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Big news and a big name from the small Wales town of … wait for it …


which is the home of the newest and most celebrated royal marriage in decades – Prince William and Cate Middleton.    Although the exact location of the royal couples home is kept secret for security reasons, it’s reported that they live modestly with only a security detail and no servants in a fairly modest 3-4 bedroom house.  Of course the prince has keys, an open invitation, and inheritance rights to the extravagance of Buckingham Palace, Balmoral Castle, and Clarence House in London.

Although Wales has been under British rule for some 800 years, there’s still a sentiment about separation from England that could in some ways be resolved if the royal couple has a Welsh born child, a very distinct possibility given their intentions to live there for some time. Prince William is a rescue pilot with the Royal Air Force and will continue his training in Wales.

Britain by Train

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Over at the Times Online you can follow the UK Transportation Minister in his whirlwind tour of Britain by train. He’ll be travelling thousands of miles on about 40 different trains over a 70 hour period to survey the services and the landscapes, and I can’t think of a better way to introduce the public and tourists to the joys of train travel.

Trains offer a slower and more relaxed way to see a country and get a feel for the land and people, and I’m a big fan of this approach. Last year on the China Trip I took two major train routes across about 1800 miles of China. This gave me a chance to quietly reflect on the trip as I took in a ground level view from Hong Kong to Shanghai and Shanghai to Beijing.

I would have to say that train travel can become boring at times even on interesting routes. Our family trip from Portland Oregon to Minneapolis, MN was enjoyable but I probably wouldn’t be inclined to do that often as it’s a long haul with minimal services in route. Amtrak, as well as the China trains, fail to provide enough entertainment along the way. This is surprising as I think opening the dining car into a lounge-like atmosphere for 24 hours would probably result in a lot more food and beverage sales, as well as potential tips for servers.

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