Next blog (hopefully?) : fbb returns, tomorrow, to Heathrow
Monday 4 September 2023
Always ready to give his readers a linguistic challenge, the above piece of Japanese orthography forms the core of our first Monday Variety item. It is, as you will all know, the name of a town in Japan. So here is the far less challenging headline in English text.
Unusual Utsunomiya Undertakingunusual".
There are plenty of trams in Japan, but the Utsunomiya line claims to be the first new line constructed for 75 yeats! As they say so often in today's news bulletins, fbb cannot independently very this claim.
But he found a map ...
As previously seen c/o Google Earth, it starts at the railway station east entrance ...
A temporary frequency is currently in operation every 8/12 ...
We have trams, light rail, very light rail, tram-trains, metro and pre-metro (to name but a few) all of which can merge into one another in terms of technology, number of stops and service quality.
The Lightline is very much a street-running tram in the inner city, and in the built-up bits of Haga. But in between it is more akin to a light railway.
Nevertheless it looks great.
Roger Rattled By Reliability Ructions
Seek out his "Bus and Train User" blog for the full horrific detail.
Thanks to the gross incompetence of the technology or the data management or both, Rog was waiting here ...Kidford Village Hall.Fernhurst Village Hall.
Both stops were called just "village hall" in the software! But then the software is American and designed by somebody who has probably never heard of a village hall. So what do you expect?
Fortunately no other potential passenger was inconvenienced by this utter shambles; there were none.
As usual Rog was the only passenger (thus far, i.e. by 1530) that day.
Two questions materialise in fbb's agile mind.
Why are we (taxpayers) being asked to pay for this rubbish? (Actually we are never asked.)
Why do local authorities put their trust in "foreign" software and data management?
Crackpot, yet again.
U L E Z - Unpopular Loony Emissions Zone
So far, according to Mr Khan, 171 ULEZ cameras and/or their associated equipment boxes have been vandalised.
This post has been snapped (quite easily, it appears) by, obviously, a passionate supported of the Conservative Party or a passionate opponent of Mr Khan.
Or maybe by a member of the local "youff" having "fun" on the way home from a glass or two of lemonade.
Mr Khan says these attacks will not change anything. Actually Mr Mayor, they will. If enough of the poles just happen to break in two, you won't be able to charge people the £12.50 fee!
Incidentally, several "authorities" have calculated that, in the extended ULEZ zone, so many compliant vehicles exist that the policy will make little or no measurable difference to air quality!
Of course, this blog does not condone illegal activity; but it may be more effective that waiting for the next Greater London mayoral election?
It's called "Public Opinion".
Which Reminds fbb ...
Apparently over 500,000 people have replied to the "consultation". fbb has asked the originating office how many were in favour of the closures. No reply has yet been received.
What a surprise!
Fare payers' strike, anyone?