Benedict Le Vay

Benedict Le Vay

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Benedict le Vay is a national newspaper sub-editor who has worked in four continents – and has lived and worked in ten districts of London - but wrote his first book, Eccentric Britain, more or less by accident after collecting oddities about his home country. He says he was ‘staggered’ by the response, which includes media attention from the Shetland Times to Gulf Radio, and publicity tours in America and New Zealand. He describes himself as a frankly rather ordinary father of two, and is hard-pressed to think of anything eccentric about himself. ‘At a push, I’d say, yes, I’m Honorary Secretary of the Friends of A272, and I’ve asked for my ashes to be blasted from the chimney of my favourite steam locomotive at my funeral. Hasn’t everybody?’

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Britain’s latest rail route: umpteen wonderful things to see

To celebrate the new Chiltern Railways' service from Marylebone direct into Oxford, Ben Le Vay discovers the odds and eccentricities of the stops along the way.