Sunday, August 28, 2016

Top Ten Things Overheard On Swindon's Buses Last Week ; 332

Click here for the original at this brilliant idea, here's our own version for Swindon's buses from last week.

10. It is the hub through which all life flows.

9. I get a real sense of what she's like as a manager, incapable.

8. You developed well, look at how tall you are my boy!

7. It's very simple question, did you sleep with her?

6. If Den told you that's where he's going to be, he's probably lying.

5. Just allow yourself to enjoy it for a change.

4. That encounter is not one i wish to repeat.

3. He roams from pub to pub looking for her.

2. I fear you've bought the wrong salad cream.

And the number one overheard phrase on Swindon's buses from last week is...

1. You're in better physical shape, I just had to say that.

Overheard something we've missed? Then let us know.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Mistaken Ringing Endorsement?

The news of a second community trust bid seems to have been very welcomed by Swindon Borough Council.

The comment in the Adver story from an SBC manager about the bid sounds a little bit like a ringing endorsement... “The staff management team, who have seen this right through from expression of interest to the bid, are absolutely delighted to be working with such a strong trustee board to secure a fantastic future for Lydiard.”

Surely SBC needs to be entirely impartial up until the choice of who will run it has finally been made?

Monday, August 22, 2016

Top Ten Things Overheard On Swindon's Buses Last Week ; 331

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10. Well that was a complete and utter failure, wasn't it?

9. It's a customer system, it should work for the customer, not for the accounting department.

8. You need to remember, I used to go out with her.

7. A pastie, now that is a lunch my friend.

6. No they are not my pants.

5. Claire reckoned she'd seen him back when we went to Bushies, back in the day.

4. Why don't we just get a pizza for a change?

3. He works in banking now, which is massively appropriate when you think about his attitude towards other people's money.

2. There's no law against it though, so where's the problem?

And the number one overheard phrase on Swindon's buses from last week is...

1. They said they weren't use to a man, it made an unexpected, but nice surprise.

Overheard something we've missed? Then let us know.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Fag Packet Bus Consultation

The idea that at it's very core, bus services in Swindon operate for the poorest and most isolated in our town, is rapidly being rewritten when Swindon Borough Council withdraws all funding for supported bus services in the Borough. Chiseldon will get a double-hit.


The council wants to make Swindon's bus network fully commercial (95% of it already is) in the very near future. Let's be clear, there's no legal obligation to do this, Swindon Borough Council are choosing to not pay for support to those more lightly-used bus services.

So if you use 6, 7, 8, 9, 11A, 12, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 46, 46A, 48, 48A, 51, 65, 70A, 72A, 71 and 90, they will be either withdrawn, frequency cutback, route cutback, merged, or replaced with a BusLink service that will drop you somewhere to catch a commercial bus service for the rest of your journey.

There's a bus consultation that is open until 22nd August, and everyone who has an interest should fill it out. But as with all the other cuts SBC have or are about to make, there's an air of sad inevitability about it. It seems that Swindon, indeed the whole of the UK has cutback fatigue. 

So these buses will go, or change. And the poor, elderly, vulnerable and sick will suffer, simply because they don't drive or they live out in the sticks. How's that for achieving SBC's priority 4 of helping vulnerable adults and children?

The idea that a town as rich with corporate HQs, businesses, industrial plants and wealthy individuals cannot afford to run a bus service for the elderly is shameful and an embarrassment to Swindon.

Top Ten Things Overheard On Swindon's Buses Last Week ; 330

Click here for the original at this brilliant idea, here's our own version for Swindon's buses from last week.

10. It looks ridiculous you stood with that thing in your hand.

9. Got that supplier to you for Thursday.

8. It's very confusing when you don't know where you're going in the dark.

7. For men it's easy, as long as you've washed your face, nobody cares really.

6. The great thing about my job is I can take two hours for lunch and I get away with it.

5. That's a fantastic top, have you had it a while?

4. I don't do Tinder, not after the narrowboat incident.

3. It flew past so fast I didn't even have time to wave at her.

2. You can spot the danger signs though, like crying when watching Big Brother.

And the number one overheard phrase on Swindon's buses from last week is...

1. If everyone starts to gorge on avocados, then what'll happen to the planet?

Overheard something we've missed? Then let us know.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

HM-No!

The application to turn a house in Swindon's very posh Goddard Avenue into a bedsit has been withdrawn.

Told you so!

The posh wedge shall be maintained at adequate thickness, no thinning on top (of the hill) here.

Top Ten Things Overheard On Swindon's Buses Last Last Week ; 329

Click here for the original at this brilliant idea, here's our own version for Swindon's buses from last week.

10. I'm very reasonable, but I think Hillary is crooked.

9. A scotch egg, my what a surprise.

8. It's all about the Snapchat man.

7. Steve, Russell and Pam are all going as per usual.

6. Think with you pants, that's entirely unexpected.

5. Come over here and tell me that and I'll tell you where you can get off.

4. We've got to drive for 8 hours, it'll be more like 10 though, it always is.

3. The Earl of where?

2. There was an accident, so all the traffic slowed down to stare like watching some cheap show.

And the number one overheard phrase on Swindon's buses from last week is...

1. Every time we come into town we end up with the same driver, it's like being chauffeured.

Overheard something we've missed? Then let us know.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Top Ten Things Overheard On Swindon's Buses Last Week ; 328

Click here for the original at this brilliant idea, here's our own version for Swindon's buses from last week.

10. Hold them in your hand like a giant.

9. The reason he lives there is because he knows what he's doing.

8. My auntie knows her, but has a strange opinion of what she's like after fighting.

7. No, no, no, it's just over the road and beside the pub, yes, the slightly more rubbish side.

6. Why do you want to go back for, there's nothing there for you.

5. Is it really, I'd not imagine that judging by how happy you are.

4. This is not the bus I should have got on, but it's too late now.

3. Here's what you should message back, give me your phone, since I seem to run your love life.

2. His front door use to be red, but he kept getting next door's post, so he's put in a glass-fronted porch.

And the number one overheard phrase on Swindon's buses from last week is...

1. I've never been good at maths since we had Mr Roth as the teacher, he's so hot.

Overheard something we've missed? Then let us know.

Friday, July 29, 2016

The Thin End Of The Posh Wedge

The poshest of posh streets in Swindon is about to get a rude awakening.


Someone has applied to turn a house in Goddard Avenue into a House in Multiple Occupation. Translation, subdivide a bigger house into lost of smaller residences (in the old days we called them bedsits).

Will the people of Old Town's poshest street stand for it?