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Title: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 12, 2017, 11:17:00 PM
What a bus queue looks like where I live

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/59/255-121217231133.jpeg)

Still, it was the last bus of the day  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on December 13, 2017, 04:47:37 AM
Is it a trolleybus?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 13, 2017, 05:27:15 AM
 :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 13, 2017, 08:36:40 AM
Single decker with wheelchair access otherwise they couldn't have got on  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: The Q on December 13, 2017, 08:43:59 AM
My local bus stop looks like this...
























































































. yes there isn't a local bus stop...
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 13, 2017, 08:53:03 AM
No picture on me phone, here
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: port perran on December 13, 2017, 08:54:20 AM
No picture on me phone, here
Scroll down to the next bit of text George
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: austinbob on December 13, 2017, 08:57:28 AM
What a bus queue looks like where I live

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/59/255-121217231133.jpeg[/url])

Still, it was the last bus of the day  ;)

I dunno you wait for a shopping cart and three come along at once, and then another three, and then.....
 :no: :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: port perran on December 13, 2017, 09:05:39 AM
What a bus queue looks like where I live

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/59/255-121217231133.jpeg[/url])

Still, it was the last bus of the day  ;)

I dunno you wait for a shopping cart and three come along at once, and then another three, and then.....
 :no: :beers:

The green one looks to be a bit of an interloper!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 13, 2017, 09:20:44 AM
Good on ya, Q. Image a bit big, I guess!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: dannyboy on December 13, 2017, 09:51:30 AM
My bus stop is the same as Q has - there ain't one! The nearest 'main road' bus stop is 20 miles away, although I believe a bus does come through a nearby village, (5 miles away), once a week - a long wait if you miss it  :).
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: njee20 on December 13, 2017, 10:04:37 AM
Does anyone still use buses?! Aside from the olds with free travel I mean!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: austinbob on December 13, 2017, 10:10:52 AM
Does anyone still use buses?! Aside from the olds with free travel I mean!
I'm an 'old' njee and I occasionally use the bus, with my free bus pass, to go into town and check my life insurance is up to date and funeral expenses are properly covered.
 :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 13, 2017, 10:16:37 AM
Does anyone still use buses?! Aside from the olds with free travel I mean!

Yes indeed, mate. The Police here are like locusts and will put you in the lockup for smelling of alcohol.

Therefore I do my driving during the day to get stuff done, then put me car to bed about 4ish and catch buses from there on.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: themadhippy on December 13, 2017, 10:28:51 AM
Quote
Does anyone still use buses?
Me,and i aint allowed a bus pass for a good few years.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: njee20 on December 13, 2017, 10:37:19 AM
Wondered if that may be controversial  :)

Fair enough, obviously don't know what they're like where you are George, but it seems they're always slow, sporadic, and not going anywhere useful whenever I look! I get using London buses (although I never know where they're going), but outside of the capital (and other major cities to be fair) they always seem totally useless!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: colpatben on December 13, 2017, 10:38:48 AM

Yes indeed, mate. The Police here are like locusts and will put you in the lockup for smelling of alcohol.

Therefore I do my driving during the day to get stuff done, then put me car to bed about 4ish and catch buses from there on.


Very sensible George so you will never catch this one for being over 0.05.  :beers:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/59/1337-131217103611.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=59238)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Stuart Down Under on December 13, 2017, 10:54:10 AM
Actually the big story about bus stops in NSW, where the photo was taken, is they are in the process of replacing the internationally recognised icon of the front of a bus with the white letter B on a blue circle. Railway stations are marked with a T on an orange circle, trams (light rail) are an L on red and ferries are an F on green. The new metro rail service will  be an M on aqua (because they are running out of colours). It is sad that an international city like Sydney has decided to abandon international symbols and introduce English capital letters for the various service modes. To add confusion, at busy interchange points, the various bus stops are differentiated London-style by letter codes, so the B stops are adorned with multiple other letters. Something of a dog's breakfast.
 :hmmm:
PS: No free bus passes in NSW. Us oldies have to pay a max of $2.50 per day, but it does cover B, T, L and F for a range of about 150km around Sydney.
 :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: daversmth on December 13, 2017, 12:24:02 PM
 I was going to get on the bus
But it was too much fuss
Then I thought of the train.
But that was a real pain.
Next up was the car.
That was a step to far.
I even thought of my cycle.
But had lent it to my brother, Michael.

......

It's the ballast.
I blame it on the ballast.
It's driving me nuts and I'm cracking up ....

Ballast every day
Leads the mind astray.

 :bounce:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: MalcolmInN on December 13, 2017, 12:35:03 PM
Does anyone still use buses?! Aside from the olds with free travel I mean!
I'm an 'old' njee and I occasionally use the bus, with my free bus pass,
I'm an old and I have not bothered to get a free pass, in fact I'm not sure I can remember! what a bus looks like :(
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: MinZaPint on December 13, 2017, 04:15:45 PM
Does anyone still use buses?! Aside from the olds with free travel I mean!


Yes indeed, mate. The Police here are like locusts and will put you in the lockup for smelling of alcohol.

Therefore I do my driving during the day to get stuff done, then put me car to bed about 4ish and catch buses from there on.


How else are we supposed to go on our weekly "Cultural  :beers: Tours"?

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/59/523-131217161128.jpeg)

Fortunately we have a good local bus service  :thumbsup: Oh and in case you were wondering I'm the fat one front right.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Intercity on December 13, 2017, 04:30:02 PM
not completely related but the Rail company I work for is a bus company (and management thinks everything can run like a bus), so I guess I am on a bus everyday well according to management I am.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: joe cassidy on December 13, 2017, 06:30:07 PM
How else are we supposed to go on our weekly "Cultural  :beers: Tours"?

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/59/523-131217161128.jpeg[/url])

Fortunately we have a good local bus service  :thumbsup: Oh and in case you were wondering I'm the fat one front right.


Looks like the guy in corner at the back is drinking a pint of mild.

Does mild exist in Dorset ?

Best regards,


Joe
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Train Waiting on December 13, 2017, 07:57:38 PM
Does anyone still use buses?! Aside from the olds with free travel I mean!

Yes, I do.  Very handy indeed to get to and from the station.  Both for business and 'off-duty' travel.

Not eligible for free travel, but I don't mind paying (it's cheaper than parking as well - if a space could be found).

And, if the homeward journey has a  :pint: - no problem at all.

Best wishes.

John
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: port perran on December 13, 2017, 08:08:53 PM
We probably would use the bus iff it was a bit more reliable. We often see people standing at the bus stop in our village for up to 45 mins or so.
We do use the park and ride every time we pop into Truro though.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Newportnobby on December 13, 2017, 08:40:23 PM
I use the park & ride if I go into Preston as it's £1.50 return, far cheaper than parking in the city. Just 7 months to go and I'll get my bus pass. Huzzah! :claphappy: :claphappy:
There has to be some benefit to getting decrepit :-[
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: ColinH on December 13, 2017, 09:15:42 PM
Think you still have to pay for Park & Ride services though as Bus Pass is not valid on them. Also where I live not valid until after 9.30a.m. Believe some local authorities have slightly different rules.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 13, 2017, 10:40:44 PM
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/59/255-131217223722.jpeg)

Looks like the trolley bus came!  ;D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on December 14, 2017, 12:32:06 AM
Exciting times at George's local bus stop!

No abandoned trolleys at mine, which is actually the terminus of two lines, but it is manned by two baton-waving dudes whose job is to assist the buses to turn around in a space not really big enough for a bus to turn round in.

(http://japan-train-blog.infogogo.com/static/misc/busstop.jpg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: JonHarbour on December 14, 2017, 03:07:09 AM
Does anyone still use buses?! Aside from the olds with free travel I mean!


Do for work every day - no train service from where I live to the centre of Sydney, so my only option is to ride the motorway bus for an hour (an hour plus most days) each way!

The good news is we do get a train line from mid 2019! Introducing the Sydney Metro (https://www.sydneymetro.info/)

(http://www.smh.com.au/content/dam/images/4/y/h/u/o/image.related.videoThumbnail.620x349.4yhun.png/1506396106522.jpg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: njee20 on December 14, 2017, 07:12:51 AM
So this has taught us that buses in Oz are pretty good (albeit with dubious signage), whilst in the UK I remain unconvinced.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 14, 2017, 07:28:52 AM
The service in my town is very punctual, but infrequent. The bus to and from Chez Bealman only runs on the hour, last one from the watering hole being 8.25pm.

The fact that I drink with most of the companies drivers who have adopted this club as the watering hole after work doesn't help - sometimes I have to move to a different table because of the diesel fumes  ;D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Newportnobby on December 14, 2017, 11:13:25 AM
Think you still have to pay for Park & Ride services though as Bus Pass is not valid on them. Also where I live not valid until after 9.30a.m. Believe some local authorities have slightly different rules.

We can't use the bus pass at peak hours but after 09.30 it allows free ride on the P & R.
If you can find it, check out Fred Wedlocks 'Bristol Buses' - totally unPC but somewhat amusing.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 14, 2017, 10:33:42 PM
Argh! They're back!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/59/255-141217223041.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: JonHarbour on December 14, 2017, 11:04:33 PM
The service in my town is very punctual, but infrequent. The bus to and from Chez Bealman only runs on the hour, last one from the watering hole being 8.25pm.

The fact that I drink with most of the companies drivers who have adopted this club as the watering hole after work doesn't help - sometimes I have to move to a different table because of the diesel fumes  ;D

So, they are all Guinness drinkers then! :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 14, 2017, 11:20:07 PM
 :laughabovepost: :pint:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on December 14, 2017, 11:44:44 PM
Argh! They're back!
Maybe they're following you?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 15, 2017, 12:30:13 AM
Stalker trolleys! Cheeky baskets  :-\
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on December 15, 2017, 12:36:31 AM
Argh! They're back!

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/59/255-141217223041.jpeg[/url])


Why do people just leave them there? That's just lazy.

Take 'em home with you....

https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2017/09/XPlore-Dundee-shopping-trolley.jpg (https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2017/09/XPlore-Dundee-shopping-trolley.jpg)

Cheers weave  :beers:




Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 15, 2017, 03:48:51 AM
Actually the shopping centre employs people to collect them. It would be a bit impractical for a lone shopper to leave a trolley load of shopping alone at the stop while they took the trolley back to the centre.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 15, 2017, 10:26:31 AM
And sorry to everyone following this banal thread, I haven't got a bus stop pic tonight. Club runs a courtesy bus Fridays and Saturday's.  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on December 15, 2017, 11:24:41 AM
Well that's put a damper on my evening. Time for another  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: dannyboy on December 15, 2017, 06:48:09 PM
Yup - really spoilt my Friday night plans.   :'(. Think I'll go have a bath.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Chetcombe on December 15, 2017, 08:58:06 PM
Contrary to popular opinion we do have public transport here in the US of A and I am a pretty regular bus user in Philadelphia. Here is a photo of my local bus stop (on the very left) with the bus I had caught broken down (and blocking a busy intersection) after having travelled about 50 feet. There was no way the next bus could have got past so I walked instead - the shortest bus journey I have ever taken!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/59/817-151217205202.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on December 16, 2017, 04:26:52 AM
If anyone's ever bored, there's a whole sub-genre of Japanese YouTube videos dedicated to documenting bus journeys.

Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 21, 2017, 06:15:52 AM
An obstacle course last night! Geez they make getting home after a couple of beers difficult!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/59/255-211217061003.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Mito on December 23, 2017, 09:15:26 PM
Sitting on one of those could put the wind up you. :doh:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on December 23, 2017, 11:13:59 PM
Looks like a bogan trap if you ask me.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 30, 2017, 04:08:39 AM
Christmas moon over the bus stop.... 27th.....

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/59/255-301217034834.jpeg)

And 28th....

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/59/255-301217035008.jpeg)

Sort of gives the impression that Bealman is short of something to do, doesn't it!  :worried:

Beats what's on TV here at the moment, though!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on December 30, 2017, 05:28:53 AM
George mooning at the bus stop eh?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 30, 2017, 05:45:46 AM
 :moony: ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: bluedepot on December 30, 2017, 05:55:55 AM
just read all 4 pages of this thread at 5.49am and still can't sleep :-)

I was somewhere else that has a b for bus on the stops too but can't remember which city it was now

Looking forward to seeing a picture of the actual bus!

Tim
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 30, 2017, 06:26:19 AM
Geez, Tim.... I thought I was short of something to do!  ;D

I'll see what I can do about a bus pic  :beers:

George
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: joe cassidy on December 30, 2017, 07:03:51 PM
Reminds me of that film where Harvey Keitel (?) was a cigar shop owner in Brooklyn and every day he took the same photo of the street corner outside his shop for X years.

Best regards,


Joe
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 02, 2018, 05:19:32 AM
Just to prove to Northern Hemisphere folk that Australia isn't all sunshine and blue skies..... around about 4pm in the afternoon near Bealman's favourite bus stop, 30th Dec.  ;)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/59/255-311217044445.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 02, 2018, 05:37:10 AM
Oh, and another bus stop quirk....

These aren't birds, they're bats.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/59/255-311217044938.jpeg)

There's hundreds of them nesting in the trees on the motorway off ramp up the road from the bus stop.

They stink, are riddled in lice, and every night they fly off. Council refuse to cull them, and two years ago I ended up with them nesting in a tree in my backyard.

Cost me $1800 to have the tree removed. Yet the same council put that $450,000 palm tree art in the mall  :veryangry:

Otherwise, Happy New Year, folks!  :thumbsup: :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Webbo on January 02, 2018, 07:02:47 AM
Magnificent George

I'm looking forward to meeting your bus stop, your model railway, and your bats.

Webbo
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 02, 2018, 07:27:04 AM
That is so very encouraging! Thank you!

Major construction work on house coming up and trip to Japan in May to see Bealette.

But it will happen, promise

Either that or I'll come back and bother you  :P

George
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on January 02, 2018, 09:17:52 AM
Will there be someone to stand in for you providing bus stop updates while you're out of the country?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 02, 2018, 11:33:33 AM
I'll be waiting at yours!  :thumbsup:

New thread!  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bad Raven on January 02, 2018, 03:58:11 PM
Need to see the bus, need to see the bus................................neeedddd...........zzzzzzz  zzzzzz zzzzz   zz  z
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bad Raven on January 02, 2018, 04:01:33 PM
PS, we brought a bus engine back from Aus.  But then it was from 1919.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Mito on January 02, 2018, 06:04:41 PM
PS, we brought a bus engine back from Aus.  But then it was from 1919.

Perhaps that's why we never see a bus at the bus stop. They've run out of engines. :doh:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 03, 2018, 12:04:59 AM
No bus, but did get a rainbow last night

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/255-030118000101.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on January 03, 2018, 12:56:48 AM
Hi,

Don't worry I hear your bus is on it's way  :D....

http://vibeghana.com/wp-content/uploads/bus.jpg (http://vibeghana.com/wp-content/uploads/bus.jpg)

I want to take a photo of my local bus stop to join in but I would have to use my wife's phone and I still haven't worked out how to ask her without a similar bus turning up for me or just coming back to a Dear John letter.

Great stuff,

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 03, 2018, 01:04:04 AM
Sometimes getting the courtesy bus home from the club is, I suspect, similar to travelling on the bus in your picture - especially the late night one!  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: bluedepot on January 03, 2018, 01:42:19 AM
reading this at 1.37am

would your bus fit on a tomix or faller moving bus chassis?  maybe someone can 3d print a body to fit it or something.

no moving bat system commercially available though yet


Tim



Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: javlinfaw7 on January 03, 2018, 01:58:16 AM
A local preservation group brought a bus back from Australia
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/1970-030118015806.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=60116)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 03, 2018, 02:44:46 AM
Awesome! An old Sydney bus! Believe it or not, they were still running when I arrived here in 1974!!

The buses are a bit more modern these days (well, some of 'em)  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: javlinfaw7 on January 03, 2018, 03:06:30 AM
The chassis and engine were built about 1/2 mile from where I am , the factory still produces lorry componants. My father learned to drive on the same model
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/1970-030118030554.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=60117)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 03, 2018, 03:25:18 AM
Cool!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: 70000 on January 03, 2018, 06:17:45 AM
Preferred the look of the original Sydney livery, to be honest.....

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/5878-030118061259.jpeg)

Have the HIstoric Commercial Vehicle  Group still got their museum in Tempe?
Went there in 1992, when the above photo was taken, and they had an interesting selection of vehicles there, including a few (Adelaide?) trolleybuses.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 03, 2018, 07:17:07 AM
Another great photo!  :thumbsup:

Can't answer the question, unfortunately, but there is most certainly an active bus community here.....

I know because they were running preserved buses from Bankstown station to the major Sydney model railway exhibition at one point.

Maybe they still are.... haven't been recently  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: 70000 on January 03, 2018, 07:25:29 AM
I know because they were running preserved buses from Bankstown station to the major Sydney model railway exhibition at one point.
Back in 1992, they ran a shuttle on sundays to the museum from Sydenham station. This was being worked by a Sydney AEC Regent III on the day we went.
At least the rules for running preserved buses in NSW seemed to be a bit more relaxed then than in Queensland. The Brisbane Tram Museum had an interesting selection of motorbuses there, but it wasn't practical to put any of them back on the road due to the strict regulations in force. I think they had to be restored to full PSV operating standards and taxed/licenced/operated accordingly. 
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 03, 2018, 07:50:58 AM
Wow..  I certainly bow to an expert, 'cos I know very little about buses. Thank you!

But I like the fact that there are bus preservation organisations, as we have with locomotive preservation.

Cool!  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 04, 2018, 09:09:48 PM
Eeek! A bus at the bus stop! It wasn't mine, though. I get the 35 which is about two minutes behind.

Anyway, hope this satisfies those of you who haven't been able to get to sleep at night worrying about the buses  ;)  ;D

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/255-040118210144.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Mito on January 04, 2018, 09:15:27 PM
Do the drivers keep the doors shut to prevent shopping trolleys boarding? And what are the lifting hooks on the roof for? :)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on January 04, 2018, 09:18:44 PM
 :claphappy:

I was just wondering how many drunk people end up in Berkeley because a ticket from Wollongong to Warrawong might be a tad too difficult to enunciate  :D

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 04, 2018, 09:22:46 PM
Do the drivers keep the doors shut to prevent shopping trolleys boarding? And what are the lifting hooks on the roof for? :)

 ;D I think the lifting hooks you refer to are actually the top of the MacDonalds sign across the road  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: MinZaPint on January 06, 2018, 01:02:12 PM
I like the idea of the lifting hooks  :thumbsup: I got to my bus stop to find an engineer underneath, it weren't going anywhere  :'(  :thumbsdown:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: MinZaPint on January 12, 2018, 05:25:06 PM
One of my favourite bus stops right outside one of my favourite pubs! locals will recognise the stop sign from the now defunct "Hants & Dorset" bus company, services now run by the Wilts & Dorset company.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/523-120118170330.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 12, 2018, 09:17:35 PM
Cool. Good beer in the Woodpecker, then?  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 21, 2018, 08:36:35 AM
New bus stop for Bealman this weekend....

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/255-210118083207.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 21, 2018, 08:58:49 AM
Four hours south from bus stop and that is indeed the Tasman Sea in background.

Big red roof belongs to pub that charges Sydney prices for a beer!

Back to the bus stop now. Watch this space
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Webbo on January 21, 2018, 09:45:29 AM
When I was a kid, my family drove down to Narooma from Cooma for summer holidays. Wouldn't know anything about bar prices from that time though.

Still a very nice place Narooma despite there being stacks more people there than there used to be.

Webbo
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on January 21, 2018, 10:19:05 AM
New bus stop for Bealman this weekend....

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/255-210118083207.jpeg[/url])


I trust you've verified the motel lives up to its claim of local elevation superiority?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Mito on January 21, 2018, 08:41:50 PM
Does the yellow sign on the right mean there are drunken driver around? :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 21, 2018, 09:37:38 PM
All I can say is that walking back from the pub is hard work!  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 25, 2018, 09:37:56 AM
Oh no, Man down

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/255-250118091947.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on January 25, 2018, 09:43:11 AM
Oh no! and looks like those 2 cars have had it too.

Has Kim been expanding his range?

Cheers weave  :beers:

Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on January 25, 2018, 10:06:24 AM
Laser beams from space?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 25, 2018, 10:15:57 AM
I think unbekowns to me the phone was in effects mode.  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Webbo on January 26, 2018, 01:43:59 AM
Oh no, Man down

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/255-250118091947.jpeg[/url])


Down temporarily, but not beyond redemption, George. Unlike these two poor souls who I photographed in our local creek this morning.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/61/4229-260118014211.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=61082)

Happy Australia Day to all Ozites and to those in the rest of the world who would like to celebrate with us.

Webbo

Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on January 26, 2018, 08:16:55 AM
Happy Australia Day to all Ozites and to those in the rest of the world who would like to celebrate with us.

Webbo

I will mentally stick a stubbie on the barbie and put my best thongs on (or whatever is traditional), any excuse for a beer :beers:

It's the coldest it's been in the last 48 years here...
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 26, 2018, 08:31:52 AM
Yes, saw that. Brrr!  :cold: :cold:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 26, 2018, 09:01:13 AM
Best I could do at the bus stop.... all the best!  :beers:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/61/255-260118085648.jpeg)

By the way, Webbo.... hope your local council is going to fix that mess up!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on January 26, 2018, 11:12:43 AM
Best I could do at the bus stop.... all the best!  :beers:

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/61/255-260118085648.jpeg[/url])


Provisions for the bus journey home?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 26, 2018, 11:15:57 AM
Gotta think ahead, mate.  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on January 26, 2018, 12:11:48 PM
Best I could do at the bus stop.... all the best!  :beers:

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/61/255-260118085648.jpeg[/url])

By the way, Webbo.... hope your local council is going to fix that mess up!


