Saturday 15 January 2022
Draco Malfoy, a Harry Potter character played by Tom Felton, is not a nice chap! In an old Dr Who episode, the then Doctor (Jon Pertwee) claimed to have met the Greek Draco and that he was "actually quite a nice chap".
He was appointed by the leaders of Athens to introducer a proper written legislative system but some factions were horrified at the severity of some of his punishments. Since the 18th century "Draconian" has implied unexpectedly severe action by those in charge.
Such an adjective is rapidly being the chosen descriptor for the activities of the bus and rail industry. Former Transport minister Norman Baker writes, in the latest issue of Passenger Transport, a piece headed "Bumpy road ahead for buses" to which we could easily add "and for trains"!
Part of the industry's problems has been the totally unjustified demonising of public transport.
Baker also has much to say about the Build Buses Back Better plans currently being "evaluated" at DaFT. fbb will provide a few juicy (and depressing!) quotes in tomorrow's variety blog.
Mean while, here is First Bus in Sheffierld:-
Here is the 56, also a 15 minute frequency, where there is no viable alternative over most of the route - and these are in one direction only.
And the on line blurb implies that there may be further daily ad hoc cuts; or more chunks like the above, to be published weekly.
Surely it would be better to reduce the standard frequency by one notch, say, in the above cases, to every 20 minutes. At least the passengers could follow what is happening?
Progress Revealed for Park and Ride
fbb is getting really good at forgetting to post the answers.
Maybe worth a historic blog some time soon?
And this one should have been easy.
A Couple Of Feline Funnies ...
... especially for Mr Tubbles who is even more dissatisfied than usual, because his full-time servant (Mrs fbb) is not currently able to perform her duties! fbb is, apparently, a poor substitute.
Both pictures come from the USA (of course!).
The second is from a town (also in USA, name obscured by snow) that posts regular funnies on its approach roads,
Next Variety blog : Sunday 16th January