1. Exquisite Tweets from @dracos

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    Up before the lark,
    Fox by the Rea, town by bus,
    Vienna by train.

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    Matthew Somerville

    Birmingham sunrise,
    Rotunda, Bullring, Moor Street,
    Gleaming in the light.

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    Matthew Somerville

    Centenary Lounge,
    Waiting for the London train,
    Scrambled eggs on toast.

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    Matthew Somerville

    Off-peak CIV,
    From Moor Street to Marylebone,
    Valid this early :)

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    Matthew Somerville

    Walk to Baker Street,
    Short hold at a red signal,
    Now press for champagne.

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    Matthew Somerville

    Eurostar sets off,
    Into a long long tunnel,
    But not yet in France.

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    Matthew Somerville

    Underneath the sea,
    An election is called. And
    we all wonder why.

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    Matthew Somerville

    Passing Charles de Gaulle,
    Eiffel Tower in the haze,
    Establishing shot.

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    Matthew Somerville

    An hour is lost,
    Transfer to Gare de Lyon,
    Baguette in the sun.

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    Matthew Somerville

    TGV is late,
    Moved from Hall 2 to Hall 1,
    Waiting a platform.

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    Matthew Somerville

    Paris to Zürich,
    The train speeds on its way to
    the mountains ahead.

    glympse.com/09XZ-G0RJ

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    Matthew Somerville

    Switzerland is near,
    Its roaming charges are mad,
    See you at our digs.

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    Matthew Somerville

    Arrived in Zurich,
    Off out to find some Swiss food,
    Everything is closed.

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    Matthew Somerville

    Train at 8:40,
    So why brain do I wake up
    Three hours early.

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    Matthew Somerville

    Again station bound,
    To catch a train to Innsbruck,
    The Tirol in spring.

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    Matthew Somerville

    Snowy mountainsides,
    Zürichsee and Walensee,
    Cut through Liechtenstein!

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    Matthew Somerville

    Compartment for six,
    Climbing up to Arlbergpaß,
    The way to travel.

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    Matthew Somerville

    Changing at Innsbruck,
    Could have made six minute change,
    Wait an hour, have lunch.

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    Matthew Somerville

    Past the Zillertal,
    Red and green spires on each side,
    The snow flurries round.

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    Matthew Somerville

    Just gone through Salzburg,
    News from the first group on plane:
    They are, umm, in Prague.

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    Matthew Somerville

    Linz now behind us,
    Danube to the north of us,
    We munch our Milka.†

    († Just me. I ate all the Milka.)

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    Matthew Somerville

    Arrived in Wien
    Meidling (closer to hotel),
    Weather, snowing hard.

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    Matthew Somerville

    Two tube and a bus
    To go. Between stops only.
    Validate ticket!

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    Matthew Somerville

    Wild garlic soup, and
    Green and white asparagus.
    Spargel im Spargel.

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    Matthew Somerville

    Two days of travel,
    Birmingham to Vienna,
    What joy was had. Night :-)

    [ citychoir.org.uk/concerts/ – midday mass and Messiah on Friday ]

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    Matthew Somerville

    Slept okay, bit warm,
    Roommate alarm clock was on,
    Already awake.

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    Matthew Somerville

    Everyone asleep,
    Anyone got any “Must-
    See” in Vienna?

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    Matthew Somerville

    Tube to Secession,
    Lift to roof of Karlskirche,
    War memorial. pic.twitter.com/tleNxDpGfD

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    Matthew Somerville

    Upper and lower
    Belvedere, gardens and Klimt,
    Stephansdom in view.

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    Matthew Somerville

    Vegan Swing Kitchen! :)
    A roof tour of Stephansdom,
    A long rehearsal.

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    Matthew Somerville

    Singing midday mass—
    Byrd, Wood, Bairstow, Stanford; then
    Finzi and Walton.

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    Matthew Somerville

    See Ankeruhr,
    Holocaust Memorial,
    Imperial chairs.

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    Matthew Somerville

    Wrenkh for lovely lunch,
    Roman walls, stumbled on Pride,
    Now Apfelstrudel.

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    Matthew Somerville

    Vegan burger, then
    Performing the Messiah –
    Standing ovation :) twitter.com/BrumCityChoir/…

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    Matthew Somerville

    Most did the Schönbrunn
    On Friday, so while they sleep,
    Doing it alone.

    (Some are doing it
    Sunday, but I’ll be on the
    Train—home in a day.)

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    Matthew Somerville

    Mistaken for a
    Wien Marathon runner*
    Else why up early?

    * Ha ha ha ha ha.
    (It's on Sunday, many are
    Here at this hotel.)

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    Matthew Somerville

    Prater ferris wheel,
    with cute history models,
    Yamm pay by weight lunch—

    Amazing mango
    and chocolate cake; buffet I
    Could eat anything :)

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    Matthew Somerville

    Votive church; stumble
    on March for Science. Walk down
    Ringstraße, busy. pic.twitter.com/ITwAoQ3alP

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    Matthew Somerville

    Imperial rooms,
    Too much gold. Cafe Central,
    A lovely bee cake. pic.twitter.com/lB9CuxYNqh

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    Matthew Somerville

    Globe museum does
    what it says; Esperanto
    museum next door.

    Pause in St Peter’s,
    Then dinner in a cellar,
    Some spinach strudel.

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    Matthew Somerville

    Tomorrow by train,
    Vienna to Birmingham,
    One thousand miles plus.

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    Matthew Somerville

    Red sky at morning,
    Matthew’s yawning. Exciting
    Pre-booked breakfast bag. pic.twitter.com/nte4EEcKBE

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    Matthew Somerville

    My ticket, it says
    Frankfurt 1:36. But
    Train says 2:09.

    My connection is
    just under an hour, but
    Great work, Deutsche Bahn.

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    Matthew Somerville

    Regensburg half ten,
    Nürnberg half past eleven,
    Würzburg half twelve, late.

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    Matthew Somerville

    Made time back up, but
    Ambulance called at Hanau.
    Knock on effects, <sigh>

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    Matthew Somerville

    I got the stamp, so
    Let us now see its magic
    Take me home. I hope. pic.twitter.com/kXMtjF95Aq

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    Matthew Somerville

    At Bruxelles-Midi.
    Lots of people with machine
    Guns. Very long queue.

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    Matthew Somerville

    Out of the tunnel,
    One hour late; the train from
    Euston will be slow—

    An hour’s delay
    Equals two hours late to
    Get to Birmingham.

    Hohum.

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    Matthew Somerville

    Travel by train from
    Vienna to Birmingham
    In a day. Only…

    …if necessary.
    The journey via Zürich
    was more relaxed. Night!

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    Matthew Somerville

    Normality back,
    Jigsaw and oats and please help
    Me hang the washing.

    (Guess that should end my
    Haiku holiday. Hope it
    Wasn't annoying.)

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    Matthew Somerville