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We are currently in the midst of a holiday up north... for the latest, keep an eye on my Facebook or Twitter feed.
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The problem with LJ: we all think we are so close, but really, we know nothing about each other. So I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about. Ask away.

Then post this in your LJ and find out what people don't know about you.
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In another of the all-too-occasional series, one for even the outsiders to watch. The highlights are there to see, but the reaction of the commentator as the 12th goal goes in, just has to be believed... well, heard, because it was radio...
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It’s been a busy week, of highs and lows. Lots of highs towards the end of the week! Hello again to everyone who has added me to their LJ Friends, or if I have added them. A random seven-pointer…


  1. Firstly, congratulations to [ profile] auntysarah for getting elected as a Lib Dem councillor for Cambridge City/Petersfield ward. I will admit that I was refreshing the results page every few minutes, after the count started!


  1. Speaking of the Lib Dems, they had two people acting as tellers on the way into the Polling Station. As we left, I overhead “Do you have a number?” “No, I’m the returning officer”. Oops!


  1. Mind you, given the current state of the parliament, I was surprised to find Nick Clegg up for sale on eBay. Seeing as [ profile] thebustocrookes has Mr C for his MP, will you be looking forward to a bye-election, if this sale goes through? ;-)


  1. Times are starting to speed up. Friday 7th saw me working on Helpline, and Saturday 8th saw a day in the office of Woottens & Tiger Line. Keep watching… (Oh, and I fired off some pictures of the exteriors and interiors of the buses & coaches, while putting up the T2 service change posters. You can see all the pictures here)


  1. Speaking of which, from Monday 10th May, Tiger Line Service T1 (Aylesbury - Bovingdon) is being changed, with a vey short notice amendment. This is intended to further help reliability to this route, as the April change was insufficient. Times will be changed by a few minutes, and the bus will now run between Aylesbury and Whelpley Hill, with the bit to/from Bovingdon being withdrawn. Two weeks later, Monday 24tH May, Service T2 (Chesham/hemeL hempstead - Watford) will have a revised timetable. Following changes elsewhere on the corridor (mentioned here), the times are changing to ensure we can still get on the bus stands at both ends. A new T1 is now on with the T2 one going up later today.


  1. Arriva’s changes start this weekend, around Watford (and to/from Hemel). I forgot to mention last time, but the 32 (Northchurch – Hemel) is being dropped entirely. Little Jim’s Service 502 is being revised to cover, to maintain a service.


  1. Last Spring I sampled the “ghost bus”, a rail replacement bus running in London. one journey on Tuesdays off-peak only, between Ealing Broadway, Kensington Olympia and Wandsworth Road. As you will recall, there was never a passenger service between these points, but to ensure that the track remains covered after the dropping of the Crosscountry bit from Reading to Gatwick Airport. You will recall, at £500 a day, it was hardly value for the public purse (indeed, my sample journey was then subsidised to the cost of £125!) Well, the OlympiaWandsworth Road bit is being covered by Southern Railways, off-peak, with a train spare during the day. The plan was that Southern would pick up the Ealing – Olympia section for a train service, as part of the franchise commitment. But, Network Rail have refused them access to the track around Ealing, allegedly claiming that train types were incompatible. As for what happens now, I’ve no idea. But if you see a TGM empty coach driving around West London on a Tuesday…
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Further to my previous post with regards to new helljay friends, hello to [ profile] judo100 .

Forgot to mention last night – you can also find me and add me on Facebook and Twitter. I also sometimes use Bebo, although I’m mostly on Facebook these days.

So, why the username? Well, at the time I chose my LiveJournal user ID, suzyscott was gone. So, the next that I could think of was [ profile] suzyscottdotcom  – and that was availbile, which was a good start! You can have a look on and find out a little more about me. Beware, there will be buses!

So, why the interest in buses? Never been able to find out why. My father was a baker (when he was able to work) but he did do two weeks as a bus conductor with Dundee Corporation. We didn't have a car, so went everywhere by bus. I get the impression that I must have read a service change notice during a journey, gone in for the new timetable, and subsequently... it went from there.

The picture in my current default icon is myself on the right, with Roary The Tiger on the left. He's the Tiger Line company mascot, and very popular with passengers!


