Glorious architecture so often not noticed.

Odd though it may sound these days, I actually enjoy rail travel. There is something about the challenge of getting from A to B (often via C) using the train. As well as the challenge, I like to sit and relax, gaze out the window at the ever changing landscape, the motion of the train, the sounds, and of course, the people watching.

One aspect of rail travel that I have only become truly aware of recently is the stations. Whilst it is true that many stations could not be described as magnificent, many are run down, cold and miserable. However, increasingly stations are being restored to their former glory.

It is sad that many people do not notice the environments that they pass through during the daily grind of a commute. What joy are they missing? What history are they missing?

My favourite, must be the London terminal of the Midland Mainline; London StPancras International.

The transformation that I have seen in this station in the years that I have been using it has been nothing short of incredible. The old station was so dirty, dark and depressing. The restored station is bright, beautiful and inspiring. They have utilised all the history to its best effect and it is almost a pleasure to wait for a train here. We are fortunate indeed that it was saved and restored.

Another station, that I have totally missed until this week, is London Paddington. Again, the beautiful preservation of historic buildings works so well.

I implore you to take a few seconds of your day to pause and look around you. Be amazed at what you see. Take it in. Above all, enjoy it.


Welcome to the grumps blog

Introduction – As I grow older, it has become obvious to me that I have become more grumpy. When I say grumpy, I don’t necessarily mean miserable or unhappy, more disappointed with people and the human race. Simple things such as manners and consideration seem to be in increasingly short supply.  Perhaps this is simply my perception as I grow more impatient. Perhaps it is the way of the modern world with people becoming increasingly time pressured. I don’t honestly know. What I do know is I am not sure I like it.

In this blog, I may comment on some of the things I see as I navigate my life. Some of this maybe observations on peoples behaviour. Some posts maybe regarding personal experience. On the less grumpy side, I may comment on architecture, glorious pubs, Interesting things to do.

I am not sure how many people will be interested in my musings. After all, who am I to ask for your time to read about my thoughts? I am aware of the fact that in just one week, the New York Times contains more information than a person in the 18th Century would get in their entire lifetime. The question must be therefore, how much more data and information can a human consume? Will my commentary push you into overload?

Regardless of the risks to your health by providing you with more data and information, I am going to push on selfishly to try and save my sanity (Sorry about that)!

I truly hope you will enjoy my musings. If you do, please feel free to comment, share, tweet or whatever else you use. I won’t mind.