Friday 29 March 2013

Taking a Pill for Portishead [6]

Did you watch "Foyle's War" last Sunday 24th March? Set in London in 1946, former policeman Christopher Foyle is recruited by the Secret Service to investigate a Russian spy-ring. One of the characters catches a bus home, this one ...
... a Routmaster, not introduced until the mid fifties, at least ten years after the programme's setting. [prototypes ran from 1954, full production began in 1958] Still it is red, so it must be a "proper" London Bus! There was also a sign similar to this ...
... with the word "children". It was missing its red triangle; error No 1. BUT the correct road sign for "children" in 1946 would have been this one ...
... as published by the Ministry in 1944. The symbol, also used for "school", is the "torch of education". The pictogram of actual children came a good few years later. Watch this Sunday's episode for more howlers!
And, talking of howlers ...

What's in a Name? Judge for Yourself!
Thanks to blog commentator Bob, fbb has been made aware of a nomenclature problem in Portishead. All the new services use a road called Weatherley Drive which, amongst other things, serves the Avon and Somerset Police Headuarters.
Here's the First Bus map for the pre-24th March network.
First Bus's new route map gives the road that same name ...
... as does Google Maps.
But things are more confusing with Ordnance Survey ...
... we've lost an "e". Transport Defunct uses similar data but compounds the problem.
Weatherly Drive on the map, but Weatherley Drive in he stop name.

To "e" or not to "e", that is the question.

Blog reader Bob suggests we look at the road name on Google Streetview and that does indeed confirm that most maps are wrong.
So back to the impressive legal personage at the top of this blog!

Frederic Edward Weatherly, KC (4 October 1848 to 7 September 1929) was an English lawyer, author, lyricist and broadcaster, born in Portishead. He was christened and brought up using the name Frederick Edward Weatherly, and appears to have adopted the spelling 'Frederic' later in life. He is estimated to have written the lyrics to at least 3,000 popular songs, among the best-known of which are the sentimental ballad "Danny Boy" set to the tune "Londonderry Air", the religious "The Holy City", and the wartime song "Roses of Picardy".

So thanks Bob for putting us all right! Except that Bob's email doesn't quite have the authority he intended. He, correctly, omits the offending "e", but ...
... erroneously omits an "a" as well! 

So, to recapitulate. The road is Weatherly Drive (no "e" between the "l" and the "y") and is named after Frederic(k) Weatherly (no "e" between the "l" and the "y") famous son of Portishead.

fbb will leave the last word to Traveline West which manages to outdo the lot ...
... by renaming the road Branscombe Way. fbb has absolutely no idea where they got that from, but, for the record, the little side road by the bus stop red dot is ...
... Branscombe Walk. There is no Branscombe Way in Portishead! Indeed there is no "Branscombe Way" anywhere on Transport Defunct's UK address database.

Well done Traveline; reliable as ever!

The Old Brigade is a slow march written in 1881 with music by an Irishman Odoardo Barri (pseudonym for Edward Slater) and words by Frederic Weatherly. This is a slow march that is always played at the annual Festival of Remembrance and at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday when the Chelsea Pensioners march.

 Next Bus Blog - Saturday 30th March 
It is quite possible that the worship of "Yahweh" (meaning "I am, I always have been, I always will be"; the Hebrew name for "God") dates from 10,000BC. Although the stories and the ceremonies were probably first written down about 3000BC, one core principle has always been deep-seated. Sin, disobeying God's Laws and God's moral standards, MUST be punished.

There was always a price to pay, a practical measure of "sorry-ness", that was worked out through a system of sacrifices. The people expressed their repentance through the tough discipline of giving up their grain, their pigeon or their lamb.

And the rules always said that it must be the first grain, the best pigeon or a spotless lamb; which made their repentance all the more meaningful.

It was a jumped-up charge administered by an illegal kangaroo court followed by political buck-passing that sent Jesus to the Cross.

As "God-on-Earth" he could easily have escaped or removed his own pain BUT ...

For the wages of sin is death; but God's free gift (through the sacrifice of Jesus) is eternal life in union with Christ Jesus our Lord. (Pauls Letter to the Romans, chapter 6 verse 23 - paraphrased)

In a way which is hard for even believers to grasp, Jesus' Crucifixion paid the sacrificial price for mankind's sins, past, present and future.

But it is a much tougher task to accept the Lordship of Jesus over all of our life, every minute, every second; than merely sacrificing a pigeon or a handful of grain.

Easter is a tough challenge but brings the greatest possible benefit! That's why today is Good Friday.


  1. Talking of howlers, I should perhaps point out that the correct spelling of the bus type in your photograph is 'Routemaster' - and not as shown.

  2. Just testing! Not really

    Thanks, yet enother fbf tryping mistook. Sorry.