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Come Fly With Me

One of the downsides of having cancer, is that it leaves you unable to fly, the reason being that your immune system is radically reduced both by the effects of cancer, and the effects of the chemotherapy. This has meant that since last July I have not been on a...

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Quality And Ingenuity In The Bus Industry

Quality And Ingenuity In The Bus Industry

It was an inspiring get together last Thursday at the IOM in central London. The posse gathered as required for a ten thirty kick off. As usual there were some familiar and friendly faces, and equally important some new members who had come to judge for the first...

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UK Bus Awards Judging Begins…

UK Bus Awards Judging Begins…

So, my facebook page tells me that the judging has now formally begun to find the worthy winners of the 2019 UK Bus Awards. These awards are excellent and unless I am mistaken this year will be the 24th year that they have been recognising, rewarding and inspiring the...

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Beyond Belief Boris…..

Beyond Belief Boris…..

Well, at last the insane has become the norm, I was in London yesterday on one of the hottest days ever recorded, at one point I went past the House of Commons, going past the statue of one of all time heroes, Winston Spencer Churchill. He, like me must be crying in...

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The World Order Is Changing…

The World Order Is Changing…

I watched a really interesting documentary at the weekend on Netflicks, to be honest I don't normally bother delving into it, but I just fancied something a bit different, and I came across a documentary about Cambridge Analytica. I was aware of who they were and how...

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Peaky Blinders Back Again

Peaky Blinders Back Again

If you have ever visited Birmingham, you will find it in 2019 a vibrant, diverse and energised City, there is a huge amount of investment pouring into the West Midlands. A lot of money from China, the Middle East, you look around at the City centre and you see lots of...

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Fighting The Good Fight

Fighting The Good Fight

Well, it is eleven months since I was diagnosed with level 4 A bowel cancer, it all happened very quickly and in truth I did not really have time to dwell upon it, which looking back was a good thing. The journey has been life changing as it for anyone who has endured...

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The Tide Is Finally Turning?

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…..

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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The New Bus World Order

The New Bus World Order

I read an interview in Route One magazine at silly o’clock this morning when enjoying the joys of insomnia, it was with the new MD of Arriva UK Bus, a chap who had spent his career in the Airline industry with spells at Rolls Royce. He seemed like a decent enough chap...

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New Balls Please…..

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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Three Lions On Their Chest

Three Lions On Their Chest

I recall back in 1981 when as a young fresh faced 21 year old I was teaching Karate at a summer camp in deepest, darkest New York State, in the summer holidays. We were quite literally in the middle of nowhere, truly it was utterly isolated, and actually was quite...

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First Glasgow About To Change Hands?

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

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…

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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