You Might Remember ...
Friday 13 May 2022
Definitely NOT A Mistake
The film intercuts the stories of two romantic affairs. One is within a Victorian period drama involving a gentleman palaeontologist, Charles Smithson, and the complex and troubled Sarah Woodruff, known as "the French Lieutenant's Woman". The other affair is between the actors Mike and Anna, playing the lead roles in a modern filming of the story. In both segments, Jeremy Irons and Meryl Streep play the lead roles.
In the iconic dramatic scene, Charles runs along the Cobb at Lyme Regis to comfort the troubled Sarah as the waves crash over the well-known breakwater.
The Cobb is unchanged!
But it is the contents of the timetable book that should arouse our interest. As we have come to expect, First Bus has cut back on the former Southern National network that it bought out of post-privatisation management ownership.
All that is left are some Weymouth Town services, the Jurassic Coaster brand and a few odd tendered bits and pieces. The Yeovil area was hived off to Buses of Somerset a few years back.
And so to the timetable book ...
It takes a bit of finding - well hidden in First's oddly complex web site. No mention on the home page ...
Weymouth local services fall into two groups running north and east ...
As well as town services, we are urged to ...
Those with good memories will doubtless remember that the Jurassic Coaster service once ran HOURLY from Exeter to Bournemouth - and long, long ago fbb rode the whole way with a only short PNB at the underground "facilities" on Weymouth sea front.
Now the links reach only from Axminster to Poole and with no through service without changing.
But the maps do show the interrelationship between the X51, X52, X53 and X54.
It is worth mentioning that the other good topless trundle from Weymouth is the 501 to Portland Bill. Sadly, the Portland Coaster ...
The timetable book is superbly EXCELLENT and, combined with the pop up enquiry office, should encourage more passengers to ditch the car and take some chauffeur driven rides through magnificent scenery.
A scary set of steps from the top deck of the Cobb down to the mezzanine level; near lethal if it's wet - which surprisingly it often is! Something to do with the sea being close by?
Next Variety blog : Saturday 14th May