Sunday, May 19, 2019

Top Ten Things Overheard On Swindon's Buses Last Week ; 470

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10. I always go to Vegas and see the shows, I love the classiness.

9. It was at number one for so long even my gran knew it.

8. It lashed down and ended up being hail.

7. The jump was so far he fractured his wrist in about three places.

6. When they danced it spoke volumes.

5. If you put the sauce on first it doesn't taste as bad.

4. Keep that on your lap and I'll push it if it slides.

3. I've got to go all the way back and collect my badge before my holiday.

2. It's new but it looks really old like it's going to fall to pieces.

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

1. Her toilet hadn't been connected up yet and there was a poo done in it.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Top Ten Things Overheard On Swindon's Buses Last Week ; 469

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10. There were four to start with, I don't remember buying them.

9. He claimed he'd been set up, nice fantasy.

8. Kay reckons it won't be long before he gets sent to Cardiff.

7. It got fixed, it's only taken two years and about half a dozen visits.

6. A salad was tried, with little success from the males that were there.

5. It's all gone new and I hate to admit I don't always understand it.

4. The warmth will come back if we give it a chance.

3. When you're living it, it's slightly different.

2. That man will make or break the shop.

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

1. They got back in, they could set fire to the town and people would still vote for them.

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Sunday, May 05, 2019

Top Ten Things Overheard On Swindon's Buses Last Week ; 468

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10. That man's coming on right now.

9. The food is just plain nasty.

8. Don't say you can't move, look at all that room.

7. It's time to leave, this is pretty much my stop.

6. Those sweets are making me sick, take them away.

5. Call your friend and tell them what I just told you, go on.

4. You need to use metal supports to make sure they can stand up.

3. I was told he was keeping it secret that there was no more money to run it.

2. You can act all civilised, but it does not take away that you're mostly really rude.

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

1. If I had loads of money, I'd still live next to you, I suppose.

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Saturday, May 04, 2019

Top Ten Things Overheard On Swindon's Buses Last Week ; 467

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10. It's got less sugar but more colouring.

9. Some of the sites I've been on are not fit for human consumption.

8. The fox will end up coming after me if I disturb it.

7. Water was as tall as this and I had no choice but to wade through it.

6. I saw them in Iceland and bought enough to fill the compartment with.

5. He got stuck inside then decided he needed to see daylight and went in the garden for a bit.

4. She's never seen a badger in person.

3. Make me wait up for it and I'll be asleep before the weather at the end of the news.

2. If you go that way you'll end up in the middle of that weird park with the noisy trees.

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

1. Nothing from the yellow lot, but then again yellow paper isn't easy to find.

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Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Swindon Elections - The Long Bluh Shadow

Despite it being over six years since Rod Bluh was Swindon Conservative leader, his comments have rankled the current members into a long and rambling statement.

From Brexit to not living in the ward, to the track record of the Tory candidate and finally a swipe at Corbyn, it seems like the person writing the statement has just cobbled together any old guff and sent it out.

The bluster of the Tory statement shows just how much sway they believe Rod Bluh's comments hold with voters.

But of course, they won't admit it.

Maybe tomorrow night's results will reveal the Tory vote slowly sinking into the marshy ground of Wichelstowe, clucking away about anything it doesn't like.

Swindon Elections - Is Dale's Dream Dead?

Remember it being said that councillors who get hold of their own library end up moaning about litter in the rain?

For Dale Heenan, it appears to have just started lashing down.

Covingham Parish Council are no longer willing to part-fund Covingham Library run by Dale's trust. From reading the Parish meeting minutes from January, it seems the Parish was under the impression their funding was to allow the Trust to get on it's feet and eventually be self-funding (or maybe through monies from elsewhere). This does not seem to have come to fruition, and a request for funding for the 2019/20 year from the Parish for the library was received. Not only that, the Library Trust requested an increase of a thousand pounds on the amount it received from the Parish in previous years.

With lack of accurate usage figures for Covingham Library, the Parish have not been able to work out if they are getting value for money and therefore have stopped their funding.

As you can imagine, Dale is not happy, as seen in this part of one of his election leaflets from this month.

It seems there was a reaction from the local community to the news, but it was rather muted. According to the March Parish Council minutes, two residents asked questions in person, and four emails on the topic were received (one of them from a Friends of Covingham Library member).

It's quite telling that the Swindon Community Library Trust (set-up to takeover Covingham Library and Liden Library when the Borough Council withdrew their own funding) has a website that has not been updated for nearly a year (the last news story being about a beer festival in June 2018). 

Things seem to have gone full-circle, with the quiet news that the Borough Council has decided to keep it's main 5 libraries as Borough Council entities and to not create a charitable trust to run them. The Borough Council seem to have realised that keeping the main libraries centralised allows them to be easier to run and meet council aims. A startlingly vibrant revelation indeed, but a boringly sensible and right decision none the less.

