The opening of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway (L&M;), often
considered the dawn of modern transport, took place on
15 September 1830. Eight trains set out from Liverpool to Manchester
carrying dignitaries including the Duke of Wellington, then prime
minister. At Parkside the trains stopped to take on water, and former
cabinet minister William Huskisson alighted and was struck by a
locomotive, suffering fatal injuries. As a large crowd waiting to meet
the trains in Manchester was becoming unruly, Wellington decided that
the event should continue. On arrival in Manchester a hostile crowd
pelted Wellington with vegetables and he ordered the trains return to
Liverpool. Faults meant only three of the locomotives were still
functional; the party eventually returned six and a half hours late. The
accidents led to significant coverage of the opening, raising the
profile of the new technology, and within a month schemes were announced
to connect the industrial centres of England. (Full article...).
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There’s a creation, a creating force. But whatever it is is in
everything we see. It’s in that log, in that stone. It’s just the
power. And I’ve had many experiences with it. Certain circumstances
bring it out, which all the mystics know. That is part of our Zen
training too. It’s called an "opening." … For a second, you see what
the world is. It is a whole other way of seeing, which is horrible,
terrifying, and extraordinary and a great blessing to have.
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