Last night I was chatting to a friend on Twitter and suddenly found myself watching a real life drama unfold. The leadinglady was EmmaFirth, journalist with the Daily Telegraph and also heavily pregnant. Her husband JamesFirth played the part of the 7th Cavalry and the cast of characters included #swt (South West Trains) and other Twitter users too many to mention.
The tweets below represent an abbreviated history of the story in which dozens of commuter trains were stranded for hours with no apparent plan to rescue them. In the end some of them, including our pregnant heroine, broke out of their carriage and made a daring and adventurous dash down the railway line to safety in the arms of her man.
The curtains open and we find EmmaFirth in a crowded railway carriage somewhere outside Woking:
EmmaFirth Bloody stupid trains. Been stuck outside woking for 40 mins on second delay of evening. Grr
tref @EmmaFirth oh dear. You need to relax – try some breathing exercises etc.
EmmaFirth Now 50 mins not moving. At least cavalry of @jamesfirth charging to woking on his ford focus on off chance i ever get to station!
tref @EmmaFirth @jamesfirth If I strain my ears I can hear the bugle sound the cavalry charge
EmmaFirth @tref sods law says his charger breaks down. I’m so going for pizza if that happens!