Thursday, February 26, 2009
Laverstone Station has three platforms. Platform one is a seasonal train serving holiday makers and steam enthusiasts and puffs its way, weather permitting, across the hills to Reading every Thursday from April to September. Platforms two and three serve the mainline trains between London and Oxford, though not all trains stop at Laverstone. One an hour is our generally allotted number.
There’s an underpass to Platform One where an old man plays a cello for pennies. His two performing monkeys will grin and tip their hats if you put a pound or more into his hat. Ignore him at your peril. Those with the sight can see the stumps where they ripped off his angel wings.
Those performing monkeys? Aren’t.