The guard was checking tickets the other night and, as he waited for his little oyster-reading machine to read my oyster he remarked ‘Oh look it’s an Oyster card called disgruntled’ (only of course he used my real name instead of disgruntled, I don’t have ‘disgruntled’ written on my oyster wallet, that would be silly). So I explained that we had four of the things at home and I needed a way to distinguish mine. We did have some of the Guardian’s fancy picture wallets for a while, but the in-laws took them back to the US as a souvenir, so things were getting confusing. ‘I suppose there’s no harm in customising them,’ he said, which was a relief because you never know these days what isn’t allowed (no doubt even now somebody somewhere is considering a law against scrawling your name in biro on your oyster card wallet). But he did seem a bit surprised. Surely I’m not the only person who’s written on my oyster to mark it out from the oyster herd*. What about you? How have you customised yours?
* Er, possibly not the right collective noun here. Flock? School? Bed?