"I don't know why I was surprised. You can't spend ever increasing amounts of time exploring the south coast and not at some point expect to hear the words, "Shall we nip across to France?"
35 minutes. 35 MINUTES! And the carriage insides really do look like London Underground carriages, although mercifully without that oik that eats his breakfast cereal on the early London train. And you just drive off, through acres of brilliantly lit apron and straight onto the A16 then the A26 for Lens. How cool is that?
Why Lens? It's where the rellies are commemorated, of course!"
And yes, rather like tomorrow's post, this post was partly composed at my desk until the phone rang, I answered, and the rest, as they say, is history.