WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT!!
Lets look at the proposed changes one by one
Most the these are in the afternoons, so their usefulness is very limited. There is little point in being able to join a train at Yeovil Pen Mill and return to Yeovil Junction. They are a long way apart.
And Now the final Disappiointment!
None of these "useful" additional services and routes operates on Saturdays or Sundays!
We received a flyer yesterday by Royal Mail announcing the 'many improvements'. However cycling past YPM yesterday morning, the new GWR Weymouth/Bristol timetable sheet didn't show these new services and SWT's hadn't put their timetable sheet up although Richard (booking clerk) did have a copy.
The district council has stated that these services are good news as they will help ease traffic congestion! (I cycled past gridlocked traffic to get to YPM yesterday afternoon!).
No one seems to know what use these services are going to be as at the moment they are very unbalanced.
There is a rumour that morning services may be forthcoming in the future, but as it's classed as a "Speller" amendment the whole set-up be stopped at any time.
You have to reckon that you would have been scared witless if you had seen this!
But, as we said when we looked at Mary's announcing angel, these heavenly apparitions are never reported to have wings when observed on earth.
Anyway, at this stage of the "happening", Luke only mentions one solitary angel.
An unexplained bright light? Voices in their heads? Strange noises off? So many ways have been documented over the years of scaring people via inexplicable "visions". We tend to forget that God can do and reveal exactly what he wants (that's what "God" means!) so whatever happened makes most sense if it emanates from Him.
It may need Faith, but there is no lack of logic in understanding that an omnipotent God can send "his assistants" to reveal Good News.
But whatever it was, it is what happened next that is really odd - almost inexplicable.
Unless, of course, it was true!
Was to summon poor shepherds in fields as they lay
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep
On a cold winter's night that was so deep.
An unexplained thingey high in the sky.
And all around it gave great light
And but to the poor shepherds it gave such a fright.