Nothing is said, of course, about the sinful shortage of supply from other operators. And not a Cumberland sausage about the relatively significant changes to the network that started on 8th / 9th May!
Meanwhile, in a Galaxy far far away, well in Milton Keynes actually, information supply gets a partial boost. You've heard of the Gherkin, The Shard and the Louvre's Pyramide; now we proudly present the Milton Keynes Cube!
Is this anything to do with a recent high-powered survey which showed that MK residents would use public transport more if they knew where the buses ran? Anyway, it's open six days a week and is packed with information. London Midland Trains, London Sightseeing (wonder who runs those?) and National Express feature as well as local MK services.
But of course, no mention of Grant Palmer, Z & S etc., companies that operate evening and Sunday versions of some of Arriva's routes. There's helpful for you! And of Stagecoach, with their high-profile X4 and X5 coach operated inter-urban routes, not a dicky bird. More dicky birds below.
Incidentally, the hourly service to Wicken and Deanshanger mentioned enthuiastically in "The Good Old Days" blog is withdrawn without replacement (so far, at least) from 21st May. Never mind, there's a Wednesday only bus to Northampton and a pleasant mile-and-a-half walk along footpath-less narrow lanes to the nearest alternative. And these villages are only just in Northamptonshire. So that's all right, then. Here a picture of the village pound at Wicken, due to be gated and refurbished to accommodate members of the County Council transport committee.
North Home Town - Northampton  (read again)
Apparently Phil Deacon is a bit of an artist. Phil was a fellow pupil at school and fbb last met him in a bank about 40 years ago. But Colin Merry (also a Northampton Grammar School alumnus, contacted via "fiends disunited") reported this skill to fbb. So Graham Askew in Northampton obtains a jpeg of Phil Deacon's painting, sends it across the ether to Colin Merrey in Australia who, in turns sends it to fbb back in dear old Blighty.
And another home-town snippet. Readers will remember that Northamptonshire announced that it was withdrawing all local bus subsidy from May 2011. There would be some replacements, consisting of new, innovative and cheaper public transport initiatives. Thus it was that the subsidised bus service via Overstone, Sywell and Mears Ashby would be completely withdrawn. We now have the new, innovative and cheaper replacement ...
War in West Melton (read again)
First Bus in fight-back mode against a Stagecoach onslaught in South Yorkshire has launched, on May 8th, the new service 22 with some dramatic publicity. For those less than enthusiastic about a visit to the local Bingo Hall, the number 22 is embellished with the phrase "two little ducks".
So, from a rejuvenated First, we have ...
First's web site and follow the "catch the duck" link.
The new competitive services to Scawsby and Sprotbrough are also being "promoted" ...
And a final family fancy! Easter saw a visit from No 1 son-and-heir, lovely daughter-in-law and 2 x grandsons. This gave fbb a chance to model his Christmas present from aforesaid grandsons. And here it is:-
next blog : due on Saturday May 14th