Commuters struggled to get home last night after signal problems all but closed down the rail lines out of Paddington. The faults were caused by the theft of signal cabling from the West Drayton area (not an uncommon problem, it seems). Engineers worked through the night to fix and test the equipment, and trains now appear to be running normally. All in all, not a good day for West London yesterday. Aside from the rail woes, some areas suffered power cuts part way through the England game. And there's a Tube strike on. Broken Britain. Image / ricoeurian.