivostok - which then invites the question of when going east actually becomes west and you're coming back the other way. And there's not too many railways in Polynesia).

See what you've done now with your talk of the Circle Line!

[ 19. December 2012, 14:00: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
That's more like it!

X in top left space
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
moving the X along...
Laxå

[ 19. December 2012, 14:26: Message edited by: kingsfold ]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
So that's everywhere except Zone 1 and Metrolink in Nidd, isn't it?

Altrincham
 
Posted by balaam (# 4543) on :
 
No alternative but to open the game up via MediaCityUK.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Meadowhall Interchange

That's very much broken up the pack of reds, hasn't it?
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Not really.

I call 2 No trumps
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Catford Bridge.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Can't handle this - I'm going voluntarily into Nidd until after Christmas...
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Would that be Knaresborough or Pateley Bridge? We need to know, so we can winkle you back home to your nearest and dearest again ...

Perhaps he's just suffering from Acute Carolitis, and needs to be treated with an Infusion of Silent Refection.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Baptist Trainfan:

Perhaps he's just suffering from Acute Carolitis, and needs to be treated with an Infusion of Silent Refection.

[Overused]
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
I meant "Reflection" by the way - although "Refection" sounds a jolly good idea, especially around Lunchtime on Christmas Day.

However, we are still marooned in Yorkshire ...
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Under the circumstances, I think St Blazey may be a good move [Biased]
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
Mevagissey Model Railway
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
Nice move—especially since it sets me up perfectly for taking the HO Line that runs in circles around the Christmas Tree.
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Stuff this for a game of soldiers - Georgemas Junction. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
I could take offence, given my name is Carolus in Latin.

Meanwhile

Dronfield - I hope that helps with the Yorkshire spoon.
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
I thought we'd long since cleared the Yorkshire Spoon (sounds like it ought to be some kind of Morris Dance). But never mind. More importantly, what's still in Nidd? I think, however, that I ought to be relatively safe with

Tower Hill
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Only the entire District line. Never mind.

Incidentally I couldn't sleep last night and managed to catch a live feed (all right, all right, smutty person over there) of the Australian (no) Rules Mornington Crescent pre-Christmas bash. I think about four actual tube stations got mentioned all night, and amazingly it was all within what rules they have. You know you can still move directly from any dockside UK station to any dockside station in Oz, under the Convict Transportation Directive?

I'm invoking the National Ruleset Import regulations here, therefore, in order to play Hobart
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Aha! So you've gone "sarf of the river", I see. Not quite the worst crime in the Book, but it runs close.

We'll have to match that with the bucolic delights of Collier's Wood.

All Travelcard options are now open, providing that there has been no flooding at Embankment.

[ 20. December 2012, 13:28: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
On a worldwide scale, most plays are actually south of the river.

Horton in Ribblesdale, OTOH, is not.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
North Berwick mind the snow...
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
I suppose depending on what sort of snow it is, the entire network might be in knid, so I'm off to Groudle Glen, just in time to meet Father Christmas. [Smile]

edited for coding bollocks

[ 21. December 2012, 03:16: Message edited by: piglet ]
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
You shoukd try Rovaniemi if you want to meet Father C. But he might be Very Busy or even Out.

You could catch the overnight sleeper from Helsinki.

[ 21. December 2012, 07:28: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Hmm - Svalbard was played a few games ago, and I think that as there's been no break that means it's still in spoon even now, so I shan't play it now and thereby create a Arctic roll*.

With the doubling cube currently showing a 16, it's probably risky to move any counters from inner to outer table, so at the risk of being huffed and leaving one or two people with a King, I'm going to have to see your Rovaniemi and raise you Embankment.

And Stick.

*Like a Dollis Hill loop, but with fewer burger bars and more polar bears.
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
ah Arctic roll. Brings back no-so-fond memories of childhood. Ahem...

You need to be careful when you make moves like that that you're not leaving yourself open to the wrong sort of snow, and thus leaving the whole game stuck. At the moment however, that's not really a problem, although the wrong sort of leaves may present a hazard. And with that in mind,

Forest Green
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Excellent. I think that allows me to queen one of my pawns.

Doubling cube now at 32.

I have vague memories of a beer-drenched match back in my mis-spent youth where the local University Mathematics Club (yes, really) joined in. The pub had a laser display screen (very forward looking in those days) and someone had hooked up an old BBC Micro (that dates it!) to it which was able to actually track the game on a tube map.

Of course, players were not allowed to see the screen during play; otherwise you might as well give everyone a timetable and a map and be done with it. However, these guys were very good at holding images in their heads, and suddenly there was a nod from one of the mathematicians to another, a quick play of Watford Met, and then the sound of choking on beer from the chap manning the display, which now showed the word "arse" picked out in blue chips at carefully selected stations.

They lost, but got a special award for inventiveness.

Waterloo
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Ypres.
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Short, and to the point. And presumably presaging the battlefield that this could become if the Leamington Spa mob get wind of it.

I think therefore we should head for Spooner Row to keep under their radar.
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Hmmm, not sure - there are air bases in East Anglia (Lakenheath, Marham, Mildenhall) so there's quite a lot of radar around in the area.

I'll lie low for a bit (underneath the bench on the down platform) and see what transpires. Which means we are still at Spooner Row. Not much choice really, unless a Special comes along: I've just missed the last train and there isn't another one till Monday.
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Poor you, BT. If you stay there too long you'll get arrested for loitering (or something like that), which would be very embarrassing with you being a Man Of The Cloth and all that. I can see the headline in the East Anglian Daily Times ... [Big Grin]

To avert this unmitigated disaster, may I suggest Wick which, although it doesn't have any air-bases, does have a de-commissioned nuclear power station not far away.

[Eek!]
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Erm, Liverpool Street?
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
I'm not worried about the East Anglian Daily Times. But the Ipswich Star is another matter.

Come to think of it, much of the editorial content's the same, anyway.
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Cheltenham Spa

That should cause some confusion.

[Snigger]
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Spa Road (Bermondsey). That really will put them off the scent, but may be seen as incriminating.

[ 22. December 2012, 10:34: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
I've just discovered a stash of blue counters down the back of the sofa, probably enough to get me to Piccadilly Circus, which should take the heat off BT for a wee while ... [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Oh dear me, I'm going to get pilloried for this but I'm taking us all back to

Hainault

at least it is in the Sacred County.
 
Posted by Traveller (# 1943) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Welease Woderwick:
Oh dear me, I'm going to get pilloried for this but I'm taking us all back to

Hainault

at least it is in the Sacred County.

Do you know, I read that as the Scared County? I have cousins who live in Essex and "scared" is not the first adjective I would apply to them or the part of the country where they live. I don't think it is an adjective that I would ever apply to them.

Come to think of it, "sacred" isn't an adjective I would apply to them or the county either, but there again, I don't live there and never have.

Now then: Sunday evening, bank holiday approaching, the whole of Zone 2 in spoon, distinct lack of any chips of any colour that will do me any good and the prospect of rain. The Picadilly line still has a good service running, even on the Uxbridge branch, so Osterley it has to be.
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Piglet's generous gift of chips bought me some valuable time, but now I shall confuse my pursuers homophonically:

Lymington (Pier).

If I say it quietly and with a strong Hampshire accent, they might go in the wrong direction.

[ 23. December 2012, 22:28: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
BT, how's the validity of your passport?

Pimlico is usually helpful in such situations. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Tahnk you, piglet!

Brixton
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Well that's you out of the way, anyway. I can't see you getting back from there before the tube system shuts down for Christmas Day.

Heh - you're in good company Wodders - I do wecall, I mean recall, the great Deb Den getting herself totally roasted in a three way all-nighter as a result of a similar play on Maunday Thursday. Very much all dressed up with no place to go.

Just to ensure the game continues, I'm going to drop an Oyster into the middle of the board for Free Parking and pick up a blue chip. Which means, of course, free passage to Liverpool Street
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
As it's Christmas Eve, I suggest we head off to the Swanage Railway Santa Special for a mince pie or two.
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Hmm ... wasn't there a landslip nearby the other day? The principle is good but it sounds a bit risky IMO.

I'df thought about going to Brockford on the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway instead, but they're closed.

So let's go to Holt on the North Norfolk instead. It's nearer the North Pole anyway.

[ 24. December 2012, 11:48: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Actually, reminiscing about the lovely Deb, whose MC career began in our neck of the woods in the Hillstown and Palterton Chapter of the N E Derbyshire MC Order, brings to mind another incident. We were on a Chapter outing to the Peak, and called in to this pleasant tea room situated in a working farm. We were quite a large party, so the proprietor extended the seating area into a working barn, from where we ordered some sandwiches.

I particularly enjoyed that roll in the hay with Deb, as did everyone else that day.

Simple pleasures in a more innocent time.

Mudchute. Has to be, really.

[ 24. December 2012, 12:00: Message edited by: Karl: Liberal Backslider ]
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Rainhill.
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
M...M...M...Mansion House
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Later, Deb's on-off boyfriend joined us. It was a bit of tricky afternoon after that point, but I understand that after we dropped them off she confided that she was disappointed that he'd not bought her the necklace she wanted for Christmas, he nipped to a little shop he knew and the next morning he knocked her up and gave her one.

Bas Pelargic
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
What can I say after that, except


Bangor

[Hot and Hormonal] [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Did anyone watch the Annual Pre-Christmas get together at Broadcasting House last year? Al Perton was the referee for the formal matches, but it was amazing what was going on at the fringe. I've never seen chocolate éclairs used in that way before in the place of signalling placeholders, but it led to some amusement. I wouldn't like to have been in Al's shoes when he tried to explain the stains to Mrs Perton, but there you go.

The organisers had very sensibly avoided having the Leamington Spa crowd spoil the show by arranging the shindig at the same time as their annual visit to the White Scar Caves. There is, however, no truth in the rumours that a number of keen MCites were seen in the Ingleton area with a quantity of bricks, cement and sand, much as one might wish it to be so.

Truro
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
No clue where we are. No clue where we're going. So lost, even C.C. is out of bounds.

