28, a medical sales representa- tive from Ashford, said: It was comfortable superb, early, just perfect. It was very comfortable. Ian Easton, 44, from Folkestone, added: It was very, very fast. There will be lim- ited trains on week- days before the full service begins on 13 December. 16 Monday, 29 June 2009 London Lite FIRST javelIn TRaIn geTS commuTeRS In To woRk eaRly 140mph anD its a minute ahead of schedule Inbrief The good Book we never open BIBLICAL events and characters are unknown to most Britons, even though most own a copy of the Good Book. A survey by the National Biblical Literacy Survey found that only 10 per cent of respondents knew figures such as Abraham and Joseph, despite three quarters owning a Bible. 14-year-old boy onmurder rap A teeNAGe boy and a 27-year- old man were today due at Stratford Magistrates Court charged with the murder of eric Rider, 60, who was found dead in Plaistow on Saturday. Lithuanian-born Mantas Craucevicius, of Plaistow, and the boy, 14, from Victoria Dock, are also charged with burglary. girls aloud rape blogger cleared AN ex-civil servant who wrote an internet article imagining the kidnap, rape and murder of Girls Aloud was cleared of obscenity today. Darryn Walker, 35, of South Shields, tyneside, faced prosecution after writing the blog on a fantasy pornography site. experts said the article was not easily accessible. Fast as a bullet: the Javelin leaving Ashford today and, right, passenger Matt Gough COMMUTERS on Britains first domestic high-speed rail service arrived at St Pancras a minute early today. The inaugural commercial j ou r ne y o f t he 1 4 0 m ph Japanese Javelin train took passengers from Ashford, Kent, to London in 36 minutes, com- pared with the regular service time of one hour 20 minutes. Rail company Southeastern raised the Ashford-London single fare from 22.20 to 26.60 for those travelling on the Class 395 train. The train, which will begin full service in December, makes one stop at Ebbsfleet in north Kent. S i n g l e f a r e s b e t w e e n Ebbsfleet and London also went up, from 9.10 to 12.20. Built by Hitachi, which makes Japans bullet trains, the Javelins are able to reach 140mph on the Channel Tunnel high-speed rail link. The first passengers were happy with the journey. Marketing manager Frances Eason, from Ashford, said: It was fantastic, it is certainly a lot better than the old trains. It was a great experience to be on the first one. Matt Gough, by MARK bLUNDEN H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html