An angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds, and the glory of the Lord shone over them. They were terribly afraid, but the angel said to them, “Don't be afraid! I am here with good news for you, which will bring great joy to all the people. This very day in David's town your Saviour was born; Christ the Lord!"
Many of those who choose to reject anything "religious" ask the oft-repeated question "if there is a God, why doesn't He do something about all the bad things in the world? Good question! But the answer is blindingly obvious - God has already done all that is needed to rid the world of every scrap of evil. He has sent his "Son", Jesus, to offer the support, the forgiveness and the life-style decisions we all need to deal with our personal wrongs, and thus make our individual contribution to evil-ridding!
Try reading a collection of Jesus' teaching which we call "The Sermon on the Mount". (Matthew's account of the Good News, chapters 5,6 and 7. Go on, be brave and read it!
That's how to sort out all the evil in the world. That's Christmas!
The planners of Portsmouth's network have been very clever; very clever indeed. Faced with an on-going series of local authority funding cut-backs, First have taken the bull by the horns and come up with a better network without additional cash. The trouble with being "clever" is that the cleverness can sometimes bamboozle the customer.
Try, for example, a journey from Copnor to visit Aunty Flo, recovering from a hip operation in Queen Alexandra's Hospital at Cosham.
And when we look at the timetables themselves we see the problem ...
It looks a really attractive place to wait, espeially at night. Some connection! Yet, elsewhere, First talk about a three minute connection. So let's look at the evening services route map ...
The 2 runs only between Portsmouth, Copnor and Cosham, whilst the 3 and 3A only run between Cosham and Paulsgrove or Fareham. Evening journeys via North End are provided ONLY by service 7, one of the Waterlooville group. Keen readers can compare this map with the daytime services from yesterdays blog. (read again)
It would seem, then, that when a nice service 2 arrives in Cosham at 19 and 49 minutes past each hour ...
... it changes, like Ciinderella's pumpkin, into a nice onward service 3 at 21 and 51 minutes past each hour. It would seem (only "seem" because nowhere do First admit to this cunning plan) that 2s become 3s and vice versa and the frustrated traveller from Copnor to the hospital can just sit tight as usual.
Now, Mr First, if fbb's guess is correct, wouldn't it be a good idea to publish the through timetable and let those lovely people at Traveline know? Here is an extract from similar journey as provided by the xephos system.
And fbb knows that the bus doesn't call at Cosham Station; this should read "Northern Road for Cosham Station". Despite this bludner, the xephos version provides the benefits of a correct presentation of the through journeys. Or has fbb got it wrong, yet again?