Beer & Buses Bonanza Banished!
Saturday, 19 February 2022
The eponymous weekend on the Island has been hugely successful with well over 100 heritage buses transporting huge numbers of visitors to well over 100 hostelries, all selling some superb and often "different" booze. The event was cancelled in the extended Viral period and now the announcement comes that it will not re-appear.
But there is also a hidden reason. A small number of visitors were guilty of over indulging in their alcoholic beverages with consequent unsociable behaviour.
This was difficult to manage and, in a very real way, a small number have spoiled the event for the majority. It had grown too big.
Diamond (Out)Dated Display
If a notice (or set of notices) is too complicated people will not notice it!
fbb does not know when Roger's picture was taken, but the right hand poster advertises a summer sale of fares in a totally illegible print size.
So what's the point?
The bus, by the way, was briefly with Hallmark Travel ...
... but still couldn't make a go of it. The route returned to First as a less frequent 2A.
Notice This Notice Episode 2?
Arriva no longer produces any printed leaflets, so passenger numbers are dropping but this can currently be self-delusionally blamed on Covid.
The 724 was once an important Green Line service running from Harlow round the north and west of London to Heathrow, originally going on to Windsor.
A twitterer twitted this beauty, spotted recently at Harlow.
The notice is hard to read, especially behind glass, and is unlikely to "create desire", as the saying goes. It does look like a very desperate but utterly feeble attempt to boost the ailing passenger count.
And the 724 doesn't run every hour on Sundays, despite the stunning Harlow publicity - it is two hourly.
... to make you something truly eye catching and passenger catching.
And A Noticeable Notice ...
fbb though that the building above looked a bit like the offices used by Lu (Luella!) Shakespeare and Frank Hathaway, the privates tecs currently appeared on BBC1 on weekday afternoons. This light-hearted detective series is set in Stratford-upon-Avon with lots of little snippets echoing the works of the Bard himself.
A copse (not corpse) whereat some incriminating evidence was hidden is called Falstaff Wood and yesterday's corpse (not copse) was named Kit Willow. (Shakespeare scholars will understand!) Luella's sister is called Cordelia.
So here are Mark Benton and Jo Joyner (our hero and heroine!) outside their Stratford HQ.
It is part of "Lord Leycester's Hospital", a charity of great age (a bit like the Chelsea Pensioners "hospital" in, erm, Chelsea) located IN WARWICK!
More variety tomorrow:-
** Effulgent - one who brings light and joy!
Next Variety blog : Sunday 20th February