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« Reply #795 on: September 23, 2021, 12:54:50 pm »

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Richard Osman's mind blown after visit to Bristol Temple Meads Station

Bemused by absence of M&S at transport hub

There are lots of things the very clever Richard Osman knows - how to create and present long-running quiz shows and pen hugely successful crime novels to name but two.

But there are some things that can still blow his mind - and that includes why Bristol Temple Meads doesn't have an M&S.

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On twitter yesterday, his comment "It still blows my mind that Bristol Temple Meads station doesn't have an M&S" prompted a lot of reaction on twitter.

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[...] [a] japester said: "So it’s called Britol Teple ead, then??"

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« Reply #796 on: September 23, 2021, 05:01:50 pm »

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Richard Osman's mind blown after visit to Bristol Temple Meads Station

Bemused by absence of M&S at transport hub

There are lots of things the very clever Richard Osman knows - how to create and present long-running quiz shows and pen hugely successful crime novels to name but two.

But there are some things that can still blow his mind - and that includes why Bristol Temple Meads doesn't have an M&S.

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On twitter yesterday, his comment "It still blows my mind that Bristol Temple Meads station doesn't have an M&S" prompted a lot of reaction on twitter.

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[...] [a] japester said: "So it’s called Britol Teple ead, then??"

see full article
Source: Bristol Live


Mr Osman should spare a thought for us on this side of the Channel, where due to Brexit-related intransigence and incompetence, we are to lose all of our M&S stores except those situated within major transport hubs.

Luckily this includes Paris Montparnasse, where the TGVs (Train a Grande Vitesse) from Brittany terminate, because if it didn't, then you can forget AUKUS, my wife will show you what a proper international diplomatic incident looks like if she can no longer get her M&S Teacakes...
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« Reply #797 on: September 24, 2021, 08:05:12 am »

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Luckily this includes Paris Montparnasse, where the TGVs (Train a Grande Vitesse) from Brittany terminate, because if it didn't, then you can forget AUKUS, my wife will show you what a proper international diplomatic incident looks like if she can no longer get her M&S Teacakes...
The teacakes they use in their café is not the same as those found in their shop unfortunately.
We love the café ones, less keen on the shop ones  Cry
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« Reply #798 on: September 24, 2021, 10:45:11 am »

Mr Osman obviously didn’t take a look inside WH Smith, as it is now a half WH Smith/half M&S food.
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« Reply #799 on: September 24, 2021, 10:57:56 am »

All this talk of purchasing sustenance at Temple Meads reminds me.  Has any one seen if anything seems to be happening at Bonaparte's recently?  Hands up, I forgot to have a look last week, even though I walked past it
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« Reply #800 on: September 24, 2021, 12:39:50 pm »

Rail Advent have an article here on progress on the new east entrance.  It gives me the impression that work is currently continuing on the entrance, if unseen, as it talks of installing the entrance and barriers "in autumn".  It's less clear about the new entrance building as this seems to be still in the planning stage.
See what you make of it:

https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2021/09/network-rail-completes-foundations-for-new-entrance-at-bristol-temple-meads.html
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« Reply #801 on: September 24, 2021, 01:01:36 pm »

All this talk of purchasing sustenance at Temple Meads reminds me.  Has any one seen if anything seems to be happening at Bonaparte's recently?  Hands up, I forgot to have a look last week, even though I walked past it
As long as the pasty place in the tunnel is still there...
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« Reply #802 on: September 24, 2021, 05:06:07 pm »

As long as the pasty place in the tunnel is still there...

Noted you didn't call it a Cornish pasty place - thank you
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« Reply #803 on: September 27, 2021, 12:25:14 pm »

Rail Advent have an article here on progress on the new east entrance.  It gives me the impression that work is currently continuing on the entrance, if unseen, as it talks of installing the entrance and barriers "in autumn".  It's less clear about the new entrance building as this seems to be still in the planning stage.
See what you make of it:

https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2021/09/network-rail-completes-foundations-for-new-entrance-at-bristol-temple-meads.html


The planning app was referred to on this thread some time ago:

http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=10737.msg309406#msg309406

Not everyone likes the look of the proposed entrance building - it's very modern, and quite a contrast with the rest of station.
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« Reply #804 on: September 27, 2021, 01:12:25 pm »

I've obviously got onto a GWR (Great Western Railway)/Network Rail mailing list, because I've just received a letter – a printed letter on paper, delivered by the postman – informing me that the new track layout at Temple Meads is now complete but advising that there will be one further weekend of disruption: on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th September. The eagle-eyed will have noticed that refers to the weekend just passed. Even had it been delivered on time, I can't see much point in this letter. It would have to be delivered significantly in advance to account for planned journeys and doesn't tell me anything I couldn't find out from the internet. True, not everyone uses the internet, but again information late is no good at all. I don't remember receiving a similar letter informing me the works were about to start.
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« Reply #805 on: September 27, 2021, 01:32:29 pm »

Forgot to mention: my son actually did want to go to Bath yesterday – Comicon (not Comecon!) – train was initially planned but he got a lift with a friend.
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« Reply #806 on: September 27, 2021, 02:09:41 pm »

I've obviously got onto a GWR (Great Western Railway)/Network Rail mailing list, because I've just received a letter...

Yes, I got one of those too. At least this time they only sent me one, addressed to 'GWR Customer' - last time they sent me three copies, all addressed to different people (who happened to be neighbours!)
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« Reply #807 on: September 28, 2021, 04:44:48 pm »


Not everyone likes the look of the proposed entrance building - it's very modern, and quite a contrast with the rest of station.

It's a vast improvement on the existing eastern access.

I rather like it, and it will fit in with what will be a modern development facing it. It will not impinge on the neo-Gothic grandeur of the main entrance, which is the main thing for me, and probably many others.
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« Reply #808 on: September 28, 2021, 07:10:33 pm »

I've obviously got onto a GWR (Great Western Railway)/Network Rail mailing list, because I've just received a letter...

Yes, I got one of those too.

Same here and likewise, just after the event.
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« Reply #809 on: September 28, 2021, 08:26:29 pm »


Not everyone likes the look of the proposed entrance building - it's very modern, and quite a contrast with the rest of station.

It's a vast improvement on the existing eastern access.

I rather like it, and it will fit in with what will be a modern development facing it. It will not impinge on the neo-Gothic grandeur of the main entrance, which is the main thing for me, and probably many others.


I quite like the asymmetric front and what they've done with the sides of the building.  I was going to say that the effect on the roof-line looks interesting but I'm not sure that anyone would be able to see it much.
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