I travelled by train when I needed to be in Hereford one morning this week. It is only a twelve-minute journey but taking the train means avoiding the horrendous early morning traffic and a rush hour journey time by car of at least forty minutes.
I spent the short journey surrounded by students from the Sixth Form College, all aged between 16 and 18 years old. All were reasonably well-dressed (in the fashions of today), and all were clutching expensive smartphones. The conversations of those not connected to their phones by headphones were interesting. Apart from the proliferation of swear words I realised that I was listening to children talking, rather than the young adults these students perceive themselves to be. Continue reading