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Monday 05:15

Sorry for the lack of blogs this past week. To say life is hectic at the moment really doesn’t do things justice! I’m typing this from Costa Coffee in Manchester Airport whilst I wait for my flight to Dusseldorf. I’m heading back to Germany for the second time this month on yet another press trip – this time to have a look at some of the other projects the company are involved in besides the Class 700s for the UK. It’s going to be a hectic (but fascinating) couple of days. Siemens are my hosts & their events always provide plenty of interest. I’m particularly looking forward to learning more about the new Avenio trams they’re building for Doha which will run without overhead wires – a technology that could be very useful in our growing cities.

That aside, I can’t say I’m a fan of kicking my heels in airport lounges – especially this time of morning, but when needs must – at least there’s a welcoming Costa Coffee & free wifi here. The lounge is a melange of people here for different purposes which is reflected in the destinations up on the departure board. There’s business folks like me heading off to locations such as Aberdeen, Dusseldorf, or Dublin, whilst the hen parties & tourists we’re rubbing shoulders with are heading off to Ibiza, Alicante & Amsterdam. Despite the earliness of the hour, terminal three is surprisingly busy. Mind you – that could be just my perception as the place isn’t exactly large. Heathrow it isn’t.

Once I get back I’ve a day at home before heading off to York where I’m volunteering at the Railway Benefit Fund Spring Ball. I’ve a queue of subjects to blog about, so as soon as I have some spare time I’ll get typing. In the meantime, you can keep up with my travels & pictures here:

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