June 20, 2002

Unsatisfied Customer

Patrick Crozier | Blogging | World Cup

Over on Samizdata, Brian Micklethwait takes me to task for writing more about the World Cup than transport. I must admit I wasn't aware I was writing about transport at all right now but I am sure Brian is right. He fears that if this goes on for much longer then some big bad journalist will end up well and truly peeved and then there will be real trouble. I should be so lucky.

Of course, Brian makes an entirely reasonable point. Long, self-indulgent articles about football matches played 32 years ago which have no conceivable connection to the UK transport scene have no place on a specialist blog such as this one. Quite right. Mea Culpa. I cracked. It's misrepresentation and I shouldn't have done it.

Actually, this brings to a head a problem that has been simmering away for some time: I want to write about all sorts of things, not just transport. I could write in to Samizdata but that requires firing off an e-mail and then Perry complains that it is in the wrong format and there's the wait and sometimes it doesn't get through. And, I sort of feel odd writing in to Samizdata. It has excellent roster of writers right now. I feel like an interloper.

It looks like the answer is to set up a blog of my own where I can post to my heart's content on any damn thing I like. Only one question: what should I call it?

Having said all that, in his article Brian did ask what the problems are like when it comes to moving around large numbers of people. I can't speak for Korea, but for Japan I would say about zero. Take the Brazil-England game tomorrow. That is being played at Shizouka. The stadium there will have a capacity of about 51,000 people. Most spectators will be locals. The maximum number of England fans will be 20,000. (That really is a massive over-estimate). Let's assume that they all want to travel from Tokyo. JR Central operates 132 bullet trains from Tokyo to Shizuoka every day. It may not be the only railway operating a direct service. The smallest Shinkansen seats 1,323 people. That's 15 trains' worth. And as in the peak a Shinkansen leaves Tokyo every 5 minutes, JR Central could move the entire body of England supporters out of Tokyo in 1hr 10mins.

You did ask.

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