Wednesday, 27 February 2013

24 - 1

Jack Bauer rides again? Not quite!
24 is an American television series produced for the Fox network and syndicated worldwide, starring Kiefer Sutherland as Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU) agent Jack Bauer. Each 24-episode season covers 24 hours in the life of Bauer, using the real time method of narration. Premiering on November 6, 2001, the show spanned 192 episodes over eight seasons, with the series finale broadcast on May 24, 2010. In addition, the television film "24, Redemption" was broadcast between seasons six and seven, while a feature film of the same name is also planned, with filming scheduled to begin in summer 2013.

A fine series - never watched by fbb. Far too scary.

But a 24-type trail begins with some emailed piccies from David the trans-European trucker referred to in previous blogs.
David, a long-standing chum from the Sheffield connection, drives his big blue lorry to France every week to deliver and collect a wide variety of, erm, stuff. On the way he occasionally snaps "formidable" photos of French fascination. (The shot above was in UK!)

This one started this particular bloggathon.
Of course, it's an ex-London Routemaster, adapted for some promotional purpose but still running. It carries French registration 3155 WF 42.
The rear platform has been enclosed and a sort-of porch roof added, but otherwise the bus is unmarked. So, question one is, "Where is it?". 

Chum David is a tease and enjoys setting fbb some puzzles to challenge (strain?) his decaying mental faculties; and his third shot is just this ...
... namely the no through road sign. Always up for the challenge, fbb turns immediately to Google Maps and types in "Heyrieux".
The maps for the settlement called Heyrieux proved to be a false trail. But an alternative line of enquiry occurred to fbb. Was "ancienne" route d'Heyrieux not, as literally translated, an old road in Heyrieux, but, as we might say in good old Blighty, "old Heyrieux Road"; as in "Old Kent Road" for the old road leading to Kent.

Gottit in one; two actually.
Heyrieux Old Road forks off Heyrieux (New) Road in the village/town/suburb of St Priest near Lyon. And it is in an industrial area; exactly the sort of place that David will be delivering his stuff. Oddly, Google Streetview has a credibilty gap at that very junction; it fizzles out on the section of the D318 on the map above. Streetview does not view the junction of the two Heyrieux-named thoroughfares.

Google maps aerial view does, however, show where the motor was parked ...
... namely on the left, near the gateway, with the hedge in the background.

Later, we will consider the history of the vehicle, known to London bus geeks as RM1425. Its story has some interest, even for non-London enthusiasts! But tomorrow we take a look, out of pure curiosity, at how we might get to the place where the bus was parked by public transport.

Please do not attempt to make the journey on fbb's recommendation; the bus may well have chugged away into the sun-drenched distance of Lyon by the time you get there. And Lyon is a long way away ...
...  (centre right-ish, on the Rhône) to go for a wild goose bus chase!
a note from our Northampton correspondent

News comes that the Traveline West Midlands call centre is being moved to that delightful Birmingham suburb of ...

... Exeter.

"Ooh ah, Sarehole Mill, that beem on the Dart boy Totnes, m'dear?"

And we all know what happens if you contract out manufacture of your lasagne!
Sarehole Mill, Hall Green, Birmingham

Some jocular johnnie has suggested that "Sarehole" could be an appropriate anagram to describe the proponents of this Traveline policy. But fbb cannot work out the relevance of "Rasehole" or "Searhole" or even "Earholes". To the pure, all things are pure, eh?
 Next Bus Blog : Thursday 28th February 

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