Scottish Diary VII: Aboard the Train to Nowhere

In the spring of 2014, my friend Laura and I went on a driving holiday around Scotland. As I usually do on our travels together, I kept notes on everything we saw and wrote them up into a diary for all my friends to read on Facebook.  It’s taken a few years for me to…

ReLondoning I: old home, new home

I spent the first eighteen years of my life as a Londoner, and then next eighteen mostly just forgetting about it. Technically, we lived in London – my house had an SE postcode.  But Proper London felt like somewhere else, somewhere just to dip into for school trips, the occasional museum visit, or to go…

A Train of Thought

Trains are strange spaces. All human life is there – the businesspeople on their way to an important meeting, the parent with two young children needing attention, the kids on a class trip, the student tapping on a laptop, the sloshed stags and hammered hens – all together, sharing the space, united only by the…