At the moment, I travel to London whenever possible by Hull Trains in order to avail myself of the Club 55 deal, which lasts until the end of this month. It means I can get a first class return ticket for £40 instead of £170 (advance) or £230 (full fare). The only downside is having to admit that one has reached the age of 55. Travelling back last Thursday evening, I asked for a Club 55 ticket when the conductor came round (you can buy tickets on board Hull Trains). I should have been flattered when he asked if I had proof of age, but as he had preceded the question with ‘Do you have a rail card?’ this rather dispelled any expectation as to what he was thinking. It also induced a mild panic. I don’t normally carry my passport for the purpose of purchasing a domestic train ticket.
My initial thought was that I was going to have to buy a full-fare ticket. However, after a few moments thought, I remembered I had in my briefcase the page from the PSA Awards booklet from the occasion when I received my Special Recognition award. (I keep it in case I need to produce a biographical note for meetings – as it is written by someone else, it doesn’t seem too egocentric.) I recalled it included not only my picture but also the year I was born. Its inclusion was not necessarily something I welcomed at the time – but it served its purpose on Thursday.
The question in the title is rhetorical.