Thursday, 26 March 2020

It's All On-Line - And All In Print (2)

Grant Palmer produces printed timetable booklets of exceptionally high quality for a small family-run company. Or maybe the high quality stems from the fact the the company is small and family run; so cheery Grant ...
... knows the needs of his passengers and knows full well that a large percentage of them would not, or could not, grapple with the hassle of seeking information on-line.

fbb has received just one of his booklets, that which deals with some changes from 30th March. 
The red blob (upper right) says "includes new 74 service to Hitchin.

Well now, when fbb was nobbut a lad (actually married with a couple of sproglets) his woprk, marriage and family somewhat denuded him of the enthuisasm and opportunity to explore the highways and byways of the UK's bus and rail network. There wasn't much spare cash either!

But, for a while, United Counties (UC) produced a loose leaf timetable book ...

... and offered a leaflet update service by post. So fbb  can confidently (?) aver that, in 1979, UC ran a service 180 from Bedford to Biggleswade ...
... running via Ickwell of Thomas Tompion fame. (see yesterday's blog). There were also other routes between the two towns.

176 : Bedford - Mogerhanger - Biggleswade
177 : Bedford - Mogerhanger - Biggleswade
179 : Bedford - Old Warden - Biggleswade

In 1979 these were all grouped on one of UC's loose leaves.
UC soon closed the scheme (on cost grounds) but at least you could maintain a complete set in good order.

With many changes over the years, this has become Grant Palmer's route 74 ...
... now running via Old Warden and thus incorporating the 1979 route 179.
Now we must take a look at a Centrebus service. Currently the 188 and 189 ...
 run from Sandy ...
... via two different routes to Biggleswade and then on to Hitchin. From this coming Monday (30th March) Centrebus are removing themselves from the Biggleswade to Hitchin leg and ...

Tada!

... Grant is extending his 74 to replace it. Hence the booklet with the red blob!
Needless to say it is all very well explained in the newsletter.

But Cwentrebus do leave us with a little problem.
Is is MoGerhanger (United Counties) or MoGGerhanger (Centrebus)?
It looks as if Centrebus get the prize, certainly according to Google Maps ...
... AND The Ordnance Survey.
The road signs concur.
A chocolate peanut for Centrebus!

But maybe not a raspberry for UC? According to Wikipedia ...

Moggerhanger is a village in the English county of Bedfordshire. It is west of Sandy on the road to Bedford. Its population in 2001 was 636,[2] but had reduced to 620 at the 2011 Census. In the twentieth century the village name was spelled variously as: Moggerhanger, Mogerhanger, Muggerhanger and Morehanger. Local pronunciation of the name is as Morhanger.

The OFFICIAL civil parish name is Mogerhanger.

It seems that the name was changed at some stage in the village's history
But we digress. Indeed we digress so much that a full review of the forthcoming 74 (if, indeed it forth comes!) will grace your screens tomorrow.


 Next Grant Palmer blog : Friday 27th March 
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Short Thought
The Assyrians, who had obliterated the northerners, suddenly disappeared from the annals of history. They were quickly replaced by the Babylonians and Habakkuk did not like the idea of the big brutal Babylonians "coming" to Judah, as "promised" in a vision from God.

How can you, our God, treat people like fish or like a swarm of insects that have no ruler to direct them? The Babylonians catch people with hooks, as though they were fish. They drag them off in nets and shout for joy over their catch! They even worship their nets and offer sacrifices to them, because their nets provide them with the best of everything. Are they going to use their swords forever and keep on destroying nations without mercy?

The Babylonians' lifestyle was, suggested Habbie, worse then even the declining morality of Judah. It looked as if things were going to get worse rather than better.

What was God up to?

P.S. The Babylonians were not all bad. They kept meticulous astronomical records, could predict eclipses and the phases of the moon and were jolly good at sums. Sadly, despite trying, they failed to predict earthquakes and plagues.

But they were utterly dominant politically and militarily.
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