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timrichards

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Travel writer living and working on Wurundjeri land in Melbourne, Australia. Rail travel expert, current books on sale include Heading South and Ultimate Train Journeys: World. See my published writing at iwriter.com.au.

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timrichards, to random
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More Brexit winning. So much winning.

Post-Brexit ‘mess’ as Italian driver’s lorry held for 55 hours at UK border post
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/article/2024/jun/10/brexit-italian-driver-lorry-uk-border-post-sevington?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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It's amazing how slooooowly you can drink a glass of beer in a Zürich cafe-bar, knowing how expensive it'd be to buy a second one...

timrichards, (edited ) to random
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Who TF are these people, and why would I care? I wish The Age would let subscribers block all celebrity "news".

timrichards, to Travel
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Hello, I'm on the front page of The Age website today. Fame at last!

Here's the link to the article: https://www.theage.com.au/traveller/reviews-and-advice/travelling-light-means-washing-your-clothes-here-s-why-i-love-it-20240527-p5jgvw.html

timrichards,
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@liamvhogan Ah sub-editors and their weird headlines

timrichards,
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@ibk Possibly he didn't think it was interesting enough to mention. But you make a good point.

timrichards, (edited ) to Trains
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Now free for all to read... From Brisbane's Roma Street Station, I travelled 1,325km into western Queensland aboard a classic sleeper train - the Spirit of the Outback:

Aboard the Outback train with a long reach https://www.patreon.com/posts/103455387

#Train #Trains #Queensland #SleeperTrain cc @seatsixtyone @simonvarwell

timrichards, to random
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Oh excellent I'm missing a public holiday at home, and probably the most stupid one – King's Birthday. I hate public holidays, they're so disruptive to freelancers.

timrichards, to Catroventos
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Just FYI, "wintry" is the correct spelling of the adjective concerning winter, not "wintery".

Also it's "recurring", not "reoccurring".

And "mischievous", not "mischievious".

Keep it short and simple! :)

#Words #Vocabulary #English #Spelling #Pedantry

timrichards,
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@perkinsy Ha that post did remind me to post re "wintry". I see "wintery" a lot. :)

timrichards,
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@perkinsy I find the American use of redundant prepositions to be a bit wearing:

change up = change
swap out = swap
switch up = switch

etc

timrichards,
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@arose62 "Reoccur" in that sense seems fair enough, but with an -ing ending it suggests regularity, so I think it'd always be "recurring".

timrichards,
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@si_fuller Rather than "obliged"? Agreed.

timrichards, (edited ) to random
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Hooray, Traveller has put online my piece about the joys of visiting laundrettes when travelling overseas. Spin, rinse, and enjoy...

Travelling light means washing your clothes. Here’s why I love it https://www.smh.com.au/traveller/reviews-and-advice/travelling-light-means-washing-your-clothes-here-s-why-i-love-it-20240527-p5jgvw.html

#Travel

timrichards, to Switzerland
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The poor waiter at my Zürich hotel must be used to people nervously checking that something is included before ordering it (I've ordered an omelette and an espresso coffee with the buffet breakfast). He sighed a little and said "Everything is included."

Thank god for that, even a simple black coffee here can set you back CHF 5 (about $8.50!).

#switzerland

timrichards,
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My strategy when paying for my own meals in Switzerland has been to buy sandwiches from convenience stores. They're pretty good actually, Central Europe always does bread well. #switzerland

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Welcome to today's thread - South East Europe Day 10 10 Jun 2024 - Doboj - Banja Luka - Dobrljin - Novi Grad

Crossing these borders:
Volinja 🇭🇷 - Dobrljin 🇧🇦

These borders on the borders map:
https://umap.openstreetmap.fr/en/map/crossborderrail-all-the-borders_935041#11/45.2060/16.4946

Today's routes on the routes map:
https://umap.openstreetmap.fr/en/map/crossborderrail-south-east-europe-v9-draft_1053482#10/44.9458/17.2444

timrichards,
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@jon You could craft a haiku from that :)

Train with no platform
One passenger boards alone
A red rose bush grows

timrichards,
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@jon Reminds me of similar Polish slow trains, pulling up at dilapidated platforms from which one could see only fields.

timrichards,
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@jon That station sign looks like it was last repainted in 1953.

timrichards,
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@jon Love the body bag in the corner

Sheril, to books
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Once again, I’m in need of a new book to get lost in & would love recommendations 📚

Some of my favorite genres include science fiction, historical fiction & satire. What are you reading? #books

timrichards,
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@Sheril have you read anything by PG Wodehouse? He is excellent, so funny. I'd suggest starting with the short story collection The Inimitable Jeeves, or the novel Right Ho Jeeves.

timrichards, to Health
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God, imagine the constipation!

Meet the men who eat meat (and only meat)

(maybe paywalled) #Health https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/meet-the-men-who-eat-meat-and-only-meat-20240501-p5fo4j.html

timrichards, (edited ) to Switzerland
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I'm off on a train to Zürich, two days there and then back to Australia.

St Gallen was a delight - I'd never even heard of the place before, but it's a very pleasant small city with a lot of history and some wonderful old architecture.

#switzerland #train #Trains

timrichards,
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@vwdasher yes very smooth – quiet, comfortable, on time. No fuss.

timrichards, to DoctorWho
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I've only just realised that William Russell died at 99 years old this week – he was one of the very first companions on Doctor Who. An entertaining actor, will be much missed. RIP.

William Russell obituary | Stage | The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2024/jun/04/william-russell-obituary

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