Bludner once again
This blog (incomplete) was wrongly posted on-line for a while on Wednesday last.
1643 – Four-year-old Louis XIV becomes King of France
1727 – Thomas Gainsborough, English painter is born
1796 – Edward Jenner administers the first smallpox vaccination
1863 – American Civil War: The Battle of Jackson takes place
1897 – The Stars and Stripes Forever is first performed in public
1919 – Henry J. Heinz, U S businessman dies (sadly NOT aged 57)
1929 – Wilfred Rhodes takes his 4000th first-class wicket
1926 – Eric Morecambe, English comedian and actor is born
1948 – Israel is declared to be an independent state
1998 – Frank Sinatra, American singer and actor, dies
2014 – Stephen Sutton, English activist and blogger dies
2014 – a huge step forward in Public Transport Infromation
And fbb missed the big day!
The gist of most of the copy was that Google was providing a new and hitherto unobtainable service whereby users could plan their journeys by any mode and its "would even tell them where to get off." The fact that such a service has been available via Traveline for over a decade seemed to pass the hacks by; possibly because they never travel by bus.
... fbb will guide you through the process. [Apologies to web grandmothers who object to being taught how to suck on-line eggs!] Here goes.
Go to "Google Maps" ...
... and type in "Seaton". There are many plain Seatons in the UK but because Google knows where you are (you cannot hide!), it assumes you want your local Seaton. First pitfall. If you want another Seaton, you have to know its county and add that to the search box.
Of course, if you haven't been trapped into telling Google where you are, it might give you a choice of Seatons. fbb doesn't know; the claws of the Google-monster are well embedded in fbb's internet flesh.
Watch out for the adverts ...
... which tell lies. There aren't five hotels in Seaton; Google only lists 1 hotel as "popular" ...
... The Eyre Court; although the fbbs can recommend Blue Waters B & B, having resided there on two occasions during their hasty house buying happenings. Second possible pitfall; always remember Google makes its money from advertising, which will lead you up Google's profit-related path wherever possible.
Having typed in Seaton, you will get a map ...
... which you can enlarge with the on-screen slider.
Once enlarged almost to maximum, you will see little blue icons.
These icons do not enlarge with the slider so you may have to zoom the whole page to see what and where they are.
They are bus stops, illustrated by a little picture of a train! Well, it might be a bus of a US design but it looks like a universal global train icon to fbb?
Click on the bus/train and you get public transport information - of a sort.
And it is this "service" that we will examine tomorrow.
But it is not new; it has been around for (?) years.