May. 5th, 2010 03:39 pm
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... from [ profile] misswyoming 

01) Are you currently in a serious relationship?
Yes, I’d say so, with [ profile] cmmathieson. Just passed the 37 month mark i.e. three years and a bit.

02) What was your dream growing up?
Various dreams of trying to improve myself, and change.

03) What talent do you wish you had?
Being able to open the twisty door lock without dislocating my finger.

04) If I bought you a drink what would it be?
Something non-alcoholic and gluten free, I’m maybe too boring!

05) Favourite vegetable?

Potatoes, do they count?

06) What was the last book you read?
Reference books 99% of the time.

07) What zodiac sign are you?


08) Any Tattoos and/or Piercings?
Aside from my ears (which have since closed up), no.

09) Worst Habit?
:-) Can I write that here?

10) If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?
I can’t drive. So, I’d ask the driver to stop and let you on – either Caroline (my partner) in the car, or whichever bus/train/tram/whatever I happened to be on at the time!

11) What is your favourite sport?

I am not as fit as I should be, for various reasons.

12) Do you have a Pessimistic or Optimistic attitude?

Yes. Optimistic usually, but when it’s late in the day, or I am tired/frustrated, I can get a bit pessimistic.

13) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?

“Hello…. So, doing anything interesting this weekend…”

14) Worst thing to ever happen to you?

Lots of times!

15) Tell me one weird fact about you.

Caroline and myself both grew up in Dundee, some years apart, but that is not how we met.

16) Do you have any pets?

Yes and no. We have a menagerie of soft toys.

17) What if I showed up at your house unexpectedly?

Put the kettle on and let you in!

18) What was your first impression of me?

Interested to find out more!

19) Do you think clowns are cute or scary?

Both. Sorry, I’m sitting on the fence.

20) If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?.

Having changed the first thing already, this time it would need to be chest.

21) Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?

Conscience, I’m too honest!

22) What colour eyes do you have?


23) Ever been arrested?

Nope, but I have been asked to Stop & Account when photographing buses, in obscure parts of London. Been to prison once, but that was visiting as an escorted official guest of the staff member from the same charity that I did/do work for.

24) Bottle or can soda?

Bottles, as I’m less likely to spill them!

25) If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?

Assuming it’s the same…do what I'd do with money anyway, try and make everyone happy.

26) What's your favourite place to hang out at?

Depends what you mean by hanging out. Bus spotting – parts of London, Ferrytoll (near Edinburgh), Glasgow bus station gates, Dundee City Churches/Overgate area, Perth Mill St/Bus Station. Shopping – Cambridge city centre, Cambridge retail park, London, Bluewater, Glasgow.

27) Do you believe in ghosts?
Think I used to.

28) Favourite thing to do in your spare time?
A lot of travelling.

29) Do you swear a lot?
Hell no! ;-)

30) Biggest pet peeve?
Unreliable public transport in certain areas.

31) In one word, how would you describe yourself?
Wasted? Or is that too critical? Lets try again, painful? Hopeful probably sums it all up!

32) Do you believe/appreciate romance?
Yes, although for the large part of life, I’d have thought not!

33) Favourite and least favourite food?

Like sweet things and Italian. Don’t like fish, and currently experimenting and investigating problems with gluten (so, gluten-free Italian).

34) Do you believe in God?

I was brought up in a religious house, and brought up as Christian. However, the realisation that, when one has that many problems, there is little that could be done to help. At the same time, being abused at school in the name of god didn’t help matters. Despite all this, I did try it all one more time as a teenager, trying to win support from my family for other things. That didn’t work.

35) Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same for you?
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Further to my last post where two friends found me via [ profile] elaine4queen, I can now add a few more, via Elaine or [ profile] thebustocrookes. So, hello to [ profile] misswyoming [ profile] kittyalex  [ profile] rosey_blue  [ profile] mo_bheatha  [ profile] mellawyrden and [ profile] skyekat .

So, if you are new to the world of Suzy, welcome! My LJ profile is a very good place to start. Questions, anyone? ;-)
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Thanks to [ profile] elaine4queen‘s friending spree (good idea!) I have today got two new friends – say hello to [ profile] aleia_kali and [ profile] crackedmoon 


As for me, quiet day before C goes back to work tomorrow. It’s been nice to relax for a bit…


… Coming up next, will probably be a transport-related post…

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The last day of the month, Friday 30th April, saw a day working on Helpline. In the evening, we went out to Harvester in Stevenage for a 37-month anniversary special!


