Your time starts … Now.

12Aug10

Not only was my train cancelled because the incoming service had developed “emergency engineering works at Newark” but every other train leaving London for Yorkshire was not running because of a euphemistic “Police Incident” displayed on the screens but a “Person struck by a train” on the station announcements.

At least an hour’s worth of trains were delayed and although not in the middle of rush hour, the station was still very busy. I started to estimate the cost of the incident in terms of wasted time, lost productivity and monetary cost. However I quickly realised that I could use the extra hour of non-productivity to think a bit more about my speech, and especially how I might begin.

While pacing the station concourse and queing for a coffee, here are a few of the options that I considered.

“Hello, good afternoon and welcome…”

“It was a dark and stormy night…”

“Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to witness the birth of a marriage…”

“Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy…”

“As B awoke from a night of uneasy dreaming…”

“It is a truth universally acknowledged…”

“I’ll start at the very beginning…”

“Once upon a time…”

“Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin.”

“’twas brillig…”

“Welcome to just a couple of minutes…”

“Yo dudes…”

“Hey – it’s nearly all over…”

“Stop fighting and listen…”

“I’ve started, so I’ll finish…”

Or maybe I’ll think of something different while I wait for a connection in Doncaster.

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