Tuesday 10th April, 2007
On an early springtime day, the station-minding software sings:

The train at platform 5 is now ready to depart.
The train at platform 5 is now ready to depart.
The train at platform 5 is now ready to depart.
Please stand away from this service.

which wasn't set to the tune of "Glory Glory Hallelujah" but sounded like it should have been.

Then that train pulled out of Reading, and then the next one and the next; and, later, merging and losing themselves in the patterns of the fabric on the seats reflected in the rounded-rectangle windows, two narrowboats could be seen nosing their way lazily down the mercury canal.

posted by Rob Mitchelmore, 00:24 (anchor)
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