The first thing I thought when seeing Great British Railway Journeys was “someone should publish copies of the guide he is using…”
Well, someone has been doing that since the first Bradshaw’s guide was rare (the only complete copy). It seemed it would have made more sense to use the copy than walk around with a rare book, but that’s me. Not to mention people at home wanted to follow along.
That is probably why my first post on the topic got so much attention: down to Michael giving the link to it!
Anyway, these guides are available in facsimile editions. Quite nice ones I have to say. Part of me wants to do a tribute “with my Bradshaw’s guide” video.
Go for the “official guides” which look EXACTLY like the ones Michael uses since the reprint editions tend to be other versions (and not well defined as to WHICH version it is since there are lots of different versions of these guides). Amazon carries them, which is good if you are in the States or otherwise outside the UK. You might have to copy the title to your local Amazon site to find it, but they can be purchased for a reasonable price outside the UK.
It seems that the original guide was one of Amazon UK’s top sellers! So, it WAS a good idea to reprint it in facsimile!
I should also give a plug to Robert Humm & Co, which is the specialist book store that sold Michael the original Bradshaw’s used in the series. They are an independent bookseller specialising in railways, other transport and industrial history. They bill themselves as “Britain’s largest railway bookshop”.
I thought I would check the definition of Betsy given at the Betsy Riot site with amusing results. It seemed fun to share it. Part of me wants to open comments on this post for a grin.
I won’t get any viewers since I will leave off the tags which usually serve as gunloon attractors.
The tourists call the place “Betsy Coed”, but it is pronounced more like “Bettis E Coid”. The locals will know what you mean if you say “Betsy Coed”.
I could try to find a clip of Michael Portillo saying it, but this is as close as I could come to finding someone say the place name:
Anyway, not sure how this came out as a result, but it was good for a laugh.
I guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I am not a fan of Hillary Clinton. My reaction to hearing she would be the Democratic choice back in 2015 was “what the fuck are the democrats thinking?” I went for Bernie and made the Demexit a little after the AP called the primary for Clinton.
That said, this pretty much sums up what I feel about the US election
I have to admit to wondering when and where the email thing will take us. She HAS violated a couple of laws relating to FOIA and keeping government records, which happen to only incur civil penalties. They also only apply when someone is still in government office. That’s good for the Clinton camp since she hasn’t done anything criminally illegal that she has been convicted of (RefCo was a close call).
The real issue for me is the FBI investigation, which Clintonistas would like to think is somehow irrelevant and innocuous. Hardly. The Feds aren’t too keen on wasting time if there is no case to be had. They like winnable cases. The fun part is guessing what laws and by what parties.
The whole private server thing is pretty obvious in that She didn’t want to be under public scrutiny, despite laws to the contrary. Toss in the Clinton Foundation for an interesting twist to this story. My guess is that there is some form of mixing the position as Secretary of State with Clinton Foundation business, which is a serious no-no.
We can toss in the bit about her server being hacked as well with all those secrets. Ultimately, the emails are on Wikileaks. Anyone who tries to even imply she doesn’t have a problem will be laughed off by me.
Doing a search on Clinton Foundation reveals a treasure trove of information about how this whole thing could blow up (and explain my last post). The issue isn’t a “right wing conspiracy”, “left wing conspiracy”, “Bernie Bros”, “Obama Bros”, and so on: It’s that Hillary is Hillary’s own worst enemy.
Her penchant for secrecy was one of the many things that cost her the nomination in 2008.
There is another post here on how this election is a prime case for how the US political system needs to be totally overhauled, but the fact that Hillary Clinton is even remotely considered for being President is a serious biggie. She will go into the arena with a set of political baggage which makes it laughable that anyone in their right mind would have considered supporting her.
That would be amplified if there are indeed federal criminal indictments, which would most likely be followed by convictions (see federal conviction rate if you don’t believe me). Federal Criminal Practice isn’t really a trial practise, it’s “let’s make a deal” to try and get the best terms and sentence.
The really bad part of a Clinton nomination is that the Scandals will be hashed out very publicly, which is something most Clintonistas have been in denial about all along. But I have feeling that the email circus is going to be the final word in Clinton Scandals.