Friday, 4 December 2020

Where Goes With Logos? Who Knows? (5)

 Endearing And Long-lasting?

The film that introduced us to P C George Dixon (Evenin' All).; and killed him off, highlighted the "logo" of a typical Police Station.
As local police stations disappear (its all on line, remember?) so do the blue lamps; although some surprisingly modern establishments have one adorning their slick concrete frontage as here at Paddington Green, London ...
... and Barnstaple.
Celebrating 60 broadcasting years, that bastion of all that is Northern, Weatherfield, has a splendid cop shop with TWO blue lamps ...
... or even four if the Director pokes his cameras to the left of the shiny new entrance.
A bit greedy, you may think!

The British Railways "sausage roll" ...
... lasted officially for only 24 years, although it took some time for the "double arrow" to replace them.

The green cross of pharmacy has spread in recent years, but it is by no means standard.

A successful logo should have three qualities:-

1. Longevity

2. Distinctiveness

3. Meaning

Often the "meaning" will only accrue as longevity combined with distinctiveness establish themselves. The British Rail(ways) zot was pretty much ridiculed when it appeared ...
... on the grounds that the double arrow implied that the British Railways had "lost their way(s)". But it remains fixed firmly in our consciousness today. Do these have the same impact?
They are just a selection of  official white-on-brown Department of Transport symbols for ypurist destinations!

The London Transport roundel definitely has longevity as in has been in existence for well over 110 years. Of course, it has changed as we have seen. Here it is for London's trams ...

... trolleybuses ...

... and even buses; all in the early style.
The shape continued in certain places, even with a simplifying of the logo.
But one man, above all others, turned Frank Pick's logo into an icon. That was architect Charles Holden.
His Art Deco station designs changed the face of public transport in the capital. He provided dramatic buildings for the Piccadilly line extensions (example only) ...

... the Northern Line to Morden ...
... and for the short underground stretch linking the two former GER legs of the extended Central Line.
Fascias incorporated giant roundels ...
... the logo adorned flagpoles ...
... and Holden placed the brand front and centre in the street, as here at Uxbridge.
Note that many of the refurbished signs have retained the original logo plus "London Transport" - very stylish and an excellent but subtle piece of preservation.

Others have used the logo architecturally as here, cast in concrete at Borough station (Northern Line).

The roundel is installed inside booking halls ...
... and even re-created in non-standard materials as below with tessera.
There are clocks with logo hours ...
... now quite rare.

New, brighter illumination, as here at Morden (Northern Line) makes an even more powerful impact on busy, brightly lit streets ...

... and surely, Brixton (Victoria Line) is the biggest and brightest bullseye of the lot.
It is always relatively easy to find an Underground station!

Attack Of The Killer Bread Bins

Though the foliage you can see the Co-op store at Wootton Field estate, Northampton (on Wootton Hope Drive). Should you wish to visit, you could take Stagecoach's 12/12A "circular" from the town centre.

Here you would see the Killer Bread Bins lined up and ready to exhort their destructive purpose.

A little further away, Northampton correspondent Alan was able to photograph one of these much-feared Dalek derivatives as it pursued a terrified local shopper.
Alan fled in fear and dread; and did not stay to see the outcome of this, a typical confrontation. Another beast is seen waiting outside the local school ...
... famous for its misplaced apostrophe! What dastardly deeds may be done here?

Lest our readers add this scare to Covid 19, the possible collapse of the Brexit talks, and the reduction in size of Toblerone, fbb can explain all with the help of the local press.

Customers in a second town have begun to receive grocery deliveries from robots.

Eight Co-op stores in Milton Keynes already use the autonomous vehicles in partnership with Starship Technologies. The initiative will now serve about 5,000 households in Northampton with contactless deliveries.

The robots will serve the Wootton Fields store, travelling up to three miles (5km) to customers' homes.

