Living In Southern Ireland. You soon notice the lack of infrastructure. But it wasn't always like that, oh no. Not many moons ago there used to be the West Cork Railway. Which ran from Cork to Bantry (about 56 miles). It used to deliver coal, milk, passengers, cows and pigs. In 1961 the 'powers that be' decided to close down the railway because it was running at a loss - SIXTY FIVE THOUSAND POUNDS. Which was probably a lot of money back then. Today you wouldn't get an ice cream for it. Course I exaggerate. Any Road. Time for a break.
Think the above video adequately sums up how much we need infrastructure. The West Cork Railway rails where shipped to Nigeria and most of the land was sold to neighbouring landowners. So it will never be a railway line again It's so sad. Do you know of an old railway line that could be brought back to life?
I once met an English woman in a pub (where else) here in West Cork. She was a lovely 'New Age 'Hippy kind of woman. She told me that she had once walked along Englands' ancient tracks and never touched a single road. Isn't that incredible? Imagine if we could construct a sustainable bridle way just for horses and carts, walkers and cyclists?
I also feel strongly about canals - amazing feats of engineering. Most of them hand dug by Irish Navvies. Think the Manchester Ship Canal is the biggest feat of them all - 30 odd miles long and fifteen feet deep and all dug by hand.
Back to railways. One of my favourite British comedy heroes is Will Haye. I have a DVD collection of 9 of his films.
Here's my favourite: "Oh Mr Porter."
This wonderful piece of steam train nostalgia was made in 1937. It starred: Will Haye, Moore Marriott and Graham Moffatt.
The Plot: William Porter (Will Haye) inept railway worker is given the job of a remote, rural northern Irish railway station master. The train station is 2 miles from the nearest bus stop. What's one of those? To make matters worse. The railway line is haunted by a ghost. So no-one will go near it after dark.
Porter is woken up by a cow sticking its head through one of the train station windows. The railway staff breakfast consists of bacon made from a litter of piglets that the railway company was supposed to be looking after for a local farmer. I won't tell you any more. You'll just have to see the film, if you haven't seen it already. I think the whole film is on You Tube. But you can always buy the collection, I did.
See you folks.