EDI­TOR’S LET­TER

The TV Guide - - CONTENTS - [email protected] With TV Guide Edi­tor Julie Eley

There’s some­thing mag­i­cal about a train jour­ney. There’s not only the an­tic­i­pa­tion of what awaits at the jour­ney’s end but the thrill of the trip it­self. When I was grow­ing up, travel by rail was a once-a-year af­fair – but what an af­fair it was. Our an­nual ex­pe­di­tion to the Isle of Wight was a day-long un­der­tak­ing full of new sights and strange en­coun­ters, ac­com­pa­nied by egg-and-cress sand­wiches, jaffa cakes and lemon­ade. The English coun­try­side was a rev­e­la­tion to some­one grow­ing up in a town where it was still pos­si­ble to play in bomb craters, while the slums of London made us re­alise life wasn’t so bad af­ter all. My mem­ory says the sun was al­ways shin­ing and no one ever asked, “Are we there yet?” as the train was all the ‘there’ we needed. That rosy im­age of train travel has stayed with me all my life, which is what makes Prime’s new doc­u­men­tary Go South (story page 6) so ap­peal­ing. An ad-free travelogue, Go South trav­els mainly by train from Auckland to New Zealand’s deep south. Part of a move­ment known glob­ally as ‘slow TV’, it un­der­scores that life re­ally is a jour­ney and not a des­ti­na­tion. And what bet­ter way to be­gin 2019 than by putting the brakes on the hec­tic pace of life.

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