Yesterday, Saturday 1st May saw the plans change several times. It ended up that I was initially trying to resolve an issue with the new joint bank account. Out of all the changes that I made, one of the standing orders had been set up to pay in to the account, instead of paying it out. After visiting the branch in central Cambridge, we went over the road to Heffers for coffee at the Café Nero downstairs, and chanced upon a book signing by crime writer Leigh Russell. One signed copy later, we went on to Cambridge Laser for some hair zapping for us both. We then drove back to Royston, bought a few more things at Tesco, before continuing home.


Today, Sunday 2nd May, is catching up with things! Being busy with work has been a good thing, but now it is nice to have some time to relax!

Happy May Day Bank Holiday weekend!

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It’s been a busy time of it, with some good times of late.


Results of the medical tests were interesting – the most obvious test does not pick up any wheat/gluten problems, but other tests were sort of hinting in that direction. So, it’s still a case to be investigated. After discussions with the doctor today, further referrals are to follow, with more blood tests to be done by me in a few weeks too. I’m still feeling better, with the symptoms slowly disappearing. This has to be a good sign, no matter what is involved, I think.


On Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th April, we were out and about on the streets of Hemel Hempstead, Kings Langley and Watford, promoting the new Saturday service (and improved weekday timetable) on Tiger Line Buses Service T2. We had our mascot Roary The Tiger out and around too, as well as a presence on the Intalink information bus in Hemel on the Friday. Lots of good feedback from passengers, some interesting ideas and suggestions (and requests!), and Roary was extremely popular, as I am sure you can imagine! Have a look at my pictures from Friday and my pictures from Saturday. After all that, lots of leaflets and free journey vouchers given out! (My mobile number was transferred to my new phone on Friday morning. The existing one is staying with me).


Monday 26th April, C had an appointment at Addenbrookes Hospital. No problems, just routine.


On Tuesday 27th April, I went out on an Intalink Explorer. Centrebus Solo 305 took me on the 90 to Baldock. As you may recall on my previous posts, Cozy Travel took over operation of Service 391 (Stotfold/Baldock – Stevenage) from Herberts, from 29th March 2010. This was my first travels on the route since the change of hands, and I had what I think is a former Go-North East bus, X733 FPO, from Baldock to Stevenage, Lister Hospital. From there, it was Arriva Service 301 to St Albans, stop for lunch (stuffed again, believe it or not!) before continuing on the Service 300 to Hemel Hempstead. From there, uno Scania 352 on the 634 to Hatfield Galleria, where the change of bus gave me enough time to stop at Thorntons and the Paper Mill Shop! From there, Uno Dart 100 on the 341 to Hertford, and then Arriva Solo 2463 on the 331 to Royston, where C was waiting to pick me up! Pictures here.


Today, Thursday 29th, out to the doctors this morning (see above). Now watching out the window, as rain threatens to return, just in time for the bank holiday!

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Yesterday (Tuesday 20th April) was an interesting day.

Firstly, I ordered a Blackberry Curve 8520 over the weekend, and it turned up shortly before leaving for London. To illustrate this, my current mobile (the Nokia 5000 that David bought me almost a year ago) keeps turning itself off when on screensaver mode. I pay £10 a month for a SIM-only package with o2, which is 150 any network minutes and 300 text messages. I do, however, use a lot of mobile internet data. On the days when I don’t want to take my laptop with me, I use my mobile phone to check my email (and sometimes other sites i.e. National Rail) via WAP. This uses about £5 worth of data a month, so you can see why change was needed. Well, o2’s Blackberry plans (just like those for the iPhone) are rather expensive, so I had a look at T-Mobile.

I had the offer of getting the 8520 for £27 and paying the same as what I am currently paying i.e. £15 a month, for 100 minutes and 100 text messages, plus a flexible booster to add something of value i.e. unlimited text messages, plus all the data the Blackberry can eat. So, I can get all this for the same as what I’m currently paying, plus being able to fix the cost. In the end, I decided to splash out another £5 a month i.e. £20 in total, to increase from 100 to 300 any network minutes, and this got me the brand new 8520 for free. That’ll do. I like the keyboard layout having letters and numbers in QWERTY format, as opposed to pressing each key up to seven times! Feel bad about leaving o2, but, they’ve had quite a few years of money out of me! The Nokia 5000 will be kept as a spare phone, alongside the other handsets that I am now collecting.