Um, could someone tell me where Porthmadog is?
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
As Ivor the Engine would have said, it's in the Top Left-hand Corner of Wales.

Leamington Spa - did I really say that? Hey-ho, it's Christm .....aaargh!
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
Quick, we need to rescue Baptist Trainfan! This requires a very special intellect. Off to Baker Street we go - the game's afoot!
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
And for further training we need to go to the Central Police College at

Hendon
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Arnos Grove
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Euston Square

So near and yet so far!
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
Monument for Pudding Lane


Just in case anyone is still feeling peckish. [Devil] [Projectile]
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
Well, it's still morning over here. I'm feeling quite spry, actually.

Morning, hm? I'm invoking the Bah Humbug Protocol; Merry Christmas to me!

Mornington Crescent

Now then, where to find a Scrooge who'd contest this very legitimate "it's Christmas, so I can" move? How about Bank?
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Ooh I say - well done, Ariston! As I'm (a) very sleepy and (b) not as sober as I was this time yesterday, I can't think of anything more imaginative than Oxford Circus.

After all, we all want to go to the Boxing Day sales, don't we? [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
See, the logical thing to have done there would have been to invoke the BHP yourself! I'm sure there are people in Alaska, Hawaii, or the South Pacific who still have time to use it . . .

But I can't. Phooey. Let's keep shopping, though, at Knightsbridge.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Shopping? No thanks!

Amersham
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Is it safe to come out now? If so, I might try that shopping lark. What about Brent Cross?
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
No - sod that for a lark!

Richmond
 
Posted by Traveller (# 1943) on :
 
Tricky to play today, what with half the drivers being on strike and loads of shoppers trying to get to the sales. "Special services" all over the place, according to TfL.

Harrrumph. How dare ASLEF let an industrial dispute get in the way of a good game of Mornington Crescent. Uncivilised, I call it.

Apparently, there is still a service to Hammersmith, although you might have wait a while before being able to get away.
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Having lived at Hammersmith, I may have my doubts about the extent to which it is "civilised".


No such doubts about Southwold - who said Chiswick-on-Sea"?
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Sticking with Suffolk, there should be a jolly atmosphere in Ipswich today - we won! [Yipee]
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Oh dear, oh dear!

It is the Feast of St John today so I feel we really need to follow the Singe-on Convention and head for

Ruislip Manor
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by piglet:
Sticking with Suffolk, there should be a jolly atmosphere in Ipswich today - we won! [Yipee]

True, but it was an away match, so there were no crowds on the streets. We went shopping in Bury St. Edmunds, anyway.

I don't understand Singe-on Conventions, so (being a Nonconformist) I'll ignore them.

[ 27. December 2012, 07:51: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Leytonstone High Road
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Stratford High Street
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
King George V
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Queensway.
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Perivale
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Let's get away from the boredom of the Central Line shall we?

A couple of stops on the bus to

Wembley Central

[ 27. December 2012, 09:00: Message edited by: AberVicar ]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
This is almost getting like people are randomly posting the names of underground stations. There are rules, people - about a thousand pages of them if you include all the supplements, addenda and variations.

Or about half a page of scribbled A4 for the basic game.

Now timetables are getting back in order, and before committing to my move, I'm given to wonder if anyone found that Santa had kindly dropped them a copy of the Yearbook for 2012? Some fascinating stuff in there, not least a whole page given over to the Hearing back in February that finally came down on the side of common sense and clarified the matters that the Leamington Spa troublemakers had tried to muddy.

Incidently, I've recently heard that our local primary school will host the April Derbyshire Convention, drawing players from as far afield as North Wingfield and even Baslow, so excitement awaits! I do know that the council is concerned about likely traffic chaos, but at least MC conventions do have the advantage that (a) most people arrive by public transport, and (b) they tend to know when the trains and buses will be running. In case anyone's wondering, though, Dolly Sill won't be there; after that fracas at the bus depot where she gently remonstrated with the inspector regarding the timetables he was working to and those published on line, it's been decided that it's for the best if she and her carer, Mrs Trellis, watch online from Twilight Meadows Sheltered Housing, where a team are on hand to help her should she get a little too excited. It's sad in a way, she'll be quite isolated there as a remarkable number of the other residents have arranged to go and stay with relatives for a few days over Easter.

And with that, Horsforth
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
I had a night out with Dolly, years ago now, and she was getting on a bit then, poor old dear. Still she enjoyed the sherry, Bristol Cream if I recall, but her rather unique way of chasing it with chilled Creme de Menthe caused some raised eyebrows at the time.

Kew Bridge
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Can't see where you're going for the smokescreen.

So let's get back to concentrating on the game.

Stonebridge Park
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
AV, MC is not chess, played in silence with only the moves. It always has been a social activity, with banter, thinking aloud about the rules, and even occasionally (when no-one from Leamington Spa or Abertillery is around) some humour. Perhaps the atmosphere of the valleys of Blaenau Gwent isn't conducive to playing the game in this manner, but that's no reason to cast a primitive chapelesque gloom over the game, as if it were a wet November morning in Tredegar. I know that for you it's a damp December morning near Tredegar, but for most of us it isn't.

I blame Methodism myself.

So it's not a smokescreen, just the spirit of the game as I've always known it played, especially on line where there are no options for knowing winks and facial expression. Dolly'd be hitting you with a handbag by now, but that's Dolly.

Ambergate

[ 27. December 2012, 09:15: Message edited by: Karl: Liberal Backslider ]
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
I think the smoke screen is possibly from the incense from the Solemn High Meeting for Worship help by the Quaker participants - it really didn't need the whole packet sprinkling over the coals, although it did cover up the smell of Dolly's cooking.

Cockfosters
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Not to mention her colostomy bag in recent years.

I don't know why AV's being so dour. After an evening session as guests of the Ebbw Vale Miners' Welfare MC Team, our local lads were really taken by how lively a bunch they were. As you probably know, there's an old tradition in that particular group of playing in the dark with miners' hats, partly to make the older players feel nostalgic, partly to emphasise the fact that most underground stations are, well, under the ground, and thirdly to remind everyone that a coal mine is probably one of the few places as thoroughly squalid as a London Underground station. Old Whit Land proved to be quite a character in particular, I particularly enjoyed his story about the Felin Foel version, which involves a pint of the above mentioned at every horizontal shunt.

Which reminds me - Treorci
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
As we are now approaching The Feast of the Epiphany I think we need

Seven Kings

or this that a bit too much?
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Perfectly good move, but it does put the London Overground in Nidd for three turns.

Right. I'm going to cash in my green chip now; since Dolly Sill has come up in conversation (bless), and it's pretty certain that when the Discworld invents an underground railway system there will be a station there, I'm able to play Dolly Sisters

And remember, trolls regenerate and have 6+6 hit dice.
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Enough of this sororial mixture! To Sevenoaks we must go.

(Unless you live in Birmingham, in which case you must reduce the figure by three).

[ 27. December 2012, 18:12: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Ooo! Ooo! Phonetic match rule!

Fourecks

Drop-bears at every third station. You have four lives and one can of malty vegetable glue.
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Erewhon (Butler Street).
 
Posted by balaam (# 4543) on :
 
Swiftly on to Glubbdubdrib, avoiding Laputa.
 
Posted by Pulsator Organorum Ineptus (# 2515) on :
 
Given that the previous move landed on a Triple Parallel, and there is a full moon, I believe I can justifiably use Wild's Tessellation and play

Damems

although I appreciate this may result in the game becoming stuck in a Harrington Loop.
 
Posted by Pulsator Organorum Ineptus (# 2515) on :
 
Sorry, cross-posted with Balaam there, but I don't think his move has invalidated mine.
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Oh dear. I seem to have hit an Unpronounceable Loop (well, unpronounceable to a not-entirely-sober-after-attending-a-sixtieth-birthday-bash piglet anyway). So, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch it is.

Sorry about that.
 
Posted by balaam (# 4543) on :
 
As it is a birthday, the special outings rule applies, so on to Ib.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Aaaaaaand so on to Llanrwst.
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
As it is both a Friday AND the Feast of the Holy Innocents I feel we have to move on to

Marylebone
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Ah! The old Brum Jump! Years since I've seen that.

When I lived in Nottingham a bunch of us held our annual social at a Birmingham curry house. In honour of the venue, we used the International Variations rules to include all points between Islamabad and Dhaka into the after dinner friendly. We also renamed the Circle Line the Ring of Fire with a red chip at every station within 100 yards of an Indian restaurant.

Things got a bit silly afterwards, what with the chilli eating competition and so on; I was staying overnight with some friends from Kings Heath; they were very understanding and put some bogrolls in the fridge for the next morning.

Palasdari
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Okay then - Burhawal
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Assuming that the Linha do Oeste remains open in the New Year, you can't do better than Bifurcacao de Lares (change for Coimbra-B).

[ 28. December 2012, 09:56: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by Traveller (# 1943) on :
 
This time of year brings happy memories of years ago when I was a nipper and we played family Mornington Crescent tournaments on Boxing Day afternoons. This was long ago before the days of fare zones and automated barriers; when Docklands still had docks rather than a semi-automated light railway; there was no such thing as a Jubilee line and steam still pulled from Epping to Ongar. Ah, happy days.

I well remember my maiden Aunt Maud challenging Uncle Jack's play of Roding Valley on the grounds that it was an illegal reverse shunt and the Fairlop loop was in nidd anyway. (I think a second thimblefull of sherry may have had something to do with the assertiveness.) I didn't learn anything about the rules of MC from Uncle Jack's reply, but I did learn a couple of words of Anglo-Saxon that I hadn't heard before. Uncle Jack was not invited the following year.

My cousin Martin was a wonderful player and his intimate knowledge of the post-war Beveridge amendments under which we played confused all the adults. He once made a move to Green Park which he claimed was allowed as a cross-line diagonal on a bank holiday that caused such discussion that the mince pies were overdone.

I can't quite make that move here, but in the same spirit (cheers, don't mind if I do), Victoria.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
We had special house rules for Christmas, to help the younger players. I forget how many times there were derailments at Knapford, but I've always said that the Fat Controller needs firing, the number of incidents, crashes and bizarre goings on on Sodor. The Thin Controller's narrow gauge railway isn't much better.

