London Overground Game Theory

Blogger Brendan Nelson has written the definitive guide to getting a seat on the London Overground at rush hour. Lots of people had pointed us to it on Twitter, but we hadn't got around to doing anything about it before it appeared in tonight's Evening Standard.

If you want to understand "the occupants' deceit" or master "360 degree combat", click here. Our only advice is avoid the 8.28am northbound and steer clear of the disabled access doors (unless you're disabled) because the layout of the carriage at this point doesn't allow commuters to fan out so easily.

9 comments:

Tamsin said...

Fun, but for sheer style nothing can beat Tony Hancock's strategy in "The Rebel". The relevant bit starts at 1.44.

Anonymous said...

i would think that standing up and announcing that you're a blogger would clear a carriage pretty swiftly...

Mb said...

I find sliding in behind someone as the get up is especially satisfying, if a little creepy for the leaver. The magistrate let me off with a caution so you need to get your timing spot on.

Anonymous said...

I do all those things> Nice observations.

Hugh said...

I have for many years been applying game theory to cubicle choice when going to the loo at work or in a hotel. Anyone else?

Dan said...

Is there an answer for boarding an Eastbound Jubilee line train at Surrey Quays in morning rush hour?

Damn men in suits!

Brockley Jon said...

Well, I'd love to say that Brendan is a mate, but I think you might have misinterpreted my tweet, Nick :)

@Hugh, oh yes, it's a massive tactical deployment... and choosing cubicles is difficult too! *boom boom fnar fnar*

Brockley Nick said...

@BJ - Ah.

Anonymous said...

'@BJ - Ah.'

Smirk.

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