So, aside from that, I went into London, to do my first “solo” shift for Switchboard. Before hand, had arranged to meet Malc in central London for lunch. Before doing so, I stopped at Kings Cross Post Office, to send an envelope up to my mother & sister in Dundee. As I was queuing, I could see some small photo printer boxes. I’ve been looking for one of those for a while, and could not see them elsewhere! This one is an AGFA AP-1100, and I went over to that part of the shop, and asked to see it. The person behind the till took one down, blew the dust off it, apologised, then got a cloth and cleaned the rest of the dust off! It’s a little thing that prints 6x4 pictures. For the times when I need one, I normally get prints made online. Well, the supplies (paper and ribbon) for this thermal printer work out around 30p each, which is the same as I’m usually paying for small numbers of prints, plus, no waiting! If you are thinking “more extravagance”, well, it was only £19.99. Result.


We went for lunch, then towards the top end of Tottenham Court Road. While I was waiting, I spotted an unofficial campaign to get Londoners off the buses, and walking. You can read more about this here. I’ve taken a few pictures of the slogans, and you can see those here.

After all that, to work! It was a good afternoon, once it got going, and I went home into the evening peak, very happy with all that I’d done.


Today and tomorrow (Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd April) is a day working from home, and deliveries.

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No word from me here (although I’ve been busy on Facebook, Twitter, and the Forums!) might mean you suspect the worst! Please don’t, as things are  - I dare to say it, but – looking seriously improved for me. Improved you say – isn’t it hay fever season, the global turbulence from the Icelandic ash cloud that I’m not going to attempt to spell, and much more besides?


Further to my last post, I did say we intended to experiment, prior to getting the blood tests back for Coeliac disease. We decided to experiment with a gluten-free diet for me. So far, things are looking up. Why do I say this? Well, “the obvious symptoms” are largely gone. I appreciate it will be a while before my gut is back to “normal” – especially after 31 years of gluten attacks – and I’m not under-estimating it. Other notable boosters include an upturn in my feelings (or is that the increased prozac? Maybe a bit of both – but surely not just yet, as it would take some weeks before a change should be noticeable – or does it?), and an increase in my peak flow. So much so that I am going to take the meter into the docs with me! The last I checked, my weight was going down slowly, but in this time of turmoil, who knows if it will stay that way...!


As we go into what could be life-changing news, I do not intend to under-estimate it. However, for something that’s been upsetting my gut for 31 years (and now getting worse), it’s now the right time for change. (with apologies if anyone’s turned off, thinking this is turning into an Election broadcast!)


So, what else have I been doing?


Friday 9th April was a day at Helpline. The following day (Saturday 10th April) we went into Cambridge, intending to add me to Caroline’s bank account (it’s at that stage of the relationship readers, and it’s going to be much easier!), and some shopping. Sunday 11th April was a quiet one to catch up!


Monday 12th April was a visit to the depot of Stagecoach Bedford, with other members of the Anglia Bus Forum (you can see my pictures here). Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th was a mix of working from home, and deliveries.


Thursday 15th April was a day at work – for the first time since getting the job with Woottens and Tiger Line, I was in the office for meetings, snaps, and much more besides! I took a few snaps in the yard, and you can see them here.


Friday 16th April was another day on Helpline (one passing c2 snapped!), with similar the next day, Saturday 17th April.


On Sunday 18th April, I had my Ratification Interview for Switchboard. This was a basic run-down on what I’ve done so far, after reaching the 35 hour mark in volunteering on the phones. Success, so now I can drop the word “trainee” from my titles! We then went for a lunch (I had some Gluten Free stuff, without troubles) and then we visited the British Museum for a bit, before returning home. You can see the pictures here. Pics include Caroline and me.


Today, Monday 19th April, and busy at home.

