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.