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For various reasons I took the weekend off from blogging, but now I’m back in a busy week with a heck of a lot going on, despite me staying away from the railway. Well, almost…

Although I’ve not been on a train since the end of March I did pop down to our local station in Sowerby Bridge on Saturday just to get a railway fix and remind myself what the modern railway looks like. It was quite eerie. As it’s the height of the summer season you’d expect the trains to be packed along with the station car-parks. Instead, this was the sight that greeted me.

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This is despite the latest update from the Department of Transport that says cars on the roads have already returned to 83% of pre-Covid levels. Government policy is still to discourage rail travel even though rail operators (now directly managed by the Government) have increased the frequency of trains to 80% plus of normal service levels – yet passenger numbers have actually declined in the past week to around 15% of pre-Covid levels! It’s madness, but typical of the confused and mixed messages this Government has been sending out.

Ok, on to the main reason for this blog – the picture of the day. Today’s comes from my travels in Laos. It was taken in the town of Luang Prabang in the 9th January 2009.

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The detritus of conflict in Laos is commonplace. During the Vietnam war the USA secretly bombed the hell out of the place. It’s estimated that eight bombs a minute were dropped on average during the Vietnam war between 1964 and 1973 – more than the amount used during the whole of World War Two. Unexploded ordnance is still killing Laotians today. In the finest tradition of swords into ploughshares, here’s a family that’s found a new use for the tailfin of one of the millions of bombs dropped during the war.

 

 

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