Week of learn­ing on train and in the of­fice

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It has been a funny old week. Don’t ever let peo­ple tell you a change is as good as a rest. Es­pe­cially if you hap­pen to be on a course with a learn­ing arc as steep as the Eif­fel Tower. For five days I have been part of a group of jour­nal­ists sub­jected to a gru­elling regime of com­puter train­ing. A kind of IT boot­camp held in the com­pany’s Ex­eter of­fice.

For one week we were the last foot sol­diers to un­dergo train­ing be­fore the new sys­tem swings into ac­tion on Mon­day. So, for the five days, it be­came a toss-up be­tween car or com­mut­ing from Ply­mouth by train. The train seemed the best choice – es­pe­cially for one who bears a warm re­gard for rail­ways and those that run them.

In­stead of wak­ing up gen­tly

For this wild week I joined the in­su­lated world of the in­hab­i­tants of the 7.45am from Ply­mouth.

The train topped up with pas­sen­gers at Totnes. At New­ton Ab­bot it pos­i­tively pul­sated with ef­fer­ves­cent ban­ter of stu­dents who, on reach­ing St Davids, all tum­bled out again.

Caught up in this brief plat­form hur­ley-burley of ar­rivals and de­par­tures felt like play­ing one’s bit part in the life force of hu­man­ity.

And the course? Oh, have I learnt any­thing? Yes, lots. Will I re­mem­ber it? I’ll tell you later.

But, de­spite dis­rup­tive Storm Diana, I have cer­tainly learnt about the col­lec­tive plea­sure of com­mut­ing with my fel­low trav­ellers on the 7.45.

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