MP for Halifax Holly Lynch (she doesn't seem old enough to be an MP!) welcomed the new initiative, "This move by First Bus is great news for customers. Improvements like this encourage more people to take the bus which helps reduce the use of cars, ease congestion on local roads and improve air quality."
Dave Randle, our Halifax Operations Manager, said: "We're delighted to introduce this exciting new 'Zest' initiative for customers that refreshes the travelling experience with the convenience of free Wi-Fi and the comfort of new e-leather seats." ("e-leather", which, being interpreted, means "plastic"?)
For the record, the service has been "frequent" (every 10 minutes or less) for some time; here is a timetable extract from c 2000 courtesy of xephos ...
No prizes are offered, just a bit of festive fun!
A National Reduced Fares Campaign ...
... that isn't totes** national.
Each First Bus business across the UK will run one of the following promotions throughout January:
** According to fbb's grandsons (12 and 15) "totes" means "totally".
The Communion is the great visual aid; reminding us of what Emmanuel came to do.
But why feast on Turkey?
Nothing to do with Christmas as such, turkey was an american "bird of celebration", de rigueur on US Thanksgiving Day (November 26th) which dates from 1789. Although once a meal for the rich, it has only become readily available since the entrepreneurial and bootiful marketing by people like Bernard Matthews
German - Truthahn = idiot-hen
Italian - Taccino from the "gobble" sound
Portuguese - Peroo = i.e. from Peru
Netherlands - Kalkoen = from Calcutta
Vietnam - gà tây = western chicken
Malaysia - Ayam Belanda = Dutch chicken
Urdu - feel murgh = elephant chicken
But best, and especially for Mrs fbb, in Scotland it is called a Bubbly Jock. Only in English and its derivatives is it called "turkey".
But, of course, the big question remains. On Friday 25th, as we eat our whatever it is called, what exactly will we be celebrating? Or, to put it more naïvely, "Will we be inviting Emmanuel to his own birthday party?"