Monday, 5 April 2021

Monday Variety

 O Mea Culpa!

fbb forgot to wish all his readers (believers or not) a happy REAL Easter - but Easter doesn't end sometime this coming week. So maybe the old man can be forgiven - Easter is for every day.

Mind The Gap
The discontinuous BLUE tram replacement bus service in Sheffield (yesterday and today) is revealed by some very unhelpful journey planner results - so no surprise there then! Here, for example, is Park Grange Road to Charnock ...
... with a 29 minute walk. Lovely! Traveline does offer some other, equally unhelpful options. fbb's internal JP, using the Built-in Route And Information Notation system, suggests tram replacement bus to Manor Top (as shown above) then a short walk to the Punchbowl ...
... for a service 51.

Picture Parade
15 minutes of Fame
Some excellent line drawings by IoW Bus enthusiast Don Vincent as they appear in the IoW Bus Museum magazine "Enterprise". The bus and coach operation was set up by fbb. The livery on the model is not the original, but a subsequent repaint by new owners; vehicles were originally painted in Southern Vectis grey with Solent Blue Line yellow, a black stripe and black lettering. That's because Hants and Dorset Trim had those shades in stock. The livery design was by fbb himself!

Thought Provoking Cartoon

Great New Brand In Great Yarmouth

And Two More In Kernow
We are told to expect a "DayTripper" web site; so that will be fun!

And That Puzzle Picture
A bog-standard 2-car Southern Region EMU modified with extra windows as a route learning and training train for drivers of Channel Tunnel services when they trundled for some distance over ordinary suburban routes.

And Another Puzzle Picture
Possibly a screenshot from the set of the forthcoming Doctor Who series which will be Jodie Whitaker's last in the time-travelling role. Answer tomorrow.

Special Parking Place For fbb?

Capital Created Colouring Of Capitals
At some stage in its history, Glasgow Queen Street Station gained an extra bit added to the western side of the magnificent trainshed.
There is a series of mighty pillars to hold the roof up and these were designed with opulent "capitals" seen in the above pictures painted Scotrail blue.

But with the rebuilding of the station frontage, the opportunity has been taken to recover some of the glory of the station design. Hence the capitals are now truly capital!

A Less Endearing Memory
Cleethorpes station was built for the crowds of happy holidaymakers flocking for day trips and "bucket and spade" fortnights in Mrs Miggins' digs. Sadly, some would say ...
... Wonderland is no longer wonderful and the crowds no longer arrive by train. Some of the platforms are now no longer in use, but look closely and you may just spot a reminder of the "good old days".
And here it is again.
On one of the disused platforms is this vintage British Railways station lamp. It is of a similar vintage to the "hot dog" station name signs ...
... which fbb has bodged above!

Easter Family Sunday

A good crows (approx 90) at the open air servicer at Kilmington Baptist Church yesterday and the fbb family (No 1 son, wife and two sophisticated teenage grandsons both in further education) enjoying an easter egg hunt in their garden.
Note cat and chickens also participating!

The eggs were sent by Mrs fbb for family to consume as they wished.

 Next "Finisterre" baffling blog : Tuesday 6th April 

So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish!
Whilst it has always been easy to scoff at the Resurrection appearances of Jesus, it is the very personal touches which suggest truth. So, having heard that the tomb was empty, Peter and John hurry hotfoot to investigate.
Then Peter and the other disciple went to the tomb. The two of them were running, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and saw the linen cloths, but he did not go in. Behind him came Simon Peter, and he went straight into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in; he saw and believed. (They still did not understand the scripture which said that he must rise from death.) Then the disciples went back home.

So, confused, uncertain and and in  no way euphoric - they just went home.
By the time they caught the fish they were slowly beginning to recognise and understand. Jesus appeared at the lake side and guided them to a good catch. John (again a very personal memory of someone who was there) even remembered how many.

They were not very far from land, about a hundred yards away. When they stepped ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there with fish on it and some bread. Then Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” Simon Peter went aboard and dragged the net ashore full of big fish, a hundred and fifty-three in all; even though there were so many, still the net did not tear.
Jesus said to them, “Come and eat.” So Jesus went over, took the bread, and gave it to them; he did the same with the fish.

A simple and very personal encounter with the Risen Jesus; risen because an Almighty God stepped from his eternity into the limited space-time of our Universe to maker it happen.

Yet again - not the end but a beginning. 

The ongoing Easter

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P.S. 153. Over the years many folk haver tried to find numerical significance in the number 153. There is no good reason to suppose that writer John would want to use this intensely personal incident to hide a "secret message". Why keep it secret? But, if these things interest you, start with the fact that 153 is the 17th triangular number - if you count the "1" as a triangle.

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