"Cinders and Ashes!"

Harrow and Wealdstone
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Oh, that one's easy peasy!

Old Street
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
If we were playing chess, and you were 8, this is the point that I'd say "Are you sure you want to move your Queen there? Absolutely sure?"

But we're not, and you're not, and MORNINGTON CRESCENT!!!

[Yipee] [Two face] [Big Grin] [Razz]

[ 28. December 2012, 11:15: Message edited by: Karl: Liberal Backslider ]
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Might I gently remind you that, carried away as you are in the euphoria of your apparent triumph (mutters darkly into handkerchief) that you have omitted to cary out Rule 55 and so placed the entire Underground system in both spoon and nidd (admittedly ASLEF have been trying to do the same ths week, although your approach is clearly more effective).

So - descend from the heights and START US OFF AGAIN!
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Victory is victory.

In the same way as some pool players like to smash the pack as hard as possible on break, I think...

Heathrow Terminal 5

[Killing me] [Killing me]
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Queenstown Road Battersea
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Bethnal Green - she's got a lithp.
 
Posted by Pulsator Organorum Ineptus (# 2515) on :
 
Brill
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
(Yawn) Not again! That's my speciality!

Oh well, if it's fish you want, then it must be Hull (Paragon).
 
Posted by Pulsator Organorum Ineptus (# 2515) on :
 
Well in that case:

Troutbeck (CK&P)
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Sandplace (Looe branch). And here's a lovely picture of a GWR Steam Railmotor near there just a few weeks ago.
 
Posted by Pulsator Organorum Ineptus (# 2515) on :
 
Sir - you leave me no option but to use Lartigue's Folly:

Ballybunion

There!
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Ouch!

This could be very painful ...

I might even need to ask my "friends" from You-know-where to rescue me, such is my sense of desperation! And damn the conequences ...

[ 28. December 2012, 17:02: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by Pulsator Organorum Ineptus (# 2515) on :
 
Not - gasp! - the Railway Correspondence and Travel Society?
 
Posted by Traveller (# 1943) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pulsator Organorum Ineptus:
Not - gasp! - the Railway Correspondence and Travel Society?

No, no, no. That isn't a valid destination for the game of Mornington Crescent. BT means, well, you know who, you must do, don't you? You know, initials of "LS" and all that.

Anyway, assuming that BT and I understand each other, the next move had better be Kilburn.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Dour, Mr Backslider? No, just sober... and concerned for the serious reputation of a game the inception of which I was in a previous life involved with.

I do hope the alleged banter ceases to resemble this year's Christmas Round Robins (cf the wonderful ripostes broadcast by Lynn Truss on the Today programme.

BTW, you need to know that nothing culturally significant ever happens in Ebbw Vale: even the Eisteddfod there had to take place outside the town boundaries.

Since it is in the course of reconstruction, I'll throw in

Blaenavon High Level

before going to bed.
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Traveller has indeed sussed me out. We're not talking Liverpool Street, by the way, although that might be a useful ruse.

A little lower than that last place in Wales, and fully reconstructed some years ago.
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Thanks for that, BT - I'm providing the cheeseboard for a dinner-party we're going to on Hogmanay, and there's a wonderful cheese shop on the concourse at Liverpool Street.

Kelvedon
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
There used to be a wonderful cheese shop in Usk, where once it was possible to get a train to

Monmouth (Troy)
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Ah, cheese shops - now you're talking! When I was on my way to Heathrow in November I bought a couple of wonderful cheese filled batons at the one at Victoria.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
I suppose the cheesily obvious place to go from here is

Cheddar
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
I had thought of that, however it seemed a bit obvious.

Garsdale onthe Settle & Carlisle might be better - nearest station to Hawes these days.
 
Posted by Pulsator Organorum Ineptus (# 2515) on :
 
I expect I will get into trouble for mentioning Cheesewring Quarry (Liskeard and Caradon Railway).
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
In that case, we can dip down below the Alps and take the Milan Metro (M2) to

Gorgonzola
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Gouda (Goverwelle).

Not to be confused with Edam.
 
Posted by balaam (# 4543) on :
 
Over to Monterey (Jack).
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
Bishops Lydeard (for the Cheese and Cider Special [Big Grin] )
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Cider, eh? Or even cyder?

Aspall & Thorndon (Mid-Suffolk Light Railway), then.

Isn't the name board pretty?

[ 29. December 2012, 22:58: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
The host of the dinner-party likes Stilton, so off to Melton Mowbray to pick it up.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Leominster
 
Posted by balaam (# 4543) on :
 
Gloucester
 
Posted by balaam (# 4543) on :
 
Gloucester
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
I assume you are moving to Gloucester Central and thence by foot to Eastgate (or at least where it was).

Let's open the game out at

Severn Tunnel Junction
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Box.
 
Posted by Sioni Sais (# 5713) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by AberVicar:
I assume you are moving to Gloucester Central and thence by foot to Eastgate (or at least where it was).

Let's open the game out at

Severn Tunnel Junction

<tangent>
Balaam's move was perfectly valid regarding the weekend before Christmas. Once you got to Gloucester you jolly well stayed there!
</tangent>

Following the less than inspired quadrilateral to Box we can proceed, to Thingley Junction.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Too much cider, annwyl Sais, as 30th December is not the weekend before Christmas, at least in Gloucester.

Let's go and get some more cider to dull the pain:

Weston under Penyard
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
quote:
Following the less than inspired quadrilateral to Box ...
Certain people might feel aggrieved by that comment!

Of course, cider is made elsewhere in the country: Colyford.
 
Posted by Traveller (# 1943) on :
 
Well, if we'm talking of zider, then we has to go to praper zider country, like Stogumber.

PS Karl LB's absence is worrying. [Ultra confused]
 
Posted by Sioni Sais (# 5713) on :
 
Karl LB is probably cribbing, and that is not allowed. If there is nothing to that effect in his book, he should return it forthwith for Not Being In The Spirit Of The Game.

Back to this game: Attleborough.
 
Posted by Ceannaideach (# 12007) on :
 
Barkingside
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
Vauxhall - for Battersea Dogs Home (which also takes in cats now, apparently).
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
In which case, Catford.

Miaow. [Snigger]
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Hounslow Central
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Goldhawk Road
 
Posted by Traveller (# 1943) on :
 
Westminster to be close to Trafalgar Square to celebrate the new year.

(Yes, yes, I know that a certain station is closer, but that would be a shoe-in to get to MC, so I can't play that. The walk up Whitehall will do me good. [Cool] )
 
Posted by balaam (# 4543) on :
 
Trafalgar Square may be the traditional place, but the place to be is along the river for the fireworks. Plus 2013 is an odd numbered year, which brings rule 37b back into play. I could wait for midnight and win, but instead a short hop to Southwark to watch the fireworks.

No reversing south of the river under rule 37b, so that should be interesting [Smile]
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
Bank for The Shard, which is putting on a special light display tonight.
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
South Kensington
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
For a Scottish piglet, the logical stop for Hogmanay revelling is Waverley.

Happy New Year ... **hic** [Devil]

[ 01. January 2013, 04:34: Message edited by: piglet ]
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Which opens up a straight run to open 2013 with

Mornington Crescent

Now let's see who can make some progress with a start at

Turnpike Lane

bearing in mind that cross-diagonal working is only allowed in reverse during years that end in -13. (Lloyd George's Hawarden rule, since you ask...)
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Congratulations!

Tower Hill
 
Posted by Pulsator Organorum Ineptus (# 2515) on :
 
Temple
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Tottenham Court Road
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Barons Court
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
Hampton Wick
 
Posted by Pulsator Organorum Ineptus (# 2515) on :
 
Down Street
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Trafalgar Square's probably quieter than it was last night, so Charing Cross should be safe enough.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
So year yet so far!

Caledonian Road
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Feeling a bit catty so

Purfleet
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Obviously (since I'm not feeling very inspired)

Catford

is the best place for you!
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
Petts Wood Junction [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Pulsator Organorum Ineptus (# 2515) on :
 
Barking
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Hallo everyone, I'm back! Three days near Cardiff (Central) visiting son and new daughter-in-law.

Happy New Year.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Merely been away for a few days; nothing nefarious going on. TLBOMC isn't a cribbing masterclass anyway.

New year, new year... but same old reputation. Might as well ruff the diagonals; they'll claim you did anyway.

Rayner's Lane

[ 02. January 2013, 22:31: Message edited by: Karl: Liberal Backslider ]
 
Posted by Pulsator Organorum Ineptus (# 2515) on :
 
I'm glad you ruffed the diagonals because that allows me to do a cross-diagonal reverse with double cut-off and withdraw a token for

Trumper's Crossing Halt
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
That's a very bold move for this early in the year, POI. However, I'll put it down to post-Hogmanay exuberance and inject a spot of common sense:

Hainault

PS Hello BT! Happy new year! [Smile] **waves in a vaguely easterly direction**
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
I thought someone might go over there - how about

Holland Park
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
You can do much better than that, surely: Harwich (International) (for the Continent) ... Felixstowe or Bexhill for the others, if you know what I mean).
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
As my family hailed from Felixstowe [back on the cat kick from above, I think], or at least settled there after being chased out of France in the 17th and 18th centuries sometime - and I think there are still a few of them about. Anyway I think family history, as well as the Huguenot Amendment to the MC Rules of 1575, leads me to suggest we now cross the channel and head to

Gare du Nord
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Yeah, but that invokes two things - firstly, the Waterloo Shift, doubling points for everywhere French speaking but simultaneously putting the Nip on all ferry terminals, and secondly forcing the game to run in reverse from a reverse shunt into Arnos Grove. This means no-one can call MC until we get back to Turnpike Lane, unless of course someone can claim both utilities and all the pink and orange properties.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Pinch, punch - the third of the month

Turnpike Lane

and no return! [Devil]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
So that's the Waterloo Shift cancelled then.

This of course makes it almost like a new game. Blue chips remain, but all other counters return to "home" stations.

