This will be the start of a "Royal Progress" to include meet-ups with two ancient chums and a wide range of transport "activity", no doubt to be reported in future blogs.
The challenge for our knowledgeable readers is to suggest the most cost effective way of achieving this using walk-on railway fares - i.e. not "Advance" or any ticket that restricts travel to a nominated train.
So here is fbb's list of target "activity", plus explanatory notes.
There are no prizes, but you will be able to compare your results with fbb's ACTUAL journeys (whether they be successful or nay!).
London Buses service RV1
London Bridge Station
new Thameslink train from there to Kings Cross St Pancras.
The new trains just rumble through
Haymarket bus station ...
Overnight is booked at the Premier Inn, Heathley Park ...
Friday to Sheffield to, amongst other things, experience the delights of the exciting new marketing campaign, Buses for Sheffield.
A visit to the district of Waverley ...
Nottingham to "cop" the tram to Clifton ...
Saturday will involve a trip to Butlers Lane on the Lichfield line from Birmingham New Street ...
There should be an opportunity to take a first ride on a shiny pink tram ...
Provided that your blogger is still standing, the last stage of the trip is back to Axminster.
So what rail fare assemblage will offer fbb (with Senior Railcard) the best combination of value for money and simplicity of journey plan?
Queries and comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Health Warning (hopefully NOT literally!) : fbb's ability to write blogs may be impeded by poor wifi signal and the onset of fatigue! Apologies in advance for any shortcomings.
Thomas said to them, “Unless I see the scars of the nails in his hands and put my finger on those scars and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
He refused to accept the evidence of close friends whose lives he had shared for three years! Brave (and stubborn?) man.
A week later the disciples were together again indoors, and Thomas was with them. The doors were locked, but Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas ...
... “Put your finger here, and look at my hands; then reach out your hand and put it in my side. Stop your doubting, and believe!”
Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”
[FACT : in a Roman crucifixion, the nails we hammered through the wrist, not the palm of the hand hand. This was to ensure that the nail would not pull through the thinner part of the hand. Gruesome but true.]
Tradition has it that the "doubter" went on to travel to India and found the Christian Church there which, to this day, recognises his name.
The Mar Thoma Church, is a Syrian Christian Church based in India. Its members are part of the Saint Thomas Christian community, which originated from the missionary activity of Thomas the Apostle in Malankara (historical name of modern Kerala). The Church in Malankara flourished under various ecclesiastical faith streams from time to time.
The boy done good