Currently preparing to go back up north later this week as a result - as well as catching up with what I've done in the meantime.
A couple of transport related postings may well follow, but the full story of the holiday, with pictures, will not follow until next weekend (bank holiday).
So, I’m about to go on holiday – but here is what I have done this week!
Service T5 - First Day (Monday 9th August) pics.suzyscott.com/main.php/v/
Some random shots from the first day of Tiger Line T5, Amersham - Chesham - Hemel Hempstead - St Albans - Hatfield.
Orange front (Wednesday 11th August) pics.suzyscott.com/main.php/v/ TigerOrangeFront/
"Old" Tiger Line livery is being updated up with an orange front - what do you think?
Hemel Hempstead with Roary (Thursday 12th August) http://pics.suzyscott.com/main.php/v/ HemelHempsteadWithRoary/
Roary the Tiger is back on the prowl, in
New and Old tour (Saturday 14th August) http://pics.suzyscott.com/main.php/v/ Oxford OxfordNewAndOldTour/
Anglia Bus Forum members and friends visited
A mini A-Z post, to explain what I’ve been up to, in the last week!
A is for Addenbrooke’s Hospital (was H, then previously A). After moaning in the last two blog posts about waiting for an appointment for an ultrasound scan, I got a letter on Friday (yes… 6th August) to come in at 17.40 on Monday 9th August! So, after the #tigert5 developments, pedal back to Royston, and we will go from there. Except… no food for six hours before! So, if you see me pigging out excessively before lunch tomorrow, then you know why.
C is for Computer. Didn’t mention this last time, as we’d not set it up. However, I had been using the Gateway laptop as my main computer, following the Mac getting hit by a power surge. Well, it was refurbished when I got it, so it’s not going to last forever. The keyboard has started to wear out, so a new replacement has to be plugged in… oh, and when it reboots, I have to unplug everything before it will restart. So, now I’ve got some money, I wanted to replace it. So, I agreed to buy a case and one or two bits from eBuyer, and C would add the remaining components from a machine of hers. So, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you – the Coolermaster! At under £60 for case AND power supply, think we got a good one here! C said it was a joy to put together. The old case (that was on the motherboard before) had a habit of overheating, but the Coolermaster has a huge airsuckything and several fans, plus mesh to aid airflow. I like it! Most of the stuff did transfer easily via Windows Easy Transfer, although iTunes then went mad and added everything already in the library, to the library. Also, got a Trust pen drawing device (Mini Tablet) on special at Maplin (
G is for Girlfriend. C’s been a bit tired the last few days – think I must have pinched her energy! (also see M).
H is for
M is for Mountain Dew. After getting cash in Hemel on Friday, needed a drink. Found a shop in Marlowes (nearest to the cashpoint that I used) stocking Mountain Dew. Well, that kept me awake until I got home! Also purchased another bottle for tomorrow – see A and T.
R is for #randomcoffeewednesday – well, we already have #muffmunchingmonday, thanks to Lizzy The Lezzy, #randomchocolatetuesday thanks to thebustocrookes, two for Thursday and one for Friday (#fannyfingeringfriday) from LTL. So, what’s missing? Random coffee on a Wednesday? Random Coffee Wednesday it is! When things settle down, it might well work out. Does anyone think #randomradiosaturday might be a goer?
T is for Tiger Line. Tomorrow is our big first day of the Service T5 – look out for Facebook and Twitter updates throughout the day with the hashtag #tigert5 (well, most of the day – see A). Following a lot of hard work over the last few months, it is nice to finally get the chance to see the fruits of my labours on the road! This past week we’ve been route learning, out and about meeting people in Amersham, Chesham and
When I did the last one of these, I did not intend to make this into a monthly personal blog post, but then again, I’ve been busy. Also, the State of the Suzy posts were meant to be every month – who knows…?
A is for Anniversary. Yesterday was our 3 Years 4 Months anniversary. We didn’t do anything special (see under C) but we had a little celebratory meal inside the day before, in addition to the events under C.
B is for Busy. Yes, been busy again.
C is for Civil Partnership. I was at a friend’s, which was my first, yesterday. Malc and Ray got hitched in the Hotel Russell. A handful of random photo shots here, but suffice to say, we enjoyed the day.
