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.

27 Jan 2009

That was close

Couple of days off and the weather wasn't too bad. Nice to 'veg' out and get up when I wanted to!! Out and about on the bike yesterday got a bit, in fact a lot, of a scare. Coming out of Radstock there is a funny bend which I never seem to take well. Anyway half round this bend I came across a large chunk of wood.Before I could say anything we were airborne and heading for the kerb! Luckily I wasn't going that fast and after a lot of wobbling we arrived against the kerb. No harm done apart from a few strains, good job it wasn't wet or this could have been written from a hospital bed. Back to work tomorrow, first up 0341 start!!!!

24 Jan 2009

Weather Station

As I said I was going to tell you how the weather station is going. Well it is working very well. Very interesting to see the wind speed the other day, 51.7mph!! Wasn't sure if the rain gauge was working but 120mm of rain has proved it is! The Internet updates seem to work very well and I also output to UIview. Overall I am very impressed by it.

18 Jan 2009


I am always amazed at some people who seem completly unaware of the their actions. last week I had a family who sat in the few front seats. It took three times to ask and then tell them to put their seatbelts on. I know it it is up to them to wear them and bot the drivers responsibility. However, if I am unfortunate to have a blow out etc and end up down a ditch I do not fancy a 15st piece of meat landing on me!! For the rest of the journey they sat and enjoyed the view. As we came into Bath I stopped at a roundabout and just caught out of the corner of my eye the gents yound lad sitting on his lap! To say I was not happy was an understatment, I told the passnger to put his child back in the child seat behind him and didn't he understand how dangerous it was? he said nothing and haned his child back to it's Mother.

1 Jan 2009

2008 Top Ten

Another VERY quiet few days. I think in the four years I have driven for National Express it is the quietess I have ever seen it. However like weekends holidays seem to bring out the idiot drivers, so I thought I would list my Top 10 things that really get me going. In no particular order.

  1. Pedestrians. Todays vehicles have good brakes. However that does not mean you can walk straight on to a crossing. Stop, Look, and listen. Ah, the ipod in the ears puts pay to that. (I feel very sorry for emergency vehicle drivers who come across these people and then get charged with dangerous driving)
  2. The CLOG (Centre Lane Owners Group) These lovely people seem to think there is a Slow lane and a fast lane. Wrong,
  3. Front Fog Lights. The clue is in the name. Not mist, rain, show off to your girlfriend (or boyfriend)
  4. Motorway joining. This is another 'urban myth' Do you stop on a main road to let some one out? If you are waiting to pull out onto a main road, who have right of way? Exactly, a motorway is no different. Give priority to traffic already on the motorway.
  5. Mobile phones.
  6. Sat Nav
  7. Slow overtakers. These are the ones that come along side you and match your speed, no wonder there are so many 'side swipes'
  8. Speed uppers. Just as you get level with them they find the go pedal. Not clever.
  9. The 40's. These ones, (seem to over 60's) drive at 40mph, In a 20,30,40,50,60 or 70. You name it they drive at 40mph. Why?
  10. The unsure. These are the REALLY dangerous ones. They are any age or gender and appear to be slumped over the steering wheel. They seem to have no idea of where they are or where they are going. Source of many accidents I am sure.
There are many more but these are the few I have seen in the last few days. Happy New Year to you all and drive safely.

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