Hello and welcome to my Blog, my name is Chris, a bus driver for First Mendip based in Wells, Somerset. Married to Fiona, we live in Midsomer Norton near Bath, with Harvey the dog and Boots the cat. My main hobby is Amateur Radio and I hold the call sign G4KVI. I am the repeater keeper for GB3UB and MB7UB. I have a fascination for the weather and all things to do with nature and science. I am a biker and currently ride a Honda CBfF600. As a Christian I worship, when shifts allow at St. Nicolas Church in Radstock. These are my observations on my life, both at work and at home.

30 Oct 2006

Silly Passengers

Very early start today at 0340. Dog woke me up at 0302!! Not that busy but sold a few tickets. Had a passenger going to Poland. Had only allowed 10 minutes between arrive and depart time!!! Got the hump when we arrived a bit late.

Left Victoria OK but as we came on to the M4 noticed a bit of vibration. rang the depot and was told stop and wait for it to be checked. Was a bit of hassle waiting for a spare coach to take the passengers and had to wait a couple of hours to be told it was OK to take back. It was nice to know that I am not forced to drive defective coach's. Unlike some companies. Drove it back empty which was abit strange. Got back to bath OK at 1600.

28 Oct 2006

Where do they get their license from?

Bad start. Just about to set off. "M4 closed" Had a think and in the end went up via melksham and the A4. A wonderful journey and on time. Apart from, do people look in their mirrors?Watched a women in lane1 not looking in the mirror , indicate and move out!!Still arrived Ok in Victoria and went for a very nice Liver and bacon in a little cafe in Vauxhall. Full load going back so had a dupe. Sent him off full to Swindon. Dropped the first passengers off at Reading. Just rejoined the M4 when I here " are we at Reading?"!!!!! Poor guy had missed his stop. Took him to Swindon and pointed him towards the train station. Back to Bath OK.

24 Oct 2006

If you can't see my mirrors.

Not a bad day started at 1400 full load from Swindon. Arrived at Heathrow OK. Just reversing off the bay and some ****** walked straight behind me. How I missed them I don't know. I have to say I lost my temper and issued my own verbal warning. I await the complaint. People do not think they are at risk, but do not realise they cannot be seen when the vehicle is reversing.
At Victoria handed the vehicle over to the Frome driver helped him load and after finding my coach had my break. Good trip back to Bath having helped some stranded passengers get to Bristol. Trip to Street was Ok apart from the rain!!! Dropped everyone off OK and got back to the depot at 2330.

22 Oct 2006

Rest Day

Yesterday was a rest day so worked for some extra caah. Two trips out to Midsomer Norton then a trip to frome and back. Got to Frome Ok. Just left Sainsbury and an alrm went saying light fault. I had no indicators. Had to stop and get help. Had the passengers transfered and a relief bus bought out, an old manual mini bus. Got back to Bath one hour late so missed a trip on the 13's. Finished on time and went to pict Fiona up from J18.

21 Oct 2006

Two Hours late!!!

Well yesterday was bad. Sarted well (is) Fiona and I were picked up but found the coach was faulty. Arranged for a replacement at Bath and got going. Dropped Fiona at Heathrow and arrived in London early. Nice Lunch in the Cafe helped the driver load the 1400 and sat in the park reading untill 1530. Got to J13 on the M4- standstill - for TWO HOURS. Had to take break at Swindon. Got some passengers home by taxi the others came directly to Bath with me. Complete nightmare. Still think of the money. Then today - well off to bed.

18 Oct 2006

Early start (again)

Up at 0310 today!!

Got to the depot at 0340. Got the coach ready only to be told it had to have to have the tyres changed. That meant redoing all the checks, tacho etc. In the end I was just on time. No worry as only had 15 passengers. fair bit of fog at membury but did not cause too much of a problem. Nice pleasant passegers and chaty. Not meant to talk and drive but as long as it is not too distracting fine by me. Arrived in London at 0750 just in time to say morning to the 0800 on his way out. Had some food and a bit of a read. Then load again at 0920 with only 15 passengers. back to Bath with time to spare to pop into Iceland and get some tea. Home by 1400 nice!!

17 Oct 2006

Falling a sleep at the wheel!

Well no post for a few days. been on mixed duties. Had a day on Thursday. A post office van going from lane 1 to lane 3 on the M4, In the end it looked like he had fallen a sleep at the wheel!!!!! That must be the most scary thing that can happen as a professional driver.

Once we got to Bath only had 8 passengers on to Street and Wells. Just past Dunkerton and some joker was going 15 mph up the hill. gave them a bit of time to get going but they got slower. I was getting flashed and tooted by drivers behind who thought it was me, Once we got to the to went for the overtake and - yes the prat sped up then matched my speed in the end we cam down to 15mph again. Finally got passed him and left the other drivers to sort him out!!!!!!

The passengers thought I had the patience of a saint and wondered why I didn't ram him!!!

Tomorrow I am on the 0430 from Bath so 0320 wake up.

11 Oct 2006

Accident and hours

No post for a while. Today had all day in London. Left at 0945 and had a good drive up. Lunch at Sainsbury and then time spent doing my NVQ. Left London at 1730 hit the traffic at Earls court and took 2 hours to get to heathrow. It is only 16miles!!! Got back to Bath with 30 seconds of my driving hours left!!

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