A similar phrase, "to set the world on six and seven", is used by Geoffrey Chaucer in his Troilus and Criseyde. It dates from the mid-1380s and seems from its context to mean "to risk one's life."
The phrase is also used in Gilbert & Sullivan's operetta H.M.S. Pinafore (1878), where the captain, confused as to what choices to make in his life, exclaims in the opening song of Act II, "Fair moon, to thee I sing, bright regent of the heavens, say, why is everything either at sixes or at sevens?"
Sunday's blog posed the question, "Who would want to run a railway company?" On fbb's former stamping ground, the Isle of Wight, things have been rough, weather-wise, with short notice diversions and cancellations on the buses and many days when the Island Line trains simply could not run ...
And along comes a major diversion because of road works at Yarmouth, West Wight.
Firstly for three "repeat" departures from Newport:-
The diversion for route 7 buses that leave Newport bus station at 10, 45 and 55 minutes past the hour will be Wellow, Thorley Street, left into Wilmingham Lane, right into Newport Road, right into Afton Road, School Green Road ...
fbb will not bore you with the full gamut of alternative thoroughfares. But another three "repeat" departures are listed with what looks suspiciously like the same route.
Ah, the consummate skill of the GoAhead webmasters! Interestingly, according to Google Maps, there is no road called Bouldnor Road on the Island; or anywhere else for that matter.
Ah, the comsummate skill of the GoAhead webmasters! Perhaps they didn't mean Bouldnor Road, instead they are simply describing the Bouldnor road; i.e. the road to Bouldnor. Except that the closed road doesn't go to Bouldnor.
as well as two other 7s!
All at Sixes and Sevens
Route 6 has a complex history. Once 19, 19A, 19B and 19C: once 10, 10A and 10B, it was all simplified as one simple route 6 from Newport, via Blackgang Chine to Ventnor. Then it was complexified by diverting half the service between Miton and Ventnor.
Until last autumn that is!
Meanwhile (inconsequentially) if you are a lover of bus stops, there's a fascinating BBC Magazine article (here).