But First A Consultation P.S.
Here are just a few examples, showing the impact of the 2022 cunning plan.
And, finally ..
Of course, these are direct comparisons with only three years ago. But the pattern seems strange in some ways; obviously focused on London to Edinburgh, surely an attempt to thrash the pants off First Rail who will soon be adding five shiny blue 800 class trains to the mix.
The article is too technical and complex in concept to cover in a blog, so fbb recommends that ultra keen enthusiasts buy the magazine (just gone up to a painful £5.45 each month) and read it for themselves. Author Jonathan Tyler ...
Seriously though, folks, it would be even more controversial than the L N E R plan as it denudes Retford and Grantham of anything north of York (MAGENTA) and totally withdraws the top ranking "Inter City" services (GREEN).
The trouble with plans like this is that they tend to forget that the average Brit HATES changing trains and would rather go by car and endure the unreliability and stress thereof than face the trauma of seeking a different train part way or, heaven forfend, a different train operator!
At least the latter trauma will be mitigated by the eventual arrival of Great British Railways?
Won't it? (and please, less hoots of disbelieving derision at thr back, there!)
Traumatic Tale Of Temperamental Technology (1)
He did not want an iPhone 239g24/mark 17 (which does everything imaginable including cooking a full Englidh breakfast "on the go") for ONLY £150 a month.
And this is where phones get farcical.
The upgrade for fbb's account for two phones (his and hers) for a monthly £18.50 was to be a downgrade to £15 (which the fbbs did want) plus two brand new phones for nowt (which the fbbs neither needed nor wanted).
Removing the SIM (it is a small bit of electronics about the size of a finger nail) was easy as it pinged on to the carpet when fbb succeeded in wrestling with the back of his existing phone. But SIMs come in three handy sizes.
But in modern phones changing the SIM is "much SIMpler"!! That translates as "far more terrifying". You poke an eminently losable bit of wire into a hole in the side ...
It went in, fell out of the slide inside the phone and jammed everything up solid; and thereafter the SIM did not work! There are other folk who have had this experience and shared it on-line, so it is not just old age.
Seemples, take the back off and rescue the errant SIM.
Not seemples. The back is now glued on; yet another successful achievemnt in the field of planned obsolescence.
Of course there are videos on YouTube telling ham-fisted fbb how to get the back off. All you need is a fine nozzle hair dryer designed for gerbils ...
Think what wobbly-handed fbb could ruin! Think of the blood!
The story will conclude tomorrow. (Too much excitement in one day is bad for our reader!)
A Mink For Only £37!
But it's a railway wagon, innit! It is called an "Iron Mink" because the van body is made of - guess - and not wood. It is called a "Mink" because GWR named all its wagons after living things.
And there are three livery versions from Rails of Sheffield; original GWR ...
Or you could buy a simple kit from Parkside Peco for just ...