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April 17, 2013

Pedalling again!

evelyn @ 1:37 pm

Last Sunday was highly successful. Up to the gallery no problem. Lovely flutes and diapasons of the Hill just waiting for me. I gulped a bit when I realised that the first hymn tune was ‘Praise, my soul, the king of heaven’, and me without organ shoes. But I had a go, missing out the odd tricky note, and it worked.

In the event, I had felt a bit silly about emailing the choir asking for assistance with the stairs, so I didn’t do it, but someone came up and helped anyway. By next week, I’ll definitely be OK on my own, and before then I should even have the green light for driving, which will be a relief to my long-suffering husband and the friends who’ve been chauffeuring me around.

So this is going to be the last post about my injury; the whole thing is getting very boring. But before finishing, I’ll explain how it happened, and issue a warning. It wasn’t a car accident. It wasn’t a fall. I was simply stepping on to a train in Glasgow Queen Street Station, something I have done thousands of times before. On this occasion, however, my foot slipped between the train and the platform, resulting in said injury.

The warning:

All my friends are now being very, VERY careful whenever they step on or off a train, and I would advise the whole world to do the same.


  1. Oh no! My wife, who was in London a couple of years back, says they have an advertising campaign there to “mind the gap.” It must be some kind of gap! Contrast that with the San Francisco, where when the trains come to rest an extra platform robotically materializes from underneath the door of the car so that there is no gap at all! Would all trains behaved like that.

    Comment by Michael — April 26, 2013 @ 7:20 pm

  2. It IS some gap! It may be only the UK that goes in for it. With a lot of continental European services, there’s no platform to speak of, and you have to do some climbing to get on to the train. But at least it’s safe. I must say I like the idea of the San Francisco version.

    Comment by evelyn — May 2, 2013 @ 8:38 pm

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