January 10, 2013
HITTING THE SPOT:
Trains and the Brits Who Love Them: Monty Python's Michael Palin on Great Railway Journeys (Open Culture, January 10th, 2013)
What is it with Britons and trains, anyway? Hardly just the title of collection of Irvine Welsh's stories of heroin and degradation, the term "trainspotting" actually refers to a real, and fervently pursued hobby; trainspotters exist, just as do birdwatchers and sports fans. In terms of obsession with the design and operational minutiae of their own trains, Britain falls second only to the even more densely rail-laden Japan. But we Americans, possessed of a train system few would call robust, can't quite bring ourselves to believe it. Perhaps we just need to hear it from the mouth of Michael Palin, writer, comedian, television host, Python -- and avowed trainspotter.
Posted by Orrin Judd at January 10, 2013 8:34 PM
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