The robots:
Travel along pavements and cross streets, just like pedestrians
Have 10 cameras, ultrasound sensors, radar, and GPS
Are able to see 360 degrees
have a "situational awareness bubble" around them
Use sophisticated computer vision and software
   to identify objects such as cars, pedestrians,
   traffic lights and pavements

So nothing can possibly go wrong.

A delivery robot had to be rescued when it veered into a canal.

The machine, one of many which deliver take-aways and groceries in Milton Keynes, went into water near New Bradwell on 28 July.

Bex Morgan said she had been walking her dog when the "robot just drove straight into the canal".

Hmm? Back to the drawing board, chaps? The Killer Bread Bins use similar technology to driverless cars. BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID.

 Next Variety blog : Saturday 5th December


 fbb's Alphabetical Advent Calendar 

Even some Christians struggle with the concept of Jesus being fully human and fully divine (i.e. the "Son" of God); but for an omnipotent God, who exists untramelled by the law of physics,  outside of human space and time, it would be utterly easy to arrange.

Apart from the childish opinion "there is no evidence that Jesus ever existed", when the evidence is far stronger than many historical events taught as "facts", there are many who like to claim that Jesus was "just a good man", and nothing more.

"Just a good man" who told the biggest lies in History? No way!
Take the Divine away and there is nothing to celebrate, just an empty Kriss-Muss.

The angel** said to the shepherds, “Don't be afraid! I am here with good news for you, which will bring great joy to all the people. This very day in David's town your Saviour was born - Christ the Lord! And this is what will prove it to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Accept even the possibility of the divine can you can have a real, meaningful   CHRIST  mas  ! 

And a song by Graham Kendrick.

** P.S. Angels manifesting themselves on earth NEVER have wings. They appear in human form.

Thursday, 3 December 2020

Where Goes With Logos? Who Knows? (4)

 Looking Lovingly At London's Logos

The whole world (?) is familiar with the London Transport logo; Frank Pick did a capital job in defining transport in the Capital. His legacy lives on today, and will doubtless continue to do so. But, as you can see above, it is wrong to think that the logo hasn't changed since 1933 (and even before that!)

But, for the Underground at least, the red circle with blue bar and white lettering has stayed the course. A week ago (ish) we saw how Oxford Circus' signs had been disgracefully replaced by a none-too-subtle advert for the Play Station 5. (It is a popular but expensive electronic games console, m'lud; young people have them surgically welded to their hands.)

fbb does not intend to venture any further into the world of logos re-jigged for advertising or other non transport related purposes.

So first, the quiz. Can you identify which part of Transport for London's ever widening remit is indicated by these logos. 

LOGO 1 (they used to be blue)

LOGO 2 (lighter orange than No 9)
LOGO 3 (Old Father's transport?)

LOGO 4 (too easy, but vehicular white on red)
LOGO 5 (opened - NOT! - by a lady in a matching hat)
LOGO 6 (interim usage until ???)

LOGO 7 (travelling light?)

LOGO 8 (empty logo - comes with air)
LOGO 9 (don't tell Tfl : it's really National Rail)
LOGO 10 (the original and best)

LOGO 11 (invented by a Mr Train?)

LOGO 12 (all hail, TfL)
LOGO 13 (a logo for walking)

LOGO 14 (rings a bell?)

LOGO 15 (for nostalgia - colour has varied)

There are no prizes (boo) but fbb has given some clues to help non-Londoners hazard a guess.

But the key question is; has Transport for London diluted the logo so much that the impact of the original is now lost?

Cannock Castaway (2)
D & G Bus currently operates mainly in the Stoke on Trent area as this part list of their services indicates.
Some routes, however, do reach as far south as Stafford, e.g. 14s from the list above.
By any stretch of the imagination, the take-over of Arriva's Cannock operation puts D & G in a very different league. Some transport observers have suggested that Arriva had mis-managed its Cannock area, losing routes and passengers in the process. But you have to assume that D & G have done their homework and see a good commercial future in the business.