D is for Driving Licence. Well, I got the full “clean bill of health” from the HD Clinic earlier this year, so I decided I would apply for a driving licence. I’ve never had one before, and I did know that one day, it would be refused or revoked on medical grounds. Well, it transpires that as my meds sometimes make me sleepy, they aren’t even giving me a provisional. (They even sent me £50 application fee back, which came in handy the week before payday!) So, Plan B was to apply for one of these travel permits (“bus pass” as they are otherwise known), or ENCTS (English National Concessionary Travel Scheme). Bear in mind that I’ve now been refused a driving licence, I now qualify, so nothing to lose! I took the application down to the council offices in Letchworth a week past Friday (22nd July), and arrived in the post yesterday (31st July)! So, yes, I now get free travel, across most of
F is for feelings. Again, doing very well.
G is for Girlfriend. Caroline is now working in
H is for Hospital, which was under A last time (Addenbrooke’s). Well, I’ve had the dietician appointment, fine; some good points included a kilo and a half less since my referral letter! I am still waiting for the call back re the other appointment from the Gastroenterology department, so my Doctor is now chasing.
R is for Randomness. Now, Dougie (thebustocrookes) does an interesting thread called #randomchocolatetuesday where he takes a random chocolate, photographs it, then eats it – the posts are a lot better than this brief recap. So, if I had to do one Random thing, what should it be, and when? In previous work, when I didn’t work Fridays, I had my own personal policy of “try something new Friday” – back in the days before this blog! So, what should mine be? Transport related, GF food related, Health related, Love related, Clothing related, Shopping related, Coffee related? Thoughts would be welcome…
S is for Shopping. End of month means a few new things, as ever. However, I mention this as I’ve got a new wardrobe – well, got some more clothing, ordered online. MY account was clear, and it’s around this time of year that I need some stuff for both seasons. Some stuff I’d not had on in a long time… C seems to like the way the slinky vests go around my chest!
T is for Tigers. Well, I will try and keep transport stuff separate from these posts, but Tiger Line/Woottens are my main employer, so there may be the odd sighting or report here! In my post earlier today, I explain how things are going, with a picture of one of the repainted buses. Monday 9th August is the target date, and I’ve just got the resetting of the Wayfarer (ticket machines), setting up the electronic blinds (the traditional blinds for the new Tigers have arrived, and been fitted) and the last bit of route learning, and the launch. Duties are being issued to drivers this week, and all going well, we’re ready to roll on 9th August 2010. You can see a set of pictures here, which includes some “mid-way through” shots.
On top of all that, there are some other projects that I’m doing, behind the scenes.
ROARY PAINTS THE TOWN
For the third consecutive summer, Tiger Line Buses are to introduce a new local bus service, on Monday 9th August 2010!
The new Tiger Line Service T5 will link Amersham, Chesham, Lye Green, Bovingdon, Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead, Adeyfield, Leverstock Green,
The service will build on the success of Tiger Line’s other bus services. Tiger Line have a reputation for providing quality bus services around Chesham and
The new route also marks the launch of a new look for the company. Previously, our buses were white with lettering. However, the vehicles intended for this work will be painted in a new livery of mostly orange, with a black skirt. Most buses will be fitted with route branding, showing clearly where we are going, and our fare deals.
Fares on Service T5 are low, and designed to encourage passengers to travel. We have low single tickets, Day Returns (valid all day), Weekly and Saverstrip (12 journeys for no more than the price of 10). Discounts on the Adult fare are available to Children,
Passengers who purchase a Return or Explorer ticket (but not Roary Rovers) between
Our new Roary Rover tickets will allow 1, 7 or 28 days unlimited travel, in the areas of your choice, or even across our whole network! How does £5.00 for a day’s to travel anywhere we go sound, good? Well, it gets even better on Saturdays, when you can take two Children free with every Adult Network Roary Rover (daily, weekly, 4-weekly) purchased on that day (or, in the case of weekly/4 weekly tickets, valid for that day).
This bus journey connects with four main railway lines, various markets, local shops, hospitals, and hundreds of other bus connections.
