Ye gods, what is the world coming to?
News at the weekend informs us that one examining board has included study of a tram timetable as part of the English Lit A Level.
(Funny, but we used to learn how to use timetables in Maths, at primary school, along with being able to work out mentally how long it would take five workmen to lay 5 miles of train track if it took one workman two days to build a brick wall, if you don’t believe me just check out any episode of Ask the Family.)
After my initial ‘dismayed of Tunbridge Wells’ moment though I think I can see how this might work.
Q1) “Platform 2b or not 2b, that is the question.”
Referring to the text provided, Supertram, Timetable, May to November 2008, explain the dilemma facing Hamlet, his possible options and his musings upon these.
Q2) “A Brief Encounter” (Noel Coward) is set in a railway waiting room. With reference to the timetable provided, re-write the first scene with the action taking place at the University tram stop.
Q3) In The Great Gatsby, (F. Scott Fitzgerald,) the drama unfolds during a summer season in the Hamptons.
With reference to the text explain how the story could be different had Gatsby not owned the motorcar and had had to rely on public transport.
Yeah, there are possibilities there.