Just a 30 minute bus ride then. Gives you amber nectar time to think what you're really goin' to buy  :D. Bottle of Bundy?

HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY to you all.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 26, 2018, 03:07:28 PM
 :laughabovepost:

Thanks, mate. Actually the bus trip is less than 5 minutes!  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on January 26, 2018, 03:21:35 PM
:laughabovepost:

Thanks, mate. Actually the bus trip is less than 5 minutes!  ;)
So one bottle left for the walk from the bus to home?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 26, 2018, 09:23:05 PM
:pint:  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on January 26, 2018, 10:55:43 PM
Technically not my local bus stop, but the bus stop outside my local station last night demonstrating how Tokyo is institutionally unprepared for snow followed by freezing temperatures. Took them 4 days to reopen all the motorways.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4655/26043510068_45020edbae_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FFnNcE)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 26, 2018, 11:00:35 PM
Yes, Bealette says it was snowing hard where she is.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 04, 2018, 06:57:35 AM
Not the bus stop, but not far from it. Rainbow over bowling club and fleet of alien spacecraft that look like they've just nuked us over to the east (right)  :D

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/61/255-040218064846.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on February 04, 2018, 07:04:39 AM
Not the bus stop, but not far from it. Rainbow over bowling club and fleet of alien spacecraft that look like they've just nuked us over to the east (right)  :D

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/61/255-040218064846.jpeg[/url])


Waiter, I'll have a gram of whatever that gentleman over there is smoking!    :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 04, 2018, 07:08:57 AM
Gerroff! I thought that catching the reflection of the lights was pretty cool  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on February 04, 2018, 08:52:46 AM
While the alien spaceship in the sky, especially after the attack on the bus stop the other day, have been deemed rather worrying by the British Government and the Royal Family, what has arisen as a greater concern to them both, after enlarging the photograph, is that there is a man in Australia playing bowls wearing trainers, shabby shorts and a loud T shirt exposing what looks like numerous tattoos.

Quite frankly, it's just not on and something must be done about it.

Malcolm Turnbull has been informed but the instant reply was 'Lighten up Liz, you pommy cow'  :D.

Cheers for the pic  :beers:



Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 04, 2018, 08:56:28 AM
The young guy with the tatts is actually a really nice bloke!  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: MinZaPint on February 04, 2018, 05:51:06 PM
View from my bus, well it was local at the time and a good deal warmer than I am now, back home!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/61/523-040218174531.jpeg)

be back to Wilts & Dorset this week  :(
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 04, 2018, 08:54:17 PM
Where's that, then? Looks great!  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: MinZaPint on February 05, 2018, 01:11:23 PM
Hi George, on the "Hop on Hop off" bus traveling from Hout Bay North, Cape town part of a fabulous holiday in spite of the drought!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 06, 2018, 05:03:02 AM
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/61/255-060218044502.jpeg)

Not Victoria Bitter, so not guilty.  :D

Anyway, rather than start a new thread, I thought I'd just post on here that there's a bit of excitement building up in Wollongong (well, the local paper is getting excited) as we are hosting Wigan vs Hull FC at our local stadium on Saturday.

It actually is sort of exciting as it is the first Super League fixture outside of the UK, and there are quite a number of fans here for the event. Good tourist dollar! Coming after Elton John last September it's got to be good for local businesses.

As an added bonus, the stadium is right next to the beach, in a lovely location. For any fans we may have on the forum, it will be televised live, so tune in and see our town and enjoy the game!  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Webbo on February 06, 2018, 05:44:52 AM
Belongs to one of your friends though George?

Anyway, I can see your chewing gum all over the place.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 06, 2018, 05:52:13 AM
You're a funny man, Ian  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 06, 2018, 06:18:04 AM
Actually a mate of mine who drives buses is driving the Wigan team around for a couple of weeks!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Webbo on February 06, 2018, 07:23:33 AM
You're a funny man, Ian  ;)

Hurrumph!!! :wave:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 11, 2018, 08:28:38 AM
Actually a mate of mine who drives buses is driving the Wigan team around for a couple of weeks!  :thumbsup:

For those remotely interested, Wigan 24 Hull 10.

A gate of about 12000, with quite a number of Brit's in the crowd, apparently.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on February 11, 2018, 02:42:16 PM
Unusually high number of goals there, or is it the sport with the pointy-ended ball?

In local bus stop news, the other week I and the Squidlet were heading for the local bus to Mitaka station (which as far as the Squidlet is concerned is the focal point of all train-related travel) when we happened upon the aftermath of a collision between a small white sports car and the Other Bus (which goes past the hospital where the Squidlet was hatched but is otherwise of No Interest) and the Squidlet is still jabbering on about it ("white car bwoken! bus bwoken!").
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 11, 2018, 09:36:30 PM
 :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost:

I hope no one was hurt. I'm assuming not!

Saturday's game here was Rugby League. League is very big here in NSW. This was the first Super League game played outside the UK.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 23, 2018, 03:13:10 AM
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/255-230218020619.jpeg)

Definitely outnumbered last night! But what's this?! Imposter! Green handles! Woolworth's trolley!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/255-230218020738.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on February 23, 2018, 05:13:07 AM
Do I see signs of an upcoming territorial conflict between shopping trolley tribes?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 23, 2018, 05:21:10 AM
 :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost:

It ain't gonna happen on my turf mate  :D

By the way, I'm currently booking hotels in Tokyo. Will pm you!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: JonHarbour on February 23, 2018, 07:35:18 AM
This probably should be in the angry thread, but is anybody else annoyed by the fact that at shopping malls all the different stores use different size trolleys that are mutually incompatible? It really irritates me when they insist on a coin slot to ensure you don't leave the country with the trolley! You never seem to be able to hook up your trolley to another because they are all so different!  :veryangry:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: colpatben on February 23, 2018, 08:54:07 AM
Is it time to rename this Topic 'My Local Trolly (bus) stop'   ???

@JonHarbour (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=1600) In the UK I get a handfull of the plastic tokens that are available to replace the coin in the trolly handle slot so you can leave your trolly anywhere 'cos the tokens are disposable.

I will send you a sackfull or maybe just a heap of £1.00 coins because they do not seem to be worth much.

Gone :offtopicsign: sorry George  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 23, 2018, 08:57:56 AM
 :laughabovepost:

Let's remember I started this as a light hearted bit of nonsense!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on February 23, 2018, 10:11:06 AM
Not sure about pounds, but the Japanese 10 yen coin makes an excellent substitute for trolleys which accept Euros.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Mito on February 23, 2018, 09:21:37 PM
I'm a bit worried that you could be a trolley junkie. This hanging around bus stops too. A busiophile? :o
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 23, 2018, 09:24:30 PM
It's all about avoiding a RBT  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Mito on February 23, 2018, 09:46:29 PM
RBT A rest between tankards? ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on February 23, 2018, 09:59:43 PM
Oooh,

It's like 'Mock the Week',

Royal Blue Trolleys?

Ratted Bealman Telling off?

A run over RaBbiT?

Nearer with the second answer methinks. Had to look RBT up. We don't seem to have the boys in blue doing that down our way. Not that I would do it  :no:

Cheers for the latest update. Do Woolies still have the massive loose sweet aisle that I never, ever stole from as a kid  :no:

Cheers weave  :beers:

Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 23, 2018, 10:15:26 PM
Unfortunately those days are long gone  :(
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 28, 2018, 08:29:14 AM
I started this thread as a joke.

However, I would like to show forum members what routine life is here in Australia.

Well, I just can't believe I watched an episode of Home and Away at the bowling club!  :sick2: :sick2: :sick2:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on February 28, 2018, 10:19:05 AM
Is "Neighbours" still running?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on February 28, 2018, 09:11:25 PM
I started this thread as a joke.

However, I would like to show forum members what routine life is here in Australia.

Well, I just can't believe I watched an episode of Home and Away at the bowling club!  :sick2: :sick2: :sick2:

thankfully I can honestly say after over 30yrs in Aus I have still to experience an episode of either Neighbours or Home & Away, even though the former is filmed in the next suburb to me.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 28, 2018, 09:47:27 PM
Up until yesterday I hadn't either, Graham, and was extremely proud of it. I feel like I've let myself down big time! My weak excuse is that the bar staff were watching it....

And yes, Ian, Neighbours is still going.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: The Q on March 01, 2018, 08:27:51 AM
if I had a local bus stop I could do the blank screen post again, All trains, all buses stopped due to snow. Many roads blocked (sometimes by  the gritter / plough)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 01, 2018, 08:32:14 AM
Yeah, we're seeing it on TV here! Good luck!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 02, 2018, 01:34:52 AM
There's a picture in the local paper today of a little girl playing in the snow beside Tower Bridge in London, and it says my native NE England is totally shut down. Almost makes me homesick... NOT

Anyway, back to the bus stop.... legendary, don't you know:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/255-280218055916.jpeg)

There have been a few recent additions, such as a visit by Robert:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/255-280218060737.jpeg)

Accompanied by presumably his girlfriend:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/255-280218060913.jpeg)

This also turned up at the bus stop. The  mentioned car park is just across the road from the stop:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/255-280218060222.jpeg)

Bit sad I thought, though it's probably roadkill by now. Anyway it turned up in the local paper too:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/255-280218060416.jpeg)

That's all from the bus stop for now.... rug up and keep warm folks! Great railway modelling weather though!  :cold:

Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on March 02, 2018, 01:59:58 AM
I can't wait for the movie version of this thread ;)  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 02, 2018, 02:03:45 AM
That exciting huh  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Mito on March 02, 2018, 06:03:33 PM
Perhaps you could hang around the bus stop, or do you already? :D and give writing lessons to the casual callers.
Perhaps Oscar would be interested in the movie. :no:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on March 02, 2018, 10:55:30 PM
What about a Musical.

Barbra Streisand decides to move to Wollongong for the better weather. There, she fights off alien spacecraft, watches some British rugby league touring sides, becomes a master at crown green bowls, sets up a petition to ban anything other than sport to be shown on a TV in a licensed public bar, rescues missing dogs plus other adventures.

However, she's not really happy and finds solace in having a Big Mac and large fries while serenading inanimate, wheeled objects parked at her local bus stop.

Just an idea, can't think of a name though  :hmmm:. 'Hello' something perhaps?

 :sorrysign: Been drinking.

Cheers weave  :beers:

Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 02, 2018, 11:01:04 PM
 :laughabovepost: :smiley-laughing: ;D

One problem with the script: no crown green bowls here  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Mito on March 03, 2018, 08:45:37 PM
How about "Hello Trolly" with apologies to Luis Armstrong.
:laughabovepost: :smiley-laughing: ;D

One problem with the script: no crown green bowls here  :beers:
The Flat Earth Society reigns supreme then? :worried:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 03, 2018, 09:30:48 PM
Yes.... in fact in all my years here, I've never seen a crown green, although I'm sure there will be one somewhere.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 05, 2018, 05:00:07 AM
Remember the missing woof? Happy ending!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/255-050318045447.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: dannyboy on March 05, 2018, 05:05:18 AM
Awwww!
Reading the bit on the front of the paper, Marley must be a train fan.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 05, 2018, 05:10:03 AM
A train driver spotted the dog beside the railway line to Sydney. However, according to the paper, the owner had a bit of a run to catch him! Didn't sound too keen to go home!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 05, 2018, 06:16:30 AM
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/255-050318061448.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Webbo on March 05, 2018, 08:34:57 AM
Wonderful news George

Better than hearing about all the misfortune that comprises most of our news.

Doglookerafterer
Webbo
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on March 05, 2018, 09:34:30 AM
Excellent news  :claphappy:

Also, it means the 'Hello Trolley' plot is writing itself. Will edit 'crown green' to 'flat lawn'. Don't want the likes of the 'Endeavour' critics on my back.

Looking forward to more material.

Again, happy news on a horrible murky Monday morning.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 08, 2018, 06:32:39 AM
Gender bender..... Marley is apparently female.  :-[
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 15, 2018, 04:44:02 AM
Bit rainy at the bus stop lately...

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/255-150318043252.jpeg)

Here's my ticket home. I guess it's a bit like a British Oyster card. This card works on buses, trains and the Sydney Harbour ferries.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/255-150318043454.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Mito on March 15, 2018, 08:50:17 PM
Have you just got off the bus or missed it? :confused1:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 15, 2018, 09:48:05 PM
Just like most places in the world, there's huge gaps and then they all come together. That wasn't my bus, mine was following.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Webbo on March 16, 2018, 07:41:25 AM
This isn't exactly Wollongong, but it was our local bus terminal near where we stayed in Fort Kochi, southern India. Bus activity was a bit quiet in the early evening so a few youths decided to take advantage of the available space to play India's favourite sport.
 
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/4229-160318073821.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=62997)

Webbo
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 16, 2018, 07:57:10 AM
Cool! Hope he didn't slice one off to the left!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on March 16, 2018, 08:33:33 AM
Here's my ticket home. I guess it's a bit like a British Oyster card. This card works on buses, trains and the Sydney Harbour ferries.

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/255-150318043454.jpeg[/url])


Apparently not a good idea to implant this under your skin (https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/mar/16/bodyhacking-scientist-who-implanted-opal-card-chip-guilty-of-fare-evasion). Don't say you weren't warned.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 16, 2018, 08:42:28 AM
Oh no. Japan doesn't have implants, surely. I'd be going to the toilet all the time!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on March 16, 2018, 08:51:30 AM
Oh no. Japan doesn't have implants, surely. I'd be going to the toilet all the time!

The implant in question was one of your local Opal cards.

In Japan, a discreet QR code tattooed on the inside of your forearm will be sufficient.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 16, 2018, 09:15:21 AM
I was reminded of the old joke where a fax was expected  :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on April 12, 2018, 07:35:59 AM
Fleet of UFO's above bowling club this arvo.

Just waiting for the mothership  :uneasy:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/64/255-120418072809.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on April 12, 2018, 07:41:25 AM
neat picture George.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: daffy on April 12, 2018, 07:49:50 AM
Your surname isn't Adamski by any chance, I see it George? :hmmm:

Like it! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on April 12, 2018, 07:55:51 AM
 :laughabovepost:

No, I didn't throw copper possers into the air for this pic. :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on April 23, 2018, 10:00:17 AM
Sorry, no posts from the bus stop lately.

The bus company is experimenting with a mini bus on demand!

Ring up, comes pick you up door to door, $1.50.

Ok with me  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: daffy on April 23, 2018, 11:12:28 AM
We have a vaguely similar thing here called CallConnect, with minibuses on set routes responding to requests online or by phone.  Darned if I can find the cost of the fares though!

$1.50 a trip door to door - will that take you as far as Perth or Sydney? :hmmm:
 :D

Seriously, how far will that fare take you? Sounds mighty cheap.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on April 23, 2018, 01:11:05 PM
Well Bealman will just have to start dumping shopping trolleys on the pavement outside his house then...
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on April 23, 2018, 11:42:18 PM
 :laughabovepost:

Daffy, there are three operating in three different areas of the Illawarra region. I'm lucky enough to live in one of them. It's just a small area of operation, but good enough for me!

However, it's only a trial period, and to be honest, I don't think it's getting a lot of use. Aussies worship their cars too much.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: The Q on April 24, 2018, 04:41:27 PM
We have a thing called rail a ride, you pay £8 per year to be a member, and 2 days a week you can ring them up and for £3.60 they'll take you from your door to Hoveton about 10 miles away with the return journey being a couple of hours later. That's enough to shop in the big supermarket there or go to the bank.
If you are going one way that's the nearest railway station..
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: dannyboy on April 24, 2018, 09:44:48 PM
I have just lifted this from a website called 'Get there.ie' regarding getting a bus from my nearest town, Ballinamore which is 5 miles away, (in the UK it would be called a village!), to Enniskillen, (Northern Ireland), which is a town! If anyone is in the area of County Fermanagh, I can recommend a visit, it also has a model shop, which does not have a lot in n gauge, but is good for model requisites.
 
Ballinamore ⇒ Enniskillen ( Only)
View all operators
   
Today, Tue, 24th April
Tomorrow »
The next connection between Ballinamore and Enniskillen is on Fri, 27th April.


And 'they' wonder why people in rural areas refuse to give up their cars!  ::)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: MinZaPint on April 26, 2018, 03:18:16 PM
My favourite local bus stop with shelter and over the road the "waiting room" a Wetherspoons! you can sit in the window supping a pint and hop out when the bus arrives, it's a turn round stop so the bus will always be there for a couple of minutes. If you miss the bus you can always have another  :pint: while you wait it's a half hour service!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/64/523-260418151637.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on April 26, 2018, 11:35:19 PM
Good one!  :thumbsup: :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on April 27, 2018, 12:09:48 AM
A couple of other bus stops:

This is the one going the other way! This one is just up the hill from Chez Bealman. This is the"Gee, I'm thirsty" bus stop.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/64/255-270418000140.jpeg)

And this one is in town. I took this on Anzac Day after I'd finished helping to run the two up game at the Leagues Club. This bus stop is not a very nice place to be on a night, unfortunately.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/64/255-270418000315.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on April 27, 2018, 01:13:21 AM
never been to the gong, but you make it sound exciting.

cheers
Graham
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on May 13, 2018, 02:38:54 PM
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/255-130518141713.jpeg)

Just checking you're awake, viewer  ;D

New bus stop, Osaka, Japan.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: daffy on May 13, 2018, 03:09:15 PM
Seems the No 59 goes further than the route map suggests. ;)

Regular postcards are expected.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on May 13, 2018, 03:19:06 PM
Arigatogozaimashita,

Hope that's right.

Also hope the rain stopped and you enjoyed the Aquarium.

Can't be bothered to Google translate again, it's Sunday, so

Cheers weave  :beers:

Have a great trip.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on May 13, 2018, 03:25:18 PM
Bedtime here, but just before  :sleep:

Postcard I took yesterday from Shinkansen between Tokyo and Osaka:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/255-120518122227.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: The Q on May 13, 2018, 09:21:08 PM
How to bus ... Stop
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/6067-130518211646.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=65292)

Actually this was 30 years ago, I remember fuss when it happened,  but it's recently been in the papers again as a car got stuck when the road gave way. There are lots of medieval chalk mines under Norwich and occasionally one gives way
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on May 17, 2018, 02:19:25 AM
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/255-170518021633.jpeg)

Not a trolley in sight! Hotel Granvia bus stop, Hiroshima
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on May 28, 2018, 11:20:02 PM
Sat here forever waiting for a bus which never came, but the view was splendid!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/255-280518231443.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/255-280518232233.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on May 30, 2018, 01:52:07 PM
Happy to confirm Bealman is a real existing human being  :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on May 30, 2018, 03:49:41 PM
Affirm!  :thumbsup: :beers:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/255-300518154417.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on May 30, 2018, 04:03:06 PM
The one on the left is definitely Bealman.

Ghana won 0:2.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: daffy on May 30, 2018, 05:50:27 PM
Subliminal advertising for at least two well known brews? :hmmm: :D

But nice to put faces to names as always! :thumbsup:

Have one on me guys! :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: MinZaPint on May 30, 2018, 05:55:04 PM
Nice one guys, best wishes David  :pint:  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Mito on May 30, 2018, 09:37:02 PM
Japanese Guinness? :confused1:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 05, 2018, 01:20:05 AM
Ah well, holidays have to end, I suppose..... back to trolley town - at least they haven't multiplied.

Bit of a shock coming back to Antipodean winter, too.  :cold:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/255-050618011404.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on June 05, 2018, 08:17:04 AM
I see they've made a good job of clearing away all the snow  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 05, 2018, 09:11:31 AM
 :laughabovepost:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: cornish yorkie on June 17, 2018, 11:39:24 AM
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign: so far, This is Triplets bus stop at Crofthandy in rural West Cornwall

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/4216-170618113145.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=66512)
Nice new small bus, in comparison the double decker  resting at Padstow is much older & the roads are narrower

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/4216-170618113859.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=66516)
regards Derek.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: port perran on June 17, 2018, 12:22:01 PM
:hellosign:  :greatpicturessign: so far, This is Triplets bus stop at Crofthandy in rural West Cornwall

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/4216-170618113145.jpeg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=66512[/url])
Nice new small bus, in comparison the double decker  resting at Padstow is much older & the roads are narrower

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/4216-170618113859.jpeg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=66516[/url])
regards Derek.

Triplets bus stop is just down the road from me.
I know, but any one else (probably Derek excepted) know why it’s called triplets?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on June 17, 2018, 01:08:20 PM
Coz they'll be another one along in a minute?

Sorry, too obvious, not funny.  :-[

Back to the cloakroom to watch the World Cup.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: cornish yorkie on June 17, 2018, 02:11:31 PM
 :hellosign:    :laughabovepost:  :laughabovepost: Nice one Chris, the Padstow to Newquay run has two very interesting 180% bends on hills in & out of Watergate Bay, very much like on your layout, not easy to photo though when driving  :no:
 :hellosign: Thanks Martin, I would say the West footbridge as the full train is nearly always in view
       regards Derek.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: port perran on June 17, 2018, 03:11:39 PM
:hellosign:    :laughabovepost:  :laughabovepost: Nice one Chris, the Padstow to Newquay run has two very interesting 180% bends on hills in & out of Watergate Bay, very much like on your layout, not easy to photo though when driving  :no:
 :hellosign: Thanks Martin, I would say the West footbridge as the full train is nearly always in view
       regards Derek.
Not easy to negotiate with a bus either I imagine. It’s hard enough with a caravan behind the car!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on June 17, 2018, 04:05:18 PM
:hellosign:    :laughabovepost:  :laughabovepost: Nice one Chris, the Padstow to Newquay run has two very interesting 180% bends on hills in & out of Watergate Bay, very much like on your layout, not easy to photo though when driving  :no:
 :hellosign: Thanks Martin, I would say the West footbridge as the full train is nearly always in view
       regards Derek.
Not easy to negotiate with a bus either I imagine. It’s hard enough with a caravan behind the car!

