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Ten Things That Millennials Never Enjoyed About Train Travel: The Not So Perfect Ten

Ten things about British rail travel that people born after 1980 never had the chance to enjoy or endure

For many passengers, today’s trains are shiny and efficient beasts. Some might say they are a little devoid of character. Sometimes they look scruffy or sport garish liveries.

In the space of forty years, the joys of British rail travel has changed beyond recognition. Besides preserved railways, today’s trains look more like buses or aeroplanes. There are some that look exactly like buses that are due to cease operation this year.

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The Correct Use of Toast: Feast of the M60

Feast of the M60’s opportunist/timely post celebrates National Toast Day

Random slice of toast
“A little bit of…” toast, will mop away your bean juice. Image by Peter O’Connor, 2009 (Creative Commons License: Attribution Share Alike).

There is only one foodstuff that turns a cooked breakfast from SkyBet League Two to Barclays Premier League status. It is a five letter word which is also used to celebrate a momentous occasion. After about five minutes under the grill it goes well with baked beans, cheese, or a dippy fried egg. No prizes for guessing which one (it is too easy for a Midday Money question). Continue reading “The Correct Use of Toast: Feast of the M60”

Pub Food Classics: The Cheese Toastie

Feast of the M60 muses over what seems to be a dying art in public houses

Toastie!
East of the M60 does not endorse the use of borderline nationalism on this savoury snack. The opinions of the toastie are separate to that of this blog. And the person who photographed this image in 2012 (Image by Annie, Creative Commons License – Some Rights Reserved).

On the rare occasions that you go to the pub (for anything besides family occasions), you may fancy a quick snack with your pint. You yearn for something quite filling though not over facing. A quick sandwich, a tasty ham muffin or the like – anything besides pickled eggs, salted peanuts and crisps. Continue reading “Pub Food Classics: The Cheese Toastie”

How Privatisation Killed Off the British Rail Sandwich Joke

Heard the one about the Northern Rail sandwich…? Thought not.

The heady days of 1970s food on the go: a Travellers' Fare sandwich.
Appetising isn’t it? Better than half the jokes: the Travellers’ Fare sandwich. Poster image photographed by Chris Sampson (Creative Commons License – Some Rights Reserved).

If you visit a busy mainline station anywhere in the United Kingdom, today’s concourses resemble a small town shopping centre. It is a far cry from an era when the only shops were those of W.H. Smith and Son, John Menzies, Finlays or Wymans. Other than newsagents’ shops, it was the buffet bar or restaurant. Till the start of rail privatisation, a parcels (Red Star) pick-up point and left luggage facilities were the norm at principal stations. Continue reading “How Privatisation Killed Off the British Rail Sandwich Joke”

Hacking Subway: How to Cope with the Sandwich Inquisition

Feast of the M60‘s useful tips on surviving the world’s most famous sandwich story chain

Dinner time (or lunch as a good friend of mine prefers to regard our noon meal time) can be seen as a carefully planned operation or as a distress purchase. In the former sense, we know which eatery to call in well in advance. For the latter, speed means a trip to Sainsburys Local or Boots for a meal deal. Then there’s enlightened types who have the time to make their own butties for work, rest or play. Continue reading “Hacking Subway: How to Cope with the Sandwich Inquisition”

On a Roll: Feast of the M60’s Best Barms and Marvellous Muffins

Feast of the M60 celebrates British Sandwich Week

The Earl of Sandwich has a lot to answer for; at a loss as to what snack he decides to have on his card table, he came up with this ingenious plan. Putting two slices of bread together between a filling, he creates a dish which enables him to play cards and eat at the same time. Continue reading “On a Roll: Feast of the M60’s Best Barms and Marvellous Muffins”

Another Take Out: Alternative Fast Food Outlets to the Totalitarian Multinational Offerings

Other eateries are available – and lovingly recommended by Feast of the M60

20 to 30 years ago, a trip to McDonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken or Wimpy would have been quite a novelty. The then big three of the 1980s would soon become two, as Wimpy lost town centre branches. By the start of the noughties, the new third force in take out food became Subway. Continue reading “Another Take Out: Alternative Fast Food Outlets to the Totalitarian Multinational Offerings”