Entries from October 2011

Bus Week: Don’t Be A BEEP!

Posted on 28 October 2011 in Transport (No comments yet - be the first!)

Rumours that this Bus Week series was just a flimsy excuse to show pictures of old buses dressed up as a study of politics and the way it was applied to public transport are, frankly, unjust and uncalled for.

Bus Week: Buses - bringing freedom

Posted on 27 October 2011 in Transport (No comments yet - be the first!)

One of my early memories is of being at Hyde bus station with my mum and sister, boarding the 346 bus to take us home. As I board I stretch up to the driver and hand my shiny new ten pence coin and pay my fare. We then sit at the back of the bus for the short journey back to our house.

Bus Week: Where the nation’s privatised buses went

Posted on 26 October 2011 in London, Politics and Government, Transport (5 comments)

In the 1980s and 1990s a series of changes saw the UK’s bus operations go from mostly publicly owned, to mostly privately owned. In a series of privatisations, bus companies were flogged off. But in the intervening 25 years, what has actually happened is that the UK’s bus market has come under the control of a handful of large companies. So what actually happened to the UK’s publicly owned bus operations?

Bus Week: London - the deregulation that never was

Posted on 25 October 2011 in Transport (2 comments)

It’s been 25 years since bus deregulation came into foce in Great Britain. Well most of the country anyway. Indeed it’s been 25 years since bus deregulation didn’t happen in London.

Bus Week: 25 Years of Bus Deregulation

Posted on 24 October 2011 in Politics and Government, Transport (2 comments)

Twenty one years ago, on 26 October 1986 a major change happened to Britain’s public transport network. Its buses were de-regulated.

What I did next

Posted on 23 October 2011 in Work (No comments yet - be the first!)

Seeing as some of you have asked about work stuff since I left the BBC…

The Beverley Brook Walk - along a lesser known Thames tributary

Posted on 18 October 2011 in London (1 comment)

Beverley Brook is one of those rare things. A river in London that’s not the Thames. It’s rather unknown, and not necessarily loved despite going through some of London’s finest parkland. Thankfully the Beverley Brook Walk will help you explore it.

The River Wandle: a river in beer

Posted on 14 October 2011 in Beer, London (No comments yet - be the first!)

How to end our Wandle celebration? Personally at the end of every walk I like a beer to reward myself. But what has a river got to do with beer?

Walking the Wandle Trail: Part 4 - The Wandsworth Bit

Posted on 13 October 2011 in London (No comments yet - be the first!)

Ever since the Wandle passed under a train line in Merton, it’s changed. Less playful, less happy. The river has been hiding away from the Wandle Trail. Keeping its distance.

Bloke of Leisure and Gentlemen who Lunch

Posted on 12 October 2011 in Life (No comments yet - be the first!)

We’re making great strides towards gender equality in many areas, but sometimes it’s the little things that show us just how far we’ve still got to go.

Walking the Wandle Trail: Part 3 - The Merton Bit

Posted on 12 October 2011 in London (No comments yet - be the first!)

Last time I tried to walk down the Wandle Trail round the Merton/Sutton border, I got lost in a housing estate. Somehow I lost the river and never managed to find it again.

Walking the Wandle Trail: Part 2 - The Sutton Bit

Posted on 11 October 2011 in London (No comments yet - be the first!)

There are two sources to the Wandle and one is at Waddon Ponds where swans and geese glide effortlessly across the water, and small children try to offer them bread to eat.

Walking the Wandle Trail: Part 1 - The Croydon Bit

Posted on 10 October 2011 in London (No comments yet - be the first!)

East Croydon railway station is a strange place for the 13 mile Wandle Trail to begin. It doesn’t really make much sense. The source of the River Wandle is actually a few miles up the road at Waddon Ponds, right next door to a tram stop. I could just sit on the tram and do the first part without even moving my legs.

Frankly if I have to have this stuck in my head, you have to too…

Posted on 3 October 2011 in TV Programmes (No comments yet - be the first!)

Come, enjoy the title sequence to Around the World with Willy Fogg, a 1980s masterpiece shown on CBBC which took Jules Verne’s classic novel and turned all the characters in to animals wearing waistcoats.

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