As long as the caravan is behind the car... My mother once managed the trick of placing the caravan in front of the car, albeit on a German autobahn.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: The Q on June 17, 2018, 04:52:28 PM
I was following a car and caravan at the M1 M6 junction it was proceeding up the M1 when it realised it should be proceeding up the M6.
The sudden change of direction meant the caravan went up the M 1 sideways, the car was going up the M6 sideways . Untill the combination impacted on the Armco in the middle, bits flying every where.
I was on the inside lane going up the M6, and escaped the wreckage.  Some other cars were not so lucky...
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 17, 2018, 11:53:23 PM
Eeek!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on July 26, 2018, 11:16:41 PM
Hi all,

I mentioned long ago that I wanted to take a pic of my local bus stop round the corner to join in but felt it might be too weird or words to that effect.

Anyway, did some pics on my layout today (haven't been in the room for a few days) and realised next door have had a tree removed.

Hey presto!....

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/735-260718231113.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=67707)

Just the small sign in the distance I'm afraid but the Calvados bottle came out well.

Can try and get one of a bus now but they seem to run to a Spanish timetable (Bolivian on Sundays).

Anyway, thought I'd keep the thread going (or not).

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 27, 2018, 12:09:49 AM
The main reason I'm not posting pictures of trolleys at the bus stop lately is because the local bus company, Premier, are now running a service in my area called Premier on Demand. It's door to door, for $1.50!

So I simply ring up from the club, and get dropped off right outside Chez Bealman!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Mito on July 27, 2018, 05:52:00 PM
I think without the Calvados bottle the photo would lack a certain ambiance  and the bus stop would become meaningless. :D :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: port perran on July 27, 2018, 05:54:12 PM
It’s a full size Calvados bottle looking out at an N Gauge bus stop.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on July 27, 2018, 06:06:30 PM
It’s a full size Calvados bottle looking out at an N Gauge bus stop.


Yes, actually it looks smaller than the one you have at Tregonning   :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: port perran on July 27, 2018, 06:12:05 PM
It’s a full size Calvados bottle looking out at an N Gauge bus stop.


Yes, actually it looks smaller than the one you have at Tregonning   :D
:laughabovepost:
Ha......hint taken
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Mito on July 27, 2018, 06:30:15 PM
It’s a full size Calvados bottle looking out at an N Gauge bus stop.
Now why didn't I notice that :doh:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on September 22, 2018, 01:23:29 AM
I noticed a funny white thing in the sky at the bus stop yesterday.....

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/69/255-220918011922.jpeg)

Oh, it's the moon!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/69/255-220918012010.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on September 22, 2018, 04:37:41 AM
Very large incoming golfball?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on September 22, 2018, 04:51:30 AM
Hole in one!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on September 22, 2018, 05:32:54 AM
I noticed a funny white thing in the sky at the bus stop yesterday.....

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/69/255-220918011922.jpeg[/url])



Can't work out what this road sign means though - "UFOs ahead, max speed 25km/h" or "wide-brimmed hats must be worn at speeds over 25km/h"?  ???
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on September 22, 2018, 05:37:44 AM
 :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost:

Speed hump.  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: themadhippy on September 22, 2018, 07:50:51 AM

Quote
Can't work out what this road sign means though
I thought it was sun a rising ahead,and the speed the  sun is rising at.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Jon898 on September 22, 2018, 01:45:31 PM
Snake has just eaten, please drive slowly?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Mito on September 22, 2018, 04:40:04 PM
Maternity hospital? ;D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on September 22, 2018, 11:06:15 PM
Strangely enough, there is a hospital just 100m down the road!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on September 29, 2018, 11:29:24 AM
No bus stop tonight... taxi. At harbourfront restaurant, bit of a change from club.

Upmarket Bealman!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/69/255-290918112550.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on September 29, 2018, 11:42:36 AM
Hard to tell where the land ends and the UFOs start, mind you.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on September 29, 2018, 11:48:45 AM
Yeah, bloody reflection off window. Will take a pic outside.  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on September 29, 2018, 12:48:16 PM
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/69/255-290918124648.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Mito on September 29, 2018, 08:36:14 PM
No bus stop tonight... taxi. At harbourfront restaurant, bit of a change from club.

Upmarket Bealman!

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/69/255-290918112550.jpeg[/url])

A water taxi? :worried:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on September 29, 2018, 10:55:33 PM
Not unless it was a fishing boat!  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on September 30, 2018, 10:32:19 AM
After a lovely night last night, it's back to NSW reality. It's the Grand Final of the National Rugby League tonight.

All that's on TV. (At club at any rate)  :uneasy:

Anyway out of boredom, I've put a beer on Melbourne Storm against me Aussie mate who is confident Sydney Roosters will kill it.

Funny how putting a beer on something I don't give  two hoots about gets you interested! :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on September 30, 2018, 10:39:19 AM
For the rest of the world, it's sort of the NSW equivalent of the FA Cup.

Should be called Thugby League, in my opinion, but hey, I've lived with it in my chosen location for a long time now  ;) :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on September 30, 2018, 10:52:03 AM
Hi Bealman,

Just googled it as couldn't believe they were called the Sydney Roosters and then saw that they had beaten the South Sydney Rabbitohs to get there. I mean, what the  :censored: is going on over there?  :)

Roosters 10 nil up as I write. Bring on the Storm. I might have an early one to join in  :D

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on September 30, 2018, 11:19:27 PM
Yeah, looks like I owe me mate a beer. Roosters 21, Storm 6  :(
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Webbo on September 30, 2018, 11:26:38 PM
Too bad George

I would have lost too.

For Weave, how about the Paramatta Eels as a name for one of the teams in the NRL competition? Though they weren't slippery enough this year to avoid finishing at the bottom of the competition ladder.

Webbo
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on September 30, 2018, 11:38:15 PM
 :laughabovepost:  :laughabovepost:

Strangely enough, early in the season, I was on the top of the local tipping competition for a month!

I did the Eels thing though, and ended up near the bottom.  ::)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on October 01, 2018, 03:41:26 AM
I did the Eels thing though, and ended up near the bottom.  ::)

Taken out of context, that sounds very... interesting? ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 01, 2018, 03:57:43 AM
 :P
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 07, 2018, 06:51:59 AM
Not the bus stop, but I'm always amazed how these truck drivers get the huge supermarket delivery vehicles around ninety degree corners on streets not much wider than my driveway.

And yes, we are getting some needed rain in my local area.  :rain:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/69/255-071018064518.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Mito on October 07, 2018, 04:44:14 PM
What amazes me are the road trains which seem to hurtle around the countryside.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 07, 2018, 10:00:46 PM
Yes, ran into (not literally) a few on my Darwin trip a few years ago. Big scary things, especially in Darwin traffic!

Bealette who lives there is used to them, though!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 31, 2018, 02:01:46 AM
Been a while since I've been to a bus stop, so here's a shot of the dangerous one in town that I unfortunately have to frequent to get home from board meetings.



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/70/255-311018015509.jpeg)

Advertising a local festival.... it's on every year, but don't ask me what it's about!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/70/255-311018015112.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Mito on October 31, 2018, 08:33:40 PM
Why is it dangerous? Too many Gongs around? :)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: port perran on October 31, 2018, 08:40:06 PM
Looks safe enough.
Just googled the festival.....local waste wise community arts affair (sounds rather genteel to me).
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 31, 2018, 11:35:01 PM
Why is it dangerous? Too many Gongs around? :)

Unfortunately a lot the town's addict population tend to hang about nearby.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on November 01, 2018, 10:44:29 AM
I wonder if one of them's saying ' Hey Man, I think I'm freaking out, is it me or is that weirdo guy taking pictures of the bus stop?'  :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 01, 2018, 10:56:53 AM
Ah, just a weird habit I'm into... like them, I suppose.  :worried:

Wished I'd taken a few in Liverpool and Wigan a few years back!  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on November 01, 2018, 11:44:42 AM
Ah, just a weird habit I'm into... like them, I suppose.  :worried:

Maybe a hint to your nearest and dearest about a potential Christmas pressie (https://herwigphoto.com/soviet-bus-stops)?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 01, 2018, 08:45:25 PM
How cool is that? Thanks!  :thumbsup: :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: JonHarbour on November 02, 2018, 01:19:34 AM
What, a new bus stop?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 02, 2018, 01:51:48 AM
Two books full of 'em!  :worried:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on November 02, 2018, 02:53:17 AM
Speaking of buses and stops I did have a chuckle yesterday whilst driving near Brighton. The destination blind on the bus in front of me said "Brighton Pier, limited stop". Well it would be wouldn't it? Otherwise it would fall off the end!

Made me chuckle anyway  :laugh:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 15, 2019, 04:10:41 AM
The local bus company terminated the door to door service last Friday. Bealman now has to go to the bus stop again to get home.

Brilliant timing. I'm scheduled for ankle surgery next week and won't be able to walk anywhere. Guess I'll have to stock the fridge up!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Newportnobby on January 15, 2019, 09:37:57 AM
@Bealman (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=255)
The major supermarket chains can deliver whatever you want here in Blighty. Don't you have anything similar, George? (or maybe just get a tanker parked outside and pipe it in :D)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 15, 2019, 10:07:33 AM
Smart bottom.

Wouldn't have one big enough  :worried:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on January 15, 2019, 12:57:33 PM
Hi George,

Shame about your door to door. I had an big ankle operation in 2005 and it was surprising how many of my local pub locals offered me help, lifts home etc. Even the odd pick up.

Also a taxi driver who recognised me hobbling up the road on me crutches from the High St to the pub stopped and said 'why no ring cab' (asian accent). I said 'because you have a minimum charge of £3.50'. 'Get in you fool, free today, for you £1.50 in future, £2 if I'm busy  :)'. People change.

Hope your 'bowling' crew will pitch in for you and good luck with the op.

Cheers weave  :beers:

Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 15, 2019, 09:06:58 PM
Thanks mate.  :beers:

I'm mostly stressed about being out of it all in time for Bealette's wedding at the end of May!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Mito on January 16, 2019, 08:39:45 PM
Get yourself a motorised wheel chair. Just think of the fun you could have with that! :)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 16, 2019, 10:02:03 PM
Wouldn't need to get the bus home then  :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Vigo on January 17, 2019, 11:26:54 PM
Anyone remember my local bus stop? About 300 yards from where I'm sat right now.

(https://i.ibb.co/41K7Bv9/bus-stop.jpg)

Filmed 20 years ago this week but regularly re-broadcast on TV.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 18, 2019, 01:32:55 AM
Cool!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Young Bulla on January 18, 2019, 05:24:35 AM
Certainly do.  Used to be delivery driver for Currys in Glossop in the mid eighties so was in and out of Vasey twice a week.  Mrs Bulla's mum also lived for a while on Brosscroft.
As for the tv series, only saw the first episode, Glossopian  wife thought the actors weren't 'local' enough!

All the (tougue firmly in cheek) best
Stan.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Webbo on February 11, 2019, 12:10:48 AM
Hi George

Hope that everything is well after your latest encounter with the death merchants. Hospitals are dangerous where you can go to get infected.

Good prognosis, everything sorted? I hope so.

Webbo
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 11, 2019, 01:15:52 AM
Hi Ian,

Unfortunately, that's exactly what has happened. I was in rehab learning to get around on my knee scooter when things started going backwards.

Things turned slightly pear-shaped last week as the wound had become infected. I was moved back to the big hospital and underwent further surgery last Friday. The infection turned out to be pretty bad, and after having had it all cleaned out, I've been on iv antibiotics since.

News a bit better this morning as an inspection of wound suggests the treatment is working, but I'm off to theatre again on Wednesday for another internal inspection.

At least I'm spending a fair amount of time on the forum!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Webbo on February 11, 2019, 02:12:21 AM
Hi George

Good to hear that you are moving forward again after what sounds like a very disappointing and scary setback. We'll keep our fingers crossed for you for the Wednesday results. I'll have another beer or two on your behalf this afternoon.  :beers:

Webbo
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on February 11, 2019, 03:32:25 AM
All tentacles crossed (until I need them again) wishing you a speedy recovery  :beers:

Back on topic ;) my bus stop user experience has been considerably improved by the realisation that I can get real-time info about where the bus is on my smartphone, which is important for the one route which does not originate at my local bus stop, as it doesn't have a service information display and the nominal 6 buses an hour service can result into a 25 minute wait if one is unlucky due to traffic and the uneven intervals between buses, which means I have traditionally avoided that route
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 11, 2019, 04:44:41 AM
Unlike my present situation, that's pretty cool!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on February 11, 2019, 09:08:11 AM
Hi George,

Sounds horrible but glad it's getting better.

Good luck on Wednesday. I had an accident in 2005 where my foot twisted completely backwards and was in hospital for 3 months as there were a few problems too but got there in the end.

On the plus side, it gave my liver a well deserved rest and when I came out, everyone in the pub said that they'd never seen anyone come out of Hospital looking so well.

 I found out about 6 months later that my mother, knowing me well, had gone to the pub while I was in the hospital to say 'when you visit him, he's going to ask you to smuggle beers in so I'm begging you, for an old lady and loving mother, please don't'. I did ask them all and they never did. At the time I thought it was bang out of order  :veryangry: but bless 'em.

I'm probably not helping much but just to say you'll be fine.

Take care, get well and you'll be 'bowling' in the bar before you know it.

Cheers weave  :beers:



Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 11, 2019, 09:38:48 AM
What a nice post, weave. Thanks!  :thumbsup:

Posts like that cheer me up and are much appreciated when I'm lying here feeling sorry for myself.

Cheers!  :beers:

Actually when I was in rehab last week, Mrs Bealman was smuggling in the odd beer for me, but now I'm on strong i/v antibiotics, I have elected to put a hold on that!

Thanks once again,

George  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: dannyboy on February 11, 2019, 09:41:13 AM
I hope things continue to improve for you George and you can soon get back to 'your' bus stop.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 11, 2019, 09:49:48 AM
Cheers, David!  :thumbsup:

I very much appreciate it, I assure you.  :beers:

All the best,

George
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Newportnobby on February 11, 2019, 10:52:12 AM
I'll have another beer or two on your behalf this afternoon.  :beers:

Webbo

Someone has to, Webbo. It seems the profits of the Victoria Bitter brewery have plummeted and they're on short time working without George in circulation ;D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 11, 2019, 02:27:10 PM
Ha bloody Ha. No doubt the last bus service past this stop will have been cancelled too  :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Mito on February 11, 2019, 08:27:28 PM
Our local hospital gives free infections with operations too. Think of no beer as an investment, all the locos you can get from the money saved. :). How's the motorised wheelchair coming on? It could be converted to run on alcohol too. :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 11, 2019, 08:35:25 PM
That's one way of looking at it, I guess!  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: dannyboy on February 11, 2019, 09:17:11 PM
How's the motorised wheelchair coming on? It could be converted to run on alcohol too.

And with the correct gauge, it could be converted to run on rails too! (Trying to imagine George going up and down the ward in the chair going "Choo choo").  ;D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: themadhippy on February 11, 2019, 09:45:15 PM
(http://photos.costume-works.com/full/thomas_the_train16.jpg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: daffy on February 11, 2019, 10:07:16 PM
Sorry I’m late to note you have had a health problem George. My very best wishes for recovery. :thumbsup:

Am sending copious sheets of cardboard and blue gaffer tape instead of grapes. :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 11, 2019, 11:21:12 PM
That's good, Mike, 'cos I definitely want one of those!  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 12, 2019, 12:14:50 AM
While I'm playing the waiting game here while they think up some new torture to bestow on me (just kidding, the staff and doctors are very good), I'm re-reading Bill Bryson's book "The Road to Little Dribbling".

For those of you familiar with it, on page 228 he has an amusing description of a British bus stop. ;D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on February 12, 2019, 04:18:23 AM
hope you get  better soon George, must be loads to do on the layout which needs you back asap.
cheers
Graham
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 12, 2019, 05:41:53 AM
Thanks, Graham. Much appreciated!  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Mito on February 12, 2019, 08:33:37 PM
Isn't that book about prostate problems? :smackedface: ::)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on August 10, 2019, 05:41:33 AM
Uh-oh Bealman's back at the bus stop!

Albeit with moonboot and crutches, but at least mobile....

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/255-100819052356.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on August 10, 2019, 05:51:59 AM
 :claphappy: I've missed this post and I'm sure the aliens and the bus stop loons have missed you heaps too. Good to see you back.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on August 10, 2019, 06:05:19 AM
Ha ha, thanks!

The loons think twice when they see the crutches...

"They don't like it up 'em, Captain Mainwaring!"  :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on August 10, 2019, 06:11:32 AM
What news of the shopping trolleys?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on August 10, 2019, 06:20:57 AM
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/255-100819061621.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Webbo on August 10, 2019, 07:58:04 AM
George, good to see you oot and aboot.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on August 10, 2019, 08:06:52 AM
 :laughabovepost:

Very good  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on August 10, 2019, 11:39:02 AM
Uh-oh Bealman's back at the bus stop!

Albeit with moonboot and crutches, but at least mobile....

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/255-100819052356.jpeg)

You go careful crossing that road. Either that or call and ask them if they'll deliver your Big Mac to the other side of the road. I'm sure you can do it on their app.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on August 14, 2019, 05:54:04 AM
Funny you should say that.... I was thinking about it the other night, until I saw what was on the menu....

Raspberry and custard pie? I don't think so  :sick2:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/255-140819054603.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on August 14, 2019, 07:26:24 AM
Hi George,

I'm with you on the   :sick2:. Looks like you lot are the marketing guinea pigs of these for the rest of the World.....

https://www.taste.com.au/articles/maccas-launches-new-raspberry-custard-pies/7yw50oob (https://www.taste.com.au/articles/maccas-launches-new-raspberry-custard-pies/7yw50oob)

I like the last bit where it says that they're going to make the burgers 'hotter'. Hot would be nice, the ones here are always lukewarm, if that, and I also wish they wouldn't stamp on them before they give them to you  :D

I don't know why I go there but every so often I need a fix man.

Cheers weave  :beers:

Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Webbo on August 14, 2019, 09:39:35 AM
Chicken McBites $2. Is that each?

It will come to that one day, I know.

Webbo
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on August 14, 2019, 09:43:23 AM
I said many years ago that I'd stop drinking beer when it got to $2 a schooner.

Talk about procrastinating!  :beers:  ;D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Webbo on August 14, 2019, 09:48:52 AM
A schooner of Reschs has just gone up by 20 cents a schooner thanks to government excise the pub tells me. $2 a schooner, them were the days!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on August 14, 2019, 10:10:41 AM
 :laughabovepost:

The beer at my local club here in the Gong went up 20c the other week.

It's now $5.20, so I'm just putting money onto me clubcard, so I pay with that instead of having to scrabble around in me pocket looking for 20c  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Webbo on August 14, 2019, 10:15:18 AM
I'm $6.40 a schooner, so I can still get three for $20. That situation will change all too soon I'm afraid. It's enough to turn one into a wino.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on August 14, 2019, 10:22:10 AM
Yes, I'm going to Sydney a lot since the birth of my grandaughter. It's on average $6-$15.

I've actually joined Randwick bowling club, which is only 50m up the hill from my daughter's place, and I can negotiate it even on the crutches.

$5.40 for the year, card gets you into three clubs in the area, discount prices, reward points, and discount holidays in Nelson's Bay.

It's paid for itself already!  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on August 18, 2019, 08:08:49 AM
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/255-180819075717.jpeg)

I confess to quite liking the look of that chilli burger!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on August 27, 2019, 10:08:09 AM
Ok, bus stops fans.

(I don't believe people are actually following this!)

It rained here in Bealman's part of NSW yesterday, which is bloody great, we need the rain.

To prove Bealman hasn't deserted the bus stop, here is Bealman Bootman in the rain.... hasn't stopped the raspberry pies, though!  ;D

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/255-270819095743.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on August 27, 2019, 02:43:17 PM
Ok, bus stops fans.

(I don't believe people are actually following this!)

I do believe you're wrong. I always start feeling hungry when reading your posts though..........
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on August 27, 2019, 03:54:20 PM
I agree,

Who needs pictures of Roger's amazing Wrenton layout when you can look at burger pics and someone's foot  :D. Need more trolley pics and daylight aliens though - I miss them.

Back to the funny farm.

Cheers weave  :beers:

PS Have you asked anyone you know if they've tried a raspberry and cream whatever it is?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on August 27, 2019, 04:46:20 PM
Ok, bus stops fans.

(I don't believe people are actually following this!)

I'm waiting for the documentary, the full-length feature film dramatization and a spin-off reality TV series  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: dannyboy on August 27, 2019, 06:02:01 PM
Most soap operas have a corner shop and a pub. Why not start one that features ....... 'The Bus Stop'  ???. Think of the the stories - the two old ladies going to Bingo, the yob with a spray can, the teen lovers - the list is endless!  :)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on August 27, 2019, 08:56:22 PM
Or a sitcom based on a late '70s Thames Television one where Bealman's bus doesn't turn up and he gets stuck in the Wollongong rain for days. It could be called 'George and Mildew'.

