Penalty fare

Taking time out from my Tokyo report to give a knee-jerk reaction to something I hate. Transport for London’s Travelcard Cushion will surely strike a chill into the heart of every Londoner.

Travelcard cushion It’s like having a gas bill-print cushion. This is the thing that symbolizes deadly daily routine, delays, overcrowding and expense. Who would want it printed huge on a cushion? Or am I just a grouch who needs to finally sign up for an oyster card?

8 Responses to “Penalty fare”

  1. Carlotta
    June 14, 2011 at 9:08 am #

    Oooh but it’s got my birthday date on it! my 30th no less…hmmm, actually, yes, you’re right! What a depressing idea for a cushion…

    • myfriendshouse
      June 16, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

      Spoken like a true Londoner. A quirky coincidence, but there must be more aesthetically pleasing ways to commemorate your birthday.

  2. meshell
    June 14, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    8.30 off peak – shocking!

  3. Kate Ward
    June 16, 2011 at 12:46 am #

    I think its quite cool!
    And perfect for those with nostalgia (I no longer live in the UK)

    • myfriendshouse
      June 16, 2011 at 10:18 pm #

      If you’re not having to pay the – as Meshell says – shocking price of £8.30 to get around for a day I can see they might have some nostalgic attraction.

  4. Ashley Allen
    September 2, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    Thank you for promoting my hard work, and linking to the shop it can be purchased from. 🙂

    • myfriendshouse
      September 2, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

      Thanks Ashley. As you can see from the comments not all our readers are the tube-phobic miseries that I am. The lady living abroad got a warm nostaligic feeling from it. I’m afraid I just can’t while my handbag is full of the real thing. Thanks for commenting.

  5. Ashley Allen
    September 5, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    Of course – all feedback is much appreciated, positive or not so! he he
    The cushion actually came as a result of trying to produce something fun out of my not-so-fun 12 hours a week on a train to London. Of course, when you’re in the heat of it, you’re not going to enjoy the reminder! 🙂

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