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1  All across the Great Western territory / Who's who on Western railways / Re: Transport secretary - on subjects beyond transport on: Yesterday at 01:40:43 pm
Chris Grayling 'probably most incompetent minister of all time' says Michael Portillo.
That wouldn't be a case of 'kettle calling pot, black' would it, Mr P ?
2  Journey by Journey / London to Kennet Valley / Re: New reason for cancellations on: February 10, 2019, 08:57:26 pm
Even when under starters orders, champing at their bits (😨)the odds on betting is,that this lot will still be horsing around..
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3  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: The move from driving a car to using the bus on: February 10, 2019, 08:37:06 pm
TG the bus pass age is the same as the state female pension age....in my case 65 years and 8 months. Please do not make wild assumptions about eligibility. It has not been 60 for a long long time in the vast majority of England. London Wales Scotland and Northern Ireland do issue them at 60 so perhaps any means testing should start there first.
4  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: The move from driving a car to using the bus on: February 10, 2019, 06:20:03 pm
I don't think the wider benefits of the bus pass are considered enough especially by central government who cannot see anything in front of their nose, apart from Brexit. If the users were stuck at home all day, they'd be ringing for home visits from the GP/district nurses,meals on wheels, and home helps. With the bus they get out and about for some physical and mental stimulation, contribute to the local economy just by buying cake and a coffee,( perhaps not in Patisserie Valerie) and increase their well being. Surely a little activity in life, puts off the day a little longer, when they have to become more passively dependent. I just think it's a win win situation all the way round, and saves some money for  the NHS/ social care budget in the long run.
5  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Buses - dirty-feeling engines ticking over. on: February 08, 2019, 02:37:00 pm
Grahame can be a mighty fount of knowledge at times....or should that be mitrier font....but obviously his ecclesiastical and geographical knowledge boundaries have to stop somewhere !
6  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Why are First Enviro 400s freezers on wheels ? on: January 31, 2019, 06:38:01 pm
Am so fed up with the buses being so cold up here, I raised a concern with HSE inviting them to sample what we poor shivering Bristolians have to put up with.
7  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: post office building BTM demolition starts on: January 31, 2019, 08:50:49 am
Like Sciarus vulgaris, my remarks were tinged with sarcasm.  Roll Eyes
8  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: post office building BTM demolition starts on: January 31, 2019, 08:12:11 am
Looking at the painfully SLOW progress on Points West last night, I reckon it will take another 10 years to demolish it at that rate. Why not insert a few strategically sticks of gelignite and BOOM ...all gone in 10 seconds. They managed to do it with the white concrete Canons marsh bonded warehouses some 30 years ago ! I'm sure someone will find that footage on youtube somewhere !
9  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Why are First Enviro 400s freezers on wheels ? on: January 31, 2019, 06:51:29 am
Just why oh why have First invested millions in these buses, only for them not to have any heating that can be controlled by the driver ? It is no fun for the elderly and unwell to sit in a damp icebox for over an hour. Upstairs is no better, the condensation is so bad it leaves pools on the seats. I would like to lock Mr James  Freeman into one of these buses for a day.... Angry
10  Sideshoots - associated subjects / News, Help and Assistance / Re: Enhanced departure boards on top of these pages on: January 30, 2019, 05:36:53 pm
'Feeding' for 'Freezing'. One of the best typos ever from graham's phroson phingers.
The guard would have had his X certificate red flag signed by the British Board of Film censors, out for sure ! Roll Eyes Grin
11  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Advance Tickets from TPE.......... on: January 21, 2019, 10:40:39 pm
I have had 4 emails all with different names and case number asking me for ticket details and seat reservations in the missing coach F of the TPE 1719 Manchester Picc to cleethorpes on 20/11 which was reduced to 2 coaches.  I was one of 40 standees unable to move a millimetre until Sheffield. I have sent them the info 3 times....
12  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Portishead Line reopening for passengers - ongoing discussion on: January 19, 2019, 08:35:36 pm
I still think a coffer dam at the end of the gorge connecting the Severn beach line with the oakwood cutting merits consideration. No worse than some of the other half baked solutions. As for more buses...this is a totally discredited solution.  They can't
 even run the existing ones at peak time round the marina for all the parked cars !
13  All across the Great Western territory / Broadcast media about railways, and other means of transport / Great North American railway journeys on: January 18, 2019, 10:50:37 am
Anyone else been rather disappointed by the first 4 programmes of Great Canadian railway journeys? I felt they lacked the 'wow' factor of the Alaskan programmes and wonder if the format of Michael doing a publicity piece for the local tourist board, Michael eating, Michael dressing up or down and Michael being silly has become a little worn and frayed round the edges. Time for a refresh/rethink perhaps ?
May have spoken too soon. Programme 5 seemed to recapture the spirit again.Michael seemed more engaged and enthusiastic and ended literally on a high. Choosing my words carefully as I don't want to be seen as a spoiler. Next week looks very promising as he starts on the west coast in Vancouver and will obviously be covering the Rockies.
14  All across the Great Western territory / Who's who on Western railways / Re: Transport secretary - on subjects beyond transport on: January 17, 2019, 12:42:33 pm
Like the reference to the Adonis family in this thread.

Chris Grayling is a shoe-in for Uncle Fester with his insane tinkering and failed mistakes. Morticia May should be smoking all the time, while Lurch could well be Philip Hammond in disguise. Thing could be Boris in disguise ( whoop whoop!)while Michael Gove is sufficiently weird in appearance and manner, to play himself. Finally..
Sajid Javid is the antithesis of Cousin Itt!
15  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: HS2 Downgrade on: January 15, 2019, 03:57:47 pm
...Let's not loose site of that.

If you ask me, our grahame's a bit of a lose cannon...


Ha ha ! Isn't there a missing 'u' in lose ? Perhaps it's the beard ! Shocked
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