Sorry,  :-[, I'll get my 99p burger and cold fries  :(

Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 20, 2019, 11:46:49 PM
Not a bus stop pic, I know, but I thought this whispy cloud formation over Chez Bealman's street this morning was interesting  :worried:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/83/255-201019233751-830322120.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on October 21, 2019, 12:34:42 AM
Them god damn pesky aliens again I reckon, this time doing daylight bombing raids. You be careful down there my friend.

On a more important note, I meant to ask this a while back when McDonald's and takeaways were being discussed so, have KFC changed the chips in Australia like they have here because they're yuk? Bigger cardboardy under cooked rubbish. Give me McDonald's fries over them any day.

Sorry, off topic. Nice to see blue sky for a change, I remember it well.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 21, 2019, 05:03:06 AM
Can't answer that one - haven't had Kentucky for ages! However, that could change.... Mrs B is getting a new kitchen put in, so it'll be take away food for a while.

I'll watch out for the chips!  ;D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 09, 2019, 08:56:53 AM
A new (and unsettling) bus stop story:

Under a blood red sky....

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/84/255-091219084716-849172307.jpeg)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/84/255-091219084822-84918189.jpeg)

However, the magpie didn't seem too bothered....

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/84/255-091219084957-849201652.jpeg)

And the trolley have acquired a bike....

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/84/255-091219084907-849192492.jpeg)

El maco is back o, whatever that is....

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/84/255-091219085047-849212170.jpeg)

And when I got off the bus, who did I run into, in an Ackubra hat from Darwin?

No, not Bono, though he did go through a hat period...

Mrs Bealman, out for a walk under a blood red sky!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/84/255-091219084549-849072173.jpeg)

The temperature tomorrow is predicted to be in the thirties, with winds. Not good.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: dannyboy on December 09, 2019, 09:03:37 AM
Hope the fires are not affecting you too badly George.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 09, 2019, 09:22:05 AM
Thanks, mate. We're ok where we are, but many areas could be in trouble tomorrow.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 10, 2019, 12:02:02 AM
The weather station in the backyard at Chez Bealman this morning is reading 38 degrees and this is the view across the road at the front.

That is smoke, not mist. Can barely see the houses on the hill, yet alone the escarpment behind.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/84/255-091219235546-849441426.jpeg)
Not good.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on December 10, 2019, 01:08:14 AM
saw this on the news this morning, hope your not asthmatic or you will be in trouble.

Ironically I was originally asked to be in Sydney today for a tribunal hearing, fortunately they decided I could participate by video so have missed this.

stay safe
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 10, 2019, 01:19:59 AM
Thanks, Graham. I'm ok, but I must admit it's not very pleasant breathing it.

Oddly enough I have a flying visit to Melbourne on Saturday for a wedding in Nagambie. Flying straight back early Sunday!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on December 10, 2019, 01:25:40 AM
Just returned from Lindfield doing a book donation dropoff and the smoke is quite bad. Quite sad, really. Pity the poor souls living through the actual fires and those professionals and lots of volunteers trying to contain the blazes. I've been around long enough to see smoke before, but this time the country is on fire, the rivers are dry and the dams are either low or empty.
Mark
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on December 10, 2019, 01:30:12 AM
...and that's not rain clouds on the Sydney BOM radar, that's the smoke from the fires!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: crewearpley40 on December 10, 2019, 06:10:17 AM
Bet that  the air auality is not good.its a frostty cold morning in london
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on December 10, 2019, 06:20:45 AM
The air quality (?). For readings, 100 is poor, 200 is hazardous, it was 2200 today!

Some city offices were evacuated, flights cancelled and harbour ferries replaced by bus due to bushfire smoke.

Southerly change came through and has helped blow some of it away.

Mark
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 10, 2019, 09:50:23 AM
Yeah, it's much cooler and clearer now.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 16, 2019, 08:15:35 AM
Sitting here this evening, it's good to know they'll be open on Christmas day in case I run out of jokes

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/85/255-161219081245-85157112.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on December 16, 2019, 08:32:00 AM
Do they sell crackers? Or are they putting jokes inside burgers, similar to what is done with fortune cookies?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 16, 2019, 08:38:41 AM
Dunno.... if it turns into a family bunfight on the day I might go and check it out  :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 16, 2020, 11:56:42 PM
Bealman got a wet bum at the bus stop last night, but after the horror start to the year droughtwise, he didn't mind a bit!  :thumbsup:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/86/255-160120235033-86170651.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Newportnobby on January 17, 2020, 10:20:25 AM
I hope you cleaned up after yourself :unimpressed:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 19, 2020, 01:04:22 AM
 :laughabovepost:

A rare picture of the species Bealmanus Horriblus in his habitat after attending a funeral and just before the lightning show started last night

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/87/255-190220005842-87643727.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Newportnobby on February 19, 2020, 09:03:52 AM
Aaaaarrrrgggghhh! A close up :stop:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: dannyboy on February 19, 2020, 09:06:42 AM
Nearly choked on my corn flakes.  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 19, 2020, 09:11:06 AM
I don't take selfies, but I did last night!  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: MinZaPint on February 20, 2020, 11:34:20 AM
Our transport to get from Monte in Madeira to the Bus stop to take us back into town.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/87/523-200220112514.jpeg)

and just like you George needed a couple of Beers when I got down  :pint:

Cheers David
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on February 20, 2020, 12:12:25 PM
We had several beers afterwards

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/82/262-071019000521-8240234.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Newportnobby on February 20, 2020, 12:14:04 PM
I did it in 2003 when it was the full length one and the pushers changed over half way down into Funchal ;D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 20, 2020, 11:14:02 PM
Maybe if I sat in a supermarket trolley I could persuade some poor sod to push it

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/87/255-200220231120-877151263.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on February 20, 2020, 11:42:10 PM
 :claphappy: Yay, the trolleys are back and abandoned reasonably neatly. At least you're not all feral  :D

Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on February 20, 2020, 11:47:44 PM
Hi George,

This might get you home quicker....

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-2107612/Video-Kids-fun-homemade-parachute-trolley-Storm-Ciara.html (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-2107612/Video-Kids-fun-homemade-parachute-trolley-Storm-Ciara.html)

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 21, 2020, 12:03:40 AM
The steering could be a problem, though  ;D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 26, 2020, 12:39:37 AM
Getting to the bus stop last night was extremely hazardous. The trolley population had multiplied and were looking distinctly hostile.

Luckily with my moonboot on I was able to fight my way through just in time to catch the bus  ;D

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/87/255-260220003403-879382035.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on February 26, 2020, 03:06:17 AM
Self-organising shopping trolleys are part of Australia's national plan for stopping the spread of covid-19.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Newportnobby on February 26, 2020, 02:09:02 PM
They were obviously waiting for the trolley bus :-X
(You'll remember them, George. Before my time, though) ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on February 26, 2020, 03:09:24 PM
They were obviously waiting for the trolley bus :-X
(You'll remember them, George. Before my time, though) ;)

I beat you to that one by a couple of years (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=39693.msg479403;topicseen#msg479403) :P
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on February 26, 2020, 03:44:55 PM
If they hadn't got rid of the £1 coin system this would never happen! Then again I don't suppose many people in Upsidedownland carry a £1 coin  :doh:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Newportnobby on February 26, 2020, 04:00:07 PM
They were obviously waiting for the trolley bus :-X
(You'll remember them, George. Before my time, though) ;)

I beat you to that one by a couple of years (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=39693.msg479403;topicseen#msg479403) :P

That's a fair cop, Squiddy. I can't remember what I did yesterday let alone 2 years ago.
Obviously nor can @dannyboy (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=4209)  ;D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: dannyboy on February 26, 2020, 05:45:02 PM
I obviously suffer from the same affliction as you Mick.  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Newportnobby on February 26, 2020, 09:13:12 PM
What affliction is that, then? :confused2: :laugh3:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: dannyboy on February 26, 2020, 09:16:21 PM
It's that affliction that .......... erm ............. I've forgotten.   :)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 02, 2020, 10:32:17 AM
Thought I was sharing the bus stop with The Saint tonight!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/88/255-020320091849-88162360.jpeg)

Just the shadow of the shelter, though. Sorry, Simon Templar!  ;D

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/88/255-020320091729-881572337.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Newportnobby on March 02, 2020, 01:10:15 PM
No halo round your head, though :P
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 03, 2020, 03:41:55 AM
 :angel:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 04, 2020, 04:31:58 AM
Where'd you think the light on me head's coming from  :angel:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/88/255-040320000342-882211390.jpeg)

New outdoor dining area going up at the watering hole.

I reckon I've paid for most of it  :D

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/88/255-040320000231-88220948.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on March 04, 2020, 05:37:05 AM
I see the Toilet Paper Panic Buying Virus has spread to Australia (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/03/toilet-paper-is-trending-in-australia-heres-why)  :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: crewearpley40 on March 04, 2020, 06:05:06 AM
Hand sanitizer and hand gel being limited to all grocery shop in my local cooperative
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on March 04, 2020, 06:14:13 AM
I see the Toilet Paper Panic Buying Virus has spread to Australia (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/03/toilet-paper-is-trending-in-australia-heres-why)  :smiley-laughing:
not only toilet paper, but lots of other staples are being horded !!! makes one wonder about the mentality of some people. the next thing we know is the retailers will all be moaning in a few months time as sales of staples have dropped off the wonderful level they had in March!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 04, 2020, 07:25:55 AM
It's bloody ridiculous.

As Graham says, it makes you question the general public's mentality.

But, it's shoved down their throats by media ga ga, and the public who spend their time watching Marriage at first sight react accordingly.  :veryangry:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on March 04, 2020, 12:41:42 PM
Just go onto eBay and type toilet rolls in the search box. This isn't where I usually buy it from. There are some good listings on there:
Just £14.99 for 9 rolls so probably a genuine albeit expensive sale (https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/202392020635)
Hypoallergenic version devlivered by armed guards (https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/283803967290)
A gold edition from Australia (https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/233513737164)
Help a poor backpacker get to Burma (https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/233514208721)

I'm sure there are many many more but I can't be arsed to look right now.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 04, 2020, 11:54:41 PM
The Australian gold link doesn't work, though.  :(

Probably because the whole country is totally out of bog roll  ;D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on March 05, 2020, 02:01:45 AM
The Australian gold link doesn't work, though.  :(

Probably because the whole country is totally out of bog roll  ;D

i think it must have run out and nobody replaced it. Happens in most homes, especially if there are teenagers.



His other 4 videos are also quite good if you have teenagers in the house  :o
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on March 05, 2020, 02:21:53 AM
lucky we didn't need any this week, as these are the shelves for toilet rolls at my local supermarket. Hope the hoarders / bulk buyers who are hoping to make a profit catch the proverbial financial cold.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 05, 2020, 03:30:17 AM
It's the same here. It's laughable, when I think about it, but not so if you run out of it  :worried:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 09, 2020, 08:21:44 AM
Not too many trolllies today.

They're all in the shopping centre full of bog roll! :D

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/88/255-090320081553-88437210.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on March 09, 2020, 08:57:57 AM
Unless it's because people are hoarding shopping trolleys now, there are that many stupid idiots in this World. Quite sad really.

Anyway, off to get a hundred cases of Strongbow cider, you never know  ;)

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Newportnobby on March 09, 2020, 10:08:01 AM
I feel desperately sorry for the poor trolley-no-mates :(
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 09, 2020, 11:53:11 PM
Yeah well I hadn't consumed enough VBs to start talking to it  :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 17, 2020, 04:13:07 AM
Genuine bus stop pic.... outside Wrest Point Casino, Hobart, where Bealman is staying at moment. Getting bus to an Indian restaurant in Battery Point last night.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/89/255-170320040723-890791920.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 17, 2020, 04:20:37 AM
And while my sincere condolences go to our Irish members who have apparently had their pubs closed for Saint Patrick's Day, no such prohibition in Irish pubs in Hobart!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/89/255-170320041531-89088655.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on March 17, 2020, 05:06:32 AM
You might want that big green bubble on your shoulder looked at.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on March 17, 2020, 05:19:44 AM
If that's the Irish on Salamanca Place it does a very nice drop of Guinness, i seem to remember the food was reasonable as well.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Webbo on March 17, 2020, 05:42:52 AM
George

You do realise that Tasmania is overseas to Australia and that you'll have to do a couple of weeks quarantine when you return to Oz. Better have a few more Guiness.

Webbo
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on March 17, 2020, 10:01:29 PM
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/89/262-170320220030-891172309.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: The Q on March 18, 2020, 08:51:47 AM
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/89/262-170320220030-891172309.jpeg)

So that's where all the bog rolls have gone...


The Leprechorns have them..
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 18, 2020, 11:00:47 AM
While the virus thing is real here too at the moment, things aren't yet totally critical in Tasmania. Caught the bus into town yesterday for a meal and drink at one of my favourite haunts here.

Off the seafront, basic, but brilliant beer at half the price compared to the waterfront!

And no, that's not my scooter.  ;)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/89/255-180320105429-891182346.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on March 18, 2020, 08:34:24 PM
Hi George,

Might have said before on another thread but try Mercury Cider!! Great stuff.

Saved my life when travelling Oz 20 years ago when I couldn't find a 'Shenanigans' pub that did Strongbow.

God bless Tasmania  :claphappy:

Have a great trip.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on March 18, 2020, 11:17:20 PM
While the virus thing is real here too at the moment, things aren't yet totally critical in Tasmania.

Looks like you got there just in time: Tasmania is going into quarantine to prevent mainland Australians from spreading the virus (https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/mar/18/coronavirus-live-news-updates-outbreak-us-states-uk-australia-europe-eu-self-isolation-lockdown-latest-update?page=with:block-5e72a9618f088d75755960fd#block-5e72a9618f088d75755960fd)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 19, 2020, 12:59:33 AM
Yes, been watching it on telly this morning. I assume they'll happily let us leave on Saturday.

Even if NSW pulls the same strategy, it shouldn't be a problem as the only place we're going is home.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on March 19, 2020, 01:16:41 AM
Amazing how fast things change... I held off a work trip to northern Italy in February as I'd be coming from the home of the Diamond Princess plague ship.

Meanwhile a colleague was planning to visit Japan from India around now and we worked out that had he gone ahead with the trip, he would have potentially have 3 separate bouts of 14 days quarantine/self-isolation.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: njee20 on March 19, 2020, 11:07:13 AM
Yes, been watching it on telly this morning. I assume they'll happily let us leave on Saturday.

Even if NSW pulls the same strategy, it shouldn't be a problem as the only place we're going is home.

Based on experiences in Europe that sounds like a very naive assumption, I'd check that...
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 20, 2020, 02:01:00 AM
Just went to the little hobby shop in Launceston for my traditional Tasmanian purchase.

Shop still there, but empty.  :(

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/89/255-200320015311-89198353.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 20, 2020, 08:43:16 AM
During a pleasant evening walk around the Launceston country club before hopefully making it back to his own bus stop, Bealman was happy to find his new friends c-virus free, even though they seemed wary of him  :worried:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/89/255-200320083547-8921672.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on March 20, 2020, 12:48:39 PM
............. even though they seemed wary of him  :worried:

It's not just them, we're ALL wary of him  8)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on March 20, 2020, 01:07:10 PM
............. even though they seemed wary of him  :worried:

It's not just them, we're ALL wary of him  8)

Doesn't like cats and hangs out at bus stops late in the evening in the company of feral shopping trolleys.  :hmmm:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Newportnobby on March 20, 2020, 03:18:54 PM
............. even though they seemed wary of him  :worried:

It's not just them, we're ALL wary of him  8)

Doesn't like cats and hangs out at bus stops late in the evening in the company of feral shopping trolleys.  :hmmm:

Definitely a dodgy geezer :uneasy:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: TrevL on March 20, 2020, 07:50:35 PM
They probably didn't want to give you bird flu :no:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on March 20, 2020, 10:40:44 PM
its not @Bealman (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=255) they are afraid of its the boot.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 21, 2020, 05:06:27 AM
Looks like you UK members have a pub lockout today.  :(

Things are grim.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on March 21, 2020, 07:48:56 AM
Indeed we have so I made the most of the situation last night. I also stocked up at home during the week in case I have to self insulate  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on March 21, 2020, 07:59:03 AM
 :'(. Saturday is my only proper pub fix day with the lads. No TV sport last week but we still chat and attempt the crossword.

Co. Jones as they say in Spain  :veryangry:.

Will have to revert back to when we were 16 and drink cider in the park although too blimmin' cold  :doh:.

Thanks Boris you paranoid  :censored:

Cheers weave  :beers:

Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 21, 2020, 08:15:50 AM
No such restrictions at Hobart airport this afternoon  fortunately.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/89/255-210320081108-89253949.jpeg)

Back in Sydney now, and it wouldn't surprise me if many or all domestic flights will be suspended next week.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on March 21, 2020, 08:24:23 AM
a friend of mine came back from Sydney in peak hour last week, with only 15 on the plane. normally a every 15 min service at peak hour down to 1 an hour and still only 15 on the plane.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 21, 2020, 08:31:46 AM
The plane this afternoon was pretty full! This of course negates the 1.5m separation limit.

I always book the seats right at the back of the plane, and had them to ourselves on the way to Tasmania and back, so at least there was some degree of separation.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: joe cassidy on March 21, 2020, 09:21:17 AM
In France we've been confined to barracks since Tuesday.

All shops, bars, and restaurants are closed except food shops, chemists, and tobacconists.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on March 21, 2020, 10:09:04 AM
Just rang the local Co-Op. Unlike the Sainsburys in the little town near me they've had a delivery of cider this morning and have plenty of Cava (for the good lady) so off there soon and 'I'll feel fine'  :thumbsup:......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OA_CndlBu0g (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OA_CndlBu0g) 

Safe trip home George and please don't hang around the bus stop taking pics on your return when they've potentially stopped all the buses as they'll think you're weirder than they normally do  :D

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 21, 2020, 11:01:54 AM
Home now. Taxi from airport to daughter's place in Randwick, she wouldn't let us go in, she'd put our car keys outside and we had to wave at granddaughter through the window.

Then drove straight to Wollongong. Having driven from Launceston to Hobart at lunch time and then home from Sydney, I'm pretty knackered.  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: anselm on March 21, 2020, 11:13:59 AM
Home now. Taxi from airport to daughter's place in Randwick, she wouldn't let us go in, she'd put our car keys outside and we had to wave at granddaughter through the window.

Then drove straight to Wollongong. Having driven from Launceston to Hobart at lunch time and then home from Sydney, I'm pretty knackered.  :beers:

Glad you've arrived safely.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on March 21, 2020, 11:20:35 AM
Hi George,

Hope that experience wasn't as bad as it sounds.

Anyway, glad you're back safely.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: RailGooner on March 21, 2020, 11:33:04 AM
..
 Taxi from airport to daughter's place in Randwick, she wouldn't let us go in, she'd put our car keys outside and we had to wave at granddaughter through the window.
...

You've a very sensible daughter. :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Newportnobby on March 21, 2020, 11:39:08 AM
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/89/255-210320081108-89253949.jpeg)


Strewth, Mate! That VB looks like very flat gnat's piddle :goggleeyes:
@Trainfish (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=262) What say you, John? ;) ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on March 21, 2020, 01:02:25 PM
Strewth, Mate! That VB looks like very flat gnat's piddle :goggleeyes:
@Trainfish (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=262) What say you, John? ;) ;)

So flat I didn't even notice anything in the bottle or glass previously. VB tastes like gnat's piddle anyway.

This is what you want. I have to admit the cupboard is a little bare right now with only about 50 cans/bottles but there are quite a few more in the beer fridges and 20 en route from a supplier. They should keep me happy for a couple of weeks anyway. If not Majestic do a great range of beer in their shop rather than online:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/89/262-210320125917-892641214.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on March 21, 2020, 01:27:30 PM
Strewth, Mate! That VB looks like very flat gnat's piddle :goggleeyes:
@Trainfish (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=262) What say you, John? ;) ;)

So flat I didn't even notice anything in the bottle or glass previously. VB tastes like gnat's piddle anyway.


I have some worried epidemiologists on the line demanding to know the circumstances and context in which you came to know how gnat's piddle tastes.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on March 21, 2020, 01:30:12 PM
Home now. Taxi from airport to daughter's place in Randwick, she wouldn't let us go in, she'd put our car keys outside and we had to wave at granddaughter through the window.

Good to hear people are taking this seriously.

The c-virus only needs to be lucky once, you need to be lucky every time you meet someone.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Newportnobby on March 21, 2020, 03:15:08 PM
Strewth, Mate! That VB looks like very flat gnat's piddle :goggleeyes:
@Trainfish (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=262) What say you, John? ;) ;)

So flat I didn't even notice anything in the bottle or glass previously. VB tastes like gnat's piddle anyway.


I have some worried epidemiologists on the line demanding to know the circumstances and context in which you came to know how gnat's piddle tastes.

@railsquid (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=3832)
It comes of being brought up in the age of Watney's 'beer' e.g. Starlight and Red Barrel
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on March 22, 2020, 01:59:17 AM
And these:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/89/262-220320015808-893121744.jpeg)

My dad used to have these  :o
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 22, 2020, 02:12:37 AM
That's Mrs Bealman's white wine in the glass, not the VB, Mick!  :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on March 22, 2020, 02:44:01 AM
And these:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/89/262-220320015808-893121744.jpeg)

My dad used to have these  :o

So out of curiosity, how did they get the gnats to cooperate? Hand out tiny little bottles?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Newportnobby on March 22, 2020, 09:50:57 AM
That's Mrs Bealman's white wine in the glass, not the VB, Mick!  :D

I think I'd clocked that, George ::) :P

And these:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/89/262-220320015808-893121744.jpeg)


Somewhere I reckon I still have the kit with the 'Sparklets' bulb which allowed pouring on tap from the Party 4 and Party 7. I'll not rush to find it, though :no:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: daffy on March 22, 2020, 10:43:29 AM
Back in the day when I used to drink, and drink too much, I remember the times in a basement of a friends house where we held some memorable parties (and some I can’t remember), when a frequent activity was the opening of a Party Seven that some wag had shaken up with gusto.