This new service will also reinstate links between Hemel Hempstead, Bovingdon and
We currently have four through journeys on our Service T2 between Chesham and
Our new timetable leaflet shows all journeys on Service T5, plus connections to/from Services T1 and T2. It also includes details of all our money saving deals, sample fares, and much more. Look for your copy at various local outlets, or download one from www.tigerlinebuses.com Failing that, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01494 774411 and we will post you one.
BONUS BLOG MATERIAL!
A launch will take place at St Albans Market on Wednesday, 4th August 2010. We will have one of our buses there for most of the day. Roary The Tiger will be “on the prowl”, and we will have company staff and managers on hand to answer questions. You are welcome to come and view! We will be launching the bus around 11.00.
Since the above was compiled, the buses have all been fully lettered. Ticket machines have arrived. Destination blinds have arrived. Realtime passenger information has been fitted, allowing passengers to get the time of the next Tiger Line bus online, or by SMS, in real time!
Woottens Luxury Travel and Tiger Line Buses operate 25 buses & coaches. Further information about the company can be had at http://www.woottens.co.uk/
I thought of a new way to update the diary, and a twist on the posting style of Busto aka thebustocrookes ...
… so, instead of a ten point random post, here’s what has happened to me over the last few weeks, in an A-Z format. It incorporates previous postings, and if you like it, I will do one as often as I can! I tried making it transport free, but there are a few posts to fill things up! Don’t forget, you can always see my latest transport pictures at http://pics.suzyscott.com and click on “Last” in the bottom-right hand corner. Tell me how you liked that, and I might manage to make it to 26 posts one day!
A is for Addenbrooke’s Hospital, who have cancelled one of C’s appointments for later in the year now twice, in each case moving further down the calendar. The same department also have ran into problems when I tried to change one of my appointments. I tried to change the date, after our plans for August had changed. So, I called, tried twice, eventually got given someone else’s direct number. I called, and got through on 2nd occasion. With a very “how did you get this number” note in her voice, she promised to call me back. As you’ll see under C, it’s already been overtaken by a request to see a dietician – but, being in Hertfordshire, we have the unique situation of being referred to a consultant at Addenbrooke’s, and a dietician who works around from Lister Hospital…
B is for Barclays Cycle Hire, as TfL insist we call it. I liked Boris’s comments when it was launched – although these were not included in the press release! He said “I'm so thrilled to be announcing that Barclays Bank, after years of taking extortionate charges from me, is doing an amazing and wonderful thing,” he said. “I think there could not be a better sign of Barclays' commitment to this city, to the environment and to a wonderful means of transport.”
C is for Coeliac Disease. I’m slowly getting used to this being the resolution that I have sought for so long, and am getting used to everything involved. We went to a “Newly Diagnosed” event in Stevington, Bedford, on Thursday evening, which was well worth the time. I’ve got a dieticians appointment coming up later this month.
D is for Depression. I did get really down a few weeks back, but it’s forgotten, because I’ve been fine since.
E is for elaine4queen. We went into
F is for funding. Got a letter the other day… you remember I went to
H is for Helpline. Wednesday 30th June was the last day of the current arrangement with the Ormiston Children & Families Trust’s tenure on the helpline – the only one of the original seven from the start on 1st January 2003 – ending. The tender was lost to Partners of Prisoners (POPS) in
I is for iPod. Well, I had an iPod touch, and shortly after the original warranty expired, it started having problems with syncing and charing. Well, it was like the internal circuits had gone. Tried to get this replaced by the bank, under the extended warranty that comes with such. £25 excess seemed not too bad, so I tried taking it into the Apple Store at
N is for National Express. I did have a run-in with a 787 driver on Wednesday after work. He took offence that I tried to pay for a £13.90 fare… with two tenners. I had no more change, I took that straight out the cashpoint. I’d planned to be home earlier, but I was working on some BSOG stuff. Anyway, we'll see what happens.
P is for Pride. As you will see from E above, we went into
Tiger Line Buses are introducing a New Service T5 on Monday 9th August 2010.