Kings Cross St Pancras.
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
I'm really, really worried about the way we have got locked into the Piccadilly Line. It's almost enough to ask that nice Mr. Crow to call his buddies in the RMT out on strike and force us to Proceed At Street Level.

However that is probably pushing things a bit far, so probably the best thing is to park ourselves at Kensington (Olympia) and wait for one of its very occasional trains to return us to sanity.

P.S. Using the Overground or a Main Line service would be cheating (or at least Bad Form); under the LMS (Withdrawal of Outer Circle Service) Amendment (1940) you are only allowed to utilise the District Line bay platform.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
You sure you've not been taken in by some of the nonsense from Leamington Spa? That sounds very like some of the claptrap they come out with. You will be aware, of course, that the whole question of the LMS Amendment and its relationship to (a) nationalisation, and (b) privatisation under the Tories was one of the matters that resulted in those shameful scenes at Wolverhampton a few years ago. We'd hoped we could draw a veil over those events, but clearly some confusion still exists. It's a shame, and poor Arn Ossgrove's nerves will never be the same again - he still starts hyperventilating at the mention of Goodge Street, the poor love.

Kings Cross Thameslink and [Razz] to the Leamington Spa idiots.
 
Posted by Pulsator Organorum Ineptus (# 2515) on :
 
Are we playing to the 1911 rules?
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
That all depends who you ask. Anyway, do you mean the March Variation, the September Amendment or the October (Scotland) Authorisation (either version)? Imprecision of that kind will get you nowhere in this game.

Except, perhaps, to a certain station in the Kilburn area whose name we mention only with Bated Breath (think "Doris Mill" and you'll be in the right sort of area).

A glance at the food of your page, though, leads me irresistibly to Ingrow (West).

Or is that too great a disappointment?
 
Posted by Pulsator Organorum Ineptus (# 2515) on :
 
Yes, my page enjoys a good meal from time to time. Stops it withering away.

Disappointed? Au contraire, quite flattered, my dear fellow.

Obviously I can't play another Midland station in response, but perhaps one with a MR connexion would rise to the challenge, hence:

Corpusty and Saxthorpe (M & GN Jt)
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
I was confused by the above and lost and didn't know where to go but then a light dawned:

'Ah," I thought, "I remember Adlestrop."
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
I don't know who gave KLB that bl**dy book for Christmas, but if I ever meet him I'm going to stand up to my full 5'1½" and punch him in the midriff. And I'm normally the most peaceable of piglets.

As it was pay-day today* [Yipee] I suppose Bank is safe enough.

* I love the Canadian habit of paying you fortnightly - it precludes that awful feeling of too much month left at the end of the money I used to get in January.
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Starting from next March [i.e. 2014] I will be getting 25 pay days a year - 12 from my normal work pension and 13 from the UK Government, which is a rather nice thought.

I agree wholeheartedly about staying off the Piccadilly Line so how about

Harlesden
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
That's perilously close to Boris Kill (now there's an idea for disaffected Londoners, even though I'm a Pacifist) so I think we should head South of the river. I wonder if the Croydon Tramlink is in knid? If not, we might take an amble to Coombe Lane.

I like trams.
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
That's an interesting move so much so that I think we had better remain below the line and head to

Sundridge Park

though why anyone would want to is another matter entirely.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Windsor & Eton Riverside
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Players might like to afford themselves a short distraction with this fascinating set of architectural pictures from the Daily Telegraph website.
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
St Albans Abbey
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Durham (Elvet).
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Hold on to your hats!

Ilkley

for t'moor.
 
Posted by Pulsator Organorum Ineptus (# 2515) on :
 
Duirinish
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Sydney Parade [Dublin]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
I don't know why anyone's blaming TLBOMC, but I can arrange a short boxing match between Piglet and my mother in law if that's what she wants*.

I know some people think I've got a bee in my bonnet about the Leamington Spa mob, but it's hardly out of proportion to the harm their constant bickering is doing to the game. I ask you:

1. Who is responsible for Arn Ossgrove's nerves, as previously mentioned?
2. What group is the reason that the Leeds Metropolitan University MC group is disbanded and under an active Students' Union resolution not to reform under any circumstances?
3. Why does Rayner Slane still [censored to protect the innocent; you all know what I'm talking about here] left nipple?
4. Who knows what happened to the Nettle Inn's landlady's lapdog, Cyril?

The answer to all these questions is a very simple one, and has nothing to do with TLBOMC.

Oh, and Mudchute


*Obviously actually I can't.
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
That's an easy one, KLB

Birkbeck
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
I'm glad you think so.

Cheese

Seems safe; I don't think anyone's anywhere near the "Turn Crank" square.

I think that gets me two Chance cards, doesn't it?

[ 04. January 2013, 12:42: Message edited by: Karl: Liberal Backslider ]
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Only if you have purple chips to play at the same time.

Peartree (not for Partridge Green).
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Let's take the purple chips north to

Morpeth

where you can eat them around the corner from the station at the Beetroot Restaurant

or do what you like with them...
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Sorry - it seems to have closed down. Can you suggest another suitable eaterie, as some of us are beginning to feel a bit peckish.
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Allow me to oblige...

Peckham Rye
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
All the best places..

I have taken you before to

Hatch End

for Sea Pebbles which is always reliable even if you have to queue.

Suitable for Friday or Sabbath Eve if your religious sensitivities require.
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Chalk Farm, I think next.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Burnt Oak
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Sounds somewhat like we all firstly over-indulged, and then we're getting remedies for it. The temptation to shift the game to somewhere with a well-known foodmarket is very great.

I shall however resist, and play Wapping

[ 04. January 2013, 15:28: Message edited by: kingsfold ]
 
Posted by Pulsator Organorum Ineptus (# 2515) on :
 
That gives me the opportunity to play my City and South London Railway Bonus Card and I'm going to plump for ...

...

erm ...

...

Swiss Cottage
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
Back to cheese with the Swiss connection? [Big Grin]

I suggest we all head to Embankment for a nice stroll along the Thames, to walk off some of this indulgence.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Eel & pies anyone?

Dalston Kingsland
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider:
... a short boxing match between Piglet and my mother in law ...

No, really. I'm sorry - I have nothing whatsoever against your mother-in-law. [Big Grin]

Meanwhile, back at the game ...

Surrey Quays
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Perhaps to commune with the soul of my political mentor:

Highgate
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Well, that doesn't sound like Sir John Betjeman, who went to Highgate School ... and Bernard Jenkin MP sn't old enough ...

What about Charles Clarke (former Home Secretary), who presumably leads us to Norwich (Thorpe)?

(I think we can include "Thorpe" as Mr. Clarke is a Labour politician - the mere mention of the word might still give Liberals apoplexy!)
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
I think most true Liberals will be apoplectic enough with what has been done in their name over the last few years!

St James Street
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Your blue and red tokens are seriously tarnished and the yellow ones have fallen apart.

Only one place to go:

Custom House
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Chadwell Heath

And, as I pass GO I pick up 4 blue chips and a couple of purple ones!
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Just don't replace the rainbow on your shoulder with the chips.

Upney
 
Posted by Pulsator Organorum Ineptus (# 2515) on :
 
Abermule

Oh dear!
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Well let's go to Disneyland Railroad Main Street

where there's an organ you may press ineptly to you heart's content...
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Aldeburgh - home of Orlando the marmalade cat and also the excellent Cragg Sisters Tea Room where my wife and I partook but an hour ago.

Sadly the railway beyond Leiston was Beechinged.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
I hope you had a lovely time! I cleaned the house and nursed a streaming cold. [Mad]

Let's go to Norwich - just because we can.
 
Posted by Pulsator Organorum Ineptus (# 2515) on :
 
Well, we'll soon squash that ploy!

Guide Bridge
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
As a schoolboy I used to go to Pontypool Road in the weeks before Christmas to spot very rare (in this part of the world) Class 40 'Whistlers' on a goods special from Guide Bridge.

Which takes us to Newport (High Street)
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
You raise me rare spotted Whistlers, and I raise you greater striped Insignias.

Llantwit Major
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
As it's not quite Twelfth Night yet (well, not here anyway), BT's Defunct Stations Permit (2012 Festive Season) is still in operation, and he very kindly e-mailed me some green chips:

Tolleshunt D'arcy
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Birkenhead Woodside
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Sheffield Wicker
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
I fear that any mention of "Wicker" draws us irresistibly to Southwest Scotland and, in particular, the Portpatrick & Wigtownshire Railway. There is a choice of location so why not choose Gatehouse of Fleet? - that gives me a chance to use up those pesky tartan chips that have been cluttering up the drawer ever since Alex Salmond announced the Independence Referendum.
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Molesworth
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Yarck
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Oh, great!

That means I can play Newton-le-Willows!
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Lowton
 
Posted by Pulsator Organorum Ineptus (# 2515) on :
 
St John's Chapel (NER)
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Hightown
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Lower Edmonton (Low Level). [Smile]

[ 06. January 2013, 21:52: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by Alaric the Goth (# 511) on :
 
Holbeck (High Level)
 
Posted by Pulsator Organorum Ineptus (# 2515) on :
 
Tyndrum (Lower)
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
All these ups and downs are making me feel dizzy. [Ultra confused]

Norwich should sort that out. Very flat, Norfolk. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Latchkey Kid (# 12444) on :
 
As are the fens.

Ely

(If it's a sunny day visit the cathedral)
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Elie - Scottish Region.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Lye
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
This is clearly getting silly - but I am afraid I am inevitably tempted by Eye - change at Mellis for stations to Liverpool Street.

On the other hand, you can still catch a train at Lye - something you haven't been able to do at Eye since (I think) the 1930s!

[ 07. January 2013, 08:20: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Rye
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Which of course means I can fly to East Midlands Airport
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
On the 7th of the month? Very dubious...

We'll get back on the ground at

Rhoose Cardiff International Airport

which for better or worse is now the longest official station name in the UK!
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
I'm not sure that was a good idea but if you insist then I shall have to take us to

Bache
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Ah. Now that's interesting. I, the blue chips having been cached in, in order to avoid putting the eastern half of the network in Nidd, Zone 1 being currently +5 THAC0, notwithstanding the Dronfield Convention rules about passing loops, Goodge Street, once again, as is my wont, will play.*


*Sorry, once they've taught you Latin you can never quite drop the habit.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
That, I'm afraid, takes us on an excursus to

Albano Laziale
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Heol Llanfair-ym-Muallt, naturally.
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Well, at least no-one went to Wye!

