Monday, 1 January 2018
New Year Quiz
But will it be "happy" for the bus industry? Bus business is declining, even in London - with blame falling on internet shopping, lower disposable income and an "inexplicable" fall in the amount of travel using OAP passes.
No bus company seems to mention the fact that it becomes harder and harder to obtain (or even find on-line) a bus timetable; that the sort of promotional offers used by our successful supermarkets are a rarity "on the buses" and that there is little effort to encourage purely leisure travel for its own sake. It's all about "commuters" and "shoppers".
Innovation seems to be a dirty word. Instead we hang on to what is profitable and let the rest go. It either goes to a competitor or to a "low cost" operator who very soon goes bust. There are some good exceptions, but very very few.
In London the Mayor is proffering a "no fares increases" policy whilst promoting the virtue of reducing the subsidy to zero. Utterly crackpot!
The only benefit from the mess that seems to ooze like sticky mud all over the bus industry is that there should be plenty for fbb to write about.
It is therefore very necessary to thank all those who have supplied news and pictures during 2017, to appreciate those who have corrected the old man's confused ramblings and to remind all blog readers that fbb really appreciates contributions however small. Send stuff to:-
Thank you all!
And now, to while away yet another "bank" holiday with rubbish telly and the last of the turkey sandwiches, here is fbb's mega quiz for January 1st.
Loadsa Lovely Logology
In each case, identify these logos or brands. Obviously most are easily solved using the dreaded interwebnet but you may award yourself extra bonus points for those that you can answer without resort to the world-dominating Gurgle search engine.
In each case identify where the "brand" has been used; but beware, there may be one or two of these!
The Avian World
In A Flash!
Plain and Simple?
Answers will be published in batches over the next few days.
From tomorrow, something quite different as a start to the new year. In 1972 fbb became engaged to the future Mrs fbb (married in '73) so a very appropriate mini-gift from No 1 Son has provoked a little new year nostalgia. What do you remember, omnibologically speaking, from 1972? If you are younger than 50, don't try too hard!
Next 1972 blog : Tuesday 2nd January