THE TANFIELD RAILWAY
The redoubtable Neville Whaler (above) - one of whose guises is the scurrilous ne’er-do-well who wrote many of the Tipsy Duchess’s most appalling double-entendres - has emailed me with more news of the Tanfield Railway, an institution which has benefited from truckshunter generosity in the past and deserves to again.
So read and inwardly digest the following....
‘The Tanfield Steam Railway is running steam-hauled passenger trains on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the school holidays; also Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday 30 and 31 August 2009. The Railway is holding a Steam Gala with visiting engines, on Saturday and Sunday, 12 and 13 September with an intensive timetable. Enjoy a steam train ride, see the historic Causey Arch, view the locomotive shed and working engines. Refreshments are available on the site at Andrews House Station.’
So now you know and have no excuse not to spread the good word.
THE STRAIGHT/GAY GAME
In a comment I made on blogposting 162 I revealed how my confused teenage sexuality began to sort itself out (as it were) when I realised how much I fancied the two hunks who took the leads in the tv cowboy series Laramie in, I think, the early 60s. I found myself making the same revelation during a recent conversation with an old friend of mine. This in turn led into a kind of ‘game of dare’ in which every gay man is ‘allowed’ to find two - and only two - women attractive. Every straight man is, in turn, allowed to find two men attractive. The rules can, of course, be altered for women.
My nominations, for what they are worth, were Fiona Bruce (whom I have had the extraordinary good fortune to meet) and Nicole Kidman. My (female) friend’s nominations were Susan Sarandon and Kate Winslet. I’m not sure what that says about either of us but it was fun finding out.
Go on - have a go. Nobody will ever know.
Just a reminder that the next AGM will take place next Sunday, 6 September at Tynemouth Station Market at about 1100. Bring a friend. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.
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My friend Jean-Francois died of an AIDS-related illness in Paris on Thursday 20 August. He was 44.