Like Nick Jones (NCE 5 October) I too commute hours to and from London on trains without enough seats. However, fed up with always standing, I recently purchased a shooting stick and no longer need worry about finding a seat on the train.
This arrangement has provoked varied reactions:
seated passengers snigger, probably waiting to see if I fall over (not yet), while standing passengers scowl, no doubt thinking I take up too much room. I am hoping to start off a new trend, but have yet to see anyone else with shooting sticks on trains. In the absence of more seats, what is really needed is more leaning space.
Giles Darling (M) Giles [email@example.com]