Inspired and moved by Handel’s Messiah


This oratorio was written by G F Handel 268 years ago using the text of The Authorised Version of the Bible published in 1611. I am listening to a recording made 50 years ago by the Huddersfield Choral Society and The Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargeant.
It is timeless, beautiful, inspiring, transcendent and deeply moving.
A fitting celebration for the birth of the Messiah 2000 years ago.

1968 and all that

The steam era on British Rail officially ended almost forty years ago in August 1968 when a Britannia Class engine named “Oliver Cromwell” hauled a train from Liverpool Lime Street to Carlisle. The story is told here:

A new exhibition about the end of steam hauled trains opens at the National Railway Museum in York on May 24 called 1968 and all that.  It’s only there for the half term holiday until 1st June. Entrance to the museum if free but it’ll cost you £11 for the exhibition.