But First, Kathy's Story
Thursday, 28 January 2021
It's All On-Line In Manchester (1)
... and now has a flat in Arthur Cottage, once part of the Osborne House Estate.
She is a feisty lady as can be gleaned from her escapade on the day she retired from her work. Playing the innocent and sweet old lady, she had conned the security officer to show her how to unlock access to one of Osborne's distinctive towers.
On her last day, she gained access and flew her uniform from the flagpole for all and sundry to see; much to the consternation of the Osborne House Authorities and the delight of the local press!
Every year Kathy has joined the Charity walk across the Island accompanied by Bonzo.
Kathy, like many "mature" Islanders, has no need, normally, to travel overseas, apart from a few walking holidays (ambling holidays) by coach. So a solo trip to Southampton would be a big and scary adventure.
Now here fbb should say that Kathy is a simple soul; she has no "televisor" and would not know anything about computers, internet and the like. The fbb's have known her through Church for many many years, and the old man oft teases her by asking whether they have installed the electric yet at Arthur Cottage and, in similar vein, how she is managing taking her washing down to the river Medina and bashing it with big stones!
She loves a joke and gives as good as she gets - if not better.
First problem.; what time is the ferry? The only information she could find was for services up to the end of December, possibly the Christmas service list. But she was going in January! So, ask fbb to look on his "thing", which confirmed a suitable sailing, out and back.
"Is anybody there?"
A man appeared from behind a door. He was, as it turned out, a very nice man and a very helpful man.
He arranged to meet Kathy in the booking office on the next day, her day of travel, and "work the buttons for her". Which he did.
Well done Red Funnel? But would a less feisty old lady have achieved a response? Probably not.
Whatever the "unprecedented circumstances", to deprive a potential passenger of all human interface is simply NOT GOOD ENOUGH. Kathy forced the system to supply that human interface, but most 81 year olds would have gone away unserved, possibly missing a ferry and a hospital appointment.
It takes guts to get someone to serve you!
But she did report feeling a sense of achievement at beating the unfriendly system thanks to the very nice man who answered her well vocalised plea for assistance.
And So To Manchester.
When the Twittersphere revealed the "new" hand-me-down buses for Go North West's route 41, fbb decided to explore further.
The first problem to solve is the location of "Bank House" somewhere between Middleton bus station ...
And So To AberdeenToday is the first day in service. More tomorrow.