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One Hundred and Thirty Five Years Ago Today

The (in)famous Orient Express made its first run, and luxury train travel became a regular thing in an age where travelling of any kind was rough and dangerous. And Parisians could reach the orient in a little over a week!

(The journey is so iconic that even though the Orient Express ceased to operate almost a year ago, The Society of International Railway Travellers still holds an annual, weeklong, luxury rail voyage on the original route on the Venice-Simpion-Orient-Express. The next trip is August 23 to August 28, 2019 and you can book a double cabin for a mere £7,600.)

This was a historic day as supply chains rely on people, who need to be able to move around the world, and this took us a leap forward in accepted train travel.

Dreamers …

We’re all dreamers on the yellow brick road
but on schemers the hand of fate has bestowed
wealth and power that’s the envy of kings
zero hour, the toll bell always rings

So we wait for the day to come
when expression can be free and clear
and debate will not be challenged
as transgression against the overseer

As we are dreamers, the keepers of hope
steadfast believers, we walk a tightrope
through fiction and fact, we balance the line
and hold our heads high for a better time

There once was a time when the jester was no fool
the ear of the king, he influenced the king’s rule
with his artistry, he would inspire a gentle hand
and his humbleness would leave no reprimand

and the architect, he knew the golden rule
strive for majesty, inspire and don’t befool
inspire all with awe, and growth will be obtained
as common minds will soar, for it is preordained

So we are dreamers, the keepers of hope
steadfast believers, we walk a tightrope
through fiction and fact, we balance the line
and hold our heads high for a better time

But the pharaohs of fallow now rule from the sand
since the dust of the desert now covers the land
they traded our passion for money and fame
and gave up our vision in their jealous game

We want to build up, while our leaders tear down
we want to share wealth, while our leaders shakedown
we want to inspire, but they make us digress
we aim for progress, but they want to regress

But we are dreamers, the keepers of hope
steadfast believers, we walk a tightrope
through fiction and fact, we balance the line
and hold our heads high for the better times

So we wait for the day, when we can unlock
our freedom to share, turn back the clock
bring back the republic, share in the vote
and all work together, to strike a new note

Will the age of machine enable the day
where we can move forward, dispatch the old ways
and share in the knowledge, engage in the art
and set free our spirit, in a new start

’cause we are dreamers, the keepers of hope
steadfast believers, we walk a tightrope
through fiction and fact, we balance the line
and hold our heads high for the better times

Maybe it will. Distributed Computing. Secure Identification. AI. Blockchain.

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