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By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.

Helen Hunt Jackson - September
The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Chrysanthemums.
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.

John Updike, September
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Getting around

mheredgemheredge TeacherHere and therePosts: 27,055 mod
edited March 2016 in Countries and Travel
'I have seen the face of the devil. I prised open his slippery mandible, and peered into his gaping maw as the acrid talons of his breath tore away at my flesh and hair until I was left quivering against the wind, having glimpsed cruelty in its rawest form.'

In fact, this is how a writer described getting a Great Western train from Paddington to Cornwall on a bank holiday once.

Travelling by train or bus in many poor countries is often seen to be uncomfortable and crowded, but in fact, as I have often told people, it is no different in the UK or other so-called developed countries. In many cases it is a lot more comfortable too.

'Journeys from hell' are all too frequent, whether commuting or travelling on holiday. My friend very recently was stuck because of the air traffic controllers' strike in France - another is supposed to be happening today. Other friends suffer every day as they commute to work. Aptly nicknamed, the 'Misery Line' is a commuter rail service from London into Essex.

Tell us about you journeys from hell. How do you manage getting about? What is the public transport service like in your neighbourhood? Or perhaps it is clean, comfortable, not crowded and you have no complaints?


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