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Title: BBC 1 points west at Kemble
Post by: infoman on August 14, 2019, 06:40:19 pm
station on Wednesday morning 14 august.
Posted for info only


Title: Re: BBC 1 points west at Kemble
Post by: bignosemac on August 14, 2019, 07:42:36 pm
The reason BBC Points West were there today was in relation to a story about the annual fares increase. The Stroud Valley Line was chosen as stations on this route have some of the highest pence per mile fares in the country.

On the main bulletin this evening, Stroud's MP, David Drew (Lab) was interviewed. He said that fares along this line had always been expensive. This was so, he said, pre-privatisation, pre-Beeching, and even pre-Brunel. Quite how he knew about fares pre-Brunel (which would have had to have been stagecoach fares) is beyond me.


Title: Re: BBC 1 points west at Kemble
Post by: Robin Summerhill on August 14, 2019, 07:48:20 pm
Quote from: bignosemac

On the main bulletin this evening, Stroud's MP, David Drew (Lab) was interviewed. He said that fares along this line had always been expensive. This was so, he said, pre-privatisation, pre-Beeching, and even pre-Brunel. Quite how he knew about fares pre-Brunel (which would have had to have been stagecoach fares) is beyond me.

As I recall, he was not above opening his mouth before his brain was engaged when he was in the same form as me at Kingswood Grammar School in 1963. Some things never change...


Title: Re: BBC 1 points west at Kemble
Post by: bobm on August 14, 2019, 07:59:56 pm
The reason BBC Points West were there today was in relation to a story about the annual fares increase. The Stroud Valley Line was chosen as stations on this route have some of the highest pence per mile fares in the country.

On the main bulletin this evening, Stroud's MP, David Drew (Lab) was interviewed. He said that fares along this line had always been expensive. This was so, he said, pre-privatisation, pre-Beeching, and even pre-Brunel. Quite how he knew about fares pre-Brunel (which would have had to have been stagecoach fares) is beyond me.

Stagecoach been going that long?  My local bus provider is Go South Coast.  ;D

Incidentally there was a member of this forum briefly featured in the same programme.


Title: Re: BBC 1 points west at Kemble
Post by: bignosemac on August 14, 2019, 08:17:10 pm
Incidentally there was a member of this forum briefly featured in the same programme.

There was.

(https://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt68/bignosemac/me_zpsrnn0czup.jpg)

That's me in the background with the bright orangey pink polo shirt and rucksack slung over my shoulder.  The camera operator picked up my best side. ;D

(OFF TOPIC. BBC Points West interviewing a charity collector for St Margaret's Somerset Hospice. Said hospice's Yeovil inpatient unit is facing closure. Something actually close to my heart. Its where my stepfather spent his final days. An excellent facility that's facing closure for financial reasons. Quite what those are and how they've come about is a bit of a mystery. Trustees and Chief Exec initially blamed NHS funding cuts. Then they said they were having trouble recruiting. Then it was discovered the management wage bill has tripled in the last two years. No problems recruiting high paid managers it seems. Its also been discovered that a funeral company set up by the charity, despite surveys saying it wasn't needed, has so far cost the charity over £300,000 and hasn't shown a profit. A lot of anger locally that Yeovil faces losing an excellent facility with rumours that this is because of financial mismanagement).


Title: Re: BBC 1 points west at Kemble
Post by: CyclingSid on August 15, 2019, 07:17:17 am
He probably got the details of the pre-Brunel prices from the Member for the 18th Century


Title: Re: BBC 1 points west at Kemble
Post by: TaplowGreen on August 15, 2019, 07:39:46 am
Ah, but where did he get that toupee?


Title: Re: BBC 1 points west at Kemble
Post by: TonyK on August 15, 2019, 10:59:38 am
Ah, but where did he get that toupee?

It looks hand-knitted to me, and specially coloured to contrast with the real residual hair.

Be sure your sins will find you out here - not just BNM keeping an eye on proceedings, but tales from the schoolroomtoo! Although I thought you had to go to Eton to be able to represent the common people.


Title: Re: BBC 1 points west at Kemble
Post by: Western Pathfinder on August 15, 2019, 09:24:56 pm
Sup up your beer and collect your fags there's a row going on down near slough !...


Title: Re: BBC 1 points west at Kemble
Post by: Red Squirrel on August 16, 2019, 11:06:36 am
What a nice day for eating trifle!



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