The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

From the Southern Travellers Handbook for 1965/66 #1

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Commuters

Commuting is disagreeable. Wasteful of time, money and energy - but also, it seems, an inevitable consequence of material prosperity.
Indeed, the more prosperous we become, the worse it gets. There are more cars on the roads, more people working shorter hours - and better able to afford the advantage of living well out of London - and even more crowding into the trains.
Possibly the ban on office building in central London will help; it is even possible, though unlikely, that office hours will be staggered one day.


By Ian Waller.

5 comments :

DaydreamSupercollider said...

Probably totally off-topic, but that photo reminds me of the Yes video for "Lonely Heart".

Richard Gibson said...

Thanks. Can't say that I've seen that video.

This is a situation of the major main line London stations (Waterloo, Victoria, Euston, Kings Cross, St Pancras etc) that many will recongnise.

Simon said...

Those trains you see in the picture only went out of passenger service a couple of years ago some aged over fifty. The new trainss are, of course, just as crowded but at least the doors can be opened by pressing a button not, as it was, reaching out of the window and twisting the exterior handle.

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