...a blog by Richard Flowers

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Day 4196: Meanwhile, in Middle Earth England


Today presenter: So why have you taken such drastic measures to cut down trees alongside the railway lines, sometimes up to thirty yards from the tracks?

Network Rail Spokesperson: Well, I don't see what the problem is. We got on the palantír to the Dark Lord Sauron and he said we should tear down the forests of Isengard and burn them to power an industrial machine that would carry a new Darkness across all the lands of the West.


Sauron: This is getting silly! I've been waiting for my invasion for Ages now! What's causing all these delays?!

Announcer (over PA): Network Rail would like to apologise for the late running of the 18:30 Nazgûl from Minas Morgul to Minas Tirith. Further delays are expected to all services between Orodruin and the Black Terminus of Barad-dûr. This is due to the wrong sort of ash and lava on the line.

Sauron: Oh Balrogs!

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