The Italian connection was going to draw us to Clerkenwell - nearest station Farringdon.

However, the unpronounceable Welsh name has scuppered all that: the best we can do now is Roman Bridge on the Ffestiniog branch.

By the way, everything west of Holyhead is now in Spoon (not to mention submerged).

[ 07. January 2013, 12:05: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Erm, Leamington Spa?
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Booooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!

Perfectly legal play, of course. The Boo was for the LSM, not for the play or the player.

You do realise, of course, that I'm faced either with the loss of my Queen*, or...

Dollis Hill

*Victoria, natch.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Baptist Trainfan:

However, the unpronounceable Welsh name

Shame on you, as a good chapel boy. "Hlan-vire uhm mee-alht" isn't unpronounceable at all.

"Ty'n y caeau" is more of a bugger, but there's no station there.

Which reminds me, the next BBC weatherman to mangle "Capel Curig" wins a wooden spoon around the back of the head.
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
PHEW ... Thanks! (breathes sigh of relief) ... I'm having trouble keeping up with the pace of this game!

Leicester (Belgrave Road) - that'll fox them! And I can say it!

[ 07. January 2013, 12:10: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Since closed stations are still sugary (and to annoy KLB)

Leamington Spa (Milverton) for Warwick

[Devil]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
No, sorry.

Dollis Hill

(bad code puts you in spoon)

[ 07. January 2013, 19:43: Message edited by: Chorister ]
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Ince & Elton

Just for fun, really.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Wonderful - that gives me a perfect reverse opposed diagonal to

Leamington Avenue

Now try to get to bloody Dollis Hill from there!
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
I won't even try - but a look on G++gle Maps suggests that we may be but a short stroll from South Merton.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
It's not so much a case of trying to get there as trying not to.

So. I could play Euston or even, at a pinch, High Street Kensington. But both would essentially boil down to coming en guard in quarte, with the obvious downside.

Hence, Dollis Hill
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Well, linking with the Mrs Merton allusion, and since there's an 'n' in the month, we can have future stations as well as past.

Wythenshawe Park Metrolink
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Dollis Hi....

Only joking.

Future stations down which leg of the trousers of time, though? I'd like to suggest something from my fantasy trousers of time here (stop sniggering in the second row, you!) and post Manor Top

Although there is already a tram stop there, I'm referring to the underground station that will be built when they build a tunnel from Darnall to Dronfield, in order to make my commute easier. This tunnel will have a lit cycleway in a parallel tunnel to the railway so that I never again have to cycle up Prince of Wales Road in Sheffield.
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
In that case I post you Didsbury Village (opening in the summer, apparently).

Doesn't sound very rural to me but, then, I don't know Manchester.

[ 07. January 2013, 13:19: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Ach, that's an easy one.

Dent
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Ha!

Mornington Crescent

Now using the Albert Memorial Rules from

Bow Road
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
That clearly sends us on the "Golden Arrow" (what a wonderful name for a train) to Dover (Marine).

[ 07. January 2013, 14:05: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by Pulsator Organorum Ineptus (# 2515) on :
 
Seems rather obvious but:

Crathie (GNSR)
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Stonehaven should avoid any awkward loops ...
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Peel
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
The obvious move would be to Orange, but I'm not sure we're allowed to go to France on a Tuesday. However something to do with kitchen tools is clearly required, so what about Counter Drain (M&GNR).
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
This is all getting rather surreal. I don't know what you lot have been on over Christmas, but it's clearly not what was served in my family.

So I think we need to go to Elephant & Castle
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Wibble my old man's a dustman a wondering minstrel I oh mother now I'll have to sing for my supper again mr flibble is angry I am a fish I am a fish I am a fish I am a fish I am a fish Arf arf tuppence more and up goes the donkey millenium hand and shrimp Cockfosters
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
[Eek!]

[Paranoid]

[Disappointed]

[ 08. January 2013, 08:48: Message edited by: kingsfold ]
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
New Cross Gate
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Prickwillow

even though it closed in 1850 already...
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Ah, thank you nurse.

Harrow and Wealdstone
 
Posted by Traveller (# 1943) on :
 
KLB, obviously, your nurse is an Angel
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Oh she is. There with the meds every time reality bites.

Now the blood level in my caffeinestream has dropped back to normal levels I can consider the situation after the earlier holding moves.

Actually, some interesting questions are raised at this point in the game. Northern Line Spoons of course are the subject of many column inches in Totally Mornington Crescent and Weekly Nidd, as you probably know. This is an unusual one, though, with several counters held at signals awaiting a space on the Central/District shared lines. There are two obvious options - a move to the Jubilee line, or a full frontal assault on Hainault. Our choice between them raises important questions. Are the blue chips likely to be evenly spread? Will the Hainault option fall foul of a Trump Ruff? Will the switch to National Rail running tracks derail the reverse shunt attempt at South Kensington? Has Baptist Trainfan's little issue been resolved by the antibiotics? How did Alaric find the beer with the pepper in it? Could Mohammed move a mountain or was that just PR?

Leaving aside the question of how many roads a man must walk down before they call him a man, I think it's probably safer to eschew both options and run to Paddington. That'll clear the Spoon but of course there's still every danger of a dead heat on the Central Line with deep-level stations in Nidd. Depends, really, on how AberVicar responds.
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
The antibiotics are working fine, thank you. They have reduced my oppressive fear of certain folks in the Midlands (Shakespeare Country, you know ...) by 95%. Of course, they might just be placebos (how would I know the difference?) - but even then there is always the issue of mind over matter to be factored in.

Your last post leaves us with very little choice, even though it puts the whole of Latin America (east of the Andes) into spoon: Lima (Desamparados).
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Baptists Trainfan, you're a star!

Hampton Court
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
You're spooning in Latin America [Eek!] . how very... something. I think you may need to change your meds, LMS or not - it sounds like you've got some masty side-effects there.

In the hope of keeping my few remaining brain cells active, I feel a sideways spoon is in order, and so I offer you Wemyss Bay

ETA: blast you Wodders, though on reflection, my move can still stand.

[ 08. January 2013, 11:00: Message edited by: kingsfold ]
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
[Smile]

Bridlington
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
A modest move: Filey.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
I see what you're doing there.

And I hope you don't see what I'm doing here:

Dover Priory
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
I think Exeter St Davids should put a spanner in your works.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
And very painful that would be too!

However, that's not quite what I was aiming at. It feels a bit underhand, but unless I'm very much mistaken there's now a vortex bearing straight down North London taking me to

Mornington Crescent!

I think we should play the reverse version this time around. Mornington Crescent is therefore by definition the opener; let's see if we can drill back to the first station in the forward game, were we playing one.
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
So are you saying that the aim is to get back to Exeter St Davids (which was the final station before your MC)?

Oh, and by the way, Rayners Lane
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by kingsfold:
So are you saying that the aim is to get back to Exeter St Davids (which was the final station before your MC)?

Oh, and by the way, Rayners Lane

No; the intention is to play the entire game backwards working out what the previous move must have been from the move just played. Until we get there, we don't know what the starting station was.

For example, for someone to have got to MC from Rayner's Lane, the Northern Line must have been in Spoon, and at least two players must have declared their diagonals. Therefore, it naturally follows that the preceding move can only have been Mudchute.

See how this works? To help a little, for a move to Mudchute, there must have been a blue chip available on the Circle Line and no reverse shunts wild. That should give you a clue as to the previous move.
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Sudbury Hill Harrow

[Snigger]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Good Lord! It must have been! That's an unusual move.

Trying to establish possible re-entry points that could have been used to get there, I'm forced to conclude that the move before that must have been, amazingly, Magrathea

This is a lot more taxing and complex than the forward game, isn't it?
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Playing the entire game backwards, seeing as the Holgate Bridge turntable is out of action until Friday, earliest, will mean a highspeed reverse shunt all the way to Noitcnuj Droftaw. Hang on to your hats.
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
I'm sorry; but if we are travelling by Multiple Unit then we merely have to switch to the other cab and - as if by magic - we are going forward once more. Mind you, we would still need a Reversible Line (now that would flummox the Fat Controller) or else we would need to do a Permissive Double Reverse Shunt to allow us to access the Down Slow Line (Rule 55 naturally applies, together with the use of Signalling Collars and Facing Point Locks).

Assuming we've done all that, then we can daintly alight with Elaine at Ruislip Gardens, although the electric train will no longer be red (except for the doors). I'm not sure where John Betjeman got onto the train, presumably at Challow or Wantage Road

[ 08. January 2013, 15:49: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Bounds Green

My co-ordination is too poor for going backwards very far so if this round gets too complicated I shall have to bow out until the next one. [Frown]
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Of course the most "backward" of places was Dylan Thomas' Llareggub - but we don't want to confuse AberVicar, even though it is presumably near him on one of the Welsh Lines such as the Taff Vale or the Rhymney.

[ 08. January 2013, 17:09: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Llareggub was somewhere near the sea, so not in any of the valleys.

Let's stay very close to home and confuse matters with a past and future station that does not exist in the present.

Abertillery
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Up the valleys and down again. Smell the coal, look you. Trehafod
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Warren Street - enough of this Welsh nonsense!
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Quite right, BT - a little Welsh nonsense goes a very long way. As it happens, my order of red-and-yellow counters* arrived by owl this morning, so off we go to:

King's Cross (Platform 9¾)

* I'm a Gryffindor, obviously.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
This little piggy went to

Market Harborough
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Did he really? I wonder why.

Winchester (Cheesehill).
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
I think you need to explain that one, BT. I don't see how one could have got to Market Harborough from Winchester. I'm fairly sure that the previous move would have had to have been Berwick upon Tweed, because of the diagonals and the reverse flush in trumps.

Any other thoughts?
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Of course there are other thoughts.

