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Author Topic: Great British Railway Journeys - Michael Portillo's television series  (Read 72782 times)
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« Reply #165 on: January 15, 2016, 07:37:10 pm »

I'll ignore that.  Roll Eyes

Having  been raised in that part of Somerset, the Battle of Sedgemoor and the wider Monmouth rebellion is something I've read extensively about. A fascinating period of British history.

Related to that period is one of my favourite novels. Lorna Do one. Written in the 19th century but set in the period immediately after the Battle of Sedgemoor. It's referred to as a 'Romance of Exmoor' but it's certainly more than just Jane Austen with a wesscundry burr.
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« Reply #166 on: January 15, 2016, 07:47:47 pm »

Thought you might put Your 'Oare' in.....
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« Reply #167 on: January 15, 2016, 08:26:30 pm »

Lorna Do one. 

Love it! Poor old Lorna, always the scapegoat.
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« Reply #168 on: January 15, 2016, 09:28:33 pm »

Not quite read it yet, but I have visited the church. My daughter has by now stopped telling me "Dad, it's not Laura Dune!".
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« Reply #169 on: January 15, 2016, 10:05:40 pm »

Lorna Do one. 

Love it! Poor old Lorna, always the scapegoat.

Oops. New phone and should have checked. Old phone went swimming. I of course meant Lorna Doone.
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« Reply #170 on: January 15, 2016, 10:13:33 pm »

Thought you might put Your 'Oare' in.....

Nice one! A pun lost on many I suspect.

Been there and seen the layout. Carver really should have got a fatal shot in. Dramatic licence from R.D. Blackmore.
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« Reply #171 on: January 16, 2016, 11:50:06 am »

If you liked last nights episode, especially the Royal Albert Bridge section, and thought the handsome 'expert' was erudite and charming, then please post your glowing comments here.  If otherwise, then email Mr P that his production team should be more selective in who they ask to appear.
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« Reply #172 on: January 16, 2016, 10:28:15 pm »

I genuflect in respect for the post immediately above from Pb_devon before making my own observation on this weeks programmes.  Grin

I noted that while on the Southern Railways South Coast line from Brighton a GWR train appeared a few times.  I don't know if they had been warned, but a 3 coach 158 was turned out, which is a respectable train for such a long journey.  I believe it is not unknown for a lowly 150 to trundle its way all the way from Great Malvern to Brighton, perhaps not reflecting the image wanted for long distance travel.  I know no-one in their right mind would go all the way (but a train buff might!) but long distances are covered by individuals, I'm sure.

The usual reversing of the film, and expansion of the trains from between 2 and 8 coaches between shots (eg over the Tamar Bridge) peppered the most informative programmes.  If they are for dramatic effect it was certainly working in my house as I dramatically announced the types of units in each shot.  Fortunately, there was no-one to listen.

Looking forward to next week.
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« Reply #173 on: January 16, 2016, 11:33:30 pm »

A three car 158 is the norm to/from Brighton with GWR.

The evening return can be a very busy service as it fulfills the role of a commuter service on the West Coastway. Somewhat to the detriment of longer distance passengers. I once made the mistake of turning up at Brighton just a few minutes before departure, on a journey to Bristol. I had to stand as far as Chichester.

Subsequent use of the service has been with a seat reservation.
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« Reply #174 on: January 17, 2016, 07:47:12 am »

A three car 158 is the norm to/from Brighton with GWR.

The evening return can be a very busy service as it fulfills the role of a commuter service on the West Coastway. Somewhat to the detriment of longer distance passengers. I once made the mistake of turning up at Brighton just a few minutes before departure, on a journey to Bristol. I had to stand as far as Chichester.

Subsequent use of the service has been with a seat reservation.

The morning run into Brighton - around 7 a.m. from Portsmouth - is pretty busy too, I understand (reports would be welcome). It has always struck me as a bit ironic that a GWR diesel train is being used in the peak to provide an extra peak commuter service on a frequent-service electric railway way beyond the normal franchise "territory".   The one Monday to Friday though service from the heart of GW territory to Brighton, and the two through services back from Brighton to GW territory, are greatly loved trains (if not as crowded all the way as the peak ones / Brighton end) and much has been argued that they encourage traffic to make this journey on rail that would not otherwise use rail if it had to change somewhere in the Solent area.  On that basis, I suppose, a neat matching up of needs - but a bit of an interesting oddball train for timetabling through some places like Southampton as an "extra".
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« Reply #175 on: January 17, 2016, 10:29:50 pm »

I'll ignore that.  Roll Eyes

You didn't.  You 'liked' it.  And so did I.  Wink Cheesy Grin

Having been raised in that part of Somerset, the Battle of Sedgemoor and the wider Monmouth rebellion is something I've read extensively about. A fascinating period of British history.

I agree - and recommend 'Monmouth's Rebels - The Road To Sedgemoor 1685' by Peter Earle (ISBN 0 297 77384 4) as a good introduction to the subject.  Wink
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« Reply #176 on: January 17, 2016, 11:25:08 pm »

I'll ignore that.  Roll Eyes

You didn't.  You 'liked' it.  And so did I.  Wink Cheesy Grin

I was actually referring to the preceding post from TG. I posted around the same time as chuffed but was actually responding to TG's rather off colour remark about the parentage of Somerset folk. Hence the rolling eyes.

Just couldn't be bothered to go back and edit my post to include a quote of TG.
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« Reply #177 on: January 17, 2016, 11:27:33 pm »

Oh, sorry.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #178 on: January 18, 2016, 07:04:43 pm »

Not sure what was more Shocked on tonights episode....Mr P's organ or his hairy legs ! We have to thank Mr William and Sir Rowland Hill for the  unforgettable pairing of sights for sore eyes.
Given the previous clip about the production of the Acme Thunderer, I was surprised he didn't pick up on John Knox's thunderous  comment on the pipe organ as 'a kist o' whistles !' Grin
Think the programme could be summarised as Shrill, Hill, Hill and pill !
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« Reply #179 on: January 18, 2016, 10:36:19 pm »

Not sure what was more Shocked on tonights episode....Mr P's organ or his hairy legs ! We have to thank Mr William and Sir Rowland Hill for the  unforgettable pairing of sights for sore eyes.
Given the previous clip about the production of the Acme Thunderer, I was surprised he didn't pick up on John Knox's thunderous  comment on the pipe organ as 'a kist o' whistles !' Grin
Think the programme could be summarised as Shrill, Hill, Hill and pill !
What about Cuthbert Dibble and Grub .
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