It was more fun than drinking the stuff.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 23, 2020, 09:06:52 AM
Ah well, it's happened..... as of 12 noon today, all pubs and clubs have been closed indefinitely. :'(

On the positive side, Bealman's going to save a heap of money!!  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: crewearpley40 on March 23, 2020, 09:12:03 AM
Does your supermarket stock any george ?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 23, 2020, 09:30:41 AM
Yeah, it's not a problem, it's just that I don't often drink at home. Prefer a few with the lads at the club.  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: crewearpley40 on March 23, 2020, 09:34:33 AM
For sure. Looks like railway modelling will be on the horizon after your family
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on March 23, 2020, 09:39:48 AM
Hi George,

Sad news  :(.

All McDonald's closing here today at 7 pm (UK time) as well so no more of those raspberry yuk things.

Blimey, richer and healthier, all a bit of a shock.

Seriously, take care.

Cheers weave  :beers:

 
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Newportnobby on March 23, 2020, 10:52:09 AM
Yeah, it's not a problem, it's just that I don't often drink at home. Prefer a few with the lads at the club.  :beers:

I bet Anne's chuffed to bits having you under her feet all the time......................................not :no:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: daffy on March 23, 2020, 10:58:19 AM
On the positive side, Bealman's going to save a heap of money!!  :beers:

Yep, by the time this virus has run its course we’ll all be millionaires! :D

Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 23, 2020, 03:42:23 PM
Yeah, it's not a problem, it's just that I don't often drink at home. Prefer a few with the lads at the club.  :beers:

I bet Anne's chuffed to bits having you under her feet all the time......................................not :no:

Yes, that's going to be a challenge almost as big as coping with the virus itself, although she did come up with the suggestion that I start a new account and put what I spend at the club into it.

While it's a great idea, it's also a scary one  :uneasy:

On the subject of family, Bealette has quite correctly prohibited contact with 8 month old grandBealette, exceptby Skype video calls.  :thumbsup:

Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: EtchedPixels on March 23, 2020, 10:39:18 PM
All McDonald's closing here today at 7 pm (UK time) as well so no more of those raspberry yuk things.

They have to .. only essentials such as *food* are allowed 8)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 17, 2020, 01:00:55 AM
Return to the bus stop!

Well, with the moonboot finally off, it's back to the trolleys:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/95/255-170620004857-955321799.jpeg)

.....and the golden arches.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/95/255-170620005031-95541531.jpeg)

It's been a while!

Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on June 17, 2020, 03:15:55 AM
At least it doesn't look like there were queues like ours when they re-opened:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/95/262-170620031143-95564301.jpeg)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/95/262-170620031143-955641088.jpeg)

I think this girl got the hump when they wouldn't serve her at the drive-thru

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/95/262-170620031144-95566632.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 17, 2020, 03:24:00 AM
 :laughabovepost:

Ours never really closed.... you could always get drive through!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on June 17, 2020, 04:59:28 AM
Hi George,

Glad the bus stop's back  :thumbsup:.

I quickly looked back on the thread to see how long it had been and amazingly my last post on that day was about three hours before I had my accident. Ironically I signed off by saying 'take care'   :doh:  :)

Oh the webs we weave  :D.

Also, your boot off and mine officially on for walking with crutches yesterday afternoon and potentially walking without crutches in three weeks but that sounds like a lot of effort after lying in bed for nearly 3 months.

Please keep the through the night (UK time) posts coming though as I can't always sleep (although better than having to listen to 'Nora the Snorer' upstairs  :D. )

 :no: That's a joke, her name's not Nora  :).

Oh to see real trolleys again.

Stay safe and have a few bowling VBs for me.

Cheers, weave  :beers:



Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 17, 2020, 06:33:56 AM
Just on my way there now!  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: daffy on June 17, 2020, 06:35:21 AM
 @Trainfish (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=262) :
Quote
https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/95/262-170620031144-95566632.jpeg

Lockdown must be over if Macky D’s are back to getting their normal meat deliveries. :D

And good to see the Bus Stop back on my reading list. :thumbsup:


All the best to you @weave (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=735) for a swift and non-too taxing return to ambulatory normality. :thumbsup: Remember that you now have ready made ‘yardsticks’ to ensure the local natives keep to the social distancing rules when you’re out and about. ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on June 17, 2020, 07:44:33 AM
All this talk of bus stops and fast food establishments puts me in mind of my second most local bus stop:

(https://japan-train-blog.infogogo.com/static/misc/busstop.jpg)

(technically two bus stops as served by two different bus companies).

No feral shopping trolleys though, they simply do not exist in these parts.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 17, 2020, 07:49:17 AM
Best of luck with the boot and crutches, mate. After 2 months on crutches and 12 months in the boot, I could write a PhD thesis on that!

Here's a VB for you, weave, on a very wet and cold afternoon  :beers:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/95/255-170620073853-95567262.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Train Waiting on June 17, 2020, 08:22:46 AM
That looks tempting!  I hope our licensed premises open soon.

 :beers:

John
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 17, 2020, 08:28:55 AM
I hope so, too!

However there's still a lot of sense in staying cautious....

Victoria saw a spike of 21 cases (Covid, not VB) today. I hope we're not being a bit premature here.

My wife got called into work today (retired teacher), but thought better of it.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on June 17, 2020, 08:29:26 AM
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/95/262-170620031144-95566632.jpeg)

Those panties really don’t work :no:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: TrevL on June 17, 2020, 09:20:53 AM
I hope so, too!

However there's still a lot of sense in staying cautious....

Victoria saw a spike of 21 cases (Covid, not VB) today. I hope we're not being a bit premature here.

My wife got called into work today (retired teacher), but thought better of it.

21 cases of VB would put you in hospital :laugh:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on June 17, 2020, 01:21:25 PM
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/95/262-170620031144-95566632.jpeg)

Those panties really don’t work :no:

A little off topic (and off the shoulder) but how about these?

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/95/262-170620132011-955691117.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 17, 2020, 03:27:42 PM
Could have been worse if they weren't new  :worried:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 17, 2020, 11:35:41 PM
No bus stop pics from last night's sojourn, unfortunately. A couple of the local youth were sharing the stop with me, and as they appeared like they might have been on something, I thought it prudent to keep the camera holstered.

It was raining anyway  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on June 17, 2020, 11:41:02 PM
They were probably 'on' the magic ingredient which I'm sure McDonalds add to their food which stimulates parts of their brain and also digestive system.
Either that or they were sheltering from the rain.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 17, 2020, 11:45:01 PM
Actually their behaviour wasn't much different to what you see in MacDonalds, when I think about it  :worried:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on June 18, 2020, 12:12:26 AM
good to see the bus stop back in action, we ventured into the local shopping centre on Monday for the first time and apart from lots of signs it was almost back to normal. Hopefully SWMBO wont want to go back for another 3 months if i am lucky.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 18, 2020, 12:17:08 AM
Best of luck in that regard, it's not exactly my ideal destination either, even when things are normal!  :no:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 20, 2020, 12:39:13 AM
24 hours at bus stop.

Thursday night:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/95/255-200620003423-95657168.jpeg)

Friday night....

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/95/255-200620003544-956601609.jpeg)

Ever get the impression that lock down isn't being taken too seriously? But the very fact that Bealman is at the bus stop means restrictions are eased, I guess!  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on June 20, 2020, 03:02:18 AM
Damn, they breed fast.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 20, 2020, 03:15:57 AM
Yeah, I blame the green one. That's a Woolworths trolley. The red ones are Coles.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on June 20, 2020, 03:54:39 AM
Yeah, I blame the green one. That's a Woolworths trolley. The red ones are Coles.

...of course the Aldi trolleys only frequent the posh suburbs....you have to put money in them to use them!

That's why most of the trolleys in Aldi are from Coles or Woolies.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on June 20, 2020, 06:32:13 AM
Yeah, I blame the green one. That's a Woolworths trolley. The red ones are Coles.

Maybe the bus stop is a NSW regional coach stop as well but they're not allowed on board as 'you can't carry Coles to Newcastle'  :D

Sorry, still asleep  :sleep:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: PGN on June 20, 2020, 07:09:40 AM
The groaner thread is elsewhere ...
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 20, 2020, 07:15:46 AM
Well, assuming it's Newcastle on Hunter and not Tyne, there's Coles there anyway.

And coals too, by the way. Big coal mining area!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 21, 2020, 03:29:14 AM
Interesting decoration on Saturday night.... looks like a a pair of socks.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/95/255-210620032507-95738298.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 22, 2020, 04:34:40 AM
....and all I got on Sunday night was a cheesy grin  :D :D

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/95/255-220620043128-958072260.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 01, 2020, 12:54:28 AM
Oh no! Trolley down! Medic!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/96/255-010720005118-963341166.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 02, 2020, 10:32:48 AM
Ok, you of little faith... left sneaker proof that boot is off.

At left is my company tonight.  ;)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/96/255-020720102811-96396751.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Webbo on July 03, 2020, 02:51:03 AM
Is there anything in those shoes?

Webbo
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 15, 2020, 11:07:16 PM
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/97/255-150720230430-970192240.jpeg)

Yeah? How the hell do they make them, then?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: LASteve on July 16, 2020, 05:36:01 AM
Yeah? How the hell do they make them, then?
Haven't you met Flippy the Californian Robot?

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/97/6889-160720053532.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=97031)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 18, 2020, 12:11:04 AM
I've got one!  ;)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/97/255-180720000453-970961849.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on July 18, 2020, 01:38:42 AM
I've got one!  ;)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/97/255-180720000453-970961849.jpeg)

A bionic lower leg?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on July 18, 2020, 02:33:17 AM
did you build  that to help your gammy leg
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 18, 2020, 10:57:53 PM
Nice sunset over Rue Bealman last night. At least this red sky was not caused by bushfires!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/97/255-180720225255-971251384.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on July 19, 2020, 08:21:17 AM
Maybe they've just opened another huge late night Mcdonalds?  :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on July 22, 2020, 09:32:10 AM
Hi George,

As I've finally managed to get into the train room recently I thought I would take a picture of my local bus stop sign before it disappears completely.

I'm out of the boot and can walk unaided but not very steadily. The guy next door has not been well for a while now so I think the garden neglect on both sides means nature will continue to take over and it'll gone from view......

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50134811942_e61c32a7ef_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2jof1Vm)20200720_184645 (1) (https://flic.kr/p/2jof1Vm) by Christopher Weaver (https://www.flickr.com/photos/163968319@N02/), on Flickr

I think the other side isn't so bad although am sure the council will let us know in their friendly way if there is a problem.

Sorry, was bit bored.

Cheers, weave  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 22, 2020, 09:35:44 AM
Oh dear!

Very good news you're out of the boot, though!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on July 22, 2020, 09:41:10 AM
I think the garden neglect on both sides means nature will continue to take over and it'll gone from view......

It's good for your carbon footprint.  Especially important if you're starting to leave two of said footprints again :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 25, 2020, 06:49:14 AM
A Frodo Baggins Adventure.

Something a little different in this post.

To get home, Bealman has to reach his bus stop by going through a shopping centre which lies between the bowling club and the bus stop. At 8pm on Friday night it was spookily quiet....

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/97/255-250720011614-973621652.jpeg)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/97/255-250720011641-973651435.jpeg)

Halfway through... cue spooky music....

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/97/255-250720011714-973661915.jpeg)

Turn the corner beside Woolies....

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/97/255-250720011739-973671945.jpeg)

The good old Coles Supermarket is still open, of course.... they've even got toilet rolls in stock!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/97/255-250720011807-97368382.jpeg)

Exit in sight!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/97/255-250720011833-973691317.jpeg)

Ah... familiar territory! Now all we need is a bus!  :beers:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/97/255-250720011902-973701471.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on July 25, 2020, 07:51:06 AM
so that's what a shopping centre looks like, it has been so long since we visited one, hard to remember.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on July 25, 2020, 08:14:13 AM
Hi George,

Well, as you were playing the role of Frodo, at least you wouldn't have been an 'unexpected item in the Baggin area!'  :D.

Nice little adventure and glad you got loo roll, especially with all that fruit next door  ;).

Cheers, weave  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 25, 2020, 08:16:03 AM
You're not missing anything, Graham. The best shopping centre is an empty one like this, as far as I'm concerned.  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on July 25, 2020, 09:24:42 AM
Given what's happening down here it will be a long time before I even think about wanting to go into one again. Thank goodness for online shopping, with SWMBO being between surgeries we are staying away from everyone, the kids and grandkids only see us via the video calls.
Stay safe
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 25, 2020, 09:41:32 AM
I can understand that, Graham!

My best wishes for your wife's surgery, and take care.  :thumbsup:

George
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on July 25, 2020, 02:12:44 PM
You're not missing anything, Graham. The best shopping centre is an empty one like this, as far as I'm concerned.  ;)

We had a covid-19 case identified in one of the shops in my local mall. The place was almost deserted when I went for groceries on Wednesday.

Mask on Mark!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 26, 2020, 07:28:59 AM
Bowling club tonight. Geez where was this rain in January?  :(

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/97/255-260720072510-97408782.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 29, 2020, 11:28:16 AM
Latest from bus stop....

Everyone isolating means leaving trolley at bus stop  ;)

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Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on July 29, 2020, 03:22:19 PM
My trolley is bigger than your trolley

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Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: themadhippy on July 29, 2020, 04:21:17 PM
Quote
My trolley is bigger than your trolley
but mines faster

Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on July 29, 2020, 11:09:50 PM
But I can do a BIG shop in mine. You can't

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Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: themadhippy on July 30, 2020, 12:31:53 AM
cute little toy trolley you got there.
(https://www.emporis.com/images/show/885385-Medium-exterior-worlds-largest-shopping-trolley.jpg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on July 30, 2020, 02:16:21 AM
Abandoned shopping trolley in space (https://www.thedrum.com/news/2014/07/25/cloudiq-sends-shopping-trolley-space-emphasize-online-cart-abandonment-issue).
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 31, 2020, 02:17:45 AM
There was a supermarket bag at Bealman's bus stop last night....

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/97/255-310720021103-976632055.jpeg)

....but it was his! He stopped by at the supermarket in the shopping centre and picked up dinner!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/97/255-310720021146-97668521.jpeg)

Kranksky sausages! Yum yum!  :uneasy: :worried:

OK, the blurb on the box, "Pub Favourites" got me sucked in  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on July 31, 2020, 02:53:41 AM
OK, the blurb on the box, "Pub Favourites" got me sucked in  :beers:

With the amount of time you spend at that bus stop I'm starting to wonder if you're hoping to be offered something else along these lines  :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 31, 2020, 03:04:39 AM
It actually takes me longer to do the posts than the time spent there  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on August 12, 2020, 03:13:49 AM
Trolley news.

Trolley lineup last night.... with a human on the end!

Well, I think it was  :D

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/98/255-120820030723-980912269.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on August 12, 2020, 05:30:27 AM
Looks suspiciously like the set of the Aussie remake film 'Shauno of the Dead'.

You take care mate  :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on August 12, 2020, 05:42:35 AM
where is all the rain you guys are supposed to be having?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on August 12, 2020, 05:48:19 AM
We've had quite a bit! Eased off today though.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on August 16, 2020, 09:44:16 AM
Furry mothership hanging over the bowlo today.

Looks a bit like a giant paramecium!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/98/255-160820093814-981922465.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: MinZaPint on August 16, 2020, 10:57:25 AM
Furry mothership hanging over the bowlo today.

Looks a bit like a giant paramecium!


Well that got me! had to look that one up!  ???  :hmmm: you could have just said it was a genus of Unicellular Ciliates  :doh:  :D

Cheers David
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on August 16, 2020, 11:21:43 AM
Well that got me! had to look that one up!  ???  :hmmm: you could have just said it was a genus of Unicellular Ciliates  :doh:  :D

What's the reception like on those?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on August 16, 2020, 11:34:02 AM
Well that got me! had to look that one up!  ???  :hmmm: you could have just said it was a genus of Unicellular Ciliates  :doh:  :D

What's the reception like one those?

Bright, spacious and generally welcoming, lovely deep carpet but the chairs are a little uncomfortable.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on August 17, 2020, 05:34:04 AM
I'd start to really worry if I saw a giant Euglena up there!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on August 26, 2020, 01:39:16 AM
Not a lot of activity at the bus stop last night, in fact a bit sad, really. Just a snack packet of questionable content, and an earthworm in it's death throes, unfortunately, top right.

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Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: themadhippy on August 26, 2020, 02:16:32 AM
Quote
I'd start to really worry if I saw a giant Euglena up there!
If its got an axe be careful
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: joe cassidy on August 26, 2020, 11:33:38 AM
How did that Biltong get from South Africa to your bus stop, or is it 'roo biltong?

P.S. - saw a news report a couple of days ago about kangaroos playing in the snow ?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on August 26, 2020, 11:54:26 AM
Yeah, it's snowing in the mountains.

But I don't know what Biltong is!

Never come across it until the bus stop!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on August 26, 2020, 12:37:09 PM
Hi George.

It's disgusting. It's some sort of dried meat and tastes like a sweaty sandal sole. Apparently, translated from Afrikaans, it means 'buttock tongue'. I rest my case  :D.

Cheers, weave  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: port perran on August 26, 2020, 12:51:42 PM
Hi George.

It's disgusting. It's some sort of dried meat and tastes like a sweaty sandal sole. Apparently, translated from Afrikaans, it means 'buttock tongue'. I rest my case  :D.

Cheers, weave  :beers:

I can eat most things (with the exception of marmite and liquorice ) but I definitely draw the line at biltong.
Tried it once and didn’t  like it.
Weave’s description is spot on.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on August 26, 2020, 12:57:54 PM
You're all weird! Biltong is excellent and if you get a good one it can last for hours. The good stuff isn't cheap though  ???
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: joe cassidy on August 26, 2020, 01:02:25 PM
I love biltong.

In English we would call it "beef jerky", in the US pemmican.

In South Africa it's available in different flavours - beef, kudu, assorted other "game" - and different consistencies ranging from teeth-breaking dry sticks to melt-in-your mouth soft slices.

You can buy it at the airports in SA but hide it in your dirty undies if you bring it to Europe as it's forbidden to import it.

Sorry Veronica from South Africa if you are suffering withdrawal symptoms in the Isle of Wight.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: joe cassidy on August 26, 2020, 01:04:05 PM
And Cape Town Trevor now in Russia.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: dannyboy on August 26, 2020, 01:07:46 PM
Our dog 'Blue' quite likes beef jerky, but what I want to know is, how do people know it tastes like "sweaty sandal sole" and, being aware of that fact, why do they eat sweaty sandal sole?  ???
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: joe cassidy on August 26, 2020, 01:11:17 PM
It's a lot cheaper than Dover sole.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: captainelectra on August 26, 2020, 01:18:26 PM
I really like a bice bi of beef jerky now and again. High protein and great jaw excercise :)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: OffshoreAlan on August 26, 2020, 01:25:36 PM
...how do people know it tastes like "sweaty sandal sole" and ... why do they eat sweaty sandal sole?  ???

Just what I thought when Paul Hollywood once said a contestant's meal tasted like wallpaper paste.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on August 26, 2020, 01:50:32 PM
I love biltong.

In English we would call it "beef jerky", in the US pemmican.


No! Don't let a South African hear you say that. Believe me, I know from experience. From memory jerky is air dried on racks while biltong is hung to dry. I can't remember the rest and I'm scared to ask him  :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: joe cassidy on August 26, 2020, 02:17:21 PM
Don't ask him about the chemicals they soak it in either  :no:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: RailGooner on August 26, 2020, 03:08:09 PM
.. jerky is air dried on racks while biltong is hung to dry...

 :confused1: Ain't "air dried on racks" the same thing as "hung to dry"?!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on August 26, 2020, 04:22:34 PM
.. jerky is air dried on racks while biltong is hung to dry...

 :confused1: Ain't "air dried on racks" the same thing as "hung to dry"?!

I believe 1 is hung vertically and 1 is laid flat but I may be wrong. This would also explain the difference in chewiness or texture I suppose. I think also the air drying is forced a bit like a hair drier. As I said, I'm not asking him again  :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: RailGooner on August 26, 2020, 04:43:23 PM
I do like a bit of jerky. Not too often though. Just now and again, to test my teeth are still firmly rooted.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on August 27, 2020, 01:26:26 AM
Ah, all is revealed. Beef jerky.

Yeah, you can get it in pubs and vending machines here, but it's expensive for what it is.

Weirdly, they produce it in the town I was married in!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on August 27, 2020, 01:53:13 AM
My 2 daughters love the stuff, not a fan myself. To me it is what I imagine chewing an old piece of leather would be like.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on August 29, 2020, 06:43:27 AM
Just to prove I still have the moonboot off....

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/98/255-290820063834-98728754.jpeg)

Couldn't put it on anyway.... SWMBO has it at the moment, nursing fractured ankle  :no:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: The Q on August 29, 2020, 07:22:37 AM
Just to prove I still have the moonboot off....

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/98/255-290820063834-98728754.jpeg)

Couldn't put it on anyway.... SWMBO has it at the moment, nursing fractured ankle  :no:
You have all the animal life in Australia trying to kill you,  and you two keep trying to do it yourselves it seems a wasted effort :bounce:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on August 29, 2020, 07:48:26 AM
Well she was wrestling a diamond python at the time.... and that was before breakfast!  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Webbo on August 29, 2020, 09:25:41 AM
George

How do we know that these are not just two sand shoes propped up?

Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on August 29, 2020, 09:45:29 AM
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/98/255-290820094314-98740388.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on August 29, 2020, 12:54:33 PM
Well she was wrestling a diamond python at the time.... and that was before breakfast!  ;)

If you were a proper Aussie that would be breakfast  :P
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: guest8885 on August 30, 2020, 12:17:58 AM
how did the original post,  a member from Tokyo know about trolly busses?
the Australian members original post shows an opportunity
the smaller shopping trolley's can be used for a mobile garden.
which can the be given to the oldies as gifts.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on August 30, 2020, 12:36:49 AM
Having met squiddy, I can assure you that he's British. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on August 30, 2020, 06:17:21 AM
Yup, definitely British (though that might change at some point in the unforseeable future).

how did the original post,  a member from Tokyo know about trolly busses?

Anyone living in Japan with an interest in transport would certainly be aware of the concept of the tororiibasu (https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/トロリーバス), which were fairly common in many major cities (including Tokyo) until the early 1970s, and until very recently on the Kurobe Dam sightseeing route (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanden_Tunnel_Electric_Bus).
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on September 01, 2020, 07:08:11 AM
Nothing to do with bus stops, but strewth!

Snakes on a plate: Australian man shocked after massive serpents crash through kitchen ceiling (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/sep/01/snakes-on-a-plate-australian-man-shocked-after-massive-serpents-crash-through-kitchen-ceiling)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on September 01, 2020, 07:15:21 AM
Now you're scaring me.... although I once lived in a elevated house in the seventies that had to be cleared of snakes from underneath.

Touch wood, haven't had many around Chez Bealman, even though it's next to a creek.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: The Q on September 01, 2020, 08:29:19 AM
The local councils in Aus are trying to beat  the wildlife.. By killing more ..
Sidney has bought 10 new ferries , on them if you stand on the top deck, the bridges take your heads off..
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/aug/24/sydney-new-ferries-wont-fit-under-bridges-while-passengers-on-top-deck#img-1 (https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/aug/24/sydney-new-ferries-wont-fit-under-bridges-while-passengers-on-top-deck#img-1)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on September 01, 2020, 08:34:18 AM
The local councils in Aus are trying to beat  the wildlife.. By killing more ..
Sidney has bought 10 new ferries , on them if you stand on the top deck, the bridges take your heads off..

Can't they just let some water out of the rivers?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Train Waiting on September 01, 2020, 08:59:10 AM
Nothing to do with bus stops, but strewth!

Snakes on a plate: Australian man shocked after massive serpents crash through kitchen ceiling (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/sep/01/snakes-on-a-plate-australian-man-shocked-after-massive-serpents-crash-through-kitchen-ceiling)

Aaargh!  Hard to imagine anything much worse.  St Patrick had the right idea.  I wonder if Poppy would like a mongoose as a friend.  Better still, a battalion of mongooses.

Best wishes.

John (Still recovering!)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on September 01, 2020, 09:02:56 AM
That boat has made news here, and of course it's so pathetic it is funny if you take an attitude like this:

 ::) ::)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: dannyboy on September 01, 2020, 09:06:44 AM
Nothing to do with bus stops, but strewth!

Snakes on a plate: Australian man shocked after massive serpents crash through kitchen ceiling (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/sep/01/snakes-on-a-plate-australian-man-shocked-after-massive-serpents-crash-through-kitchen-ceiling)

Louisa turns away and nearly has a fit if she sees a snake on the television! Not sure what would happen if one dropped through the ceiling  :goggleeyes:. Still, I know what to buy if I ever wanted a divorce.  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on September 01, 2020, 09:16:23 AM
Nothing to do with bus stops, but strewth!

Snakes on a plate: Australian man shocked after massive serpents crash through kitchen ceiling (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/sep/01/snakes-on-a-plate-australian-man-shocked-after-massive-serpents-crash-through-kitchen-ceiling)

Strewth indeed!  Drop Bears and now Drop Snakes :o
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on September 02, 2020, 05:37:18 AM
Only two new developments at the bus stop last night....

A new tag....

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/98/255-020920053229-98923164.jpeg)

.....and it looks like McDonalds have a Monopoly promo on again

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/98/255-020920053334-989432189.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on September 02, 2020, 09:45:58 AM
Only two new developments at the bus stop last night....

A new tag....

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/98/255-020920053229-98923164.jpeg)

Are you sure that's not the squashed remains of one of your local spiders?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on September 02, 2020, 10:20:55 AM
 :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost:

Actually, you're not far wrong.... some of the beggars that get into our house you try to let go, not squish em....  they make a huge mess!  :sick2:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on September 03, 2020, 07:26:41 AM
More motherships gather over Mt Keira

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/98/255-030920072412-98986593.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on September 03, 2020, 07:41:10 AM
So you're saying Mt. Keira is a sort of UFO bus stop?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on September 03, 2020, 07:44:51 AM
Well it's either that or post it in 'Forum ideas and problems'  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on September 07, 2020, 08:50:18 AM
Go to jail. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.  ;D

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/99/255-070920084719-991592427.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on September 08, 2020, 03:40:20 PM
Should we call a lawyer?  ???
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on September 08, 2020, 03:57:44 PM
No, I think a pysciatrist phsioctatrist psyciatrist shrink would be more appropriate
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on September 13, 2020, 01:16:45 AM
No need to call either!

We all know about costs due to inflation, but what about deflation?

Poor old Monopoly man has carked it

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/99/255-130920011135-99334347.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on September 29, 2020, 01:59:11 AM
Monopoly man asleep on the job again... nice light show, though.

Bealman's 'arty' photography.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/99/255-290920015454-99853971.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on September 29, 2020, 04:54:57 AM
Monopoly man asleep on the job again... nice light show, though.

Bealman's 'arty' photography.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/99/255-290920015454-99853971.jpeg)

Why is there a small ghostly sailing ship floating above the McDonalds sign?  ???
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on September 29, 2020, 05:15:26 AM
If you look carefully, you can see the monopoly man under the 'sails' which are his inflation.  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on September 29, 2020, 07:30:08 AM
looks rather spooky to me.  ::)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on September 29, 2020, 08:15:54 AM
McDonalds is spooky, full stop, if you ask me  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 01, 2020, 01:23:18 AM
Good to see the old guy back on the job again as of last night

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/99/255-011020011814-99917487.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 02, 2020, 02:04:51 AM
Have you been told today? GET THE APP!!!


(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/99/255-021020020113-99943459.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Malc on October 02, 2020, 09:51:32 AM
Just as a matter of interest, George, have you ever caught a bus at your local stop?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 02, 2020, 09:55:36 AM
Every time I go there, mate, except for once. I missed it and had to catch an Uber.

By the way, the double entendres are gold.  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on October 03, 2020, 02:59:00 AM
Every time I go there, mate, except for once. I missed it and had to catch an Uber.


Out of curiosity, what kind of bait do you use?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 03, 2020, 07:45:32 AM
Credit card  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on October 03, 2020, 07:48:49 AM
Used to be Mastercard but these days it's Visor  :D.

Sorry, wrong thread  :doh:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 03, 2020, 11:31:07 AM
Tonight, me phone's telling me it's gonna be 4 degrees hotter tomorrow than today!

Great.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: TrevL on October 03, 2020, 11:51:55 AM
Wish it was here
https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/forecast/gcmydz1hb#?date=2020-10-03 (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/forecast/gcmydz1hb#?date=2020-10-03)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 03, 2020, 11:57:46 AM
Twelve degrees is fine! Even with rain.

I'm an Englishman living in Australia (for just about all of my life), and I hate the heat.

Especially the bush fires it can accelerate.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: daffy on October 03, 2020, 12:37:53 PM
Tonight, me phone's telling me it's gonna be 4 degrees hotter tomorrow than today!

Great.

Thus proving that the World is in perfect balance as the two ends of the physical antipodean divide show an equalising of temperature because tomorrow here in rainy Lincolnshire it will be 4 degrees cooler. :(
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 03, 2020, 12:48:33 PM
Awesome! :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 03, 2020, 12:51:26 PM
Nearly typed "cool" but thought better of it  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: daffy on October 03, 2020, 01:15:01 PM
 :D

 :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 05, 2020, 06:05:21 AM
It was 39 degrees in the backyard of Chez Bealman today. Geez, I hope it's not going to be a repeat of last summer.  :thumbsdown:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on October 05, 2020, 06:23:21 AM
a bit early in the season to be seeing those temps. We were warm yesterday (29oC) but of course today typical Melb made it to 14oC at our place today.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 08, 2020, 12:57:42 AM
Temperature currently back to acceptable levels with a bit of rain.

Interesting new addition to the bus stop last night, though:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/100/255-081020005422-100161547.jpeg)

Uni students for climate justice. Yeah, right.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on October 14, 2020, 09:28:09 AM
Watch out for ants (https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/oct/14/yellow-crazy-ant-infestation-could-spread-to-queenslands-wet-tropics-conservationists-warn) and sharks (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/oct/14/high-number-of-fatal-australian-shark-attacks-prompts-concern-hunting-grounds-are-shifting)!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: dannyboy on October 14, 2020, 09:38:29 AM
And I thought I had problems with the Cabbage White Caterpillars!  :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: daffy on October 14, 2020, 11:02:41 AM
That reminds me. Ants will one day rule the Earth. :hmmm:

Well, one film scenario thought so back in 1974 when I first saw it at the cinema in Birmingham:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070531/ (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070531/)

Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 20, 2020, 01:14:20 AM
That is one uber cool movie which I must admit I've never heard of. Love the old electronics, but it makes me itchy watching it!

Talking of sci-fi, another batch of UFOs over the bowl last night:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/100/255-201020005402-1007401214.jpeg)

Which caused the golden arches at the bus stop to be blacked out quite obviously:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/100/255-201020005754-1007421331.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 20, 2020, 02:19:07 AM
I spend a week away in Port Macquarie, and what happens at the bus stop?

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/100/255-201020005543-1007411511.jpeg)

Council let's the flora take over!

That's me operated on foot, by the way.  :thumbsdown:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on October 20, 2020, 02:38:55 AM
Are you sure you've got the correct shoe on that foot?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 20, 2020, 02:48:06 AM
 :laughabovepost:

That would explain the pain!!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on October 20, 2020, 06:31:57 AM
i bet your glad to be back in normal footware after all this time.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 20, 2020, 07:14:46 AM
Thanks, Graham.  :thumbsup:

Yeah, after over 12 months in that moonboot, it is good, but it is still painful. I just live with it.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 20, 2020, 07:25:56 AM
PARMIburger?!

New one on me.... :sick:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/100/255-201020072209-100743882.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on October 20, 2020, 07:56:28 AM
That's me operated on foot, by the way.  :thumbsdown:

I know, I can see the stitches ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 20, 2020, 07:58:55 AM
That's holding the whole bloody thing together!!  ;D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Train Waiting on October 20, 2020, 08:57:33 AM
PARMIburger?!

New one on me.... :sick:


I wonder if the 'Parmi' is related to the Parmo of Middlesboro'?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on October 20, 2020, 09:24:50 AM
Wonder if it's golf related marketing. If so, it's got to taste better than a Bogeymi.

Sorry, that's disgusting and not funny.

Anyway, hi George and glad you can get your shoes on. I'm struggling a bit after my accident and might have to buy a size up for one side. Depending on shoe size and which foot maybe we could do shoe swaps if you have the same problem  :D.

Take care.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 20, 2020, 10:17:41 AM
 :laughabovepost:

At least we can compare notes, mate!  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on October 25, 2020, 10:32:29 PM
I'm surprised the bus stop is not under water yet.

Eh, how's the creek level?

(For those not living downunder, it's been pouring on the Oz East coast)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 25, 2020, 11:01:10 PM
Dunno what it was like during the night, but all good this morning  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on October 26, 2020, 01:12:41 AM
I walk by our local creek most days and on Saturday it had gone from a sedate trickle to a raging torrent and the water level was about 2m above normal.
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/101/1058-261020011225.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=101033)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 26, 2020, 01:43:12 AM
Looks like it's been raining alright!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on October 26, 2020, 02:59:25 AM
we only had 30mm overnight, goodness knows what it would have been like if we had the 100mm plus some area saw.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 26, 2020, 11:49:04 PM
A bit wet on the way back to the bus stop last night....

Thought maybe I could get a lift home instead  :D

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/101/255-261020234529-1010801567.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on October 27, 2020, 12:19:59 AM
Expensive but at least they make sure you don't bang your head when you get in the back seat.

Not that I know or anything  :no:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 27, 2020, 12:39:06 AM
They kick you up the bum getting in, though

Not that I know or anything  :no:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on October 27, 2020, 12:54:53 AM
Gosh, I wouldn't let them apply any of my decals. They put the big ones upside down!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on October 27, 2020, 01:04:07 AM
At least they got the main part correct  :goggleeyes:

(https://i2-prod.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article4747563.ece/ALTERNATES/s615/Police-car-with-spelling-mistake.jpg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on October 27, 2020, 01:35:58 AM
I tried to get a lift home once, but it just kept going up and down.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on October 27, 2020, 01:44:14 AM
Have you been on the sake again?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: themadhippy on October 27, 2020, 01:57:05 AM
Quote
but at least they make sure you don't bang your head when you get in the back seat
pity there not so careful when helping you down the stairs
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on October 27, 2020, 02:14:44 AM
Or off a train at Temple Meads (story for another day maybe). That was BTP to be fair  :doh:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on October 27, 2020, 11:02:28 AM
Have you been on the sake again?

Yes, the Furfox Sake.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 28, 2020, 06:37:25 AM
 :laughabovepost: :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 29, 2020, 03:05:29 AM
Bealman's real feet at the bus stop, last night. I'm so pleased to out of that bloody moonboot!

Those are Italian shoes, by the way, that I bought in Berlin in 2013. They are the most expensive shoes I've ever owned, bought in a brain fart.

However, they've also been the best pair of shoes I've ever owned, so you gets what you pays for, I guess!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/101/255-291020025828-1011781719.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on October 29, 2020, 04:00:15 AM
and kept spotlessly polished i see. I bought a pair of Churches shoes over 10yrs ago, similar experience, they are by far and away the most comfortable shoes i ever bought.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on October 29, 2020, 04:13:51 AM
Those are Italian shoes, by the way, that I bought in Berlin in 2013. They are the most expensive shoes I've ever owned, bought in a brain fart.

You're forgetting your German, you bought them in a Schuhladen or Schuhgeschäft.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 29, 2020, 05:25:22 AM
 :laughabovepost:

Meanwhile, Bealman missed the bus to the club today, so walked. Noticed on the way that the trolleys have learned to swim!!  :worried:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/101/255-291020052142-101187510.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on October 29, 2020, 07:34:32 AM
Meanwhile, Bealman missed the bus to the club today, so walked. Noticed on the way that the trolleys have learned to swim!!  :worried:

It’s that time of year when they swim upstream to spawn. Pretty soon there’ll be great long lines of young ‘uns ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 29, 2020, 07:37:22 AM
 :laughabovepost: :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 30, 2020, 03:59:15 AM
Could explain why the way home was blocked yesterday  ;D

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/101/255-301020035616-101252102.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: dannyboy on October 30, 2020, 11:20:10 AM
People have no consideration, there is some terrible parking there.  :)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 31, 2020, 05:16:15 AM
Bit of a storm at Chez Bealman this morning. Woken up with a flash and a bang! (He said, waiting for innuendos from NewportNobby)

Uphill side drain coping well....

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/101/255-311020050855-1012931521.jpeg)

Creek on downhill side diverted itself bit though, due to the bloody council failing to keep it clear.  >:(

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/101/255-311020050953-1012961170.jpeg)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/101/255-311020051031-101297295.jpeg)

Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Train Waiting on October 31, 2020, 09:12:07 AM
Could explain why the way home was blocked yesterday  ;D

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/101/255-301020035616-101252102.jpeg)

Looks like a couple of juveniles in the foreground with the adults behind.  A very contented family group.  Do they trundle over to you for little pieces of bread or is there a bossy sign saying 'Do not feed the trolleys'?

J
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 01, 2020, 02:41:40 AM
A trolley of a different kind.  :veryangry:

Dumped outside Chez Bealman (edge of which visible on left) between 3 and 4pm Friday afternoon:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/101/255-011120023349-1013531314.jpeg)

Mrs B rang the council, and they reckon they'll remove it. Of course that was Friday arvo, so it's still there  >:(
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on November 01, 2020, 07:40:09 AM
You should have it and start a new thread 'Mobile layout in a trolley'.  :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 01, 2020, 07:44:13 AM
Can't you see there's no tyre?  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on November 01, 2020, 08:07:05 AM
Can't you see there's no tyre?  ;)

Nothing a trip to your local bicycle shop won't solve  :hmmm:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on November 01, 2020, 08:21:40 AM
Indeed, get it done up, attach it to the back of a bicycle and Mrs B could take and collect you from the bowling club. You could make VB tinny holders for it and think of the money you'd save on bus fares.

Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: MinZaPint on November 01, 2020, 11:25:18 AM
Can't you see there's no tyre?  ;)

Unless you've lost weight you could use yours  :D If I lived closer you could have mine I'm fed up with carrying it around  :laugh:
Cheers David
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 02, 2020, 11:34:15 PM
Scary selfie.

Battling the trolleys!!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/101/255-021120233022-1014532471.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: themadhippy on November 02, 2020, 11:49:10 PM
Quote
Indeed, get it done up, attach it to the back of a bicycle and Mrs B could take and collect you from the bowling club
no need for a bike
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/40/NonomiyaRickshaw0289.jpg/220px-NonomiyaRickshaw0289.jpg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 03, 2020, 02:49:33 AM
Anyway, Melbourne Cup day here. I've put me bets on and will be waving goodbye to me money at 3pm if the last few years have been anything to go by  :(
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 03, 2020, 05:10:16 AM
Over and run.

The last few years are everything to go by.  :(
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on November 03, 2020, 05:55:40 AM
1st time for over 20yrs i didn't have a bet on the cup, luckily for me as my selection is still running I think.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on November 03, 2020, 12:14:10 PM
I've never bet on the Melbourne Cup but I sometimes have a little wager over here. Last week I had a horse come in at 20 to 1! Problem was the race started at 11:30 so it was about an hour behind all the other horses  :'(
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on November 03, 2020, 09:58:29 PM
that last line could have qualified for the groaner section.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 04, 2020, 12:13:43 AM
A big horsey gatecrashed the bowling club yesterday

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/101/255-041120001056-1014931620.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 05, 2020, 03:17:09 AM
OMG.

Bealman is guilty of going through the bus stop MacDonalds drive-through for a couple of breakfast burgers this morning.

The world's gone mad!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/101/255-051120031149-101520252.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on November 05, 2020, 05:07:33 AM
A big horsey gatecrashed the bowling club yesterday

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/101/255-041120001056-1014931620.jpeg)

Has the inside been checked for the presence of small Greek soldiers?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 05, 2020, 05:24:57 AM
Look at this mess. A little bit of rain, and "Oh no, I getting wet. I'll leave the trolley here"  >:(

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/101/255-051120051545-1015232277.jpeg)

Educational footnote: the red tree in the background is an Illawarra Flame Tree, which I'm told is local to this area, although I wouldn't be surprised if it's found all over the east coast.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Train Waiting on November 05, 2020, 09:11:05 AM
These nifty yellow buffer stops in the parking spaces are a good idea.  These will stop careless motorists driving into the sleeping trolleys.

I hope you are recovering from the couple of 'breakfast burgers'.

Best wishes.

John
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on November 05, 2020, 09:19:46 AM
These nifty yellow buffer stops in the parking spaces are a good idea. 

Those are actually cat pillows: https://twitter.com/ijnaoba1927/status/1284810935907913728

(note: Twitter seems to hide the pictures as "possibly sensitive content", but it's only that for people with cat allergies).
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: MinZaPint on November 05, 2020, 01:04:39 PM
Used my local bus stop to go into Wimborne with my 3 pals for our last wander for a MONTH!  :'( Tipples were Hobgoblin *2 (which I now find acceptable after Marstons :censored: messed it up for it's original fans) Fursty Ferret, Bath Gem and Ringwood 49er and when we got back a nice G&T with a slice of Lime in our local Legion.
Now back to bottles for a while  :(
Cheers  :beers: David
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: joe cassidy on November 05, 2020, 01:19:33 PM
I hope the bus had a toilet ?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: MinZaPint on November 05, 2020, 01:28:58 PM
Even I can last 20mins, just :-[
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 05, 2020, 11:49:40 PM
Fursty Ferret? Bath Gem? What the hell are you drinking?!

Sounds like cleaning products!  :sick2:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 06, 2020, 12:00:36 AM
Behold the Indian Myna bird. An introduced species to Australia, which makes it's flea ridden nests up under the eaves of your house and has the most horrendous squawk instead of a song. Bloody pest.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/101/255-051120235454-10156534.jpeg)

It also seems that a new member of the intelligentsia has arrived at the bus stop, goes by the name of Mooney.  :worried:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: themadhippy on November 06, 2020, 12:14:37 AM
Quote
What the hell are you drinking?!

Sounds like cleaning products!
says the man from the land that brought us fosters
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 06, 2020, 01:08:05 AM
Yeah, well that's true. Shipped all off to you. Nobody drinks the bloody stuff here!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on November 06, 2020, 01:14:22 AM
.............Tipples were Hobgoblin *2 (which I now find acceptable after Marstons :censored: messed it up for it's original fans) Fursty Ferret, Bath Gem and Ringwood 49er
Cheers  :beers: David

I'm not a fan of the first 3 but 49er is something special. I like that one a lot  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on November 06, 2020, 01:53:03 AM
Yeah, well that's true. Shipped all off to you. Nobody drinks the bloody stuff here!
Seems that some Australian beer names reflect on the recent colonial past:

James Squire has One Fifty Lashes, Hop Thief, Four Wives, The Swindler, Broken Shackles, Mid River, The Chancer.

