I don't have a good history where trains travle in the UK is concerned. If you want rude people then a train in the south east is the place to be. On the train yesterday rush hour from Clapham Jnctn to Horley. Paid 1st class to get a seat. Packed carriage. Bloke on phone from the 1st minute we leave. He's making endless loud calls out not receiving and of course everyone's looking daggers. After a while I said not quite sotto voce, "Are you going to be on the phone all the way to Brighton?" and then end up staring him out for a while while he thinks of what to do. He says it's business and he'll get off at East Croydon if it bugs me so much. I say, "Fine." At East Croydon he gets off and this other guy gets off too and as he's walking past me says "Snob!". Not one person took my side - at least nobody spoke up. A few calls in a quiet voice on a train - no problem. We all do it. But top of your voice, endless prattling nonsense is not on. If we'd been in South Africa or Oz he'd have been told in no uncertain terms to stow it. In the US too I think. But not here in my own country. WTF is wrong with this place? In the last ten years we've become a nation of spineless, ill-mannered louts. And no, I don't take the Daily Mail.