It does seem that, in curing one problem, TSY has created another.
More interestingly, when fbb was in Sheffield yesterday, he had a couple of rides on Stagecoach "hybrid" buses. Full marks to the operator for explaining what these new green liveried and "greener" vehicles are.
Our new hybrid bus has its own handy electricity generating system. And because the diesel engine is not working hard to turn a drive shaft but only producing electricity for the electric motor, the engine runs at a rate to maintain the average power needed to run the bus.
And when in some cases, the bus needs a burst of extra power (like when pulling away from a bus stop), it simply draws the extra energy from the battery supply.
When the bus doesn’t need as much power, the controller unit redirects the electricity back to be stored in the batteries until they are replenished.
"It's all right. It's just a bus, innit." came the reply. So, clearly, he didn't feel captivated by the "green revolution". So will these buses save on fuel costs? Will the maintenance be more costly? Will they be as reliable as a bog standard double decker. Time alone will tell!
Smith added the "crackle" element when he heard the crackle of a log he had just put on a fire. The size of the paper wrapper had to be increased to incorporate the banger mechanism, and the sweet itself was eventually dropped, to be replaced by a small gift. The new product was initially marketed as the Cosaque (i.e., Cossack), but the onomatopoeic "cracker" soon became the commonly used name.
Finding a Bible passage about crackers was a bit tricky, but there are plenty of loud voices; this from the book entitled "Revelation", a visionary and poetic peek into our future. This bit is about Heaven.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne [in Heaven] saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with man. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain; the old order of things has passed away."