Following those revelations that ingenious pigeons were using the tube
to cut down journey time, I hear that London Underground has recently
conveyed another breed not known for regular recourse to public
transport, none other than Sir Tim Bell.
It seems that the London traffic jams, caused last week by Monsieur
Chirac’s visit, delayed Sir Tim en route to a meeting with the Law
Society’s strategy committee.
Being a resourceful kind of guy Sir Tim abandoned the comfort of his
chauffeur-driven Bentley and plunged into the tube - a mode of
transport not used by him for some years.
Once descended into the depths of London Underground, I hear Sir Tim was
baffled by those newfangled ticket machine thingies and was ultimately
assisted by a kind elderly passenger who directed him on his way.
Meanwhile Sir Tim’s henchman, and former prime ministerial adviser,
Jonathan Hill CBE, waited anxiously on the steps of the Law Society HQ
and was repeatedly mistaken for a doorman by delivery men and asked for
directions to other sites in Chancery Lane.
(Coming soon in the Diary...Peter Gummer gets in a bus.)