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Panic in the streets of Birmingham

Arriving at Birmingham New St, my friend was nowhere in sight. At first, I wasn't that worried, but after walking around looking for her for a while and finding that the station is a virtual warren, I do become a little uneasy. So I decide to give her a ring and leave a message basically telling her to get her ass in gear and come pick me up, after which I retire to the ladies. Refreshed, I emerge to do another wander around the station...and then I see her approaching me. I drop my bags, and run over to greet her. Chatting animatedly, we walk back to pick up my luggage, and move off towards the bus station. Halfway there, and in the middle of telling her all about my CoRo adventures, I'm suddenly brought up short as I realise I'm missing a bag. And not just any bag: it's the bag with my new shoes in! Panicking big time, I run back to the the station and the loos, confident I must have left it there. However, the lady there swears blind she hasn't seen it and whichever cubicle we check, no carrier bag with shoes in turns up. The lady takes pity on me and takes me over to Lost Luggage, where the girl behind the counter informs me that it hasn't been handed in yet -- but I can leave my contacting details with her and she'll phone when it is. Drat! My address book is in the bag as well. I turn towards where I left my friend with the rest of my bags, and find she is no longer there. "Great!" I mutter, "Now I've gone and lost the rest of my luggage as well." Shocked at hearing this statement, the lady and the girl are all for calling the police, and I have a devil of a time explaining that won't be necessary, that I left it with someone I know; and sure enough, my friend eventually comes into view, dragging my luggage behind her, scraping it across the floor because she's much shorter than me, you see...but it's not that; it's her helpful suggestion of whether I've checked by the phones or the waiting lounge -of course I have!- that pisses me off, and I tell her stroppily to gi's it here, causing her to get the hump in turn.

Leaving her to stew, I move off to interrogate the station cleaners. One of them nods vigorously and points in the direction of Customer Reception, and elatedly, I present myself to the blonde on duty there and explain my plight. "Oh no," she says, "No bags have been handed in here; but perhaps they'll know more at the station master's office." Off I go to find the station master's office, but it's hidden away really well and I can't find it. I go back to Lost Luggage to ask the girl for directions. She points me in the right direction and I tell my story to the bemused duty manager, who says she'd seen me wander around and wondered what was going on, but that she hasn't seen my bag. At my crest-fallen face, she says she'll check in the back...and 2 minutes later emerges triumphantly with it in her hands. I'm so happy, I start babbling and showing off my new shoes; my friend forgives me my earlier stroppiness when I ask her to forgive me most humbly, and we move off to show the girl at Lost Luggage, who is just closing up, that the missing bag has been found. She smiles and wishes me a pleasant stay, and I decide I love Birmingham big time.



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Apr. 26th, 2005 12:49 pm (UTC)
MORE NEW SHOES?????!!!!!
Apr. 28th, 2005 11:05 am (UTC)
Hey! I'll have you know I just walked away from a gorgeous pair of green summer shoes in Selfridge's...although...perhaps I should go back for them...I think I'll have 10 minutes before I'm supposed to meet Caroline...
Apr. 26th, 2005 01:42 pm (UTC)
What a nightmare! Glad you got your shoes back safe and sound. Enjoy your stay in Brum and don't spend to much at the Bullring ;)
Apr. 28th, 2005 11:06 am (UTC)
I'm having a brilliant time here in Brum. I've been all over, and I absolutely adore your new Selfridge's!
Apr. 28th, 2005 11:24 am (UTC)
I've had a big argument with them today! But they did well in the end, so I have to say I love the store too XD
Apr. 29th, 2005 02:34 pm (UTC)
Was that were you got your iPod from? (Sorry, couldn't help noticing you were in possession of this must-have item when I saw you on the bus!)
May. 5th, 2005 08:45 am (UTC)
It was indeed. I'd been having problems with my mp3 player and they were kind enough to swap it for an iPod........well after a little shouting on my part.
May. 5th, 2005 12:18 pm (UTC)
So it pays to kick up a storm in Selfridges? Hmmm...::filing for future reference:: ;-)
Apr. 26th, 2005 02:04 pm (UTC)
eeek no wonder you were a little stressed, especially after the travelling/gigging you had been doing....but it all worked out in the end:)
Apr. 28th, 2005 11:12 am (UTC)
Thank God it did!

PS. Jack Dee had a lot to say about Covcentry yesterday -- not a word of it complementary. I didn't laugh.
Apr. 28th, 2005 11:20 am (UTC)

awwww well thanks for that:) Though I do like Jack Dee;)
Apr. 26th, 2005 02:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah shoes (and address book) being recovered! And, now you know your way around the station.
Apr. 28th, 2005 11:09 am (UTC)
And, now you know your way around the station.

Definite plus there. I've got to be there again tomorrow morning, in order to get down to London and the meet-up with calove, hesadevil and bogwitch.
Apr. 26th, 2005 03:36 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Sound stressful! But I'm glad people were so willing to help and that you found it!
Apr. 28th, 2005 11:11 am (UTC)
Can't tell you what a relief that was! I'm not normally a panicky person, but take away my shoes and it's as if my whole world collapses...
Apr. 26th, 2005 09:31 pm (UTC)
oh nooo not the new shoes!!!! Lucky gig shoes! :)!! - Alls well that ends well! .. enjoy therest of your trip .. relax a little :)!
Apr. 28th, 2005 11:10 am (UTC)
Lucky gig shoes!:)!!

Lucky in more than one way -- now that they've returned to me, I know for a fact that we were meant for each other.
Apr. 28th, 2005 11:29 am (UTC)
*ggl* there must be an animal theme connected with this lucky footwear business.. my lucky gig shoes are my "moo" shoes of course *strokes them* :)

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