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Thursday 28 July, 2011
#My Quest Is Over

On 31 October 2007, I accidentally became a kind of train spotter. Could you ride on all 52 Virgin Pendolinos in service just by doing what I was doing and travelling to London and back once a week or so? No making special trips out, no waiting for the next train because you've already been on that one, just turning up as usual and hopping on.

The answer, my friends, is Yes, you can!. Yesterday evening, as I walked down the ramp towards platform two at London Euston, I looked across at the train number to see 390-016. I felt a touch giddy - euphoric even. There was the nameplate on carriage G, although I knew what it would be - Virgin Champion. Virgin Champion - could there be a more suitable train? *

My quest, my foolish, foolish quest, is over!

At least it is until the four new sets come into service next year. And then they'll be upgrading existing trains to eleven carriages instead of nine ...

* Actually yes, there's 390-053 Mission Accomplished but I rode that on the 8th of May 2008.

allankellynet said But look at the effect your quest has had on you: not only do you know you have been on all these trains, not only do these trains have an physical effect on your body ("I felt a touch giddy") but your mind has been warped ("four new sets come into service next year").

Ask yourself, no, ask your wife, is it worth it? How much can one man take? [added 15th Aug 2011]


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Tuesday 26 July, 2011
#Harry's Robot - Anything Man

Thanks to the power of Neill Cameron's Giant Robot Design for Beginners.

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Buy Mo-Bot High!You can buy signed and sketched copies of Neill's Giant-robot-tastic book Mo-Bot High direct from Neill.

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The Giantrobotathon continues ...

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Tuesday 12 July, 2011
#Revolution Tumbling Squad


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Friday 08 July, 2011
#[linkfarm] Last Days of the White Vans of Whitechapel - This unlikely alliance between the traders and the street artists has led to an unprecedented flourishing of popular public art in which the market traders, acting simply out of the wish to keep their vans neat have become unwitting art patrons - I call them, “the accidental Medicis of Whitechapel.”
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Thursday 07 July, 2011
#[linkfarm] Lou Reed Summer Tour 2011 - Wolverhampton July 01
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