Who's Going : UNO Who!
Saturday 25 November 2023
It began as a message to fbb from Roy, a Sheffield correspondent. But Alan in Northampton did know anything. They someone repeated the rumour at a Northampton meeting nothing to do with buses. Finally it has been confirmed by a West Northamptonshire councillor.
he pink and purple UNO buses will be leaving the town after business on March 24th 2024.
It is not a cash cow - not even a cash dormouse!
Alan reports that passengers loadings on all routed are generally thin, and that recent registrations have presaged cut-backs in frequency and, in one case, withdrawal of weekend services completely.
The huge problem for West Northamptonshire council is, in a nutshell, what happen next. If UNO are going home, it seems unlikely that any other operator will take the network on. So what will the students do then, poor things? The county has no money, so a subsidy from their piggy bank is unlikely.
Will the University stump up more subsidy for a new contractor?
UNO continues to operate in Hertfordshire and for for Cranfield University.
But fbb is journalistically excited by real socks, feet for the use of. And here they are.
These goodies are available from the Harrogate Buses "boutique".
Celebratory Floral Displays
Famous for its five bay overall roof but not that well known outside of the East Riding of Yorkshire ...
... Hull Paragon station is a real gem.
The left hand two bays have now lost their platforms and trains in favour of a superb bus station and associated stuff.
But the station is 125 years old.
... also worn by staff.
More Floral Displays
Celebrating nothing at all, fbb has been continuing his experiments to create cheap and (semi) realistic floral displays at Peterville Quarry station. fbb is sure that his readers would enjoy a look at his latest efforts. (Don't yawn too loudly!)
Thes new planters begin with toothbrush heads as before.
25p for two from Tesco!
The bristles are hacked about and painted green ...
It looks a mess ...
Scatter "Grass" is sprinkled on the white glue ...
(fbb has misplaced a small bag of ROUND white blobs.)
But at the normal viewing distance and with a bit to tweaking ...
Told You So!
fbb did enjoy a TV broadcast (BBC4 on Thursday, last) extolling the virtues and sharing the problems of a very sophisticated transport system.
Despite its antiquity, the story was still quite scary even though six broadcast episodes are "condensed" to just 75 glorious nostalgic minutes.
The monochrome story has, of course, been "colourised" and refettled to a much higher standard than the original.
How do they do that?
All still-extant episodes of Dr Who are on iPlayer.
Next Variety blog : Sunday 26th November