If you look down the links section you will see a recent addition is Steven Carty's personal blog. Steven, known as Cheggs to his mates, is a rail enthusiast, an Admin on Railcam, and is one of those people who makes a difference to your life from the moment you meet him. Cheggs asked me if he could write a rant, loosely disguised as a post for the blog as he has a bit of time on his hands at the moment. You see he was so excited at the prospect of the 3rd Trainspotting Live that his heart couldn't handle it and decided hospital was a better option. Still awaiting test results Cheggs sent this to me earlier, and it is his take not so much to the programme itself, but the reaction of the hardcore enthusiast world to it. Those of you who know me well will know I have little patience with the hardcore enthusiast, who think they are the font of all knowledge above those actually working or who have worked in the industry, for whom the word "humour" is from an alien galaxy, and all of whom are Doctors of Pedantology. So I'm delighted to publish this post from Cheggs, show's I'm not the only one! Get well soon mate, and thanks for getting this, erm, off your chest and speaking, erm, from the heart......Hope the blood pressure is normal again.
I am writing this piece as by means of an apology. For what exactly, I
will divulge shortly. As many of you will know, last Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday saw the airing of in my opinion a very bold and brave show.........TRAINSPOTTING LIVE. Broadcast on BBC4
on said evenings was a simple production without hundreds of thousands
of pounds of budget behind it attempting to bring the world of both
trains and trainspotting to the general public at large who for
countless decades have sniggered, sneered at and
derided our love of trains, railways and all things flange wheeled.
So, were we delighted this was happening?
Were we heck! Naaay, naaay and thrice naaay. From minute 1 when it was
announced it was doomed to failure. And I shall tell you why.
Because of the very same people who want everyone to like our hobby, but
don't want anybody to either criticise it or dare get anything wrong
associated with it. Those who want it to appeal to a mass public, but
want it to be on THEIR terms. Those who think
you can only be 'indoctrinated' by them and what they think or don't
bother at all.
I had my doubts, I made quips and jokes beforehand. I had horrible
visions of being laughed at by friends etc. And you know what, I
wouldn't have blamed them for laughing. But not at who you think.
Peter Snow, Dr Hannah Fry, Tim Dunn and
Dick Strawbridge fronted up to live cameras and attempted to do a job
that these so called enthusiasts could only
dream of! And my hat is off, and my heart goes out to them for doing
so. State for the record your honour that I really enjoyed the
programmes (well 2 of them as I write this as a certain health issue
stopped me from seeing the 3rd one live haha) and would
really like it to appear on our screens again and hopefully soon.
See the thing is, I don't care if they got fooled by a month's old clip,
or they got one or two bits of terminology or factoid wrong, there was 3
hours of non-stop talking and showing and explaining trains / railways.
TRAINS WERE ON THE FLIPPIN' TELE! For good reasons!
However, I would have been laughed at by my friends because of one thing........Facebook. Just before 8pm on Monday 11th July, Facebook should have carried the following.........
For the next 3 evenings and possibly beyond, you are about to be
subjected to behaviour of extreme smugness, high-almightiness,
all-knowingness and petty proportions that will make you cringe and
possibly want to vomit. No, not by the show, but from the hundreds
of grown people who see their hobby as exclusive and to which only they
know what's best. Who hang out of train windows looking like they're
about to give a Nazi salute. Who wish to be photographed 'almost
touching' a loco. Who pounce on any mistake anyone
makes about anything railway related that you don't ever dare to
question them ever again, I mean how could you!?
For this, the trainspotting and railway community would like to say a
huge sorry. Because despite anyone's best efforts nothing will ever be
good enough to those who would undoubtedly be able to bring you THE best
ever live production the WORLD has ever seeeeen!!!
We are trying to get rid of stereotypes etc etc but all we did was feed
them this week with all the holier-than-thou attitudes. How about some
of US actually got together seriously and put a show together? No, not
broadcast it! And not one that's an hour of
trains going by with someone telling you what the damn things are! I
meant a show that we think would appeal!? And pitch it to someone. Go on
So, my sincere apologies world. We really do want you to like us and
like our hobby and passion, but only when we're ready, and only how we
see it, okay? Cool, nice one.
But keep spotting ;-)