Don't know what they are like, not my bevi of choice.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: themadhippy on November 06, 2020, 02:10:19 AM
confession time
several years ago i was  on a us airbase in germany,the beer choice was typical us fizzy water or fosters,surprisingly the fosters was very nice,totally  different to the stuff served in the uk and was our drink of choice during our time there.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 06, 2020, 08:41:50 AM
OK.... for everyone looking at this utterly banal thread...

I'm heading for the bus stop!  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on November 06, 2020, 09:20:35 AM
OK.... for everyone looking at this utterly banal thread...

I'm heading for the bus stop!  ;)

Will the excitement ever end?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on November 07, 2020, 06:19:28 AM
Hi George,

Not banal at all. In fact, as we're in lockdown now we need to live through you. How about a sub thread called 'my local sexy barmaid (or barman for the girls)'  :D

Been nearly 22 hours now since you sauntered off. What happened?, what happened? 'Twas a Friday Night after all. :headbang:  :pint:

Cheers, weave  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on November 07, 2020, 07:13:18 AM

Been nearly 22 hours now since you sauntered off. What happened?, what happened? 'Twas a Friday Night after all. :headbang:  :pint:


Good point - I've alerted the Sydney police to be on the lookout for a man who was possibly abducted from a bus stop by shopping trolleys.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on November 07, 2020, 07:20:52 AM

Been nearly 22 hours now since you sauntered off. What happened?, what happened? 'Twas a Friday Night after all. :headbang:  :pint:


Good point - I've alerted the Sydney police to be on the lookout for a man who was possibly abducted from a bus stop by shopping trolleys.

Or The Pirates of the Cash 'n' Carrybbean!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on November 07, 2020, 07:41:11 AM
He was kidnapped because he won the meat raffle too many times at the bowls club.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on November 07, 2020, 07:51:58 AM
So that's what the horse was all about. Topping up supplies. Melbourne Cup my arse.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on November 07, 2020, 07:56:21 AM
Read that back and just want to say that the last bit is not a flirtatious come on to the people of Melbourne  :D

Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 07, 2020, 08:08:53 AM
Just caught up with this.... you're all very funny.  ;)

See, I don't even keep up with my own crap thread!  :worried:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 10, 2020, 02:19:39 AM
Geology lesson.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/101/255-101120015600-1017391853.jpeg)

The geologic structure behind McDonalds is Mt Keira. It is a prominent feature of the escarpment which rises abruptly behind Wollongong and it's suburbs on the plain along the Illawarra coast. It's quite an imposing feature, and much more impressive than it looks in this pic.

The high school where I worked is located directly beneath it - Keira High, funny that. Students were constantly pestering me as to when it was going to erupt!

Hardly...  it's composed of shitty crumbly sandstone, so the whole thing was underwater at some point. Anyway, the whole formation is very unstable, and there have been two substantial rock falls in the last 25 years.

The evening sun is illuminating one of them in this pic.

There you go, a bit of education from the bus stop!  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on November 10, 2020, 02:28:10 AM
Are you working at McDonalds now? That picture looks like it was taken from inside the drive-thru window  :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 10, 2020, 02:32:04 AM
Bus stop  :P

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/101/255-101120023022-1017401271.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on November 10, 2020, 02:36:20 AM
So the first picture was taken from the other side of McDonalds?

And the second one was taken on your way to work?   :P
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 11, 2020, 12:33:54 AM
Ha bloody Ha. Just for that, here's a one taken last night, bus lane visible, on the way home.  :P

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/101/255-111120003041-1017711654.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on November 11, 2020, 12:47:18 AM
After work?  :P
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: TrevL on November 11, 2020, 06:59:46 AM
Flippin' burgers, I can see this is going to get heated. :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 11, 2020, 07:35:34 AM
Not from McDonald's it won't. They're always bloody cold  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on November 11, 2020, 11:37:56 AM
Maybe you need to speak to your line manager and ask if you can leave them on the grill a little longer?  :P
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on November 13, 2020, 01:24:30 AM
I'm guessing George no longer works at McDonalds as he hasn't posted about it for a couple of days. Maybe he was heating up the burgers too much. That will be my fault then. Sorry George  :'(
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: themadhippy on November 13, 2020, 02:42:59 AM
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I'm guessing George no longer works at McDonalds as he hasn't posted about it for a couple of days
Na its getting towards the weekend when there busier, so he's more likely on double shift
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on November 13, 2020, 03:51:39 AM
Maybe the sandstone volcano blew up and obliterated the neighbourhood?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 13, 2020, 07:09:22 AM
No, it's still here. Here's a pic from the bowling club. As I said, it's actually quite imposing, and dominates the Wollongong skyline.

No eruption, though... all you people who read this silly thread will have to deal with it!  ;)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/101/255-131120070334-1018742077.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on November 13, 2020, 09:44:28 AM
Which reminds me, I wonder if I'm the only forum member who lives within sight of an actual dormant volcano?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 13, 2020, 12:04:50 PM
I'd say you are!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 13, 2020, 12:13:08 PM
From my trip to pester you in 2018:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/75/255-090419043447-75953717.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on November 13, 2020, 12:32:49 PM
I see several people have covered their cars in polythene sheeting to protect them if the volcano erupts. Good idea  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on November 13, 2020, 11:20:34 PM
Which reminds me, I wonder if I'm the only forum member who lives within sight of an actual dormant volcano?

I am sure our Kiwi members will be in a similar position, especially if they live in the Auckland area
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on November 14, 2020, 05:56:09 AM
Which reminds me, I wonder if I'm the only forum member who lives within sight of an actual dormant volcano?

I am sure our Kiwi members will be in a similar position, especially if they live in the Auckland area

The thought did go through my mind, but I couldn't actually recall any active members from NZ (if there are, apologies, my mind is not what it once was, which was a kind of half-melted jelly).
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 14, 2020, 06:00:25 AM
Yes, we do have a number of active Kiwi members. The thought of that island eruption must still be fresh in their minds.

A tragic event.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 14, 2020, 06:06:22 AM
Changing course slightly, not Bealman's bus stop, but his front step! A visitor this afternoon.... a stick insect!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/101/255-141120055619-1019192024.jpeg)

I'm sure this must be exotic fauna to our UK members... I sure as hell never saw one when I lived there. About 20cm long, hard to tell which is the head and which is the bum, but I think the head is at the top.  :worried:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: joe cassidy on November 14, 2020, 11:06:37 AM
We get stick insects in France, at least near Bayonne.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on November 14, 2020, 12:05:59 PM
About 20cm long, hard to tell which is the head and which is the bum, but I think the head is at the top.  :worried:

I used to have a girlfriend who suffered from the same confusion  :goggleeyes:

EDIT: She wasn't very good at metric though
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 15, 2020, 05:37:06 AM
On the way to my shift at McDonalds the club last night, I noticed that the trolley has escaped from the creek. Nice and clear, too. Thunderstorm the other night cleaned it out a bit.

And yes, that is Bealman's shadow. :)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/101/255-151120053205-1019431911.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on November 15, 2020, 07:37:59 AM
that looks a long way down, be careful.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 15, 2020, 07:42:05 AM
Not quite as far as it looks, but it still wouldn't do you any good to fall off!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 19, 2020, 12:00:42 AM
Anyway, good to see that covid hasn't prevented the traditional Christmas....  :worried:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/102/255-181120235533-102107165.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on November 19, 2020, 12:17:43 AM
Ah, the traditional McTurkey Pie Floater?

For reasons lost in the mists of time, in Japan KFC has established itself as the go-to place for "Christmas" "chicken".
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 19, 2020, 12:40:42 AM
Eleven different oriental herbs and spices!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on November 19, 2020, 12:48:47 AM
That's some erection there George, did someone lend a hand to get it up?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 19, 2020, 01:42:47 AM
Moving away from dubious innuendos and looking skyward  ;)

Moony and what is probably Venus looked down on the bus stop last night.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/102/255-181120235613-1021131883.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on November 19, 2020, 01:51:12 AM
And a UFO on the right! Brilliant  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 19, 2020, 05:41:52 AM
I was beating rampant trolleys off on Tuesday, mind you  :D

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/102/255-191120053858-1021171185.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 20, 2020, 05:57:17 AM
Santa Claus is alive and well in the shopping centre beside Bealman's bus stop. In fact he walked right past me ringing his little bell this afternoon on the way to the club!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/102/255-201120055315-1021401684.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on November 20, 2020, 06:14:23 AM
dont forget you are not allowed to sit on his lap this year.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 20, 2020, 06:34:17 AM
Well it is of concern, now I have a lovely little granddaughter!

No, they have little seats where the kids sit in front while the pic gets taken.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on November 20, 2020, 09:58:09 AM
Santa Claus is alive and well in the shopping centre beside Bealman's bus stop. In fact he walked right past me ringing his little bell this afternoon on the way to the club!

Santa is a member of your club? Impressive!  :thumbsup:

Is his bell as big as mine though?

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/102/262-201120095733-1021411944.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 21, 2020, 07:10:59 AM
Yeah, well ring ya big bell, Santa.... when I arrived at the bowling club tonight, I was greeted with three free beers. The team had won some important competition or something!  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on November 21, 2020, 08:36:35 AM
H George,

So not only don't you bowl, you don't even know what the actual bowlers are doing  :D.

Excellent behaviour  :beers:,  :beers: and  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 21, 2020, 08:39:29 AM
 :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost:

But they keep talking to me for some reason!  :worried:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Train Waiting on November 21, 2020, 09:21:56 AM
:laughabovepost: :laughabovepost:

But they keep talking to me for some reason!  :worried:

They'll be hoping to receive an invitation to go round to Beal Towers to play with your magnificent train set.

Well done on the three free beers and here's to continuing success for the bowlers!

Best wishes.

John
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 24, 2020, 08:40:15 AM
Here's a picture for @Trainfish (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=262) .....

UFO swarm over Mount Keira  :D

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/102/255-241120083549-102351965.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on November 24, 2020, 08:47:00 AM
They need to work on their synchronisation a bit before they can compete with the Red Arrows though  ::)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on November 28, 2020, 04:17:23 AM
Looks like the shopping trolleys are spreading afar to other bus stops.

Coming home from the court house the other day I spotted this pair trying to hide at Parramatta.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/102/6709-281120041235.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=102494)

and then when I got closer to home there were another pair of a different variety making a nuisance of themselves.


(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/102/6709-281120041519.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=102495)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 28, 2020, 06:58:19 AM
 :laughabovepost:

OMG! They've escaped to Parramatta? Eeek!

Meanwhile, at Bealman's bus stop....

It would appear that the beef patties used in the whopper burgers at the local Hungry Jacks (not far up the road from the bus stop) are actually fragile!  :uneasy:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/102/255-281120065210-1024972093.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 28, 2020, 07:08:52 AM
And the UFOs over the club were joined by a drone the other night

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/102/255-281120065138-102486601.jpeg)

....keeping an eye on Bealman, probably  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Nbodger on November 28, 2020, 09:31:50 AM

....keeping an eye on Bealman, probably  ;)

Somebody needs too  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on November 28, 2020, 09:45:40 AM
Maybe it's a McDonald's drone seeing if whether you didn't really leave their employment because of a recurring foot pain but that you were actually headhunted by Hungry Jacks  :hmmm:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 28, 2020, 10:46:31 AM
 :laughabovepost:

You're both funny men  :P ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 02, 2020, 12:29:17 AM
Big storm front rolled in over the bowlo last night....

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/102/255-021220002356-1026311753.jpeg)

Which brought with it big lightning strikes which the Bealman camera unfortunately didn't capture, but he and the trolleys were treated to a colourful show at the bus stop:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/102/255-021220002619-1026352135.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on December 02, 2020, 01:49:03 AM
If you go to the end of the rainbow, I hear you'll find a pot of golden chicken nuggets.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 08, 2020, 12:02:37 AM
Bealman's happy socks at the bus stop the other night. Designed in Sweden, made in Turkey, bought in Japan, brought to Australia.  :worried:

On a medical point, note size of left ankle compared to right ankle. That's cos the left one is the one full of Meccano.  :(

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/102/255-071220235555-1028682351.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on December 08, 2020, 03:36:19 AM
Bealman's happy socks at the bus stop the other night. Designed in Sweden, made in Turkey, bought in Japan

I had no idea you visited IKEA while you were here  :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 08, 2020, 07:42:39 AM
I didn't. Bealette3 sent them while she was living there.  ;)

Do you think I'd like socks like that?

Actually, I do. They're growing on me.

Time to take them off, then, methinks!!!  ;D
 
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Papyrus on December 08, 2020, 10:19:05 AM
I'm concerned by the fact that your feet have two shadows each on an apparently sunny day. Do you have two suns in Oz? And why are the shadows different colours? Australia seems a very confusing place...

Cheers,

Chris
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: joe cassidy on December 08, 2020, 11:20:03 AM
Must be an effect due to photostacking ?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on December 08, 2020, 12:38:14 PM
I believe the concept of "electricity" and "night-time street lights" has reached Australia, far and distant as it may be.

Now, has anyone wondered why we never see photos of George reflected in a mirror?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on December 08, 2020, 01:05:23 PM
He doesn't own a mirror?

Speaking of mirrors, I ran our local zoom quiz on Sunday and 'inadvertantly'used a picture with me in a mirror  :goggleeyes:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/102/262-081220130450-1028832244.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Papyrus on December 08, 2020, 01:10:10 PM
I believe the concept of "electricity" and "night-time street lights" has reached Australia, far and distant as it may be.

I'm prepared to accept that as a remote, if fanciful, possibility, but it still doesn't explain the different colours. Unless the brown is actually a bloodstain... :worried:

Cheers,

Chris
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Papyrus on December 08, 2020, 01:11:37 PM
He doesn't own a mirror?

Speaking of mirrors, I ran our local zoom quiz on Sunday and 'inadvertantly'used a picture with me in a mirror  :goggleeyes:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/102/262-081220130450-1028832244.jpeg)

No wonder the pub's empty!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on December 08, 2020, 01:34:11 PM
It was a strange night to be honest. Every pub I went to emptied when I arrived!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/102/262-081220133214-1028842312.jpeg)

It was a 'Guess the pub' round by the way  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: RailGooner on December 08, 2020, 01:39:32 PM
..
 a picture with me in a mirror  :goggleeyes:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/102/262-081220130450-1028832244.jpeg)

Makes a change from pictures of you in a dress John. :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on December 08, 2020, 03:07:50 PM
I believe the concept of "electricity" and "night-time street lights" has reached Australia, far and distant as it may be.

I'm prepared to accept that as a remote, if fanciful, possibility, but it still doesn't explain the different colours. Unless the brown is actually a bloodstain... :worried:

Just a minor disagreement amongst friends about a stubbie which wasn't chucked on the barbie properly, or something like that, I imagine. Or the local arachnoid megafauna about its daily business, or a dropbear infestation. No worries mate, etcetera.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 11, 2020, 12:16:43 AM
Haven't checked this for a few days. You're all very funny.  :no: ;)

Actually, the brown bits are more likely to be bat  :poop: as they've started flying over MacDonalds at that time of night.

Anyway, spotted this in a bus stop trolley last night. Seems they're offering an educational option these days. I have shelves full of happy meal toys from me daughters back in the nineties.

I'd go for the toy.  :D

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/103/255-111220000333-103115946.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on December 11, 2020, 12:43:39 AM
I bet you didn't go for the salad option rather than fries though did you?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 11, 2020, 05:28:25 AM
Don't eat salad to this day. Rabbit food. :sick2:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on December 11, 2020, 06:52:38 AM
Actually, the brown bits are more likely to be bat  :poop: as they've started flying over MacDonalds at that time of night.

What's the local pangolin population like?  :hmmm:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 11, 2020, 07:07:53 AM
Haven't spotted a scaley anteater near Chez Bealman lately.

There's been occasions when one might have been handy, though.  :)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on December 11, 2020, 07:35:20 AM
I'd go for the toy.  :D

Don’t give up too easily. I’m sure with a bit of practice you’ll soon be able to stay inside the lines :P
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 11, 2020, 07:38:37 AM
The ants certainly do!  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 15, 2020, 12:02:40 AM
Looks like McRibs and El Maco are back!

Whoopsie doo - can't wait  :no:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/103/255-141220235859-1032172027.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on December 15, 2020, 01:01:13 AM
you can have mine as well if you like.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on December 15, 2020, 02:43:29 AM
Forget the burgers. my attention was totally focused on the large, slightly drunk, Japanese, Ku Klux Klan robot waste bin thing on the right  :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: RailGooner on December 15, 2020, 08:50:25 AM
Looks like McRibs and El Maco are back!

Whoopsie doo - can't wait  :no:
...

I had to search out a description of the El Maco (https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/food/eat/maccas-brings-back-el-maco-burger-and-mexicaninspired-range/news-story/a7a8bb52177aab26421de0441ef3740f) and nearly got confused with El Macho (https://villains.fandom.com/wiki/El_Macho).
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 16, 2020, 05:12:07 AM
Weirdly, I think I'd probably like the crispy jalapeno version  :uneasy:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 18, 2020, 12:17:18 AM
Interesting cloud formations over the golden arches last night

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/103/255-181220001424-1033701383.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 20, 2020, 08:11:00 AM
Lovely Sunday evening at the bowling club, but we have a Covid outbreak in the northern beaches of Sydney, which could size up to be a problem over Christmas. We'll see.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/103/255-201220080627-1034681234.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: TrevL on December 20, 2020, 08:31:22 AM
Nice photo :thumbsup:  Is that Mount Keira?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 20, 2020, 08:39:33 AM
Yes
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on December 20, 2020, 08:54:30 AM
I see the UFOs are still hanging around. Looks like it could be arrivals on the left and departures on the right. One of these days the top of Mt Keira is going to flip off and the mothership (or whatever else is being built inside the mountain) will emerge.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 21, 2020, 02:11:57 AM
That has actually started, as evidenced by the large rockfall visible in the photograph  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: daffy on December 21, 2020, 11:07:10 AM
That has actually started, as evidenced by the large rockfall visible in the photograph  ;)

It’s not aliens causing that. :no:

It’s the English Covid Relief Tunnel project breaking through. Banned from driving, railing, sailing or flying out from the UK, there was no other choice than to dig deep and knuckle down (under).
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 21, 2020, 11:41:04 AM
 :laughabovepost:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 24, 2020, 01:16:30 AM
Christmas sunset at the bus stop!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/103/255-241220011347-1036281279.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on December 24, 2020, 02:19:34 AM
And not a UFO in sight, I'm disappointed  :'(

Now, about that Kato track (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=24504.msg685751#msg685751)...................   :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on December 24, 2020, 07:42:01 PM
Wake up George @Bealman (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=255) ! WAKE UP! It's gone half six  :claphappy:.

What did Santa bring you in his Shopping Trolley besides a turkey Big Mac and parsnip fries?

HAPPY CHRISTMAS MATE  :).

Thanks again for your silly but very entertaining thread  :thumbsup:. Have a good one.

Cheers, weave  :beers:

Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 24, 2020, 08:14:25 PM
I'm awake! GrandBealette arriving in 15 minutes!

 MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: crewearpley40 on December 24, 2020, 08:17:22 PM
Happy Christmas George and your family. Chris
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on December 25, 2020, 02:23:25 AM
I'm still waiting to see George's baubles in the bus shelter. I'll be disappointed if they're not hanging up in there  :goggleeyes:

Have a good one fella and likewise, thanks for entertaining us with this thread about UFOs.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 25, 2020, 02:26:16 AM
Thanks, Chris and John.... just about to tuck into Christmas lunch with of course, a VB  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: crewearpley40 on December 25, 2020, 02:28:31 AM
Thanks, Chris and John.... just about to tuck into Christmas lunch with of course, a VB  :beers:
enjoy washing that dinner down with the vb and look forward to a quality day with the family George
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on December 25, 2020, 03:04:43 AM
Thanks, Chris and John.... just about to tuck into Christmas lunch with of course, a VB  :beers:

Forget the VB George these are what you need:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/103/262-251220030353-103658774.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 29, 2020, 11:34:42 PM
Dunno when the next post here will be..... the Wollongong covid case had been in the very shopping centre I walk through on the way to the bus stop!  :confused1:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on December 30, 2020, 12:02:35 AM
lets hope it doesn't get away from the NSW govt like it did in Victoria. Would not wish a 14 week lockdown on anyone.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on December 30, 2020, 11:02:20 AM
Dunno when the next post here will be..... the Wollongong covid case had been in the very shopping centre I walk through on the way to the bus stop!  :confused1:
I saw on the news, it looked like a very, very long wait line at the Gong Hospital for testing. Best wishes and hope you haven't contracted it.

Mark
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: TrevL on December 30, 2020, 12:48:14 PM
Let's hope Figgy Bowlo doesn't lose a valuable regular customer, even temporarilly.
Got to say you Aussies are doing something right which we aren't.  Here in Wales, the latest figures show 2281 new cases and 13 deceased.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 30, 2020, 01:01:34 PM
The bowlo wouldn't even let me in today because I'd been to the shopping centre. Told me I had to go have a test.

The club is right next door to the centre. Personally I think both the centre and the club should be closed!

As Mark said, it was chaos here today. A pop-up testing point at Figtree had traffic piled up for a couple of km, the queue at the hospital went right around the block!

Mrs B and I went to another testing point further into town, where they give you a kit, which you take to your car, and do it yourself. You then simply go back and hand it in.

All over and done with in half an hour!