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Cut for various stuff, some icky )
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Further to my last post about the first half of the holiday weekend, I forgot to mention what we got up to on Friday. We left Royston, via Saffron Walden, before the satnav sent us on a Z-shaped tour of the back roads of rural Essex, on route to Braintree Freeport Shopping Village. Got there, but it started lashing with rain, and it’s not indoor! So, from there, onto Colchester, before returning back to Royston.

Yesterday, windy, so we went to Newmarket for lunch at Pizza Express. We stopped briefly at the car park of the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, so I could snap up one of the new Stagecoach Cambridge Enviro400 double deck buses. This batch of 50 are entering service across the citi network and beyond, and you can see the resultant snaps here.
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Further to this post about First Scotland East, and this one about First Aberdeen being called up before the TC for Scotland, First Glasgow are at it... and not for the first time...

Public Inquiry (40232) to be held at Office of the Traffic Commissioner
Level 6
The Stamp Office
10 Waterloo Place
EH1 3EG, on 28 April 2010 commencing at 10:00(Previous Publication:(1803)
PM0000001 SI

PSV - S17 - Consideration of disciplinary action under Section 17 (The Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981)
PSV - S16 - Consider attaching of varying conditions under Section 16 (The Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981)
PSV - S28 - Consideration of disciplinary action under Section 28 (The Transport Act 1985)

Public Inquiry (40233) to be held at office of the Traffic Commissioner
Level 6
The Stamp Office
10 Waterloo Place
EH1 3EG, on 28 April 2010 commencing at 10:00(Previous Publication:(1926)
PM0000006 SI

PSV - S16 - Consider attaching of varying conditions under Section 16 (The Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981)
PSV - S17 - Consideration of disciplinary action under Section 17 (The Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981)
PSV - S28 - Consideration of disciplinary action under Section 28 (The Transport Act 1985)
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Happy Easter!

It’s been a quiet Easter weekend.

Yesterday, did something I’d not done in a bit – took the bus to Cambridge and back, for a couple of hours. Some random pictures from Cambridge’s buses taken, and on show here. The 50 new Enviro400 double deckers start entering service at Cambridge the next day i.e. today, so some of these are “last day” shots before a reshuffle.

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Further to my last post, it’s been a busy time of it in the last eight days.

Thursday 25th March was a run from Royston via Centrebus Service 90 to Baldock, then Herberts Travel 391 to Stevenage. I’d not been on this one for  bit, and they had lost the contract (last day of operation to be 27/03/2010) to Cozy Travel. So, one last journey perhaps on a Mercedes 709D, and it does show how bus design has came on since the days of the Alexander AM (original)/Sprint (later – ones with raised blind boxes) design. From there, uno 634 fast to Hemel Hempstead, lunch, before Arriva 52 to High Wycombe, where it got rather wet. Arrived at HW with the rain pouring down, and piled on Woottens/Tiger Line 106 to Princes Risborough. Quick look around the town, before continuing to Aylesbury on Arriva 300. After this, waited for an hour before continuing on Service 16 to Bicester via parts of rural Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. From there, back home on an X5 to Cambridge, where C picked me up. It was a fun day, and you can see the pictures here.


Friday 26th March was a morning on the Helpline, and it was originally to be my last, although a stay of execution has been granted for now. It was also a day of several purchases, some cuddly, some edible, some wearable, you get the idea.


Saturday 27th March was an early evening on Switchboard, back home in time for a late dinner/early supper.


Sunday 28th March ended up being a quiet one, aside from lunch out.


Monday 29th March was a day working from home.


Tuesday 30th March was a late evening shift on Switchboard, which takes me up past all the tallies to complete the minimum requirement for a trainee volunteer, which means I’ll be able to have a ratification interview over the coming weeks, to remove the word trainee from my title!


Wednesday 31st March was our 3-year anniversary! We initially went out for lunch, although it wasn’t our fault, we ended up with a long wait, and inedible food. Never mind, onto Helpline, where it was intended to be our “last day” drinks. Although now it’s no-where near it, plans had still been made! So, after a last day that wasn’t, and a lunch that hadn’t been either, but we more than made up for it by visiting The Golden Curry on Mill Road, Cambridge. This is, of course, the restaurant that we attended three years previously, the day I fell in love with Caroline (and we visited then with [ profile] auntysarah and [ profile] the_local_echo ). After a really lovely dinner, car back home.


Thursday 1st April has been a day at home, with lots to do!

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