Grovelling Apology Time
Saturday 3 December 2022
Grantham Lincs : Good Links! (2)
Correspondent Julian got in touch in response to fbb's less than enthusiastic comments about Grantham bus station. Such is the danger of relying on photos and general stuff on line. In fact, had fbb been more punctilious in his exploration of the facilities, he might have looked from Bath Street (see map extract above) rather than Wharf Street.
And So - On To Good Publicity
What prompted these blogs was tyyhe receipt of a good quality timetable leaflet headed "Lincolnshire!".
But as we saw yesterday with Stagecoach route 1, not all bus services in the town are included, just most of them.
When fbb worked for Southern Vectis, he was commissioned to design and produce their timetable book. It included Island Line, trains on the mainland and all the ferry services. The idea was to encourage public transport per se and thus encourage the use of Southern Vectis buses.
Whilst you could understand not publicising a direct competitor's route, surely publicity should be selling bus travel as a total package!
The leaflet has a good network map ...
There is rudimentary fares information offering a £2 fare in Grantham. Presumably the boundaries are obvious to residents, but they are not shown on the map.
Similar examples are given for the whole area.
The weekly and monthly go-everywhere tickets are only available on the Centrebus App which is a bit discouraging for those who are uneasy with all this technology. But that is the world in which we live. If you are a technophobe you will often be stung by a higher price or even unavailability.
Either way, it can be harsh if you live just a few stops outside the Grantham "area" and you daily ticket leaps from £3.80 to £8.
As well as the network map there is a zoom-in of the town centre area ...
fbb quite likes resolving mysteries and one (1!) was his first challenge. Route 1 serves Earlesfield ...number then re-appears on the other side of the town centre.
It appears as two completely separate route 1s (both in addition to Stagecoach route 1 to Lincoln). Here is the Earlesfield timetable extract ... here the Harrowby and Alma Park.
Yes, it used to be cross town but with increasing traffic congestion, Grantham is very bad, we had to split it so that we could inject new buses and drivers fairly frequently so that they at least left the Bus Station on time.
Shame - it fitted together so well. Once upon a time the bus to Harrowby was numbered 2.
But fbb should have asked the boss (even the hoss!) about Great Ponton.
See you there tomorrow!
Talking of Advent Calendars?
Rails of Sheffield have a Model Railway Advent Calendar (very spiritual|) with some seemingly generous offers each day and for one day only. So far (as of yesterday) we have a track cleaning wagon ...
Hornby also has an Advent Calendar ...
fbb will keep an eye on Rails.
And now ....,
Advent Calendar Day 3
More twaddle has been written and spoken about the story of Creation in Genesis Chapter 1 than any other passage in the Bible. Science, we are often told, has totally disproved the Bible.
So their Creation account used terms which they could understand.
If we were to re-write Genesis Chapter 1 using as our guide modern cosmology, we would be amazed at how accurate the ancient version was.
Day 0 NOTHING
yes, absolutely nothing
Day 1 LIGHT
ionised and glowing hydrogen plasma fills the entire universe
Day 2 SEPARATION
the formation of lumpy matter ultimately condensing into rock
Day 3 PLANTS
Day 4 SUN, MOON, STARS
oxygen clears the atmosphere. Only now can physical light penetrate.
Day 5 FISH ETC
simple life in water moves on to ...
Day 6 LAND ANIMALS
... land, leading to human life
It is mind-blowingly astounding that people with such primitive knowledge could "guess" so correctly - so much so that it simply couldn't be a guess!
Every few years there are new theories of what happened before the Big Bang. God, author of the Great Opening Directive provides a perfectly respectable theory and certainly no worse that those proposed with confidence (and sometimes misunderstanding) by many of the now-discounted thoughts of cosmologists.
You pays your money ...
For those of our readers who do not have a Bible in understandable modern English, the story of Creation is available below. No need to read it if you know it!===================================
Next Grantham blog : Sunday 4th December
In the beginning, when God created the universe, the earth was formless and desolate. The raging ocean that covered everything was engulfed in total darkness, and the Spirit of God was moving over the water. Then God commanded, “Let there be light”—and light appeared. God was pleased with what he saw. Then he separated the light from the darkness, and he named the light “Day” and the darkness “Night.” Evening passed and morning came—that was the first day.
Then God commanded, “Let there be a dome to divide the water and to keep it in two separate places”—and it was done. So God made a dome, and it separated the water under it from the water above it. 8 He named the dome “Sky.” Evening passed and morning came—that was the second day.
Then God commanded, “Let the water below the sky come together in one place, so that the land will appear”—and it was done. He named the land “Earth,” and the water which had come together he named “Sea.” And God was pleased with what he saw. Then he commanded, “Let the earth produce all kinds of plants, those that bear grain and those that bear fruit”—and it was done. So the earth produced all kinds of plants, and God was pleased with what he saw. Evening passed and morning came—that was the third day.
Then God commanded, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate day from night and to show the time when days, years, and religious festivals[c] begin; they will shine in the sky to give light to the earth”—and it was done. So God made the two larger lights, the sun to rule over the day and the moon to rule over the night; he also made the stars. He placed the lights in the sky to shine on the earth, to rule over the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God was pleased with what he saw. Evening passed and morning came—that was the fourth day.
Then God commanded, “Let the water be filled with many kinds of living beings, and let the air be filled with birds.” So God created the great sea monsters, all kinds of creatures that live in the water, and all kinds of birds. And God was pleased with what he saw. He blessed them all and told the creatures that live in the water to reproduce and to fill the sea, and he told the birds to increase in number. Evening passed and morning came—that was the fifth day.
Then God commanded, “Let the earth produce all kinds of animal life: domestic and wild, large and small”—and it was done. So God made them all, and he was pleased with what he saw.