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This can not be a beginner... I would miss at least 4 stops on this one...

There is one thing just so typically British I have to mention it.
(Especially after my last post)

Reading on the Train/Tube

nd not just the reading itself, but mostly what people are reading…

I look forward to studying this in other countries…

Even the PM does it...

(will I see more Kindles or iPads?)

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Brass under the Board...

Today I have been traveling and on my way home from Bristol I found myself happily surprised…

Smack in the middle of Paddington Station was a full blown Brass & Woodwind Band!

After some inspection I found out this is a regular occurance, brought to all travelers by ‘The Great Western Railway Paddington Band

The band started in the ’20s as the railways company band and has been going since.

Their music is still perky and pretty good, playing little swinging foxtrots and quicksteps on the way home before the Bank holiday weekend…

Brass on Rails...

But it was the acoustics that really turned the event into a feast…
Paddington’s enormous Brunel Dome perfectly amplifies the sound and gives it an almost ghostlike floaty delay…Brilliant for Brass and Woodwind…

They play every Friday between 19.30 and 21.00 between Easter and Christmas.

There is just something distinctly civilised about traveling home with a swing in your step.

Only in Britain…

Next time I will bring a partner… Grin.

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Crush and Tube Haze

Yes I know… all people who first come to London Heart the Tube.

It is so organised, ao well signed and so easy to get everywhere. And the design is so pretty and the stations have such quirky names… hihi.

But now, after about 4 years I can honestly say I have had enough.

The Price – really it is exorbitant, even if you have an Oyster card. I recently stopped getting a monthly travel card and started using busses instead. The extra walk that it takes is actually rather refreshing. (and it saves me around £50 a month!)

The Crush – Standing (in silence) in someones armpit in the morning is really not that fun, in the bus at least you sometimes overhear someone’s report from last night… or what groceries they will have to buy on the way home…

The Tube Haze – ever wondered why it is so hard to walk up those tall escalators? It’s the air baby… There simply isnt much oxygen down there. May be one day when I need less of the stuff I will submerge again. You will really not believe what floats around in the air there. Try blowing your nose after coming out… or may be not.

    So for the remainder of my stay I will walk and even run for the bus, come rain or shine…

    Talking of which, may be I should just sit in the park while I finish my next Invitation to Tender, Ha.
    Fresh air…

    🙂

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    Bus line no.9

    On my way back from work I took the usual Bus no.9 home.  Actually it is quite a privilege, as it is the one line where the old Routemasters are reinstated.

    These darling busses are very noisy – ranging from the handbreak every 20 seconds and bells all over the shop!- and the dear has hard seats and very rigid suspension (bouncy bouncy!).
    Still I alway enjoy the ride.

    The best thing: NO sea sickness  like in the top of the new fluffy busses…

    I will be sad to leave this gentle masochism behind.

    🙂
    F.

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