A Book Of Bounteous Beauty
Monday, 20 December 2021
Seasonal Snippets 20/12
It is such a delight to see a bus company working hard to promote itself, its services and its fares, despite the difficulties that the industry has suffered (and will continue to suffer well into 2022!) for the last 18 months. Because fbb is convinced that "Building Back Better" will be substantially enhanced with good printed publicity, he will review the consett book in some detail.
Before continuing - apologies for poor quality of some of these pictures. With family in residence for the weekend, it was hard to find an opportunity and space to prepare these pictures. But you will get the idea!
We begin with a two page spread; an index and a page telling us how wonderful buses are in the Consett area. If the timetable book is a true reflection of how things are on the ground, the compasy is right to indulge in a little self-adulation.
Rather than try to squeeze everything on one Consett map, the above is one of FOUR showing routes in different quadrants of the town. Below is the area to the north including the important Shotley Bridge Hospital.
You need a map because the Hospital is served by four routes ...
The mathematically inclined will not need telling, but the less adept at mental arithmetic might, that the £15 weekly deal works out at just £2.50 a day for six of the seven days travel. BARGAIN even if you chill at home on the Sabbath.
And, of course, full versions of the summarised timetables are all available.
The Monument was erected to acclaim Earl Grey for the passing of the Great Reform Act of 1832 and stands at the head of Grey Street. It consists of a statue of Lord Grey standing atop a Roman Doric column on a pedestal of local sandstone, 135-foot-high in total. The column was designed by local architects John and Benjamin Green, and the statue was created by the sculptor Edward Hodges Baily, creator of Nelson's statue in Trafalgar Square.
The monument lends its name to Monument Metro station, located directly underneath, and to the Monument Mall Shopping Centre. The surrounding area is simply known as Monument.
A spiral staircase leads to a viewing platform at the top of the monument, which is occasionally opened to the public
Back to Consett!
... and locally in Consett. The Consett area is clearly defined on and by the maps.
Tomorrow, something completely different - but see "Snippets" below!
It is worth dwelling on the meeting with Simeon and Anna at Jesus' Dedication. The location, the TEMPLE had been the centre of worship since the time of King Solomon; and before that its forerunner was the Tabernacle (posh word for "tent"), the portable temple used in the desert wanderings; and in modified form during the kingships of Saul and David.
Simeon had hinted openly that Jesus life would be one of TRAGEDY, at least in human terms ...
Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother, “This child is chosen by God for the destruction and the salvation of many in Israel. He will be a sign from God which many people will speak against and so reveal their secret thoughts. And sorrow, like a sharp sword, will break your own heart.”There is no "nice" way to end the story.
But then Anna spoke up.
There was a very old prophet, a widow named Anna, daughter of Phanuel of the tribe of Asher. She had been married for only seven years and was now eighty-four years old. She never left the Temple; day and night she worshipped God, fasting and praying. That very same hour she arrived and gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were waiting for God to set Jerusalem free.
But if Anna were offering an important TRUTH, the challenge is to bring together a death on a cross with the idea of setting people free. It is quite a big leap, a Leap Of Faith, you might say!
The letter "U" might be a problem?
How to help people get the best out of Sheffield's tram system.
This is the display at the important stop near the Crystal Peaks shopping centre.
Why can't the PTE do better?
Why does Stagecoach Supertram tolerate this?
Would GoAhead North East condone such a display at Consett bus station?
Who Moved The Village?
The people of Cookridge might well be asking! Here is an extract from the National Rail data spotted by correspondent Rob.