Incidentally, the stations at Dean and Mottisfont & Dunbridge are unusual in that they are "owned" by First Great Western yet none of their trains stop there; another field day for lawyers and accountants!
More From fbb's Local Transport "Hub"
This year the predominant colour on ALL books is orange, whereas a year or so ago each area has had a distinctive hue. This former distinctiveness is now reduced to a stripe underneath the heading. The title is big enough unless, like fbb in a hurry, you were wont to grab "the green one" as you pass by.
Sadly the only timetable of the whole set that is missing is the one for East Devon - i.e. Axminster.
The timetables are fully comprehensive and FREE ...
... but do not include Exeter City and Plymouth where you need to assemble a collection of leaflets if you want complete coverage - and the best of luck, mate!
It's All On-line With Extra Stress
Mrs fbb realised that her hubby's passport was out of date. No longer required for the Isle of Wight, there is still a possibility of a visit to No 3 son in Switzerland later this year, so renewal was overdue.
You can do it all on line!
And it is really straightforward. No, really, it is VERY straightforward - just several pages of tickboxes and confirmation of basic information about age address and sex all of which were well within fbb's capabilities.
Until it came to the photograph! You can take your own and upload it.
If you dare!
The site offers six or seven ways in which you photograph can be unacceptable.
But what about shadows and reflections? It must be nearly impossible to avoid these in a small-ish domestic living area with one window or limited artificial lighting. First attempts took about 40 minutes and resulted in a refusal from the computer (too dark, not enough pixels).
Another 40 minutes including the removal of glasses cracked it (fortunately NOT the glasses). If fbb stood knees bent (arthritics permitting) you could avoid picture hangers on the wall. fbb gazed into the lens looking very old and very miserable and this shot was accepted by the technology.
fbb will only append one of Mrs fbb's less successful attempts at photographic genius.
Next in this series of stress related anecdotes, "fbb buys a new phone".
Farewell (snivel) to a Past Life (sigh)
Yesterday, fbb bagged up his extensive collection of Philips street map books.
Many of them are now up to 125 years old and thus can be alarmingly out of date, particularly for closed roads and new roads. They have not been used in the last six years apart from a few which fbb has kept.
It can be hard to say goodbye to good friends, but the interwebnet will suffice for any oddments of cartographic work and, in the unlikely event of any more extensive commissions, the old man can always buy a new one!
But fbb HATES getting rid of old books, however old and useless!
Fabulously Big Bludner from fbb!
Remember that First Kernow timetable book? Remember this service L1 timetable extract?
Perhaps in his observational ineptitude, fbb might have assumed the 0809 was a misprint? Or perhaps he did not bother to look? Either way NOT explaining the odd behaviour of this particular journey fully is short sighted. It is a college bus running on "college days" and numbered 251, so the note explaining this could be extended to say "calls at Tesco at 0809 BEFORE Helston opp Seven Stars". Then at least fbb would have no excuse for getting it wrong.
On checking his brain failure, fbb discovered ...
And they have never paid the bill.
Tomorrow it is off to Europe again.