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The Music of Railways: The Top Five

18 June 2018

The call of the train whistle, the pounding of the pistons, the puff of the steam - the sound of the railway is a symphony unto itself and has inspired artists and musicians across the world to compose music about and on the theme of rail travel.

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  • How to be a tourist in Russia: Your guide to the Hermitage.

    How to be a tourist in Russia: Your guide to the Hermitage.

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    14 June 2018

    It may be the start of the world cup today, but we're not interested in Sergei Nikolayevich Ignashevich or Aleksandr Yuryevich Yerokhin (in the spirit of honesty we will admit having to google the Russian national football team for that reference).

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  • The Traditions of Memorial Day

    The Traditions of Memorial Day

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    31 May 2018

    Monday the 28th of May saw the USA celebrate Memorial Day, an annual American holiday which serves to honour the memory of the military men and women who died while serving in the US Armed Forces.

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  • The Isle of Man

    The Isle of Man

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    24 May 2018

    On Wednesday we both got the train to Heysham and boarded the ferry to Douglas, there was a Great Rail Journeys group on the ferry...

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  • Pizza of the World

    Pizza of the World

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    17 May 2018

    The bastion of the takeaway world, loved by food snobs and the uncaring alike, pizza is (in my humble opinion), the best possible food to eat at anytime, anywhere.

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  • The trains of the future

    The trains of the future

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    16 May 2018

    Welcome to the future! Please leave your slow trains, your outdated tickets and your rackety old carriages at the door.

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  • The Best English Train Journeys

    The Best English Train Journeys

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    23 April 2018

    Celebrated each year on April 23rd, the date traditionally accepted as the day of Saint George’s death in 303 AD, Saint George’s Day is the ideal day to celebrate all that is quintessentially English.

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  • Spring Festivals

    Spring Festivals

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    16 April 2018

    Not only is it the season that finally, finally, brings a slow end to the coldness of winter, but it's when the flowers begin to bloom, the baby animals appear in fields, and when the world wakes up in a fantastic way after a long, dark time.

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  • The Trains of the Literary World

    The Trains of the Literary World

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    5 April 2018

    Literature and rail travel have always been intrinsically linked in some manner or other. A good book has alleviated even the most mundane rail journey.

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  • Hospital Trains throughout the ages

    Hospital Trains throughout the ages

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    5 April 2018

    What can be said about trains? They're fast, efficient, fairly stable modes of transport. Fantastic for commuting or transporting lots of heavy goods, and great at getting people to the heart of a destination with a fairly small amount of fuss furore.

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  • Rorke's Drift Battlefield

    Rorke's Drift Battlefield

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    26 March 2018

    On the afternoon of January 22nd, 1879, 4,000 Zulu warriors launched an attack on Rorke's Drift on the battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

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