‘New trains! faster! more frequent!’
Or so Virgin claimed this week, for its Manchester-Birmingham rail service. So what did I get today, on my way down to BIAD? Old InterCity trains, there and back. And a long winding detour along the Walsall / Tame Bridge line; the train gliding slowly (oh so slowly) through the parklands and wooded cuttings, before easing out above the rooftops in the morning sun. If city bosses ever bring a trainload of potential investors down from the north by train, this is surely the most scenic way to approach Birmingham.

Tree & crow:

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Science & art:
Secrets of the Zen garden. Science succeeds in interpreting art, where the cultural critics had failed.