Where does this leave the libraries run by the Trust? Only Dale can answer that. But he's busy in the town centre, appearing to suggest that if people vote other than Tory at this week's local elections they risk causing Debenhams to close. 

That's quite a desperate and daft suggestion (Maybe Tories in Wroughton and Wichelstowe are using the same tactic, suggesting to their voters that a Lib Dem victory will cause Waitrose to walk away from Middle Wichel?) . But considering he said in the same story that the Oasis ski slope is to be in the town centre (the site at North Star is not in the town centre, it's in North Star), it seems his grasp of geography is like his grasp of library funding, not quite to scale.

Has anyone checked the maths on the Dale idea of selling off the Civic Offices plan to pay for the new museum and art gallery and Wyvern? 

Get out the slide rule and the correcting fluid... make sure it doesn't get washed away in the pouring rain.



Sunday, April 21, 2019

Top Ten Things Overheard On Swindon's Buses Last Week ; 466

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10. I'm angry about more than you think.

9. Lets focus on what's important though.

8. It was a very, very big deal.

7. I agree with you, it looks provocative.

6. He worked with her for so many years it's not funny.

5. I didn't call her a bitch, I know her and I like her.

4. Tolerating that is the thin end of the wedge.

3. Contactless isn't all that when you think about it.

2. Being cool isn't what you think it is should be when you see other people.

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

1. We're supposed to be humble, we're supposed to be humble and grateful.

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Top Ten Things Overheard On Swindon's Buses Last Week ; 465

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10. I heard him whispering behind the wall.

9. Stop acting like kids, we will get off.

8. I use to sing that before I realised what it was about.

7. Are you talking to Mal again?

6. It was lovely to relive it all again.

5. It clearly worked as you're here aren't you.

4. I'm celebrating it's sheer size mate.

3. Back in the 70s you could not find any of them in tins.

2. That soft buzz was all I could hear until it all came back to me.

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

1. There's no art around what you're doing, it's just mess.

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Sunday, April 07, 2019

Top Ten Things Overheard On Swindon's Buses Last Week ; 464

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10. Over the mountain and over the sea is where I want to be.

9. They had pasta, but it looked sort of rubbery, so I had an apple instead.

8. Shine it up and you might like the look.

7. I'm not taking that off you if you're going to be like that.

6. We've got that voucher which could be used if you wanted.

5. I like to get in early and avoid all the staring people.

4. It sounded like a strangling, but in broad daylight.

3. All the way over the back there, where Steve's old wife lived.

2. The spelling mistake was intentional, that's the joke, but not for you.

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

1. There's no need to lose your mind over it, it's not like I've died and come back.

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Friday, April 05, 2019

Top Ten Things Overheard On Swindon's Buses Last Week ; 463

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10. Like if you lost it, you'd never get it back again.

9. Try if you like, but I'm not interested in your business.

8. Tina keeps bragging about this bag and lamp.

7. Biscuits seem like such a comfort when I feel like this.

6. They left it totally open to the elements.

5. A salad won't do what you think it's going to do.

4. Remember I've always been the one to stick with you.

3. If she gets that paranoid when nothing happens, then don't tell her about this afternoon.

2. The last time I saw you was when Noel was still on the TV.

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

1. Try and keep it together until we get home please.

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Top Ten Things Overheard On Swindon's Buses Last Week ; 462

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10. It was carbon monoxide. We didn't know for a week.

9. If you go like that you'll lose the beat.

8. This will make you crazy in short order.

7. It's alway when I'm trying to do something.

6. It's not like I've got time to laze around you know.

5. Keep it to yourself if that's possible.

4. Sheila likes to do that but I'm not that keen.

3. They use to do decent wallpaper back in the day.

2. That pub is always busy, do none of them work?

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

1. Is chorizo spicy?

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Top Ten Things Overheard On Swindon's Buses Last Week ; 461

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10. It was really blowy, but we got there.

9. There is a special kind of magic, you're right.

8. Come to me.

7. This was all planned years ago you know.

6. It's got to be all around me before I'm satisfied.

5. That's a lie and they all know it too.

4. It's got really dark all of a sudden for no reason.

3. I really want you to stay if I'm honest.

2. Sheila knows all of my opinions on that subject without any doubt.

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

1. You are such hard work.

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Top Ten Things Overheard On Swindon's Buses Last Week ; 460

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10. Those photos are just what you'd expect.

9. Oh I like this song since they changed it.

8. If you go faster you'll end up getting there quicker.

7. She's really unproductive. She gives lazy people a bad name.

6. There was no singing, it was just someone fiddling with something.

5. I'm not that old. I'm younger than many think.

4. If you keep fiddling with that I'll take it off you.

3. Having that many dogs cannot be healthy.

2. The fare stage is on that post.

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

1. You know nothing of me. Nothing.

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Top Ten Things Overheard On Swindon's Buses Last Week ; 459

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10. Don't wedge it there for goodness sake.

