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  1. Busaholic

    Boris to resign? (Speculation) And who should replace him?

    You (and others) may hazily recollect that, prior to the expected announcement of Starmer's election by his party to the leadership, I posited on here that perhaps a National Government should have been created when the imminent nature of a pandemic became clear, but no support was forthcoming...
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    Will the Covid-pandemic hasten the demise of printed timetables and route maps?

    OK, can you tell me when the National Trust Welcome Centre has been open since lockdown in March? I check their website every so often (not updated for weeks since I last looked two weeks ago) and go past every single day with no evidence it has ever reopened, unlike every other single Tourist...
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    Time to end competition on buses due to pandemic?

    A sledgehammer to crack a nut is entirely unnecessary at the present time imo. The idea of the Competition and Markets Authority getting involved because Stagecoach and Arriva, or First and Go-Ahead, appear to be colluding to ensure their immediate survival should be entirely out of the...
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    Will the Covid-pandemic hasten the demise of printed timetables and route maps?

    Maybe you live somewhere which retains a traditional library: I live somewhere where the county council has closed or hived off most libraries, with the few they retain being converted to 'one shop stops' for all sorts of information. Until recently the c.c. produced a comprehensive...
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    Uxbridge English Dictionary

    Nicholas Parsons - vicars going commando under their cassocks.
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    "Heart of the Angel" 1980s documentary

    If you went to Wapping when it was part of the neglected East London Line, you'd be forgiven for thinking the Thames was pouring in, which probably in a way it was.
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    2020 US Presidential Election

    Biden is spending quite a lot (even by gross American standards) in Texas, emphasising Trump's attacks on Obamacare which are having huge impacts both there and in Florida (the latter looking increasingly winnable for the Dems.) Also, don't discount the immense number of votes that are coming in...
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    Transport for London will "declare itself bankrupt" by end of today (14 May 2020) without emergency finance

    Croydon Tramlink is a stand-alone system that could have been the start of something radical if TfL had shown any interest. It was no coincidence that Peter Hendy was deeply involved in implementing it, but once his star ceased to shine so brightly there was no-one else at senior level in TfL...
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    Transport for London will "declare itself bankrupt" by end of today (14 May 2020) without emergency finance

    Tram/light rail needs to be brought into the discussion too where Paris is concerned: it's so long since I've been there that I've never seen one of these lines, but I follow their development closely in the relevant magazines, and their rapid expansion continued until very recently, and maybe...
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    Will the Covid-pandemic hasten the demise of printed timetables and route maps?

    That a sensible, customer-friendly move, so different from the spirit of the age, alas!
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    First South West (Kernow & Buses of Somerset)

    And this afternoon a Tinner on the U4.
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    Paddington Station 24/7 - Channel 5

    But surprisingly watchable!
  13. Busaholic

    2020 US Presidential Election

    How many live to 107? As far as Trump is concerned, read his lips. The matter of how Trump would be removed has been discussed at the highest level, excepting the very highest level, if you believe (as I don't) that the President is the highest level, except in name.
  14. Busaholic

    Procedures modified after Lewisham egress in March 2018?

    Different era, different organisation but I was the designated scapegoat as trainee manager at London Transport for something utterly outside my control; my resignation on principle quickly followed, even though I had no alternative lined up. I was fortunate to land on my feet in a good job in...
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    Wales to enter "circuit break" lockdown from Friday 23 October to Monday 9 November

    Melbourne's has just ended. Latest figure for new daily cases = 2, and no deaths, so it's almost a NZ situation there now.Those certainly aren't figures that anti-lockdown campaigners would want to draw attention to, but what the cost to their economy has been I dread to think. Was it worth it...
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    First South West (Kernow & Buses of Somerset)

    My life has changed a bit lately, so I no longer need to drive up the Marazion,By Pass or through Marazion in both directions virtually every lunchtime, therefore future sightings won't be possible I'm afraid. None of the sightings had any passengers aboard, but Penzance was displayed as the...
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    Procedures modified after Lewisham egress in March 2018?

    Nor me. The difference now, viewed perhaps more cynically, is to lay the aftermath on more thickly for P.R. reasons, as a consequence of the fragmentation of the industry, with each part seeking to minimalise their own company's involvement in anything which might be held to be detrimental to...
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    2020 US Presidential Election

    What are the chances of a woman President of the USA within a few weeks/months? Quite high, I'd suggest, because there are two possibilities. The obvious one is that Biden gets elected and promptly dies, or becomes officially comatose rather than just apparently so, but there is a very real...
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    First South West (Kernow & Buses of Somerset)

    Between 13.20 and 13.30 on each occasion, which suggests a scheduled move to me (all Mon - Fri)
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    Procedures modified after Lewisham egress in March 2018?

    I'd wager that many who do work in railway control rooms share some of the frustrations expressed here and may even be happy that they are getting a wider audience.

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