Millions of these orange train tickets must be printed everyday in the United Kingdom, but how many end up with musical notes punched into them? Certainly all the other passengers commuting between Beverley and Hull that afternoon ended up with musical notes punched into their tickets as well, but I thought it was enough of a rarity to warrant me keeping it and publishing a photograph of it here.
Sometimes it’s the little things, like a musical note, that make your day.
It was the “annual procession of Knights of the Garter… through the grounds of Windsor Castle” yesterday [or so The Times informs me; there’s a lovely photograph of Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on page 13] and it remembered me of this hassock from St. Mary’s Church in Beverley. This Star of the Order of the Garter (shown here upside down) is not only worn by members of Britain’s oldest and most senior order of chivalry, but is also the cap badge of The Coldstream Guards who stand “second to none” in the British Army. This hassock must have been stitched by an old Guardsman or, more likely, the wife of one.
I discovered this photograph in a box marked “Ephemera”, upstairs in The Beverley Old Bookshop, and I’ve never seen one quite like it (note the silver, embossed, frame). I also picked up a copy of Jaroslav Hasek’s “The Good Soldier Schweik” and an old map of Dorset.
The Beverley Old Bookshop is well worth a visit if you like books and you’re in Beverley, but if you want something in particular you better look them up in the telephone directory, because they don’t do computers.
Visited: 1st January 2014.