fbb had resigned himself to his usual level of ignorance until yesterday's post arrived.
Thanks to correspondent Julian for this stimulating package!
Christmas Decoration (1)
Correspondent Alan forwards details of a meaningful event to be held on Monday 11th December at Northampton.
*There will be refreshments
a tour of the depot and fantastic learning facilities
as well as hearing from our speakers:
*Julian Edwards, Abellio’s Deputy Managing Director
*Vernon Barker, Siemens Managing Director
who will both share their own thoughts
on the ambitions they have for the franchise
There will be dancing in the streets of Northampton after this event!
Yes, 'tis the launch of the London Northwestern rail franchise, run by these jolly folk:-
And the new logo ...
The Launch event at Siemens Northampton depot ...
Bet you can't wait!
Christmas Decoration 2
Phase two of the lavish decorations at fbb mansions was installed yesterday. It is a delicate festooning of shrubs and plants that decorate the roadside display.
Christmas Puzzle Picture
Regular readers will remember that No 3 son is working in Basel, Switzerland. To cheer up the dreary evenings, the lad is sending fbb some snaps of transport infrastructure for fbb to identify - using his encyclopaedic knowledge (NOT!) of Swiss trams, trains and buses.
The departure screen was illegible ...
There is, on tram line 14 ...
Advent does, of course, look forward to the coming of Jesus; but it is a time of preparation, not just a calendric countdown. The gift of the Son of God to earth is such a profound event, that the early Church leadership organised a whole month in which to prepare.
But preparation is not about buying presents and planning a massive knees-up (all of which are largely irrelevant to Christ Mas). It was the second feature of advent that needed consideration and reinforcement.
But why a calendar?
Gerhard Lang is widely considered the producer of the first printed Advent calendar in the early 1900s. Lang’s calendar was inspired by one that his mother had made for him and featured 24 colored pictures that attached to a piece of cardboard. Lang modified his calendars to include the little doors that are a staple of most Advent calendars today and they became a commercial success in Germany.
These became popular in the USA post WW2 when Ike (Dwight D Eisenhower) was pictured with his grand-kiddies and their Advent Calendar.
A real Advent Calendar would lead the opener through a sort-of preparation for Christmas, culminating in a nativity scene on Christmas Day. It is not at all clear how Homer Simpson and a tiny diurnal nibble of chocolate helps.