For example, Birmingham Snow Hill
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Thinking, I'm afraid, is not my strong suit.

Loughborough Junction
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Aha! So the first move must have been Euston Square!

Let's just nip across to Euston then to start a normal direction game.

Interesting, in reverse, isn't it?
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Don't bother going to Euston at all!

Leamington Spa
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Taking a bit of a chance here

Regents Park
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
You may be. As yet no-one has a full set of any colour, so rents are normal, but it will only be a matter of time before someone starts building hotels.

If we were playing the dice version (it's been done a couple of times on ISIHAC) then it'd be safer; as it is, I don't need to roll a double pi to go to South Kensington
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
I'm still using the spinner which takes us back to

Leamington Spa

[Devil]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
There's only one possible move after that, and it's glaringly obvious:

Dollis Hill

Think very carefully now; I can imagine getting into a position where the only possible move after DH is LS, and after LS, DH. An infinite loop.
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Hopefully Osterley will lend it a Moebius quality.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Ugh. I never thought I'd play this move, but it can't be avoided.

Leamington *spit* Spa
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Since they are considering a reopening of the Loop

Henbury

might solve the problem, placing Dollis Hill in knid until the end of 2013.

KLB might like to compare this with the famous West Country trials of 1950 which concluded that MC would not work within the boundaries of the former Great Western Railway alone, but could not survive without some reference to Brunel's masterpiece. The situation changed somewhat with modernisation, and especially diesel-hydraulic traction. With the impending electrification of the Main Line, is there scope for calling a conference to reconsider this situation?
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Which segues nicely in to my move:

Bristol Temple Meads
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Thank goodness we're going the right way again. It was very hard work trying to play backwards.

OK, so we are currently at Bristol, and Dollis Hill is in knid (phew). And I've got green chips, somehow!

Therefore my play is: Berkhamsted

[ 09. January 2013, 17:16: Message edited by: kingsfold ]
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Moretonhampstead (change at Newton Abbot).

Or is the whole GWR in spoon?

Anyway, euphony rules!

[ 09. January 2013, 17:19: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Now we appear to have gone back in time instead.
Tamerton Foliot
 
Posted by balaam (# 4543) on :
 
Exploiting the time loop brings us neatly to Miles Platting.
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Cheadle Hulme
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Six Mile Bottom.
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Faversham
 
Posted by Latchkey Kid (# 12444) on :
 
Isle of Sheppey
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Island Gardens.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Barry Island

Chips anyone?
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Would those be leek or daffodil flavoured, I wonder? Or perhaps dragon (a bit scaly but extra hot)?

Alternatively we could get a good dash of Northern grit at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. It's so bracing, even on the west coast.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Far more bracing at

Scarborough
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
I was there for the URC Assembly in July. For two whole days we couldn't even see the sea!

Much nicer weather at Morden, one hopes - at least it's further south! And if it rains you can always get up to Town, by the Tube, to see a Museum or go to a Show. (Happy 150th birthday yesterday, by the way - tho' the Metropolitan Railway isn't strictly the "Tube", is it?)
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Surely that has to lead us all to Drayton Park AND it gives me an extra Blue Chip!

[Big Grin]
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Highgate

Turn the blue chip into a red token...
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Kensal Green to commune with the MC players of the past.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Royal Oak
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Park Royal
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Lowestoft

A prize for anyone who knows what Park Royal and Lowestoft have in common!
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
They both featured in the Christmas Eve grudge match between Barbie Can and Col Earswood on Radio 4 last year? As I recall, Barbie played the first and Col the second.

Thing is, can I now riposte with Barbie's blinding play of Debden? Unfortunately, I don't think I can. At the point of the above play, Col held all three trump honours, and Barbie had four red chips and a Get Out Of Jail Free Card. Our situation is quite different, what with the Northern Line in Spoon and Nidd threatening the Hammersmith and City line.

So...

Langwathby
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
I thought not!

Brislington might give you a further clue.
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Sir, you have insulted us: there are no mere omnibus people on this site. Fie!

However, the 1966 connection from the Bristol & North Somerset to the late and still-lamented "Slow and Dirty" takes us neatly to Evercreech Junction where "Evening Star" is waiting in the centre road to take our train on to Poole and Bournemouth.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
[Voice=Mrs Doyle]

No clues!

[/Voice]

Oh, and Croxley
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
As a reward I am happy to take you back to

Loughborough
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Oi! Is this MC we're playing, or Public Transport (bleedin' decades ago) Trivia?

Attercliffe Road
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Which would you prefer it to be, I wonder?

However, to set us on the straight and narrow, let's take a breezy trip to Hampstead.

(The breeze, by the way, does not come from the Heath but from the air pushed through the tunnels by the trains).
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Trivia better than tedium.

Which is what you'll find at

Wimbledon
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Loughton
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
MORNINGTON CRESCENT!

I'm entitled to play that as, sadly, I shall be detained in an NHS Siding for the next few days and unable to join in. I hope that I can soon resume my travels with you.

Don't fall into the trap of thinking that I've been abducted to that place near Warwick!

I leave it to someone else to Mind the Gap and Close the Sliding Doors ...
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
Well, if you forgot to start a new game, I will—at no stops past Barking.
 
Posted by Imaginary Friend (# 186) on :
 
Good time to jump back in.

Heathrow Terminals 1,2,3
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Uxbridge

PS BT, good luck with your detention! [Smile]
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
South Ealing
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Swiss Cottage
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
I'll soon put a stop to that efficient nonsense!

Headstone Lane
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Isn't that rather a brave play on a Friday? Maybe it's just my meds, but I can't quite see how you're hoping to get past Zone 2 that way without getting huffed.

All will doubtless be revealed. Before that unpleasant business with the Leamington Spa Morons, it used to be quite normal aim to Queen any pawns by reaching Morden during Peak hours, then use them to perform a reverse shunt, capturing any pieces within Zone 1. Nowadays this is seen as Not Really Playing The Game, possibly because of the similarity to the (illegal) ruling that the LSM were pushing for that would enable promotion of pawns at Heathrow and Watford Met.

All water under the bridge in theory, but the legacy is still with us.

Finsbury Park
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
It may all be water under the Bridge. There is still however water...

Stamford Brook
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Southam & Long Itchington

may help KLB to exorcise the devils that still seem to haunt him. Cheaper than meds or analysis into the bargain!
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Aaaaaand AV is indeed Huffed: Bristol Temple Meads

So that's AV's counters put back to - let me see..... yes, Exeter St David's seems quite a nice place to see you get back into the game from.

[Snigger] [Snigger]

And BT - that puts your Zone 3 counters in spoon as well.

Blue chip, os gwelwch yn dda*.

*"please"
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Your internal political confusion is obviously taking over. If you won't go where's best for you, keep taking the pills!

And the rest of us will go to

Pinhoe
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Speak for yourself - I only intend to pass through Pinhoe, very fast, en route to Island Gardens
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Really?

Let's go nearer to the wee midgies.

Prudhoe
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
If it's wee midgies you're after...

Rannoch should do nicely [Devil]

[ 11. January 2013, 12:25: Message edited by: kingsfold ]
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
More at

Västerås

I suspect...
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Hmmmm....

Garsdale again, just so that I can mention the Moorcock Inn, because it's funny.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Garndiffaith
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Appley Bridge


which sounds much lovelier than it actually is.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Appledore
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider:
Hmmmm....

Garsdale again, just so that I can mention the Moorcock Inn, because it's funny.

...and it's not a bad pub, I've been there a few times, my dad used to live in Sedbergh.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Fastest walking I've ever done was to get there for some Old Pec before it closed.

Hawes

Yes, really.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Ha!

Let's go across the world to

Hawthorn
 
Posted by balaam (# 4543) on :
 
Lakeview Depot (You did mean the Hawthorn in Oregon, didn't you? There's one in Melbourne too.)
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
As I've just had to miss a day due to Technical Difficulties* I'm a wee bit confused, but you're all used to that by now.

Tenterden

* snowstorm that caused a power cut that lasted from 7 on Friday morning until about 7 on Saturday evening. **brrrrrrr**
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Seven Sisters
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Hope you kept warm, Piglet!

Birmingham Snow Hill
 
Posted by Pulsator Organorum Ineptus (# 2515) on :
 
Hello, hello, hello, what's going on 'ere then?

Constable Burton
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by AberVicar:
Hope you kept warm, Piglet!

Sort of no. [Frown]

At the time it felt as if I'd have been warmer in Vladivostok. [Eek!]
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Istanbul Serkici

Warm in summer, at least.
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
I think, Piglet, you just mean Vostok. Which, let me add, is not warm at all, even right now in the summertime.

[ 14. January 2013, 04:16: Message edited by: Ariston ]
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Yes, but the fares are so expensive!

Cheaper, easier but perhaps not as scenic Willesden Junction.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
What a comedown on such a miserable morning!

Only have the energy to go as far as

Willesden Green
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Somewhere possibly a little prettier...

Great Missenden
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Fairlop should be safe enough on a Monday.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Roding Valley
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Hmmm.

Lambeth North
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Canterbury

Naturally. As easy as ABC.
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Sittingbourne - I'm not feeling particularly ambitious today.
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Gunnersbury
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Well, that was an interesting long weekend. I nipped down to Reculver where they're fleshing out the 2014 rulebook. Some interesting general directions are now in the public sphere, albeit not well publicised. The Leamington Spa mob are in for a bit of a shock, as the new rules will quite explicitly counter some of their sillier ideas, so it's looking likely that we'll hear less special pleading and see less damaging internecine strife from that direction.

To summarise: the varying Nidd levels have been coalesced into a single set of rules equivalent to the current State 3 Nidd. Spoon and Nip now cover the same ground as State 1 and 2 Nidds (they were virtually interchangeable anyway). Reverse shunts are explicitly wild, and one cannot receive a blue chip within two stations of where one was last huffed.

These rules will come into place on Advent Sunday 2012.

Goodge Street
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Sounds like you had a long year - or was there more interesting stuff on offer than the local beer? As a protest, I'll haste us up to

Milverton
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
You must know by now that the new rulebooks are prepared a year in advance and released Advent Sunday the previous year. I apologise for my typo in saying 2012 rather than 2013 for implementation.

