Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Shooting trainspotters in a barrel

This is why I have doubts about Simon Hoggart:

"On my way into work yesterday I passed some train spotters at Waterloo station. They were photographing the train I'd just arrived on, specifically the driver's cab and the number on the side.

'But they're all the same!' I wanted to yell. 'Only the numbers are different. You might as well photograph a range of Tesco loyalty cards!'

Nothing, I thought, could be more boring than that."

Attacking trainspotters, Simon? A brave and controversial view.

For a more balanced account of the subject, see Nicholas Whittaker's book Platform Souls.

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