So this is turning into an epic. I have to be in the south of France for 30 minutes on Tuesday morning. I start by changing flights to avoid typhoon heading for Okinawa. I am now in Tokyo in the middle of the typhoon I was escaping from. This morning I head out for the station to catch the Narita Express train to catch my Paris flight. It is still pouring with rain but not windy. I hobble for miles through corridors,tunnels, underpasses and the like. This is Tokyo so there squillions of other hobblers. I finally find an information desk, “Narita Express wa doko deska?”
“Oh good morning sir, I am terribly sorry that all trains to Narita have been cancelled due to the typhoon.” says impeccably made-up and presented young lady in surprisingly equally impeccable English. What typhoon? It is raining but no wind.
Anyway it turns out that if I go to Nippori there may be trains from there to Narita.
I stand on a platform that has Narita written on it for a while. Nothing happens. I phone Naoko who sends a text in Japanese explaining my problem. This I show to an attendant who says “Hai , Narita starship, platform 15.” I get there to find signs saying Narita Starship cancelled because of typhoon.
Things are looking bad and even if I get to Narita, what are the chances of the flight taking off?
The cry goes up “Last train to Narita!” I scramble aboard wide eyed and breathless.
actually this is better.
This seems to be a local train and stops at about a million stations but eventually gets to the airport.
I am now in the lounge with lots of others. All flights are either cancelled or delayed except to yes you guessed it Paris! I really am a very lucky person.
The Japanese of course are impeccably calm and smiling throughout this difficulty which would send most nationalities into baying for blood mode.
What happened to Lonnie Donegan’s version ? Part of my childhood. I couldn’t find it either so I offer you this classic instead: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODEShfdxoR0