At the end of the month I am speaking in Glasgow at the annual EPOP conference. No, I don't know what it stands for either, but it is the association of political academics who are experts on elections and polling. Anyway, I thought I had better get round to deciding how to get there. I always prefer to drive when I can, but at 453 miles I thought that was a bit too much, especially as nowadays I find it all too easy to fall asleep at the wheel. So it then boiled down to a train journey or a flight.
A British Airways flight costs £102.60 and takes just over an hour. A train journey costs a £118 on a fixed ticket, £298 on an open return (or £460 first class!) but ... takes 6.5 hours there and 8 hours on the way back.