Happy New Year

The last twelve months have been rather unkind to the celebrities of the world. Or so the narrative goes. I’ve read a few statistical reports which do seem to suggest a slight uptick in tickers downing tools. Was 2016 a...

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2016

What can one say about 2016? It’s a year that we would do better to rewind, or erase completely, than review. A dark hole, has 2016 been. Brexit – six months old today – remains a nonsense, and it’s...

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Highclere Castle

Mrs P and I have for several years trawled the south of England for stately homes, castles, palaces, mansions, abbeys and other historic houses. But there was one address that had escaped us, till now. Something of a holy grail...

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The Privileged Few

There are plenty of benefits to working on the railways. One of them is shown in the photo above, taken in the National Railway Museum in York. The Priv ticket. Some people use them more than others. I use them more than most...

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Face Forward

The Kelvingrove Museum is one of the highlights of Glasgow. A must see. Inside a building that serves as a fine example of Victorian architecture is a mix of exhibts from the art, natural and historical worlds. A mish mash, but...

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The Scottish

How often the subject doth come up at social gatherings. What’s your favourite food? Perhaps you’re particularly fond of Chinese or Thai. Maybe a lamb tagine from Morocco tickles your fancy. Or roasted guinea pig...

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Train to Nowhere

It’s that time of the year again. Tis the season to be…stuck. The last of autumns leaves on the lines. Frozen rails. Failed signalling. Broken rails. Delayed trains. The unavoidable consequence of the never ending...

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A New Dawn

I’m not a fan of early mornings. Especially ones that start before 6am and have an hour long drive right at the beginning of the day. But when there’s a view of a sunrise across a sandy bay, somewhere along a...

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The Trouble With Trump

The United States is a strange old country. I suspect it’s a bit strange for Americans  looking at the place from within. I am fairly certain that it’s an even stranger place for those of us from other parts of the...

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