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.

25 Jun 2008

A bit more care

Much quieter on the roads. It looks like the petrol price is beginning to make an impact. I have also noticed an increased in business people using the coach. Loaded with overnight bags and Blackberry, they seem to be leaving the car at home. I was full yesterday at 0430!!!
One thing you realise driving a large vehicle is that you can not pull away from a junction, roundabout etc. as quick as a car. You have to double check left and right. The real problem is when you come across restricted view roundabouts, those ones that are on slight bends and you cannot see very well unless you pull out a little, this is fine. Until..
As you pull out after checking a vehicle appears at speed not even slowing for the roundabout again fine if you are a car but there is still 40foot of bus behind me!! The sounding of a horn follows and we both go on our way. However, imagine I was a bicycle, or a horse!! So when you approach any hazard, you may have right of way but ease off. Think, 'what is the worse that can happen?' and plan for it. Oh, and read the highway code.

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Highwaycode/DG_070338

19 Jun 2008

Called callers

Working lates this week and have several calls from people who seem unable to speak. (cold callers) I have tried to ring them back but the numbers are unobtainable. Did a search and found this very useful website. Have entered the numbers into memory without a ring tone!! They can waste their time without annoying me.

http://whocallsme.com/

18 Jun 2008

A trip to the seaside

Very nice weekend. Had a trip to Torquay. Weather was great and it was a really relaxing time. Hired a car at a very cheap rate and considering the hills we went up and down it was a very wise decision! The only problem we had was getting petrol. Finally found some at Exeter services. We then went bay hopping and every garage we came across was open!! Below are some photos we took.

Torquay

12 Jun 2008

It's my Birthday!!

Well another Birthday. You can find out how old I am if you so wish!! First up today and tomorrow so no drink yet. Nice presents including a cover for the bike and a new watch. Bit sad but I like them!!

10 Jun 2008

Open Tickets

Busy few days and the usual selection of delays and problems. The thing that has rally been a problem is passengers with 'Open Returns'. These are excellent for people who do not know when they are to return. However there is a problem which most of the passengers fail to realise. That is they are not booked seats. You have to ring or go to ticket office and book on a specific service. What happens is that passengers turn up with these tickets and demand to board a service. I and most drivers will do our best to help these passengers but they seem to turn up when the service is full. The conversation usually includes the line 'I have paid my money and demand you take me' I have even had passengers with booked flights, ferry crossings etc. The moral of this is READ THE TICKET!! you would not turn up for a flight with an unreserved ticket. Would you??

My weather data