After saying hello to the local "man of the road", Harry Stoke, the M1 runs along Filton Road to UWE where is joins and augments the M3 into City.
What is a bit of a shock is the frequency of this new, exciting (?) and innovative (?) metrobus service. It runs every 10 minutes from dawn all through the day ...
Certainly such a frequency is more akin to the Bristol's aspiration for a "proper" tram service, and there has always been plenty of business between UWE and the city. But north of the Uni, where are the passengers going to come from? An awful lot of bums on seats will be needed if the wonders of metrobus are ever to turn even a break even balance for the operators.
And in case you wondered, the "Aztec West" name has its origins in the early development as a "Science Park" a scheme now diluted into more ordinary office work.
Join A to Z Technology Park to West of England and there you have a natty (in)appropriate name for a load of offices grouped round an oval road. fbb suggests a renaming to "Sausage Park". He does wonder how many who toil away behind mysterious closed doors actually know why they are so named. No doubt they don't care as they drive in and park their limos.
But, we hear our knowledgeable readers cry, doesn't First already run a bus service between Cribbs Causeway, Aztec West, Bradley Stoke and City?
But, even more usefully, the 73 terminates at Temple Meads Station.
From January 6th the 73 is reduced from every 15 to every 20 minutes because passengers will flock to the M1. Maybe?
Tomorrow, we follow the M1 to the mysterious wilds of south Bristol; mysterious to fbb as he has never ventured that way!
Although we talk of a "traditional" meal, most of these traditions are modern and none of the menu items has any real link with Christmas.
The turkey, as a meal for the ordinary family, really only dates from the late 1950s when turkey farming became big business. And later became "bootiful" ...
c/o Bernard Matthews!
When the people of Jesus' day "feasted", the meal was a well structured "visual aid" of the season or event that was being celebrated.
Probably the most important "do" was Passover when folk remembered the miraculous way in which God had freed them from slavery in Egypt, led them across the Reed Sea (not Red!) and onwards to the "Promised Land".
Or the celebration is hollow.