9. People like to complain about it whenever they get the chance.

8. I've been like this since I was born.

7. None of them understand, they're all office managers.

6. The whole place was in a state of shock when we heard.

5. But if it's not been running at full capacity for a while, how did people not suspect?

4. Watching it back, I look really good.

3. Try matching that colour up to this top, it's impossible.

2. They cover the car up, and it was mild enough overnight I left my windows open.

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

1. They can't all go to Pressed Steel, they only make little cars there.

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Top Ten Things Overheard On Swindon's Buses Last Week ; 458

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10. Stop playing with that phone.

9. It happened randomly so I was surprised.

8. Aged two I could recognise everything.

7. We're going to have our hair done for the first time.

6. She travels a long way just for that, it seems such a waste.

5. I would hang around, but it was just to be seen.

4. That whole thing looked like a rocket that wasn't moving.

3. Wrap this around your head, a bit like a helmet.

2. They don't have those any more, not sure when they got rid of them.

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

1. That chip shop use to be so far away, but my legs use to be shorter then.

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Top Ten Things Overheard On Swindon's Buses Last Week ; 457

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10. We should go along to the castle for that meeting.

9. The thing to remember is it's her home.

8. That big old painting terrifies me.

7. It's the most office type thing I've ever seen in all my days.

6. The last thing I want to do is create a scene.

5. Dinner was great, I didn't make too many mistakes.

4. When I get tired I leave the cat to do the washing up.

3. I'm going to keep it to myself and go to bed.

2. An eerie light was being given off by the picture.

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

1. You just blatantly ignored me.

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Sunday, February 03, 2019

Top Ten Things Overheard On Swindon's Buses Last Week ; 456

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10. The company needs more mugs like him.

9. No two ways about it, he fancies her like there's no tomorrow.

8. That skirt just works, it just does.

7. I've got just enough left to keep into enough trouble.

6. Playing all round the world is the aim of that company.

5. They're all casual, and it really shows in the quality of the service.

4. Shock of my life when I heard the news of the engagement.

3. He'd been to about 5 different places all over town and it wasn't even properly lunchtime.

2. The last time we kept those in the kitchen was back when my father was paranoid about the electric going off.

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

1. It'l be a right laugh if you wear that face.

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Top Ten Things Overheard On Swindon's Buses Last Week ; 455

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10. The right shoes set it all off like a party.

9. I found my car keys on the bus.

8. You said it wouldn't matter, hob nobs.

7. It's a shame your face is shaped that way after all.

6. They stopped the countdown just before it all kicked off giving a bit of welcomed delay.

5. She asked for forgiveness, but I'm not ready to grant it.

4. I had a second thought about the Powell problem.

3. They don't seem to be very productive considering how long they're in for.

2. Your father was a great man, not a leader.

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

1. I stopped hanging out with him because he became more boring than ITV on a Saturday night.

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Top Ten Things Overheard On Swindon's Buses Last Week ; 454

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10. Nobody else would act like this if they had your legs.

9. That sausage roll is causing a lot of problems for you.

8. Looking in the eye is a sign of danger.

7. Don't feel it's a standing obligation to always go this way.

6. If you don't wake up with regret that will be progress.

5. The rules state you cannot board with that rabble.

4. A new tie does not make you an executive.

3. It's all voluntary, so of course, it doesn't get done.

2. The consequences will be as bad as the choice of sandwiches.

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

1. If you're going Vegan it's healthier to just eat crisps straight from the multipack.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Just(in) out of touch


The elephant in the room in Justin Tomlinson's online response to last night's government defeat, was no mention of the 118 Conservative MPs who voted against.

Interesting that he instead mentioned the opportunity of opposition MPs to 'wreck Brexit'.

Interesting there was no mention of his own party colleagues who seem to be doing that.

Interesting even further that he seems to be playing politics with a huge moment. Even though he's the first person to accuse opposition parties of playing politics.

Strong and stable.


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Top Ten Things Overheard On Swindon's Buses Last Week ; 453

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10. Over 100 years old isn't that surprising these days.

9. There's was a doorbell ring, then a small popping sound.

8. That music makes no sense to me, like metal.

7. They're getting married and it was so very happy to hear.

6. The women were fighting, no idea what's caused that.

5. The pass expires, but I'll keep using it.

4. You can't resist the lure of cake.

3. She's heard stories all about it and pretends she hasn't.

2. My name isn't my real name I'm sure.

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

1. What are you waiting for, you've got the right shoes on.

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Sunday, January 06, 2019

Top Ten Things Overheard On Swindon's Buses Last Week ; 452

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10. It's like their normal habitat, shopping.

9. Don't mess around, I'm feeling quite fragile now.

8. Samuel can think what he wants, I know the truth and now so do you.

7. Keep it in perspective, you haven't got any teeth.

6. I ate nothing over Christmas, I'm starving if I'm honest wth you.

5. You fainted twice on getting your post.

4. Quick thinking isn't always as good as you think.

3. Salad will be my secret weapon in the new year.

2. The reunion always happens at Christmas.

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

1. You can't put your box there, I've got my drum.

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