We've all been there: stuck in a hot, sweaty tube train, indefinitely delayed in a dark tunnel between stations. Sometimes there are excuses, sometimes there are not, but there is a certain stockpile from which the drivers and station announcers can choose.
So reliable is this, in fact, that you could - if not set your watch by it without some serious re-examining of the entire concept of time and space - make a game out of it. I know I've often thought so. And so I have, and I present it to you, dear reader, in the hopes it will at the very least alleviate some of the regular tedium (is there such a thing as irregular tedium?).
The rules are simple: print out your card and take it with you on your daily commute. If you are delayed, tick off the reason in the relevant box. The next day, do the same - Monday to Friday. If you're lucky (or unlucky, depending on how you look at it), you'll line up excuses in a row, column, or diagonal: congratulations, that's a tube bingo!
Make sure you shout "BINGO" really loudly, so that you can share your triumph with your fellow commuters, who will also be playing. Bit of competitive spirit never hurt anyone.
Also, be sure to pass your completed Bingo ticket on to the station manager as you leave the station on Friday evening. Maybe if enough of us do, they'll start to get the point.