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.

19 Jan 2007

Wet and windy

Yesterday was wild. Morning was not too bad, all the warnings about strong winds and rain. Fairly windy over night but by the time started work did not seem too bad. Drive up was good did not notice the wind very much.
Had a break at Nine Elms, well things changed, sitting on the coach was like being on a bucking bronco and the crane at Vauxhall was swaying. A LOT. On the way back to Victoria Buckingham Palace Road was closed due to unsafe scaffolding. Left on time and by the time we got to Heathrow we had passed several fallen trees and various bits of damage to buildings. The real fun started when we got on the M4. It was difficult keeping th coach on the motorway let alone in the same lane. Anyway with abit of care and reduction in speed we made in safe back to Bath.

10 Jan 2007

Quiet day & 3G phone

Frome up, yesterday. 0515 start then drive out to Frome and 45m break. Like this route, nice passengers and nice roads and views. Only had a few. Mid week after Christmas and all that. Still made a change. Was surprised how quiet the roads were until on the way back was held up in Chippenham for 30mins due to a broken down lorry.
Now just waiting for the postman to bring my new 3G phone!!!

7 Jan 2007

On the buses

Rest day today and a bit extra work. All helps after Christmas!! Drove the coach from Street to Bath. Bit wet and kept on my toes informing the passengers about seat belts. Handed the coach over at Bath and had four hours on the 10's. That was fun as the fares went up today. Home now and enjoying a few beers (not working tomorrow)

6 Jan 2007

Not the best day

Enough has been said about recent events. As a driver I has always told passengers to wear their seatbelts and given information on vehicle safety.

However it is serious events like this it is important to LISTEN TO THE DRIVER.

And, to end just a few points.

Latest CPT figures show the number of fatalities, per one billion passenger kilometres travelled, is 17 for buses and coaches, 37 for cars and 1,500 for motorcycles.

Under government regulations, coach operators have to notify passengers to use the belts, though it is the duty of individual passengers aged over 14 - and not drivers or operators - to ensure they use them.

My weather data