TFL’s French WiFi

So, Transport for London appears to be routing WiFi traffic out to *France* on some underground stations.
I was passing through Marble Arch the other day and Swarm was picking me up as about 8K from L’Arc de Triomphe in France
and Bond Street showed me as in the neighbourhood of Sevres (11K from L’Arc de Triomphe)
Since I was underground, the only method of geolocation was the WiFi endpoint, meaning the traffic was going through to France. But *why* ?


If you have played the original Pokemon games, you’ll know Abra was a headache to catch, using Teleport to escape at its first opportunity. The only way to stop this was to either catch him on your first go, or use a skill that would stop him using that move – such as one that induces sleep.

In GO, he still makes an appearance, but will escape at his first opportunity. I managed to hatch one out of an egg while I was at home:

And this morning, at Victoria Rail Station, managed to find (and catch) a wild one. A lot weaker than the one out of the egg, but still 😀

My technique was to use a Great Ball (have picked up a ton of those recently) and curveball him. Managed to get a curveball + nice bonus this way.

Tower of London

The Tower of London. A great tourist attraction. Great history…. and a bloody Magikarp nest.

Still can’t complain, picked up a couple of Dratinis here (not enough to call it a Dratini nest) and also picked up the infamous Pikachu. Pikachu is the only Pokemon in the game that I have encountered so far that actually uses a voice rather than computer-generated screeches and squeals for its signature call.

9 public transport announcements and what they actually mean


Picture the scene: it’s 7am, you’ve managed to drag yourself out of bed and to the station in time for your train and you’re sadly clutching your coffee and waiting to fight for a seat, only to be lied to by someone you’ve never met.

That cheerful voice that booms over the speaker announcing signal failures, a cow on the tracks or even this, is the real reason you’re often late to work. If the announcer would only tell the truth, life would be a whole lot easier.

You’ll recognise these common public transport announcments but what do they really mean?

1. The delay prediction

What they say: ‘The 6.30 train to Birmingham is running approximately ten minutes late.’

What they mean: ‘Ha, ten minutes late, as if! Enjoy standing out in the cold for at least another half an hour.’

2. The platform change

What they say: ‘The…

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