An accented visit to Albany via rail

Last August the BBC program Great American Railroad Journeys was in Albany filming. And the resulting episode segment is embedded above. Come for presenter Michael Portillo's seafoam green sport coat and discussion of Albany history -- stay for the interview with Craig Gravina at the Albany Pump Station about Albany Ale and the interview/tour of the the state Capitol with Neil Breslin.

(We're a little disappointed Craig didn't break out the bowler hat for his interview.)


He says "the lavish decoration in the Senate Chamber is perhaps a clue as to why it took so long..." while flashing over pictures of the Assembly Chamber! This has me irate to a completely unreasonable level.

The best part of the interview was when, while not filming, I asked "You were a politician, right?" and he answered, "Yes, I was Minister of Defense under Prime Minister Tony Blair."

@Craig: Now I'm looking forward to the series sequel: Great British Railroad Journeys, hosted by Donald Rumsfeld wearing a melon-colored jacket.

"You don't go to war with the cake-colored blazer you want, you go to war with the salmon sport coat you have."

Well that's jolly good fun to see our city through the eyes of a Brit.

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