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The Tide Is Finally Turning?

Well, who would have thought it my dear chums, after all this time it appears that according to the latest report from the guru who is my good friend Chris Cheek, the UK Bus industry has finally turned a corner. In fairness the positive signs have been sprouting for a...

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Ten Years Ago Today…..

Well here I am July 9th 2019, a milestone day in the life and times of myself. Why ? Because it was ten years ago on this very day that I said goodbye to my dear chums at the Diamond Bus Company and embarked on my new life inspired by Eamonn and Conor and the journey...

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New Balls Please…..

So, the very epitome of Englishness is once more upon us, I speak of course of Wimbledon and the lawn tennis competition where gifted athletes battle it out in the gladiatorial arena that is the 12 courts that comprise one of the worlds greatest sporting events. To be...

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First Glasgow About To Change Hands?

Recent reports in the Scottish press are ripe with speculation that the mighty empire which is First in Glasgow may well be about to change hands and become a Council owned Bus Company. This is of course in line with two recent changes that have taken place. The first...

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The Rotala Empire Expands As First Shrink

No real surprises really, as speculation was rife some months ago in the trade press that First were going to sell their Manchester based Bolton depot to Rotala. This was suggested when it was revealed that the Queens Road depot was to be sold to Go Ahead who have...

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The Rise And Fall Of The UK Bus Giants…

I suppose that it is truth that the older that you get, the more you begin to understand what you might call the circle of life. Yes, a well known Elton John soundtrack to a well known film and west end show. But, maybe more importantly what I am learning as I enter...

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Trouble At Mill At Firstgroup…

As someone who was there at almost the beginning of the First Group journey back in 1987, when it most certainly was not the huge beast that it was to become. It is genuine sadness that I look at just what is going on today. The bitter internal civil war that rages...

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The Conservative Leadership Race; Snort!

I took a bit of time this weekend to do something that I do not do as often s I used to back in the day before mobile phones, and social media. Yes I actually read a newspaper, it was a strange but uplifting experience, indeed it took me right back through time and...

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Bucking The Bus Trend In Rural Shropshire

To be perfectly honest I did not think that I would ever be writing a blog like this one, I genuinely thought that the rural bus network was in the hospice stage, clinging on to fading life support systems to keep it from passing over onto the other side. Indeed I...

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Goodbye Mrs May; The Poison Chalice Won!

It would be fair and accurate to say that my impression and perception of Mrs May, has been seriously variable if I am quite honest. I was significantly unimpressed when she was the Home Secretary, where the austerity measures included a dramatic down sizing of the...

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Reverence And Respect In Normandy

So, June 6th 2019 was the right time and place to celebrate the valiant bravery of those from all nations who fought to liberate Europe. It was a moving day with some amazing stories from men who were almost all aged 90 or over with some over 100 years old. The...

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The D Day Landings 75 Years On…

When I was a young boy growing up in Britain in the nineteen sixties, my staple diet of comics was The Victor and The Hotspur. They were full of stories of heroism and and playing the game in the right way, and being a decent sport, and all round good egg. Most of the...

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