So let's start with Stafford.
D & G pick up all these routes except the 5 to Telford. They are mostly frequent town services ...
... but the 825, 826 and 827 (old Midland Red style route numbers) represent a significant vehicle commitment.
Just a twitch along the A51 we come to Rugeley ...
... where there is a tidy little local network to enhance the trunk 800s.
Due south of Stafford is Cannock itself where D & G will inherit a wider route map ...
... wider because this part of Staffs has a collection of smaller communities to serve rather than one big lump, like the County Town.
Fittingly, for the "shape" of the community, Cannock to Lichfield is a useful 15 minute frequency. The 25/26 circular to Pye Green and Hednesford is every 15 each way round.
There's a bit more further East as the 60/60A continue to Lichfield ...
... where we find Heath Hayes (remember Harper Brothers?) ...
... Brownhills and the superbly named Boney Hay! But as we tootle round Brownhills we notice the arrival of Travel West Midlands to inject a little competition into D & G's business plans.
The 937 to Brownhills West is just one example courtesy of National Express West Midlands.
The other thorn in D & Gs flesh (according to a correspondent who knows!) is the railway from Birmingham to Cannock and Rugeley.
The half hourly train service, now electrified all the way, is regarded as "The Free Railway" by locals who know that there are no barriers and Abellio (Dutch State Railways) are far from punctilious at checking tickets or selling them!
Why pay a bus fare when you can ride the train for nowt? 350 112 is at Rugeley Town station.

D & G are to be congratulated on their announcement of the new era for Cannock ...
... including, over a month in advance, all the timetables. The company also makes it clear what they will NOT be running.
The only thing that D & G have not so far provided is a network map. The extracts above are from Arriva, although whether they are up-to-date is unclear due to the appalling structure and design of Arriva's almost unbelievably bad web site.

Perhaps D & G would like to may fbb a few pennies to draw one? Hint Hint!

And The Logo Answers:-

1. Cycles

2. Coaches

3. River Bus

4. Buses

5. Elizabeth Line/Crossrail

6. TfL Rail (i.e. Crossrail with a gap in the middle)

7. Emirates Air Line (the cable car)

8. Overground

9. fbb has forgotten this one!

10. Tram

11. Taxi & Private Hire

12. Streets (no idea at all!!)

13. Dial a Ride

14. London Transport Museum

Some unusual roundels will feature in tomorrow's blog - great fun for Logo Spotters!

 Next Logo and Bread Bin blog : Friday 4th December 

 fbb's Alphabetical Advent Calendar 
Even believers are happy to let the name Jesus Christ trip spiritually off the tongue; whilst those whose attitude approaches asperity are apt to utter the moniker in a blasphemous manner.

There was no Mr and Mrs Christ; Jesus was not named "Christ" at his presentation by Mary and Joe Christ at the Temple (Christening equivalent), so what's going on?

"Christ" comes from the Greek word χριστός (chrīstós), meaning "anointed one". The word is derived from the Greek verb χρίω (chrī́ō), meaning "to anoint." In the Greek Old Testament, christos was used to translate the Hebrew מָשִׁיחַ (Mašíaḥ, messiah), meaning "one who is anointed". Anointing involved pouring oil over the head of the chosen one.

In the Old Testament, anointing was reserved for the Kings of Israel, for the High Priest of Israel, and for the prophets. Theologically speaking Jesus was an amalgam of all three!
In essence Jesus did not become THE CHRIST until he began his ministry at about thirty years of age. His "anointing" came at his Baptism.

Not long afterward Jesus came from Nazareth in the province of Galilee, and was baptized by John (the Baptist) in the Jordan. As soon as Jesus came up out of the water, he saw heaven opening and the Spirit coming down on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my own dear Son. I am pleased with you.”

At once the Spirit made him go into the desert, where he stayed forty days, being tempted by Satan. (Mark's Gospel Chapter 2 verses 9 to 13)

After the announcement by the angels, the arrival of shepherds and later the Magi, Jesus wasn't recognised again as THE CHRIST (the Messiah, the Saviour, God's Anointed) until the last few weeks of his life on earth.

After the first   CHRIST  mas  things went very quiet indeed.