Gormenghast
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Hogsmeade
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Passing the Quaffle to...

Godric's Hollow
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Bristol Temple Meads

for Gothic beauty in the real world.
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
For that move to be allowable you are obviously playing by the 1904 [Amendment] Rules in which case I can take us straight to

Hartford & Greenbank
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Or possibly he was just playing a dodgy move.

Either way, it's a clear run into Frogstar World B from here.

Those diagonals are stacking up aren't they? Don't do what poor old Ed Jweir from Botswana did last year and end up putting the whole of Zones 1-6 in Nidd. It took hours for that game to return to any kind of normality. Apparently Ed still wakes up in the dead of the night screaming "Acton Town, no, not Acton Town! I want my mummy!"
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Acton Town

[Devil]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Oh well done that man.

Except, of course, that for AV's last move to stand wer are playing by... no, wait, makes no odds anyway.

Dollis Hill
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Leamington Spa

or

Bristol Stapleton Road

depending on which planet you currently occupy...

allowable by the Collett (1928) Amendment, since both stations are ex-GWR
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Either leads to Dollis Hill...
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Oxford
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Oxford Road
 
Posted by Pulsator Organorum Ineptus (# 2515) on :
 
Limerick Junction
 
Posted by Traveller (# 1943) on :
 
As MC is only a game,
All excuses are thus rather lame.
All except those
In which KLB shows
That the LS mob have no shame.

Pimlico
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Hang on a minute till I find my passport ...

**rummages in drawer beside computer**

Found it!

**phew**

Bergen [Devil]
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Freiburg im Breisgau
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
After a move like that it just has to be Hainault.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
What a comedown!

Loughton
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Well yes - and no.

Statistical analysis by the MC Stats Advancement Division (MCSAD) shows that the traditional play here may not actually be the best.

It's hard to evaluate, because the traditional play is definitely safest, preventing anyone castling or otherwise ensuring their safe passage to MC for four turns, but this "safety" applies also to the player making the traditional move.

The alternative strategy of huffing the player to the left and claiming a blue chip doesn't allow for this safety, and in the hands of inexperienced players usually leads to defeat, but skillful players can be shown to increase their chances of a quick win by this alternative strategy.

Worth reading in the latest edition of MC Digest, if your branch of WHSmiths stocks it. Oddly, it can more often be got at railway station branches than anywhere else, rather like Fortean Times. But I digress.

Tottenham Court Road - and a blue chip. AV; you've been huffed.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
In your dreams...

But I'll happily take us next to the Bure Valley railway and the Huff'n'Puff Trail:

Aylsham
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Dalston & Kingsland and I'll collect my blue chips please.
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
For a moment there I thought I had it [Big Grin] - but then I realised I hadn't. [Frown]

Never mind, I shall take us instead to Cyprus - that's the station, not the island.
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Makes me think of Beaconsfield as Egypt isn't too far away from there...
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Throwing caution* to the winds:

Elephant & Castle

* Friends of ours used to have a wee dog called Caution, so that when they took her for a walk they were Exercising Caution. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Just a step to

Lambeth North

I think that confounds KLB's attempts to confine me, as the Stockwood amendment (1975) allows Leamington Spa within any given two or three moves...
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Time to move into the Chilterns methinks.

Chalfont & Latimer
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
I'm back folks! Although I shall be sitting in a Siding at the Depot for some time ...

I wonder if it is too early in the year to venture back from all that nasty Metroland countryside to the more urban pastures of St. James's Park? After all the ducks will need feeding if the lake has frozen over.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Tower Gateway
 
Posted by Traveller (# 1943) on :
 
I don't believe it! What an opening! Thank you AV! [Cool]

Mornington Crescent

Where to start the new game? Hmmm.

Ladbroke Grove has some interesting opening gambits for you all to enjoy.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Very glad you had the nous to recognise the chance, Traveller. I think we'd better go to

Leamington Spa

given that Dollis Hill is in Knid until it stops snowing.
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
No snow here, so Dollis Hill would be a valid move. But wanting to avoid the somewhat inevitable loop, I suspect Hyndland may be a better play.
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
AV, that was an exceedingly daring (or may I even say foolhardy?) move to make, especially during daytime. Anyway, you got away with it - perhaps they were all at lunch. But why didn't you take the safer route north via Rugby?

Now, we have been talking loops but I give you circles in reply - and Scottish ones at that! Cathcart.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
BT - I have a natural preference for GWR where possible.

So why not go to

Swindon
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Because of the roundabouts, that's why.

Westbury
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Using my snow points at last - whizzing along the down slide to Penzance.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Saint Erth
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Thinking of tomorrow's weather, and returning to London as we are wont, I think we need to go to a station once known as Snow Hill or Holborn Viaduct (Low Level) but now tamely called City Thameslink.

Get your shovel, brazier and fog signals ready, AV. And call out a Pilot Engne to see you through the drifts.
 
Posted by Pulsator Organorum Ineptus (# 2515) on :
 
Ah, then I can employ the so-called Duke of Lancaster's Slip to play

Burnley (Barracks) (L&YR)

Eeh lad! It's grim Up North!
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Ah, you need to make a visit to Bleath Gill - enjoy the video!

(Admittedly Bleath Gill was not a station. But I believe that this move is still permitted under the Northern Hemisphere (Exceptional Weather Dispensation) 1947 Amendment which has never been excised from the Rule Book, although unlikely to be invoked on the Central line west of North Acton, for example).
 
Posted by Pulsator Organorum Ineptus (# 2515) on :
 
I know it well, Sir. Hence

Ribblehead
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
If the lines are going to be afflicted with The Wrong Kind Of Snow™, then the best way to go is underground, where there won't be any:

Oxford Circus - if the weather's nasty, maybe the shops won't be too busy.

PS Welcome back, BT. [Smile] **waves**
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
My pilot engine has got me as far as

Panteg & Griffithstown

by means of some kind of time warp.

Perhaps KLB can tell us if there are any rules governing how we get back from here, as I'm damned if I know...
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Who needs rules to tell you how to get back?
A little imagination should do it nicely, so I think we should take an interplanetary straddle to Betelgeuse. Might just sort the wrong sort of snow issues as well!
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Not on a Friday you don't! I think you're in personal Spoon for two melee rounds and have a -5 to action for 1 turn.

Meanwhile the rest of us can play our Holy Avenger +5 and woe betide any opponents of chaotic evil alignment.
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
You all need to calm down ... dear, dear, such childish behaviour!

A visit to Trumpton is clearly in order.

There.

(Mind you, I do wonder about the weather situation in the top left-hand corner of Wales ... has anyone heard from Ivor and his Friends?)

[ 18. January 2013, 11:10: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
They've all gone to

Pontypool Road

to keep warm.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Snow on the line - all trains cancelled!

Aviemore Sledge shop
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Not up here they're not!

Helensburgh
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Nor here!

Llanybydder
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
They are DEFINITELY no trains here until March: Clogwyn.
 
Posted by Pulsator Organorum Ineptus (# 2515) on :
 
Just to remind everyone of life's darker side:

Walkden
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
There aren't any here either - the Newfoundland railway was closed many years ago with a speed that would have impressed Mr. Beeching. However, there's a couple of carriages and a snow-plough preserved at Avondale, which you might find useful at the moment over on your side of the Pond ... [Big Grin]
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Archway
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by piglet:
However, there's a couple of carriages and a snow-plough preserved at Avondale, which you might find useful at the moment over on your side of the Pond ... [Big Grin]

Yesss ... but wasn't the Newfoundland Railway narrow-gauge? Its trains wouldn't fit our rails!

I trump your Archway with my London Bridge.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Thus opening up a wide diagonal to

Mornington Crescent

[Killing me]

Let's start again up-to-date and in another part of the world:

Sandton
 
Posted by Pulsator Organorum Ineptus (# 2515) on :
 
Allowing me to cross the Müngstener Brücke and play my X-ray card with

Remscheid
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Aha, you didn't realise I've been keeping a secret stash of red counters under my bed!

Komsomolskaya
 
Posted by Pulsator Organorum Ineptus (# 2515) on :
 
Oh, I've got some of those, too:

Barnsley
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
What about Clydebank (Central)? - Mrs. BT's home town, as it happens.
 
Posted by Pulsator Organorum Ineptus (# 2515) on :
 
Now that we are within sight of tidal waters I can, under the Maritime Dispensation Rule (1922), travel by steamer (choice of Caledonian or Glasgow and South Western) to

Brodick (Isle of Arran)
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Oh well, if we're talking about islands:

Ballasalla, where there was a Seriously Good Restaurant. [Cool]
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Belsize Park
 
Posted by Pulsator Organorum Ineptus (# 2515) on :
 
Quatre Septembre
 
Posted by Traveller (# 1943) on :
 
Ah! Zut alors. Je pense que les chips rouges permit me to voyager to Filles du Calvaire, as it's not in spoon on a Sunday evening.
 
Posted by Pulsator Organorum Ineptus (# 2515) on :
 
Aha! Then to avoid demurrage I shall play

Sèvre Babylone
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
On the other hand, goulash-lovers could try visiting Vörösmarty tér on the oldest Underground line in mainland Europe.
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Avignon
 
Posted by The Weeder (# 11321) on :
 
Lindesfarne
Not entirely sure where this leads, but think it is worth a punt...
 
Posted by Alaric the Goth (# 511) on :
 
Worth a Punt? Then we should go to Cork Glanmire Road, preferably when a B1a 4-6-0 is departing for Dublin...
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Punt? Oxford Circus, Shirley?
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
No, Cambridge Heath.
 
Posted by Traveller (# 1943) on :
 
Next stop has to be St. Paul's for the service of thanksgiving for faithful duty.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
I think both are acceptable plays. Obscure Blackadder reference allows me to play Hull

[x-posted with Traveller. AV - you seem the most Humphlike here - ruling?]

[ 21. January 2013, 08:40: Message edited by: Karl: Liberal Backslider ]
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
**zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz**

Eh?
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Are you on a Sleeping Car service? They should have turfed you out long before now.

