16 July 2006

Soapbox Sunday - Cant be bothered with Brunel

"A soapbox is a raised, improvised platform on which one stands to make an impromptu speech, often about a political subject. Alternately, the word may be used to describe the box that soap comes in." Wikipedia


A few days a go I blogged that there was a bid to create a World Heritage Sight around Brunels Great Western Railway. It was also noted that they were possibly only going to include the Bristol to London section in the bid. This would of course be ridiculous when possibly the greatest monument to IK Brunels genius is the Royal Albert Bridge linking Plymouth and Saltash, and perhaps more importantly linking Cornwall to England. I have already mentioned the lack of any real effort to celebrate IK Brunel down here in Plymouth. If I hadnt been looking for it I doublt if I would know that its Brunels 200th Birthday this year.

As I mentioned a few days ago Stagecoach Devon were inviting people to their 10th Aniversary Running Day in Exeter which I attended in sweltering heat. It was a very well organised day with a small but high quality selection of local buses both preserved and current. The weather was brilliant although the route through the City Centre was clogged with traffic which meant it was very hot on some of the buses! I will be posting a few more pictures from the event here and elsewhere over the next few days but this bus caught my eye.
WJ55NMA Dennis Trident low floor double decker bus 18368 carries this simple but elegant design to celebrate 200 years of the great designer.
I would like to add another picture showing Plymouths bus - but there isnt one.
Perhaps the people behind the Bid for World Heritage status realise the complete lack of interest down here in Plymouth. It will be interesting to see the local reaction if and when World Heritage Status is granted - between Bristol and London.


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