Monthly Archives: May 2014

Railway Encounters – Economics, Turkeys and Winchester

This morning’s journey to Reading was shortened by sitting next to a Glaswegian. We struck up a point of contact and conversation when we heard someone on the platform asking the Train Manager, we don’t have Guards anymore – just Train … Continue reading

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Choice

Sometimes in life the best decisions are the hardest ones to make. Choice was beginning to deteriorate at an accelerating rate. He still looked in good condition with his gleaming dark bay summer coat fully in bloom but he was … Continue reading

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The Quiet Zone

One evening four of us got on the hopper train from Winnersh Triangle to Reading. All of us were in a good mood, chatting and looking forward to getting home. The carriage we got on was crowded and we got … Continue reading

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The Scrappy

A scrap metal merchant died and went to heaven. My role was to help the receivers close up the business which had been trading in scrap metal. Nowadays the term ‘scrap metal’ has been replaced with ‘recycled metal’ in an … Continue reading

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BZ1

The molecular formula for benzene is ‘C6H6’ but for the sake of brevity in the environment I worked in anyone that traded in benzene or its related aromatic cousins was referred to as a ‘BZ’ Trader. Familiarity with these traders … Continue reading

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A Classic Weekend

It seems like only a blink of a shutter on a photo finish camera ago that Britain saw the 2014 Cheltenham Festival and the Aintree Grand National run. Now, here we are just five weeks into the British flat reason … Continue reading

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There was no Coffee House called ‘Stock Exchange’

I was having an all too rare quiet and self-satisfied moment over a flat white while taking in the fact that I had just passed the BSc part of an Honours degree in International Studies. One of the concepts of … Continue reading

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