It is true. I have not been in an aeroplane in 24 years and Mr P. has never flown (except in his dreams). In 1978 I paid nearly £400 to fly to India ( I saved up for months as I was being paid about £1 an hour working in the local supermarket). When I was a student it was cheaper to get to Greece from the UK by train and boat than it was to fly. I went to Greece in one of my summer holidays, ( 1979) on an overnight train to Venice, then an overnight boat from Venice to Athens. It was an amazing journey. When I got to Athens, I boat hopped round the islands.
Flying got a bit cheaper in the 80’s, but was still a big deal when I decided that flying was just not for me, in 1987. Then since the beginning of the 21st century so many people sort of think is was their god given right to get on a plane and pay tuppence for the privilege and would not even give a slower journey to the same destination house room.
Suddenly, jetting off to Tangiers for the weekend, or Sweden, or even New York is viable to the ‘common man,’ thanks to Easy Jet and Ryan Air . Then everyone started getting really sniffy about the taxes and fares going up…really sniffy…and I missed it all , as I hailed the Eurostar, the ferry, the train, the cab and horse and cart!
‘Maybe you don’t like flying, or are concerned about air travel’s contribution to global warming . Or perhaps you just prefer real travel by train or ship, where the journey is part of the adventure… Either way, The Man in Seat Sixty-One will tell you how to travel overland comfortably & affordably where you might think that air was now the only option.’
And it does! Check it out. It is glorious, with pictures, routes, fares, comments from travellers – all sorts. Go on…give it a look . You maybe tempted to make the journey part of your next trip.
SONG OF THE DAY
Glen Campbell – Wichita Lineman, written by Jimmy Webb
I was much too cool to like this when I was younger. I saw Jimmy Webb a few years ago live in a small theatre in London. He was an amazing raconteur and performer. He has also written a brilliant book on songwriting –Tunesmith -Inside the Art of Songwriting