This is a rare insight into the world of buses in North East England. It is seen through the eyes of a tall (6' 6 1/2" or 1.99m), distinctive middle aged bus driver who relies on a remark from one of his passengers as his motto:
"You are better than some, but not as good as others."
What occurs on my buses often defies belief and is usually funny. When I am not on the buses, it is a continued observation of the bizarre world around me.
Wednesday, 26 September 2012
So What's New?
'So, tell me babe what's new? And how the scene is with you?' sung Peggy Lee in 1966. Not a lot is the answer. 46 years later, the British are still mesmerised by the weather. Yes the floods were bad yesterday in places, but they've been worse.
I loved listening to a woman being interviewed in her flooded house, somewhere in the North by a radio reporter asking silly questions.
'So how do you feel? Will you have to sell your house?'
'NO,' said the lady, horrified at such a thought. 'We're quite used to this. It's fine. Everyone rallies around. Everyone helps. It usually gets the carpet, but we've lifted it and it's got the underlay this time.'
She was cheerful and honest. In a world where everything is on tenterhooks, it was wonderful to hear some straightforward common sense.
'The only thing we get mad at, is these motorists who stop outside to take photos. White van was stopped this morning while I was baling out the water. When they do that, their cars seem to push the water back through the front door.'
At that precise moment you could hear someone shouting in the background.
'That's just my neighbour,' she replied.
Yes they were writing letters about the weather in the 1960's.
And as for what is about to happen in Scotland - the political parties were banging away years ago too.