A scarf knitted by a German woman to document her frustrations with frequent train delays is expected to sell for almost €4,000 (£3,500) on eBay, as the country’s biggest railway company announces plans for a punctuality tsar.
The “rail delay scarf” came to prominence when Sara Weber, a journalist, posted a photo of it on Twitter earlier this month. Her mother, a commuter in the Munich area, knitted two lines a day in 2018 to represent how long she was delayed for, she explained.
The scarf is colour-coded: grey wool meant her delay had been less than five minutes, pink signified delays of between five and 30 minutes, while red meant she was delayed for more than 30 minutes or had been delayed both ways.
“In the spring, everything was OK. Lots of grey and pink,” Weber wrote. “Then for a while it was all red: rail replacement traffic throughout the summer.”
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Good to quell the myth that it’s only the U.K. where trains are delayed! Although I daresay the scarf may need to be the length of that worn by Tom Baker in Docitor Who if she used Southern or Thameslink!
Severe Delays are occurring to my thought patterns due to overworking and long hours!
I quipped to a colleague about the colour coding representing only the simplicities of temporal slip in a linear, 3 dimensional universe, and that a long-lived traveller in time, space and relative spacetime, having many more free dimensions of movement, would require a much more complex, lengthy and colourful garment. He replied asking if the German lady was a relative of Begonia Pope.