Amersham, Underground/National Rail Station
Whelpley Hill (selected journeys only)
Bovingdon Market (Saturday market hours only)
Bovingdon, HMP The Mount (visiting hours only)
Bovingdon, Chesham Road hail & ride
Bovingdon, Halfway House
Hemel Hempstead Railway Station
Hemel Hempstead Town Centre
Hemel Hempstead Bus Station
Adeyfield, Longlands, Queens Square
St Albans City Hospital, Waverly Road
St Albans, St Peters Street
St Albans, Railway Station Interchange
University of Herts de Havilland Campus/Comet Hotel
Hatfield Galleria Outlet
Hatfield Town Centre (Asda and Gracemead House)
Hatfield, Market Place
Hatfield, Railway Station Interchange
Service T5 will operate hourly, Monday to Friday daytimes, and two-hourly on Saturdays. The launch of this service will be concurrent with some new ticketing deals.
To get Service T5 off the ground, we have acquired five Leyland Tiger/Alexander Q type dual purpose buses, from Ulsterbus. Our numbers have not yet been applied to them, but we anticipate that they will be
Our Number – UB Number – NI Registration
W65 – 1372 – UXI 1372
W66 – 1375 – UXI 1375
W67 – 1376 – UXI 1376
W68 – 1377 – UXI 1377 (corrected!)
W69 – 1384 – WXI 4384
These have to be refreshed, COIF’d and re-registered (at the discretion of the staff who will decide on the day if they keep NI plates, or get local ones). They will be painted in a more prominent version of the Tiger Line colours, now to be predominantly orange. Some photos...
( Cut for pictures )
At the same time, we registered a change to Service T2. I was reluctant to make further changes to this route, that has already been changed three times this year. However, West Herts College is about to close the Cassio Campus site. With that in mind, we have submitted a change to remove our variation through the Cassio Campus, with all buses running via the new Watford “super Campus”. At the same time, some minor tweaks and changes were made. Further details to follow.
The pub that I lived above in Dundee has been sold (again - didn't know it had reopened!), but it looks like they are trying to get the flats too! That should resolve the issue of eeach flat having five seperate addresses on the voting roll and/or Postal Address File...and to show how confused DCT are, they've said it's in Constitution Street, not Road!!!
17 June 2010
Loss to city’s live music scene as The Bread closes
A popular pub in the heart of Dundee has closed after the owner of the building decided to sell up.
The Bread on Constitution Street, which was also a prominent live music venue, has shut down as owners Trust Inns prepare to sell the premises to Abertay University.
The pub, which sits in the middle of the university campus, is a long-established name in Dundee and was popular with students and music lovers.
Local businessman Kenny Nicoll, who was the licensee at The Bread for the past year, confirmed the pub had closed and admitted it was a loss to the local music scene.
“I only took it on for a year to see how it would go,” he said.
“It worked quite well as a venue when you got the right bands in and in that respect the closure is a pity.
“It’s been sold to the university so that’s it as far as being a pub is concerned.
“As far as I’m aware they haven’t renewed the licence, so it’s the end of an era for a long-established Dundee pub.”
A spokesman for Abertay said the sale was still to be completed and the university has no definite plans for the building.
“We are waiting for Trust Inns to confirm arrangements with regard to their tenant first,” he said. “As for plans, we haven’t yet decided what to do with the building.
“It is surrounded by our campus on three sides, so when the chance to acquire it came up it seemed like a good opportunity that might not come round again.
“The deal isn’t concluded, so there’s no definite timescale for transfer of ownership.”
There are several privately owned flats above the pub and it is not known if the university is trying to acquire them too.
The news follows the closure of several high profile pubs in Dundee recently. Both the Old Horseshoe Bar and The Waterfront Bar have closed this month.
Trust Inns is part of the Hemway Group, led by millionaire businessman Trevor Hemmings.
Since my last diary entry, lots has happened in June. Some work for each of my posts – the last month working locally on Helpline, the AGM of BABUS (which had a post-meeting talk by Mr Grant Palmer), some Switchboard work over the coming days and weeks, as well as work for Woottens and Tiger Line. You should be able to hear the first news of some of the work I’ve been doing soon… keep watching!
Huntingdon’s Disease clinic last week, and following previous hints about my weight, I have now lost half-a-stone in six months, and am feeling better than ever. My reaction time is better, and feeling good about myself means that I do not have to go back for a further nine months.
