✈ Things you notice travelling on a Dutch intercity train.

  • Double-decker trains: these are brilliant! It’s time to re-design the UK to allow these. Whatever the cost!!
  • Leg Room: Maybe due to having two decks, more legroom is afforded to each and every seat.
  • Tables: as the legroom is increased, so is the size of the seat table, making it actually possible to use a laptop on one.
  • Screens: in each carriage that displays which station you are approaching and at what time you are due to arrive
  • Bins: it appears the Dutch can be trusted with bins. Each seat has one
  • The absence of morons using speakers on phones: possibly less to do with the train itself and more the maturity of the people themselves.
  • Noise: a gently fast whirring noise as opposed to clunky squeaky UK trains
  • Speed actually looks and feels like we are travelling faster than 40mph
  • Smells(1): that ever present smell of toilet (especially prevalent on CrossCountry Trains) is lacking. This is good.
  • Smells(2): the lack of diesel fumes in general is good.

Probably more I could think off, but not bad for first hour on board

They were in with a load of opt-outs……

As the idiocy of #brexit unfolds, it seems that the Prime Minister of Luxembourg can articulate the in one sentence, what our entire parliament is unable to.

‘Before they were in with a lot of opt-outs, now they are out and want a lot of opt-ins’

Xavier Bettel

Why the British public believe they are entitled to the benefits they had, but now for free I’ll never understand. It is as if the UK has had any collective rationale surgically removed overnight.

It’s been a truly astonishing couple of years, and I fear this is the Hors d’oeuvre to the chaos that will be served as the main course.