Devon and Cornwall were practically cut off last week: even the buses which were replacing the trains cancelled because the railway lines were underwater couldn't get along because the roads were flooded, too.
There were railway lines not affected by the floods; but some of them were affected by landslides.
Ah well, it all makes for a little excitement: and never have I felt so grateful to live on a hill.
Now, as we keep being told, the important thing if you're obliged to travel is to keep an eye on the official announcements.
This one was in the Daily Telegraph on the 22nd December:
'Rail transport is being hampered across the South West. First Great Western is advising all customers with "non-essential travel" not to travel west of Taunton in either direction.'
It took me a little while to work this out, but I think they meant: rail customers west of Taunton are advised not to travel.
Ah well, I expect the poor railway announcers were much too busy with all those disasters all over the place to worry too much about being comprehensible.
Word To Use Today: west. This word is Old English. It's related to the Latin vesper and the Greek hésperos, which both mean evening.The word west is also linked to the name of one of the four dwarves in Norse mythology, Norðri, Suðri, Austri and Vestri, who each represented one of the directions of the world.