Sunday, 5 July 2020

Weekend Variety (1)

Church Link
(here) at approx 1015
LIVE on Sunday morning
thereafter "streamed"

A Hulleys Hidden Happening
It appears that the opportunity for an Adveture (sic) ...
... with Hulleys has been expanded. The company web site (accessed yesterday at 1030) was encouraging travel to Derbyshire destinations ...
... whilst still threatening (incorrectly) dire retribution for non mask-eraders!
Welcome to Hulleys of Baslow indeed!

But what were these, photographed passing through Woodseats in Sheffield yesterday morning at about 0850?
The X71 was a generic route number for a swatch of tourist-related services due for introduction back in March but postponed with the onset of lockdown restrictions. There was a Saturday round trip to Alton Towers ...
... and a wider selection of Advetures on Sundays.
No mention of the service's restart from Travel South Yorkshire ...
... but that would not be a surprise. No mention in the timetables page from Hulley's ...
... but a copy of a tweet was posted on their "travel updates" page.
There is a timetable hidden within this Facebook "quote" showing that the service is far less extensive than originally shown.
fbb's correspondent suggested that the second bus in the picture above was a duplicate - or maybe potential duplicate. It's blind was showing "Not in Service".

In a shock report, fbb's correspondent thought that both vehicles were utterly devoid of passengers, although he was pre-occupied with taking the picture!

but, of course ...
It's all on-line (but you have to forage!!)

Some On-Line Headlines
Delayed Watford Clicks Into Place

Apparently passenger numbers are to be limited to 4 per bus. Rather more of a challenge than a limitation if other similar services are considered. Roger French reveals that this "Click" is on a different App from other Arriva "Click" services, so if you are rushing to try to get a seat, make sure you are clicking on the correct "Click".

Farewell Citycoach
There will be many more.

Will The Bubble Burst?
School kiddies will be separated into year group "bubbles", so says HMG. How will that work on school buses?

Has our noble Minister for Education thought this through? Perhaps he doesn't realise that schoolchildren in one bubble do not all live at the same bus stop.

The 3 Becomes City Red 3 ...
... with buses painted all-over red in a radical First Bus change from the previous branding and livery.
Will anyone notice?

Go For A (Socially Distanced) P, Bob
Or, how daft can you get?

fbb and Mrs took a trip to Sidmouth on Thursday to purchase fresh fruit and veg from a wonderful (and at present socially distanced) traditional shop.
The strawberries were wonderful!

Next call was the White Horse chippy for take-away ...
... to be chomped cheerily at Connaught Gardens.
What encouraged the fbbs to make this trip was the good news that "the usual offices" would be open, so no scurrilous skulking behind a rhododendron bush. Changes had been made, it was revealed, to ensure "social distancing".
This is how it works. You "wait here" for a while, get bored, then nip in furtively to see how many are "standing" and guess how many might be "sitting". If there IS somebody there you nip out smartly by which time you have lost your place in the queue. If you are "standing" and someone appears from a cubicle to wash their hands, you must stop what you are doing immediately and run out back to the queue where you stand (cross legged) until you get another chance.

A warm thanks to East Devon Council for their thoughful provision!

fbb ignored the dots and stood closer than 2 metres to a fellow performer who was just completing the disposal of his liquidity.

Needs must, the old man fears.

By the way, the dots are already wearing off. They'll be gone in a few days.

Good Work, Son
With profuse apologies for losing his name, First Bus' apprentice engineer, allocated to Weston super Mud depot has been doing his stuff.

It is a splendid and joyous addition to the office frontage.
Neat rivet work!

And in full Badgerline retro livery to match the local branding, way back when ...
... and now.

No 1 son asked how many words fbb had written in his 3,500 posted blogs. Hard to even guess, son, and it depends on what you count. Headings? Quotes?

A realistic guesstimate is in the region of 2,000,000!

Now that is really sad and VERY scary.

And The Control Tower?
Work has started..

 Next Variety blog : Monday 6th July 

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations on 3500 posts from an anon! Was very disappointed with the comments on yesterday's post. Yes the blog used to have a bit more variety and yes I do skip past the TSY stuff, but if you can't focus on your personal annoyances on your personal blog where can you? None of us pay to be here, and I for one would still have daily posts with less of interest then no posts at all. Nothing lasts forever - I still miss the excellent omnibuses blogsite that used to exist for instance - but as long as it brings you joy keep on posting, even if it is about buses of Sheffield!