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08 February 2008


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I would usually be the last person to support the modern compensation culture but where trains, and in particular FGW are involved, I say go gettem!

I hope you are planning a few days now to reflect on the more pleasant experiences of the past few weeks and, of course, letting the dogs fuss over your return.

Hmm, poor you. Makes me quite ashamed to have been associated with that book that promotes travelling westwards on FGW as the most thrilling journey on earth!

You'll get your refund and apology but so far in the future you'll wonder what it's for.

'First Great Western' - cries out for renaming doesn't it!

Many thanks for all your commiserations.

Juliet - I don't think we can allow you to suffer guilt by association. After all, the book was about what you could see from the train, not what happens within it ... and FGW trains do pass through some rather stunning countryside.

My great-grandfather was an engine fitter for the Great Western Railway back in its infancy in the 1800s. I wonder what he'd think if he came back today.

For all long suffering travelers, here is the song about First Great Western


I'm looking for more people with train horror stories. I'm doing initial research for a possible programme on trains. Please email your stories to me at marsdencaroline@hotmail.com
look forward to hearing from someone...

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Thought for life

  • The House of Breath, William Goyen
    We are the carriers of lives and legends - who knows the unseen frescoes on the private walls of the skull?

Thinking about . . .

  • Daniel Klein, Travels with Epicurus
    I too listen to music more and more. Throughout my life, music has stirred me more than any other art form, and now, in old age, I find myself listening to it almost every evening, usually alone, for hours at a time.
  • Julia Blackburn, Thin Paths
    I began writing because I liked to write things down. I learnt foreign languages because they seemed to enter my head by a process of osmosis.
  • Joan Bakewell, Stop the Clocks
    I live contentedly alone. It's better that way and I am often thoughtful about what has been and what might have been. There are many like me.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Oh to be reborn within the pages of a book.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Why is it that we lose the things we love, and things cavalier cling to us and will be the measure of our worth after we’re gone?
  • Judith Kerr, Observer Magazine, 22 November 2015
    I don't believe in God. I find it much easier to believe in ancestors. I like to imagine they are pointing us in the right direction.

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