Train can ease strain of family outings
“Are we there yet?”
It’s the question that has exasperated parents on long car journeys with their children for decades.
And now, according to a survey, it’s a question which irritated kids are asking their parents on an all too regular basis.
The company says games such as I-Spy are slowly dying out and being replaced, as kids use phones and tablets in the car, access social media and generally get bored far quicker.
As a result, it now apparently takes the average child just 37 minutes to ask the dreaded question of their beleaguered guardians.
So, if parents took the high speed train from Ashford, they could reach London St Pancras in 37 minutes, so just as a child is about to utter the cursed enquiry, they can quickly answer: “Yes, we are here.”
We’re not sure how this research, published by public relations firm 3Monkeys Zeno, was done.
It conjures up some grim images of children and parents being put in a car with cameras and a stopwatch and made to drive to Cornwall. All in the name of science.
It got us thinking where else you could reasonably get to within 37 minutes from Ashford. We reckon you can get to lots of places, such as Dymchurch, Folkestone, Tenterden, Canterbury, Maidstone, Faversham, and maybe even further afield.
It’s amazing what you can find on your doorstep sometimes. And you won’t need to answer any awkward questions.
While we’re on the topic of driving, the subject of speeding fines came up in the newsroom this week.
We were pleased to learn that a majority of our reporters are law-abiding types who have never been caught speeding.
The spotless record is spoiled by editor Robert Barman, who attended a speed awareness course for what he says was a minor offence several years ago, while Aidan Barlow was snapped by cameras on the M20 going through Maidstone, leading to three points on his licence.
But perhaps the biggest sinner in our office is new reporter Sean Axtell, who admitted he was caught exceeding the limit ON HIS DRIVING TEST.
It didn’t lead to anything quite as dramatic as a flashing speed camera and he claims it was an easy mistake to have make on a dual carriageway.
Maybe the examiner was bored and asked if they were nearly there.
According to a survey, it’s just 37 minutes into a journey before children start to ask the dreaded ‘are we there yet’, which is exactly the time the high speed rail service takes to get to London from Ashford; our reporter was caught speeding during his driving test