Of course, the author of the "it's simple" comment (see yesterday's blog - read again) admits to being a "local" and, if he were a regular traveller to and from Chywoone Crescent, would soon learn to look at times and not route numbers.
One of the problems with bus operation today is that lots of the routes lose money. The local authority may, should it so choose and if it has got the lolly, support unremunerative services via the tendering system. There is a very real pressure to get the best value out of tender money and thus provide as many links as possible for as little cash. That much is understood.
The crunch question, however, is whether lots of wiggles and varieties such as we see here are, in the end, counter-productive. Do they make the timetable so confusing that it is a disincentive to travel? With high fares for the few that pay, that leaves just a few old ladies and a dog making "essential" journeys on a fairly regular basis.
The answer, of course, is both financial and political. If we want low taxes, then we can't have lots of empty "subsidised" buses running about. The bus companies can't run empty buses either because, if they don't make a profit, they will cease to exist and there will be no buses at all!
Tough questions, appropriately illustrated by services 1, 1A, 1B and 1C.
By comparison, the problems at Lands End are deliciously simple to resolve.
No food had passed the chubby one's lips for 24 hours previously. (Aaaaaaah!)
As is usual, at least five times from five different people, fbb was asked his date of birth and address so that the "procedure" was not performed on the wrong patient. Five times debate ensued about an item on the form which read "allergic to eggs". On each occasion fbb corrected the member of staff; "it's not an allergy," he proffered, "just a mild reaction." Nevertheless, the old man had to have RED wristbands (two, the second one in case an arm drops off without warning) applied to signify "allergy patient." Probably unnecessary in fbb's case, but it is good to see the medics being doubly careful.
But the spiffing news was that when the "procedure" was over, fbb was offered tea or coffee and a selection of sandwiches. His plate arrived with one quarter round each of; beef, cheese'n'tomato, tuna'n'cucumber and, guess what ...
... an egg sandwich. So much for careful questions!
For the record, fbb's purple passages are all clear of things that should not be there and his next appointment is in three years' time.