Who doesn't love the DLR? OK, missing a train by the smallest of margins then having to wait 10 minutes on a windswept platform on a Sunday night for the next one is no fun whatsoever, and one Londonist writer had a rather hair-raising experience last year, but the dinky driverless light rail system which serves the Isle of Dogs and beyond is a wonderful thing. Even the station names are evocative - West India Quay, Island Gardens (which, as a friend pointed out recently, sounds rather like another name for paradise), Gallions Reach, and, er, Mudchute. It's in the process of having its capacity increased, too, with shiny new trains on the horizon; good news, as the commuter run into Canary Wharf can be equally as brutally packed as anything served up on the Northern line of a morning.
So we were delighted to see, in our favourite Facebook group, People who like to sit at the front of the DLR and pretend they're driving, a wall post from the DLR's PR manager David Sanders offering a free DLR goody bag to anyone who emailed him asking nicely. We duly sent off and our goody bag of wonders arrived a few days later (see picture). The DLR watches are particularly cheery, and the cardboard DLR train packaging for the jelly beans was cute, ingenious and brilliantly frivolous. (There was also a DLR pen included which we forgot to put in the photo, but rest assured, it's very classy.)
Now David has kindly agreed to send out more DLR goody bags to Londonist readers who are quick off the mark..... SORRY READERS THIS OFFER IS NOW CLOSED. Fellow wannabe DLR drivers, what are you waiting for? Get emailing!