Improved Bus Service from First!
The Service: F2
We have estimated the cost of running the initial service, and if 400 people donate just £30 a month this will cover the entire cost. £30 is the equivalent of just 4 return journeys on the existing Bristol-Portishead service. [factually only a half-truth; see below! - fbb] FreeBus is all about people power so help us make this happen and get on board!
Do you, dear blog reader, fancy coughing up £30 for the privilege of travelling "free" from Brizzle to Pill and/or Portishead on two Saturdays in May? That's £15.00 (return) a day! OK, the promise is for a full service "later"; but will 400 Portisheadcases or Pill-Poppers be prepared to head out or pop off on such a risky endeavour? And do they really want to watch their monthly donation being swallowed up by any free-rider who may choose to reap the benefit without a share of the costs? Remember the F1?
It simply didn't work.
Or you could, reliably, pay First £84 and travel "free" seven days week. That's £2.71 (return) each day if you travel 7 days, or £3.23 (return) if you only commute on five. The equivalent for a £30 monthly donation would be £1 for seven days' use, £1.15 for five; clearly a bargain.
If it works?
Irrespective of First's (hidden?) motives for improving the service to Pill and Portishead, we will explore the new pattern of routes and timetable on Thursday. In the meantime there is a Pill-related anniversary to "celebrate" tomorrow.
In today's increasingly secular society we tend to treat subjects like "Judgement Day" and "The End of the World" as a joke; especially when one obscure sect or another predicts a specific date. In the run up to Easter, Jesus wept over the future of Jerusalem (the City was destroyed barely 30 years later), and used that prophetic event as a "visual aid" for the ultimate end of, well, everything.
Jesus answered, “You see these great buildings? Not a single stone here will be left in its place; every one of them will be thrown down.” Men will hand over their own brothers to be put to death, and fathers will do the same to their children. Children will turn against their parents and have them put to death. Everyone will hate you because of me. But whoever holds out to the end will be saved.
“In the days after that time of trouble the sun will grow dark, the moon will no longer shine, the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers in space will be driven from their courses. Then the Son of Man will appear, coming in the clouds with great power and glory. He will send the angels out to the four corners of the earth to gather God's chosen people from one end of the world to the other."
In a short story, "The Last Trump", SciFi writer Isaac Azimov sees "hell" as an eternal flat uninterrupted desert of grey dust through which the un-saved are condemned to wander for ever with no relief and no escape. Oooer!
There are only two certainties in Life: One, that ours will end; we will die; and Two, that our planet will also die. Jesus came as "Messiah" (Saviour) to offer us the answer to both. His Messiahship makes sense only through the events of Easter.