On their return journey, the fbb limo was not raised to the overhead black hole of Calcutta (The Garage Deck) but this time guided on to a shelf ...
Some wag, who shall remain nameless, suggested that "on the shelf" was a very appropriate place for your elderly blogger and his good lady wife.
Internal Illumination : Back To The Future
More recently LED technology means that the adverts can be almost flat and, presumably, stuck on with glue just like the paper ads.
Hooray : Civic Pride Returns!
A few days past, fbb introduced his excited readers to Lothian Buses to the 2018 version of a 110 seater "megabus".
fbb came across this in some un-remembered on-line collection.
fbb spotted this card (blank for special messages) recently.
fbb needs educating! The "colla" is as in "collage". You assemble bits and bobs to form the key shapes. Here's an on-line bloke creating a snake and a frog picture.
The Routemaster print looks as if it was a bit more complicated than the on-line instructions might suggest.
The real vehicle was not a very interesting or long-lasting example of the marque!
click on the graphic above to enlarge it). Thanks to the wonderful "Ian's Bus Stop" for the above.
He is Kris Kringle. For him, you blame Martin Luther.
Luther was the leader of the Reformation movement in Europe, speaking loud and long against the theological practices of the Roman Catholic Church. His big beef was selling "indulgences", effectively the church charging its brow-beaten members to have their sins forgiven.
Back in the 16th Century (yes it was a mess back then!), Luther was appalled at the flummery that surrounded CHRISTmas, particularly the dodgy St Nicholas tradition and its weak support for gift giving - on December 6th, of course.
So he started a new tradition whereby the gift giver and distributor was not a dodgy saint, but the child Jesus himself. Of course Jesus WAS the FREE gift ...
... so giving the Christ child the job of distributing seasonal largess was one way of "tidying up" the reason for the season.
But Luther's drive for simplicity soon became overblown with the infant's inherent "normality" becoming "an icon" in its own right.
Slowly in the USA, the German import became a pseudonym for the Santa Claus Father/Christmas conglomerate as Kris Kringle!
And the picture below is entitled "Gringle stole Kringle at the Kris Kringle Christmas Market.
Try requesting the above song (verse 1 and chorus quoted above) at your local Carol Service, Carol Concert etc.