I am in Dublin at the moment and as one is wont to do in this city on a wet dreary weekday night I went out with a few friends for a bite to eat and a couple of glasses of Shiraz in a local hostelry. And a pleasant time was had by everyone, improved on my return home by the news that Chelsea had been dumped out of the Champions League.
But more delights awaited when I opened the lid of my Apple Mac to find in my email inbox, courtesy of a correspondent who had ensconced him- or herself behind a wall of anonymity, six uniquely unforgettable photographs and an outraged press statement from those good folk who transport the people of Belfast and Dublin to each other’s cities by rail.
First the press statement:
Now the text might be a bit small for many to read so here is what it says:
Tuesday, 13th March 2018. A Translink spokesperson said:
In the interests of the safety of our customers and staff, the PSNI were called to Lisburn station last night to remove a group of passengers engaging in anti-social behaviour from the Belfast-bound Enterprise train.
We view anti-social behaviour as completely unacceptable and offer a reward of up to £1,000 for information which leads to a successful conviction.
And now to those photographs. Here they are in the order in which they were sent and received. As you can see the pics are of people disembarking onto a railway platform which I am reliably informed is the platform of Lisburn station at or around the same time as the police had been called there to deal with anti-social elements.
By the way you will see in Pic 3 a notice on a wall informing the public that Translink operates CCTV on the platform. Now that might make for interesting viewing.
And now to this morning’s quiz :
- Which Belfast newspapers do the people exiting the train work for? The Belfast Telegraph, The Sunday Life, or both?
- Extra marks for matching these names to the pictures: Ciaran Barnes, Ali Gordon, Paul Ferguson, Christopher Woodhouse?
- Which of the four above had just hosted a party in Dublin for colleagues to celebrate getting a job at the BBC in Belfast? And who is now going to be very lucky to keep that job?
- What will the management of the Bel Tel and Sunday Life do about all this? Nothing? Or nothing at all?
- What will the PSNI do about the affair? See 4. for clues.
- So, anyone out there interested in the £1,000 reward?