Wednesday, 24 June 2015


English Riviera Sightseeing Tours has acquired Bristol LH replica Charabanc TR6147
 Presently it is parked up at English Riviera Sightseeing Tours headquarters but soon be gracing the roads of our fair town taking visitors around the beautiful Torbay.
More info click here

Monday, 15 June 2015

Hello again, again.

I have had a lot of comments re drivers hours. I can only suggest you have a look on site to see exactly what our beloved government say on the matter. If you are still having problems then have a word with your union.

As for driving over hours because of heavy traffic, well this is OK provided it doesn't happen too often, in my opinion more that once every 3 months would be too often. If it does then the schedules need looking at. Seriously.

No I don't think an overnight break of 8 and half hours is long enough but last time I looked that was the minimum.

Good luck and stay safe out there.

PS I have not been getting your comments recently but I have made an adjustment to the settings so I should get an email when anyone leaves a comment. Thanks.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Hello, long time no see.

It will soon be the longest day, again. Sadly though, I won't be driving a bus anytime soon.

I did notice that The Herald Express, our local paper, did use one of my photos recently to illustrate a story. I sent them the photo after they used a Stagecoach bus done up in the pre 2000 livery, very old fashioned.

The photo was taken on Paignton Green at some show or other.

Bye for now.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Been away for over a year. Not been bus driving so not much to write about.

Actually that's not strictly true, but someone needs to use this computer. I shall try again in a while.

Friday, 1 November 2013

Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night has come round again, it’s on Tuesday but there will be fireworks displays this weekend which is a pity because the weather is having another go at trying to flatten the UK. A deep depression is heading for Scotland pulling in wind from the Atlantic which means it’s going to be cold, wet and very windy from some time on Saturday afternoon for 48 hours. Fortunately the tradition of building bonfires seems to have died down a bit in recent years because high wind and big raging fires on street corners is not the best of combinations.

Phone hacking is in the news at the moment and with the trial set to last 6 months I have a feeling we will all be pig sick of hearing who hacked who’s phone and why and who knew the hacking was going on and who was having a love affair with whom. They, the lovers, must have never left messages on each other’s phones, probably because they knew how easy it was to have their private thoughts spread over the front page of a rival newspaper. The big question at the moment is why don’t they just plead guilty and save a lot of time and money. You get a reduced sentence if you plead guilty and we won’t have to listen to all the grubby details for the next 6 months.

Another story that caught some peoples eye was the tactics used by the Unite Union. I have been a member of 4 unions in my working life and been crapped on by all four of them so after the last lump a crap landed on my head I decided not to join another union again but I almost wish I was a Unite member so I could have the pleasure of showing my disgust by quitting.

And on a lighter note A former bank manager has claimed to have broken the blind water speed world record by travelling at more than 93mph.

The 52-year-old, from Manchester, sped across Torquay harbour in a Formula 1 powerboat.

If confirmed, it would mean Mike Newman holds the blind land and water speed records simultaneously.

I always thought there was a 4 mph speed limit in Torquay harbour.

But well done anyway, Mr Newman.
PS I got on Stagecoach Gold again at Victoria Park and tried to get connected. At the Grand the wifi was still looking for a I.P. Address so I gave up and switched off