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We’re on our way to Scotland so blogging will be taking a bit of a back seat for the next few days. Expect the occasional update and, if the anti hs2 campaign comes out with anything stupid (a bit of a certainty, really) some lampoonery.

We’ve just spent the night in the old railway town of Tebay. It’s a fine example of how the railways brought prosperity to an area and what happened to many towns after the Beeching cuts which closed their stations. After Tebay closed in 1962 the towns population dropped from 1000 to 700 because families left & one of the two schools was forced to shut. That school became a youth hostel & is now the private B&B where I stayed the night.