Modes of transport, and delusions of grandeur

· by Steve · Read in about 3 min · (508 Words)

Yeah, I’m back. Luckily the server didn’t have any blips like last time I went away, which is filed snugly in the ‘good thing’ drawer. I’m pretty tired, which sounds daft since I just got back from a break, but it’s a surprisingly long journey down to deepest Cornwall despite the distance on the map not looking very big (the nearest you can fly to is Exeter and we got the train down).

It might sound perverse to some, but I actually quite like travelling by train. For a start, I get motion sickness on anything that moves (besides my own feet), which despite thirty years of mental training can still be annoying, but trains move in mercifully straight lines and gentle curves and so are rather easy to handle even for those of us with over-sensitive senses of balance & inertia. Secondly, unlike a plane you actually get to see something on the way, besides cloud. You get far more of a sense of travelling this way I think, rather than just magically appearing between drably uniform airport terminals. Unlike a car, you can fall asleep whenever you like without causing high-speed mahem and death, you don’t have to stop moving to take a break, and the lack of navigation / driver conflict has to be better for the blood pressure. Sure, you have to share your space with others (unless you’re travelling on the Orient Express, something I’d love to do one day), but sometimes that can be a source of entertainment in itself, and if the person is really obnoxious at least you can just get up and move without a stewardess barking at you. Lastly, they’re actually pretty kind to the planet too, which is always nice. Sure they may be late sometimes and don’t go door to door but overall I find them pretty agreeable for medium to long distance journeys. I just wish the Chunnel had a branch off it running through the Channel Islands.

I know I’ve had a dig at Exeter airport before but my goodness, does it have delusions of grandeur. They plaster the word ‘International’ everywhere they possibly can (‘Exeter International Airport’), so proudly that it’s rather painful to watch. It’s mostly a backwater but seems to think that because it flies to a few foreign places it can slap ‘International’ on everything as if it’s going to challenge Gatwick or Manchester sometime. They have two security scanners for goodness sakes, and I’ve only ever seen one actually functioning no matter how long the queue. It just makes me laugh because it’s trying far too hard when it’s really not much bigger than Guernsey airport - should ours have ‘International’ emblazoned proudly on it now because we have a few foreign flights? I’m being harsh, but it really should just accept that it’s a small airport and get over itself already.

Anyway, I’ve missed quite a lot in the forum but I’ll just have to trust that anything that important will resurface. Catching up with various TODOs now….