on Limited Expedition to Sheffield
Why not simply reduce the price of the through ticket to match? Wasn't the "Rail Delivery Group" supposed to be sorting this out?
Diverted via Swindon
(click to enlarge the map)
This gave fbb the delights of Bath ...
But journeys both ways via the mega diversion were on-time.
Despite elongated timings, a thoroughly acceptable set of journeys. Once again the UK's railways were doing an excellent job under complex and difficult circumstances.
Hospital Horrors OR ...
If you thought Public Transport Information was rubbish ...
But there is no HDU on the map and no HDU on any direction signs! Help!
A very nice lady directed fbb up the "blue-grey" road towards the dark blue block. "When you get there," she advised, "ask someone to direct you round the outside, you'll get completely lost if you try it inside". But there was no one to ask; it was, after all, Saturday afternoon when. as a general principle, the NHS doesn't really like you to be ill.
fbb went inside and (entrance 11 - white on green blob) met another very nice lady who directed him back down the long yellow corridor towards here he had started; and advised, "when you get to the very end you are almost there".
Almost there, but sign-less.
Another nice man. "You've come too far! Go back up the (yellow) corridor, turn left past the lifts and you want Vickers.
Help! That seemed to be the whole of the purple area - absolutely huge!
But, after two further enquiries of very nice people he found himself at the end of a corridor.
"You just go up the stairs and ask in reception." was the final piece of advice.
And there, at the bottom of the stairs was THE VERY FIRST (and very last) sign to the HDU.
Thanks a bunch! All this peripatetic perambulation was in an atmosphere slightly more heated that the surface of the sun. fbb thought he might end up IN a bed, not alongside one.
The HDU, it turns out, is part of the Critical Care Unit - everybody knows that, of course.
fbb came out at exit 24 (or maybe 22 - they are not numbered on the building) with no idea where he was but, using his consummate sense of direction and his encyclopaedic knowledge of Sheffield's road network (i.e. by a pure fluke!!) made his was to a completely different entrance to the hospital.
Just opposite were bus stops on Norwood Road ...
Despite the frustrations of the Northern General Hospital, the whole visit went well and much chat was had with Dave, albeit weakly from time to time from his and wheezily for most of the time from an exhausted fbb.
Tomorrow we will look again at some of the bus information frustrations in the centre of Sheffield.
Today's blog was not as brief as your author originally intended.
Oh, yesterday's puzzle pictures.
The bag, shown below with full multilingual detail is explained below.
fbb's No 3 son is fascinated by the propensity of the German language to create long concatenated words. Four separate works in French and Italian, just one on German.