This from a Mr L J Breeze...
These are increasingly desperate times at the Department for Transport, judging by this picture taken at the Duffield station of the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway yesterday.
If the Secretary of State has taken to consulting the Soi Disant Veteran Observer then we are all doomed.
Perhaps he would have got more sense out of the dog?
UPDATE: This from Chionanthus Virginicus...
In view of the Soi Disant's alleged sideburns (they look like "Wiggo" stick-ons to me) are we to assume he was asking the SoS to ensure the new franchising agreements will include specific requirements for the provision of additional cycle space on trains?
This of course would be part of the "legacy" benefits from the 2012 Olympic success.
UPDATE: This from the Soi Disant Veteran Observer himself...
I have emailed you several times to request that you stop referring to me in these derisory terms.
As I have pointed our before this is neither big nor clever!
Rather than replying to my emails you prefer to publish them, but in truncated form, which you seem to consider funny.
If you do not desist I will be forced to... (Sadly, owing to pressure of space, we are unable to publish the rest of this email from the Soi Disant Veteran Observer. Ed)