Fort William.

[ 21. January 2013, 09:58: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Pitlochry
 
Posted by Pulsator Organorum Ineptus (# 2515) on :
 
Forsinard
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
It appears that recently the "Piglet Follows the Weeder" Convention has been superseded by the "Piglet Preceded by Pulsator" Protocol, which may require recourse to KLB's Little Book. [Eek!]

While he's looking for it* and because it's still Monday (well, it is in Newfoundland) I'll content myself with playing

Chancery Lane and hope for the best.

* It's probably under the coffee-table - that's where it would be if it were in my house.
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Tottenham Court Road
 
Posted by Traveller (# 1943) on :
 
Goodness, piglet, that's a brave move, nearest station to the lawcourts and all that. We get enough lawyers (barrack room variety and all that) here on MC without tempting them by playing Chancery Lane. [Ultra confused]

Quickly moving on, take the next train to Mile End.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Meadowhall Interchange, obviously. Buses, trams and trains are all running.
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
What is it about Sheffield that draws you there like a moth?

Why not go to Westfield at Shepherds Bush instead? There are plenty of buses, tubes and trains there too although I admit to the lack of Supertrams.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
It's not uncommon, where there are a range of possible moves, to use stations you know well.

But to make you happy, Heathrow Terminal 5
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Is Heathrow terminal 5 actually functional at the moment?

On the other hand Kelvinbridge most certainly is.

[ 22. January 2013, 10:24: Message edited by: kingsfold ]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Hardly relevant, given sub para 3 of Section 5 of MC 2010 by a Mr Brooke-Taylor and a H Lyttleton (dec.) - not in print, of course, but I thought everyone serious bought a copy as soon as it came out anyway.

Harrow and Wealdstone - I think you know why. Red Token if you'd be so kind.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
**zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz**

Gnnnn....
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider:
Hardly relevant, given sub para 3 of Section 5 of MC 2010 by a Mr Brooke-Taylor and a H Lyttleton (dec.)

Do we really have to take notice of them? I mean, it's not as if they invented the game or anything.

St. John's Wood for Lord's, where they can doze undisturbed until - and beyond - the beginning of the next cricket season. Mind you. Mr. H.L.'s doze will last longer than that. [Angel]

[ 22. January 2013, 10:55: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Baptist Trainfan:
quote:
Originally posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider:
Hardly relevant, given sub para 3 of Section 5 of MC 2010 by a Mr Brooke-Taylor and a H Lyttleton (dec.)

Do we really have to take notice of them? I mean, it's not as if they invented the game or anything.

St. John's Wood for Lord's, where they can doze undisturbed until - and beyond - the beginning of the next cricket season. Mind you. Mr. H.L.'s doze will last longer than that. [Angel]

Since their yearbook is (or was) a distillation of rulings, rather than their specific ideas about how the game should be played, it's a useful reference.

Let's really annoy AV seeing as he's playing the "pretending to be asleep" game and nip over to Ceti Alpha 6
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
I was enjoying your compliment of being Humph-like and trying out various ways of doing it...

If you want to go to that hell-hole, the next stop has got to be

Rahim Yar Khan
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand it's back to Magrathea [Yipee]
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Rigel VII
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Is The Restaurant at the End of the Universe playable at the moment? If so, consider that the move.
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
But we could go even further than that: Chesham.

I don't know if they have restaurants there, but surely they must have - it's leafy Bucks, for goodness' sake!
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Rubicun III
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
There's a good Indian on the Berkhampsted Road in Chesham....

Northolt Park
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Aldeia
 
Posted by Pulsator Organorum Ineptus (# 2515) on :
 
Fangfoss
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
If we're on the hunt for good restaurants ...

Belfast York Road is reasonably handy for Nick's Warehouse, a favourite haunt when I worked at the Art College and D. worked at the Cathedral; it's just round the corner from both.
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Waterford (Plunkett) - to be sure!
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Wolf 359
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Willesden Junction
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
That's a bit iffy, Kingsfold. Strictly speaking, given that Essex is now in Nidd, that qualifies as a parallel block and in an international match the referee might well rule advantage to your opponent and spoon you.

We're a bit more flexible here, so perhaps rather than require the move be rerolled, or impose the spoon, perhaps I can move to Finsbury Park?
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
That allows me to invoke the Rules of Acquisition and take us to

Ferenginar
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Bank

Both a move and an instruction.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Hmmm... Let me assimilate that and take it to

Borg Prime
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
quote:
posted by KLB:
the referee might well rule advantage to your opponent and spoon you.

It's likely to be the best offer I get all day, possibly week.... [Big Grin]

Meanwhile, Holborn
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
As an acquaintance of mine wrote:

I can hear the loud snoring of the girl that I love
As she lies here beside me asleep with the night
And her drool in a slow trickle soaks in my pillow
Reflecting the glow of the winter moonlight

I have nibbled her ear, nuzzled her shoulder
Spooned up behind her and fondled her tits
Yet still she is snoring, still she is drooling
Ah well no rumpy tonight then, ah shit.


Grindleford
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Celibacy has its attractions...

Grindelwald
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Ahaha! Ahahahahaha!

Durmstrang
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
You do know that there is only one possible way forward from there, don't you?

++ Sighs wearily ++

Dollis Hill. Now look what you've done.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
That was totally unnecessary. You could have played a Finsbury Fandango, off the top of my head.

But, of course, now you've started it:

Leamin.... .... no, wait... St. Alban's Abbey
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Won't work, I'm afraid. The Finsbury Fandango only applies to Saturdays when Arsenal are playing home matches.

So we're still at Dollis Hill, even though I grant that the banks of the Ver offer a more pleasing aspect than those of the Brent.

P.S.Where's that Welsh Vicar-chappie just when you need him? A disgraceful dereliction of his responsibilities, in my opinion.

[ 23. January 2013, 13:18: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Shovelling snow, since you ask...

Now:

QI'tomer

Where the Klingon-Federation Peace Accord was signed. You should be able to reconcile your parallels from there with a little warp technology.
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
I'm almost afraid to ask what you two have added to your hot toddies. Still, better make a move to

Fairlop
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Seven Sisters.

Phew - back to normality!
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
MORNINGTON CRESCENT

What a time to return to normality eh?

Off we go again...

Watford Met
 
Posted by Pulsator Organorum Ineptus (# 2515) on :
 
Ruislip Gardens
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Island Gardens (DLR).

Gone to the dogs, I'm afraid.
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
I actually met the dogs coming the other way ...

Green Park
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Totteridge & Whetstone
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
Aha! So we're in ampersand territory now, are we? Very nice, if possibly indecisive.

Chorleywood & Chenies.
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Wrenbury

because it's in Shropshire. [Razz]
 
Posted by Pulsator Organorum Ineptus (# 2515) on :
 
Adlestrop on the "Old Worse and Worse" Railway
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
Yes, I remember that. [Big Grin]

Harviston End
 
Posted by Pulsator Organorum Ineptus (# 2515) on :
 
Machynlleth

That's not my move, I was just clearing my throat.

Morning ...

Wait for it!

side Road (North British Railway)
 
Posted by balaam (# 4543) on :
 
Silkstone Common
 
Posted by Pulsator Organorum Ineptus (# 2515) on :
 
This may not be the greatest place to be on a day with heavy snow forecast, but

Abbots Ripton
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
If there's heavy snow forecast, then Aviemore's probably as good a place to be as any.

Happy skiing!
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
In that case, Ptarmigan Top Station.

I agree about the perils of snow at Abbots Ripton (posted upthread), although I do think that our signalling and brakes have improved somewhat since 1876.

[ 25. January 2013, 07:41: Message edited by: Baptist Trainfan ]
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Qo'noS

Wear high boots to avoid the bites of the targs!
 
Posted by Imaginary Friend (# 186) on :
 
Guys, just a warning that we'll be closing the thread for a break fairly soon. We wouldn't want the electronic scoreboard that KLB so kindly brought along to run out of batteries now, would we. [Smile]

I'm not going to give the game away, but I'm pretty sure one of you has an open reverse shunt into MC if you play it right.

iF
Circus host

[Edited for spellink.]

[ 25. January 2013, 10:16: Message edited by: Imaginary Friend ]
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
That sounds like the link on my local railway company's website: "Planned Disruptions". It somehow always makes me smile.

Dare I say Highgate (High Level)?
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
You mean we haven't got either the lovely Samantha or the equally lovely Sven scoring?

Well, that's blown my daydream then.

Anyhow, I think Highgate suits nicely.

ETA: Oops. Can you tell I'm having a bad day? Revise that to Barons Court

[ 25. January 2013, 10:47: Message edited by: kingsfold ]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Samantha and Sven are both involved, fret not. The electronic display board was set up by Sven, but it is a little temperamental; Sven doesn't seem to quite have the knack, which does make him quite cross, but he soon brightens up when Samantha appears to twiddle his knob whenever it goes down.

ULAS J1120+0641

Should take long enough to get back from there to stop the hosts closing the thread in the immediate future.

[ 25. January 2013, 10:50: Message edited by: Karl: Liberal Backslider ]
 
Posted by Ceannaideach (# 12007) on :
 
Especially if we throw Royal Leamington Spa into the equation.

What? At least I didn't say D****s H**l
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Dollis bloody Hill

It doesn't bloody matter now...

[Mad]
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
After those last two moves, there's only one thing to do.

Mornington Crescent
 
Posted by Baptist Trainfan (# 15128) on :
 
As Shakespeare would have put it:

Exeunt severally, pursued by a bear..

On that note of erudition, I bid you all farewell.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Earth has not anything to show more fair,
Than an elegantly parked train.

Brightside Railway Sidings

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz. [Snore]
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
Bad move, Chorister. No way out of those sidings, thanks to the weather.

All routes to Mornington Crescent are blocked due to the wrong kind of snow. Please feel free to panic.

Thread CLOSED
—Ariston, Circus Host
 
Posted by AberVicar (# 16451) on :
 
Don't forget to lock it or we might have some more fun...
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
"Fun" isn't the word I'd use, but . . .
Thread REALLY closed!
—A(A), CH
 


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