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1096  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Referendum - result of vote, and implications for transport in the UK on: June 28, 2016, 01:02:45 pm
In other news, it seems we have forum watchers at the heart of Government. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has suggested that the terms of a new deal within Europe could be the manifesto for a party at a general election called to decide one issue - do we stay or do we go? Welcome Minister, I'm flattered. Do please sign up!

We are beginning to see European reaction. France want the UK out now, and dealt with ever so harshly pour encourager les autres. Spain holds a similar view for a different reason, that being fear of demands for a referendum on Catalan independence. Greece feels our pain and is sympathetic, probably wishing it could do the same itself but knowing it couldn't. Poland is the biggest of the states looking anxiously at the flow of remittances from its expatriate community in Britain, and wondering what would happen to its growing economy if they all came home. It is largely holding its counsel, remembering that our two countries' relationship has deeper roots than the EU.
Poland's reluctance to see UK leave is more than just economic interest or historical romanticism, strong as both those are. It's also that the form of capitalism which has taken root in Poland and certain other post-Communist countries is more of an Anglo-Saxon, free-trade nature (at least in theory) than what might be described perhaps as "social-marketism" of a more Continental nature. There are also defence reasons: not the WWII pilots! Poland and the Baltic states are genuinely fearful, whether rightly or wrongly, of a resurgent (angry and scared) Russia.

An unlikely casualty of Brexit may be that 17th century derivation of West Germanic Anglo-Frisian dialects that we now call the English language. Today, it is one of 24 official  languages of the EU. More importantly for day-to-day business, it is one of the three working languages of the European Commission (French and German being the others) and is the most widely used. The UK is the only country to have registered English as an official language, however. Other countries where English is widely spoken even amongst natives have chosen others - Ireland plumped for Gaelic, Cyprus for Greek, Malta for Maltese. If we leave, and English is removed from the list of official languages, then presumably the EC will discourage its use in daily business.
I doubt it. In practice English is the world's trading and negotiating language, just as French was in the 19th century, regardless of official status. What might change is the nature of that English – it might become more international, more European, more (whisper) American than British. Because why learn British English when the jobs, the trade and the cultural influences are from across the Atlantic? Or from China or, say, Latin America, where the English used is more American.
1097  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: June 23, 2016, 08:09:03 pm
I don't think he is one of the Wee Frees - you know the ultra-Presbyterians who are said to forbid having sex standing up in case it leads to dancing. 

Being named Marvin he surely believes in sexual kneeling.
1098  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: June 23, 2016, 08:08:46 pm
Seems he's connected with a US movement called Sojourners, whose slogan is "Faith in action for social justice".

1099  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: June 23, 2016, 07:54:57 pm
...with music and dancing for those so inclined! Grin

Presumably they are inclined at less than 15o from the vertical?
That might depend how much partying they've been doing!
1100  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: June 23, 2016, 04:00:21 pm

(He's a Baptist I think. Quite possibly the anti-partying thing was an election slur, though I only read it afterwards.)
1101  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: June 23, 2016, 10:42:47 am
Marvin is rumoured to be opposed to street parties due to his Evangelical faith. I don't know whether that's true though.
1102  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: June 22, 2016, 03:17:04 pm
Hard shoulder as running lane is only on 'managed motorways' isn't it? (Incidentally, how odd we [still] talk about a 'running lane' rather than a 'driving lane'. Obviously connected to the rather quaint expression 'going for a run' in a car.  Cheesy) Are there any examples of 'hard shoulder as bus/other special vehicle lane' on motorways? There are plenty of bus lanes on trunk roads, of course.
1103  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: June 22, 2016, 11:08:19 am
The old M4 bus lane was in L3, just like the current bus lane immediately after the end of the motorway section of the M32 IYSWIM. So no need for any use of the hard shoulder, and presumably therefore no detrunking required; though BCC would probably be more likely to install a bus lane than the DfT.
1104  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Avantix replacement - coming soon to a train near you on: June 21, 2016, 09:10:15 pm
Examples of the new tickets have been posted on RailUK Forums:

Although the new tickets are currently only being used for on-train sales, I am hopeful that a full transition towards thermal roll printing will reduce the cost of TVMs (as they won't need custom printing components) and lead to their introduction at more stations without such facilities.  This would also mean that tickets won't be constrained to a fixed size and multi-leg reservations could be printed on one coupon, rather than this:

Does this refer to the actual physical size of the card? So a ticket would be the present credit-card size unless there was more information on it than could reasonably be printed in that space? I can see advantages in that (it's simpler to have one piece of card per journey) and disadvantages (the present size fits nicely in a wallet or pocket). And as an aside, why do we have this size? I have a vague memory of tickets being longer, though perhaps not as long as the tickets used currently in (some? all?) other parts of Europe (the ones that are sort of pink-blue-purple patterned).
1105  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: June 21, 2016, 10:51:19 am
I hear some people were so impressed by the M32 closure they've requested it be done every year as a street party. I'm not sure of Mayor Marvin's response...
1106  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Main Line electrification - ongoing discussion on: June 12, 2016, 10:52:49 pm
I noticed the other day that something is being constructed or some work is being done on the southeast side of the Foss Way Bridge between Partway and Wootton Bassett. The bridge itself was reconstructed last year, so could it be a grid site? Or is it something else?
1107  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Bicycles on trains - new policy from May? on: June 06, 2016, 06:29:34 pm
That'll be included of course, but the main reason is that the IEPs are different to the HSTs in that bikes can *only* be carried in the reserved spaces, totally limiting them to that number, whereas HSTs can take as many as can fit in the space available (subject to train manager permission) regardless of actual stated limit.

Thus customers are being softly introduced to the new limitation, prior to IEP introduction
So TMs have authority to allow more than 6 bikes on an HST? I didn't know that.
1108  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - 2018 to 2045 / Re: Intercity Express Programme (IEP) - ongoing discussion on: June 06, 2016, 06:22:19 pm
Train crew tea trolley.
1109  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: Does your community know its station? on: June 06, 2016, 06:21:10 pm
I know some things about my neighbours. I know that one sold a product to Microsoft a couple of decades ago and has been living on the proceeds ever since, another was released from jail last year and another is a foster parent. But I've never talked about trains to any of them.
1110  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Bicycles on trains - new policy from May? on: June 04, 2016, 03:49:28 pm
Whatever the reason, it's interesting that GWR are giving multiple versions.
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