I always like listening to Lisa Jardine's radio essays but this one was especially enjoyable. BBC NEWS | Magazine | Our love affair with the train. How I wish that English trains were as pleasant to ride as European trains.
I disagree with her about airports though. When I was growing up in Surrey in the early 1960s, one of our family day trips would be to Heathrow, where we would take a picnic and spend the day watch the planes taking off and landing. Our entertainment was to wonder where all these people might be going and why. When Dad flew on occasional business trips he would bring back the tiny salt and pepper sets and other airline ephemera for us to pore over, a kind of cargo cult of the future when one day we would all be frequent flyers.