I had a Open Uni assessment to do, although things have been so hectic here that I was unable to put any concentration into it. I was proposing not to do any more for now, before my recent employment and health endeavours, but that kind of made it certain. Anyway, just thought I should mention it, rather than ignoring it. I may well go back and redo the unit in question in years to come - but for now, enjoying life in two new ways, that i never thought possible at the start of the year!
As you will have seen from my Facebook status messages and tweets, we had a busy holiday, but enjoyable.
Friday 14th May – we got a taxi to Royston Station, FCC train to
Saturday 15th May – from the hotel with the German-accented lift (you may recall I mentioned this when I stayed here in early 2009), we got a cab to Haymarket for the hire car company Thrifty, before picking up EY 10 OAP, an automatic Ford Fiesta Titanium. The choice of letters was pointed out frequently! Anyway, from there, quick stop at Ferrytoll Park & Ride (snapped my first Nordi Travel bus on the 651, as well as a chance find of the new Fife bus map – first one in ages!) before continuing via the A92 and across the Tay Road Bridge to Dundee. As we arrived with plenty of time before our next event (at 15.00) we stopped briefly for a few things in town – I got some coffee beans and syrups from Braithwaite’s, as well as catching up on bus timetables! We then drove from
Sunday 16th May – we left Farnell, and drove through Dundee and the A90/M90 to the Kelty Interchange, before going via a back-road to the
Monday 17th May – we left Farnell via Forfar, A94 to Coupar Angus, back roads through Lethendy and Spittalfield to Birnam, then onto the road through Dalguise to Aberfeldy. After filling up the car with fuel, we parked it up, and prepared to sample Caber Coaches Service 91. This is essentially a beginners guide to Highland Perthshire, taking in some streets around town, before heading up for a loop around Coshieville and
Tuesday 18th May – we left Farnell returning via the road that we came back on the night before, the A94 to
Wednesday 19th May – we needed a rest from the day before, but agreed to do a handful of things that we had planned for Thursday, to spread the load. With the latter start, we met a colleague of Lynda’s for lunch at Brechin Castle Centre. L suggested meeting, largely as the colleague is about to go walking the Camino… From there, we drove through Brechin, Aberlemno, Lunanhead and Forfar, then onto
Thursday 20th May – bit of a star-shaped day. Started from Farnell, driving direct into Montrose, stopping for some pictures and coffee. We drove back the way we came to Farnell Crossroads but then continuing to Forfar West i.e. Orchardbank. This included a quick stop for lunch, then onto JP Coaches yard for some photos. From there, back to Forfar, cross-country to Barry Mill. C had never been here, despite living more than once in Carnoustie. We happened to walk in at the start of a tour, so joined in for the look. Took the car back to Sainsbury’s Claypotts for fuel, before driving to Linlathen (the scheme) where my mum, sister Ruth and new nephew Jonah live. We arrived to find Ruth was on the way home with Jonah. Shortly after their return, we went off to see my dad, back in the car past Claypotts then onto
Friday 21st May – trimmed this back a little, so I could get some duties done for Tiger Line early morning. Got those done quickly by mid-morning, we left, and started heading north on the A90 towards
Saturday 22nd May – we both needed to get our breath back! So, walk around Farnell village early afternoon, before we went out in the evening to
Sunday 23rd May – a quiet-ish one, but we drove through Forfar, Newtyle (quick stop to nab a pic of my dad’s old care home, now boarded up and for sale as homes), then onto Errol, Cairn O’ Mohr Winery. After drinks, stocking up on fruit wine and Arran cheese again, we proceeded to go back to Maza at
Monday 24th May – we finished packing up, and got back in the car. Drove via Forfar into
That was it… C liked the hire car, better than the Mazda we have! We got to meet new and old family members, and we both did a fair bit of mileage and shopping. Thanks to everyone who helped somehow with this!
Tuesday 25th May – was meant to be at PFH, but tired the day before, so decided to stay home. Wednesday 26th May – got a bit upset on the way to work at Switchboard, so back home. Despite these two days, I did get out to work at Woottens on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th May. We are now having a very quiet three day weekend to relax, and get back to normal, whatever that might be!