Sunday, July 1, 2012

Tarka the Other

In the gaps between showers, we hired eight bikes and cycled from Torrington to Bideford and back along the Tarka Trail. It used to be a railway line until the Beeching Report closed it and a third of Britain's rail network in the 60s and 70s. A similar thing happened to the Chichester Line which ran through the South Downs to Midhurst: the southern bit of that is also now a cycle trail. The cuts didn't make any real savings though. It all seemed to be pushed through in the name of progress: trains were old, cars & roads were the future. Of course we now have way too many cars choking roads and air. Bring back trains. 
The evening was taken up with Spain's 4:0 thrashing of Italy in the Euros Final - quite the most accomplished, creative, flowiuid footballing performance I've seen in many a year.

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