We both got the train from Shoebury to Southend Central this lunchtime. As long as there's not too much to bring back, it is easier to go by train and more relaxing and quicker then doing the journey by car. It's cheap enough as well, as the ticket price is only £1.90 for a return.
The only down side of the whole experience, was when the ticket clerk said I looked like the current Chancellor of the Exchequer. This wasn't the first time I had this pointed out to me.
At least Gina stood up for me, muttering 'shut up' to the woman behind the counter.
I'm sure people see lighter than usual hair, and can't see any further than that. Either way, I've put a couple of pictures below to enable you to make your own mind up, and realise the woman was mad (I'm the one below left).