December 23rd, 2009

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Lunch done

Turkey Ballentine from the butcher. Check.
Stinking Bishop. Check.
Wensleydale. Check.
Christmas cake. Check.
White Stilton. Check.
Gjetost. Check.
Cheese crackers. Check.
Peach Bellini mix. Check.
King Edwards (a rather ridiculous quantity, but they can live in the nice dark garage). Check.
On-stalk Brussel sprouts. Check.
Drive salted. Check.
Chocolates removed from doorstep into kitchen. Check. (I wonder how long they'd been there.)

That was a nice busy hour. Expensive, too.
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Old tech saves the day

As seen here: Passengers rescued by Tornado.

It's rather wonderful in its way that when the electric-driven trains were being disabled by ice and snow, a good old-fashioned A1 Pacific steam loco could carry the stranded passengers to London.

He said: "It was a nice way to finish for Christmas, though I think some of the rescued passengers didn't realise they'd even been travelling on a steam train until they got off."

Hmm. I wonder what they thought the plume flowing back along the train from the front was, then.

(Steam trains are wondrous things, but I wouldn't really want them back in bulk. Electrics can run in almost any weather, as the Swiss can demonstrate, and they don't have to run on hydrocarbons.)