Green and pleasant land

May 3rd, 2006 | by Charlotte |

Took a long trip out of London, through England’s green and pleasant land, to get to Corby and my job interview.

There were massive problems – signal failures mostly -with nearly every line of the Tube and the trip to the National Rail station at St Pancras, which should have taken half an hour took 2 hours.

But the National Rail trip out to Kettering was beautiful. I see what they mean about England’s green and pleasant land. We soon left the grimy London blocks of flats behind and we passed into emerald green fields, dotted with quaint, historical grey stone villages and isolated farm houses. I could just make out church spires visible in the distance through the trees. We passed wintery skeletal stands of trees full of rook nests, hedgerows full of white flowers (hawthorn?), a folly tower that looked like a castle, and little brown rabbits sitting up in the middle of growing fields. We passed slow, brimful rivers and fields of yellow-flowing canola. I wished I’d bought my camera, but there’s no room for it in my interview bag.

Leicester is only a few stops on from Kettering. Leicester is the home of Sue Townsend’s Adrian Mole. I’ve read all the Adrian Mole novels so far and it felt strange to be in the Midlands after reading about them for so long.

The train was more like an upmarket passenger jet than a Tube train. There were large, comfortable seats, tables and a buffet car.

The interviewing company sent a taxi to pick me up. It’s about a 15 minute (or 13 pound) trip to Corby. I hear how the interview went tomorrow.

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