H is for Hospital, Hassle and Horrors!
Friday, 26 November 2021
Exceedingly Enigmatic Exeter Experiment (3)
It is fasr to say that Elsie Miggins (above, in puce) is happily comfortable in her bijou residence at Shand Park, Axminster.
It is but a short toddle to Tesco and a similarly brief bumble to the railway station whereat all of Axminster's buses call. But our Elsie has a developing problem with Diabetes.
But she has a little Pea Pod computer (or some such name) and grandson Torquil has taught her how to do some simple things. She even knows how to use Traveline to plan a bus or rail jourly - but, naturally, she finds it both over complicated and usually unnecessary for her local omnibological and ferroequinolgical requirements.
But an appointment at the Diabetes Clinic at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (which she knows as "Wonford") for 10 am on a Friday propels her into actyuive enquiry mode. Molly Longbottom (above, in red) opined that it is dead easy. "You catch a train to St David's," she advises with boundless confidence, "and there are regular buses from there to the Hospital."
If she had a bus map (which she hasn't because Stagecoach can't be bothered to tell its elderly passengers where their buses go) or if she had a timetable leaflet (which she hasn't - substitute "when" for where" and repeat.) she could check. But a brief phone call to Torquil directed her, once again, to Traveline.
"Type in where you want to go from," he says brightly, "and where you want to go to; then input the date and the time; and it will tell you all you want to know."
Which of the FIVE St Davids Stations does she need. She has no idea which stop it might be and she is not going by coach, but it is a train station, so she sticks withe the top one.
Cleverly Traveline seems to know that Wonford Hospital is the R D & E ...
fbb will display the results in a cartographic form as their nonsense is easier to follow. Five options are shown for 0915.
The options then being to repeat.
But, surely, route H runs from st Davids station, from stops near the entrance ...
On the surface, the Traveline daft results may or may not have anything to do with Stagecoach - or perhaps they do? fbb will continue his investigations as part of his usual weekend variety blogs.
Can the problems be solved with a better maps?
The fourth estate strikes again!
Attractive New Bus Body - Probably!
And The fbb Leaflet Quiz?
We tend to think that sing;e deck vehicles are universal on the Continent, wuth the possible exception of Berlin.
Next Variety blog : Saturday 27th November