Just waiting for the results to come via SMS now.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on December 30, 2020, 02:40:54 PM
Unless you were actively licking doorknobs in the shopping centre, or performed unprotected karaoke with the infected individual, hard to imagine you'll become a statistic.

Had a mild scare here the other week, the Squidlet's piano teacher's husband was deemed a close contact of an infected individual, which qualified him for an Official Test, which fortunately returned negative.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 31, 2020, 02:43:05 AM
Yeah, well I must admit to not licking doorknobs (never really got into that), and the test has indeed returned negative.

Glad Squidlet's teacher's husband did too!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on December 31, 2020, 01:00:13 PM
Now that is good news for 2020, but I'm glad that year is finished!

Happy New Year for 2021. Still got to stay safe, but we will get through this.

Mark
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 01, 2021, 12:04:30 AM
7pm New Years Eve at the covid shopping centre. Having tested negative, the club allowed me back in but I admit to walking around the shops to the bus stop, rather than through them!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/103/255-010121000023-103908461.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on January 01, 2021, 12:27:45 AM
I think I would have done exactly the same.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on January 01, 2021, 12:29:07 AM
Hi George,

Well you've got two New Year's resolutions sorted there already...

Do more exercise - tick

Stop buying sneaky pies and biscuits on the way home - tick

Back to normal on Monday with your conscience intact  :thumbsup:

Happy New Year to you and glad your safe and well.

Looking forward to more silliness, Mac foods, UFOs and of course more episodes of 'Wollongong Trolleys'

Cheers, weave  :beers:



Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Webbo on January 01, 2021, 01:04:14 AM
Happy New Year George

I'm afraid that COVID is picking up momentum once again in NSW and in other states. The following is the text of a letter that I've submitted to the Editor of the Canberra Times which probably won't get published as it advocates murder and mutilation:

"It is certain that a large part of the latest COVID outbreak in Sydney is due to the irresponsible and ignorant conduct of people not respecting quarantine and social distancing edicts. Perhaps a way that the NSW Government could emphasise the importance of proper behaviour is to plant a few severed heads of recalcitrants on spikes in prominent places such as outside the arrivals area at Sydney Airport and at a few of its popular beaches. Such displays were significant deterrents of anti-social behaviour 500 years ago and I'm sure that they would be so today."

Dear Gladys (the Premier of NSW for those in the UK) does not seem to be taking this latest outbreak particularly seriously IMO. Allowing large numbers of spectators into the next cricket test when more and more of the population are testing positive is not a good look for one thing.

All the best for 2021 everyone.
Webbo
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 01, 2021, 01:28:26 AM
I suspect you might be right there, Ian, in that it may not be published.... especially when it's the Canberra Times! But you never know.

I agree totally on the Sydney test match issue. Bloody ridiculous. The last test in Melbourne was limited to 30% crowd, but does Gladys do?

Allow 50% capacity!  :worried:

Happy New Year anyway, mate.  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: dannyboy on January 01, 2021, 11:18:35 AM
30% capacity is too much - it should be 0%!!! I would rather have a few weeks of being able to do virtually nothing than another year of 'yes you can, no you can't, yes you can'. Anyways, this is not the place, so Happy New Year to all our aunty ante antap friends down under.  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 03, 2021, 05:28:30 AM
Absolutely. Sydney cases are increasing, yet this bloody test match is going ahead. Actually, rain is forecast, but it still won't stop these chumps turning up at the SCG.  :veryangry:

On another note, it's a shame international flights are generally not operating, 'cos @Trainfish (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=262) could have come and got a job!  :D

Notice the covid police motorcycle in background. Actually, if they're true to form, he's probably in there having an El Maco  ;D

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/104/255-030121051952-104041552.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on January 03, 2021, 12:30:56 PM
On another note, it's a shame international flights are generally not operating, 'cos @Trainfish (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=262) could have come and got a job!  :D

Notice the covid police motorcycle in background. Actually, if they're true to form, he's probably in there having an El Maco  ;D

I would need some serious training though as I even had to google El Maco  :(
I think a spotty teenager would be more suitable.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 03, 2021, 12:42:51 PM
Who's not paying attention then  :P

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/103/255-141220235859-1032172027.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on January 03, 2021, 12:44:11 PM
On another note, it's a shame international flights are generally not operating, 'cos @Trainfish (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=262) could have come and got a job!  :D

Notice the covid police motorcycle in background. Actually, if they're true to form, he's probably in there having an El Maco  ;D

I would need some serious training though as I even had to google El Maco  :(
I think a spotty teenager would be more suitable.

I think the policeman might lose his job if he did that. Pretty sure that's illegal even in Australia.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on January 03, 2021, 01:31:34 PM
Who's not paying attention then  :P

Yeah, like anything from McDonalds ever looks like the picture?

I think the policeman might lose his job if he did that. Pretty sure that's illegal even in Australia.

Really? I've seen them go in loads of times around here. And the other emergency services too.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: RailGooner on January 03, 2021, 01:47:21 PM
In ye olde days when shops were open, I was walking down Oxford's principle shopping street - pedestrians only - when I noticed a police van parked outside Vodafone. Looking in the store, I saw a lone plod at the sales counter. So in I stroll loudly demanding to know why plod thinks it's okay to sort out her upgrade on tax-payer's time while blocking a pedestrian route with her van! :veryangry:

"If it's alright with you Sir, I'm taking down details of a theft."  :-[ Oops.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on January 03, 2021, 01:51:44 PM
That's the trouble with making assumptions. Assume = Making an ass out of you and me.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on January 03, 2021, 04:53:44 PM
Who's not paying attention then  :P

Yeah, like anything from McDonalds ever looks like the picture?

I think the policeman might lose his job if he did that. Pretty sure that's illegal even in Australia.

Really? I've seen them go in loads of times around here. And the other emergency services too.

Sorry, I was being very rude and was trying to quote 'he's probably in there having an El Maco' followed by 'I think a spotty teenager would be more suitable'.

I'll get my raincoat.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on January 03, 2021, 06:10:27 PM
Spotty teenage policemen? I think we have some of those too  :o
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 03, 2021, 11:24:35 PM
Yeah, a lot of ours are fresh out of nappies too, but I was like that too, once I suppose.  :(
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on January 04, 2021, 02:58:48 AM
Yeah, a lot of ours are fresh out of nappies too, but I was like that too, once I suppose.  :(

Sorry to hear you have to wear them again George. I'm hoping I don't go through that stage again in my life, once was enough  :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on January 04, 2021, 03:10:33 AM
Yeah, a lot of ours are fresh out of nappies too,

Panic-buying again?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: MinZaPint on January 04, 2021, 01:22:12 PM
I never thought I'd be missing my bus stop but it was my weekly Wednesday kick off point to go for a wander with 3 mates and about 4 times a year for a "Cultural Tour" with a larger group, all fans of freshly pulled cask ale, those were the days!  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 04, 2021, 09:35:28 PM
Don't worry, mate, those days will return. As of yesterday, I take a mask to the bus stop, as they won't let you on the bus without one.  :(
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 07, 2021, 03:38:31 AM
Major casualty at the bus stop last night....

Trolley down! Back broken!

Council could do with cutting the grass, too. >:D

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/104/255-070121033459-1042932220.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 07, 2021, 08:58:57 AM
Bloody UFOs have pulled the rainclouds over me bus stop and they've already devastated the bowling club, as you can see  ;D

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/104/255-070121085401-1042941283.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on January 07, 2021, 10:54:20 AM
Maybe they thought there was a pot of gold at the end of that rainbow but got their aim wrong?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 10, 2021, 03:53:14 AM
Scary selfie at the Bealman bus stop. Masks required in buses!  :o

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/104/255-100121034642-1044641000.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on January 10, 2021, 07:25:08 AM
glad to see you are being socially responsible.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 10, 2021, 08:01:18 AM
I reckon the funny thing is, you could be sticking your tongue out at people  :P :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 12, 2021, 06:36:23 AM
Getting socks for Christmas is a bit of an old joke.... but that's exactly what Bealman got..... three pairs of Happy Socks, featuring legendary band Queen!

Here they are at the bus stop last night (spot the ankle that's full of metalwork):

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/104/255-120121062858-104548621.jpeg)

Meanwhile, the UFOs continued to blast the bowling greens with death rays....

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/104/255-120121063014-1045502418.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on January 12, 2021, 06:44:24 AM
not surprised your ankles look big if you are wearing 3 pairs of socks. Hope the left one is getting better.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 12, 2021, 06:50:16 AM
Considering a smart comment like that, I'm afraid I'm left with no alternative except to subject you to postings of the other two pairs  :P  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on January 12, 2021, 07:28:35 AM
 :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

they must have been the thing for Christmas, the older grandchildren (17 & 19) both wanted fancy socks as part of their presents.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 13, 2021, 12:50:09 AM
As promised threatened, here's another pair.... All we hear is Radio Gaga, Radio Googoo  :headbang:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/104/255-130121004505-1046151055.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on January 13, 2021, 12:59:41 AM
That's when I went off Queen. When they recorded a song called Radio rude word Gaga, not when I saw your socks.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 13, 2021, 02:55:05 AM
I think it's the sox that have put me off.... it says on the bottom of them, We will sock you :worried:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 13, 2021, 05:24:32 AM
New grafitti at the bus stop.

Assuming WC refers to Wollongong Council, I couldn't agree more - even though whoever wrote it must have been hanging from the bus stop roof  :)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/104/255-130121051935-1046161587.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: dannyboy on January 13, 2021, 08:44:52 AM
Would that be your old moon boot George?  :)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 13, 2021, 09:19:26 AM
Thanks, mate. I wasn't unhappy to get rid of that, I'll tell ya!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 14, 2021, 12:42:01 AM
Spotted across the road from the bus stop last night....

The summer range.....

Onion rings  :sick:

Aussie Angus  :sick2:

Crispy BBQ McOz, look at the size of that sugar and chemical burger!!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/104/255-140121003438-104668796.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: joe cassidy on January 14, 2021, 11:41:38 AM
Must be the special rugby/cricket/football players and surfers menu ?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 14, 2021, 11:37:37 PM
Well, it did say limited time only.... the banner was gone last night!

Must have been very popular  :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: acook on January 15, 2021, 06:12:10 PM
Was it very windy yesterday?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 15, 2021, 09:57:31 PM
No, not at all. They've removed it, for some reason.

It all looked horrible, anyway.  :sick2:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on January 15, 2021, 10:25:13 PM
Hi George,

Are you sure that there aren't two very hungover students asking each other why there's a Macdonald's sign, three traffic cones and a shopping trolley in their front room?

Apparently, it happens  :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 15, 2021, 11:10:55 PM
Not impossible, by any means!

Wait a minute.... Wots that hanging over the Beal & Castle Eden this morning?  :uneasy:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on January 15, 2021, 11:54:37 PM
He said hungover students not (very) mature students. Or maybe that should be immature  :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 16, 2021, 06:08:27 AM
He replies, ignoring above post.  :P

Even though I've lived here a long time now, I am constantly amazed at the ability of the Australian climate to cause things to grow so quickly.

This is the same green from a few days ago:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/104/255-160121060304-1047772264.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on January 16, 2021, 10:35:18 AM
I think the aliens know what they're doing when it comes to seeding grass. There's only 3 which I can see in that picture so I guess they're from quality control and all the workers have gone home. Good result too. Do you think I could get them to Devizes to do my back garden?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 17, 2021, 08:47:41 AM
No bus stop pics today. Mrs Bealman went for a walk over the seacliff bridge for her birthday. Bit more scenic than the bus stop!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/104/255-170121084307-1048111052.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on January 17, 2021, 10:56:24 AM
You spoil her! My wife would be sceptical if I sent or took her to a bridge on her birthday. She prefers flowers.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: dannyboy on January 17, 2021, 10:56:57 AM
Mrs Bealman went for a walk over the seacliff bridge for her birthday.

Happy Birthday to Mrs. B'. (Bit of a cheap present though - a walk on a bridge  ???).
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on January 17, 2021, 11:05:43 AM
It may be just my mind but I also think that a walk across a bridge would sound better than over it. Especially when you say "over the seacliff".
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on January 17, 2021, 11:36:21 AM
Ahhh. Memories of the rides down to Clifton pub on the weekend, and the magnificent back verandah view over the ocean. Those were the days (1976(bona fide traveller), well before the bridge))!

Just my 2cents worth, but that part of the NSW coast is one of the nicest places you could find yourself.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Papyrus on January 17, 2021, 12:47:01 PM
Just my 2cents worth, but that part of the NSW coast is one of the nicest places you could find yourself.

It certainly looks like a lovely stretch of coastline. So why have they ruined the view by building that concrete monstrosity along it??

Cheers,

Chris
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on January 17, 2021, 03:24:49 PM
He replies, ignoring above post.  :P

Even though I've lived here a long time now, I am constantly amazed at the ability of the Australian climate to cause things to grow so quickly.

This is the same green from a few days ago:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/104/255-160121060304-1047772264.jpeg)

Surely that's a brown?  ???

Talking of socks, Mrs. Railsquid was most delighted with the pack of Spongebob Squarepants socks I spontaneously bought her recently.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 17, 2021, 11:39:01 PM
Thanks for the socks reminder! Spongebob Squarepants, eh? Cool!

Well, as threatened, here's me other pair of Queen happy socks:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/104/255-170121233235-1048522337.jpeg)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/104/255-170121233344-104864668.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 18, 2021, 01:03:58 AM
It may be just my mind but I also think that a walk across a bridge would sound better than over it. Especially when you say "over the seacliff".

Couldn't happen. She had bodyguards with her in the form of Bealettes 1 and 3, Bealette 3 having become very proficient at martial arts after her 18 months in Japan  ;)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/104/255-170121084329-104813785.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 18, 2021, 01:12:28 AM
Mrs Bealman went for a walk over the seacliff bridge for her birthday.

Happy Birthday to Mrs. B'. (Bit of a cheap present though - a walk on a bridge  ???).

Expensive lunch afterwards at the pub at the end of the bridge  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: crewearpley40 on January 18, 2021, 01:17:41 AM
Sounds like superb stocking fillers
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 18, 2021, 01:18:16 AM
Just my 2cents worth, but that part of the NSW coast is one of the nicest places you could find yourself.

It certainly looks like a lovely stretch of coastline. So why have they ruined the view by building that concrete monstrosity along it??

Cheers,

Chris

Simples. The sandstone cliffs in this area are very susceptible to crumbling and rock falls are very common. The old road (which can just be made out in the photos) hugged the cliffs, was extremely tortuous to drive, and would often be blocked, and I believe there were fatalities.

Anyway, I don't reckon that the bridge looks bad at all - quite a graceful piece of engineering, I feel.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on January 18, 2021, 02:30:10 AM
they use that bridge in a lot of tourism ads, always thought about driving round the coast from Melbourne to Brisbane, stopping a few nights here and there along the way. Congratulations to the missus on her birthday.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 18, 2021, 03:51:04 AM
Bealman was woken up this morning by a lot of noise. It turned out they were removing a super-tall gumtree from a house down the hill.

All I can say is that the guy up the tree has no fear, no fear at all.

Bloody Spiderman.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/104/255-180121034545-1048661555.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on January 18, 2021, 04:36:25 AM
amazing to watch.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 18, 2021, 05:33:15 AM
Indeed, especially when they just couldn't let these huge branches fall across the road, which was reasonably busy!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on January 18, 2021, 07:57:40 AM
surprised Health and Safety didnt close the road
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 18, 2021, 08:16:09 AM
No, that would probably involve council, and they don't give a sht, yet alone know what they're doing  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on January 18, 2021, 10:42:51 AM
It may be just my mind but I also think that a walk across a bridge would sound better than over it. Especially when you say "over the seacliff".

Couldn't happen. She had bodyguards with her in the form of Bealettes 1 and 3, Bealette 3 having become very proficient at martial arts after her 18 months in Japan  ;)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/104/255-170121084329-104813785.jpeg)

Obviously got their good looks from their mother and not their father  :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Papyrus on January 18, 2021, 11:21:57 AM
Seeing those hats made me think of that old song "From LA to New York...". I can only remember the chorus now.

Cheers,

Chris
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on January 18, 2021, 02:34:17 PM
Just my 2cents worth, but that part of the NSW coast is one of the nicest places you could find yourself.

It certainly looks like a lovely stretch of coastline. So why have they ruined the view by building that concrete monstrosity along it??

Cheers,

Chris

Simples. The sandstone cliffs in this area are very susceptible to crumbling and rock falls are very common. The old road (which can just be made out in the photos) hugged the cliffs, was extremely tortuous to drive, and would often be blocked, and I believe there were fatalities.

Anyway, I don't reckon that the bridge looks bad at all - quite a graceful piece of engineering, I feel.

We have one of those in Japan along a stretch known as Okuzure Kaigan, literally "the great crumbling coast":


Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: dannyboy on January 18, 2021, 02:56:39 PM
Interesting video, although I am not sure I would fancy driving through one of those tunnels, knowing what has happened in the past.  :hmmm:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on January 18, 2021, 03:45:10 PM
You would however be driving over the former course of the main line between Tokyo and Osaka, which for obvious reasons no longer hugs that bit of coast, and you can stop and go and look at bits of remaining tunnel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmEf3wapw2A (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmEf3wapw2A)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 20, 2021, 06:20:01 AM
Scary and spooky. Can't imagine Bealman scrabbling around there with his ankle full of meccano!

What's in boxes in the tunnel? Somebody growing magic mushrooms?  :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 22, 2021, 07:14:11 AM
They're baaaack.....

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/105/255-220121071124-105079634.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on January 22, 2021, 10:03:19 AM
 Those giant onion rings could come in handy if anyone gets into trouble in the water  :idea:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 22, 2021, 12:28:35 PM
Yeah, but the breath could be a problem if resuscitation was required  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 28, 2021, 05:22:53 AM
ALERT!

If you are of a nervous disposition or suffer nightmares, you must leave this page now.

After 42 degree heat on Australia Day, the next day was only 21 degrees and pouring down. A soaking wet, stunned Bealman at the bus stop.....

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/105/255-280121051708-1053761757.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on January 28, 2021, 06:44:45 AM
a bit of shock, we had the same a couple of days earlier. Cooling on one day, heating the next.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: TrevL on January 28, 2021, 07:57:08 AM
Next comes the humidity!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 28, 2021, 08:19:27 AM
I can cope with that, mate.

Last year's bushfires we do not need.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on January 28, 2021, 01:33:47 PM
And people say my selfies are scary?  :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 28, 2021, 11:42:35 PM
There was a warning to leave the page immediately if you didn't like horror themes  >:D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 03, 2021, 11:42:39 PM
The bus stop was totally a non event last night. Much more colourful bin display outside Chez Bealman on the freshly cut verge

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/105/255-030221233840-105796878.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on February 04, 2021, 12:57:27 AM
@Bealman (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=255)
What! 3 bins a week? Wow, the gongs have it good!
We get a little red each week and a green and yellow each fortnight.

I'm still trying to work out where you are located. I have niece who lives in Figgy, 2 streets west of the highway, but I think you might be on the east side, closer to the RSL/bowlo.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 04, 2021, 01:31:19 AM
We now have a small FOGO bin (don't ask me what it stands for) that we dump food scraps, tea bags, egg shells, vegetable peelings, etc into.

That then gets emptied into the green bin, which we can now put out every week because of this. Otherwise, it is the same fortnightly set up.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on February 04, 2021, 04:44:16 AM
Gripping stuff  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 04, 2021, 04:48:12 AM
As I said, things were a bit slack at the bus stop... not a trolley in sight  :uneasy:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on February 04, 2021, 05:04:08 AM
If I were a shopping trolley, I'd be thinking those bins would provide excellent cover for an ambush.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on February 04, 2021, 06:26:05 AM
amazing how each council has to be different. Red for green waste, yellow for domestic rubbish and blue for recycling here.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 04, 2021, 06:29:20 AM
At least a green lid for green waste makes a bit of sense, which is not something our local council has a lot of....  :no:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: crewearpley40 on February 04, 2021, 06:34:44 AM
Just seems a waste of money and confusing
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 04, 2021, 08:01:01 AM
I'm not sure what you mean by a waste of money, Chris.

The recycling facilities where I live are very comprehensive.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: crewearpley40 on February 04, 2021, 08:32:48 AM
George. I meant sorry, in the UK we have brown bin good waste, grey for household, blue for plastic and then confused by kerbside caddies when stay 2 bins one for waste, one for recycling would be enough. Then there is one for cardboard, one is for plastic, one for glass. And have to remember which day . The bins are never big enough in my opinion. Sorry for confusion
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Train Waiting on February 04, 2021, 09:11:45 AM
amazing how each council has to be different. Red for green waste, yellow for domestic rubbish and blue for recycling here.

Exactly the same here!  Scotland has only 32 local authorities* and each has its own system of coloured bins and boxes.  Some have a very comprehensive kerbside collections and some less so.  The potential cost savings by having one (or perhaps two) systems across the country appears to have escaped their notice.  Our bins are a uniform colour, unlike your ones with grey bodies and coloured lids.  Sadly, our bin wheels are black unlike your jazzy ones which appear to have a hint of Poppingham about them.

One of them, Highland, has an area greater than that of Belgium!

Best wishes.

John
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 04, 2021, 09:18:17 AM
I live in Poppingham, but upside down, John.  ;D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 04, 2021, 09:35:50 AM
Chris:

Yeah, we had to sort stuff out like that too, but not for a few years now. The recycling plant (at the local dump) is very sophisticated and we don't need to worry about that sorting stuff too much anymore.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Crash-Box on February 04, 2021, 09:39:37 AM
I live in South Lincolnshire. Just down the road is a small town that is part in Lincs and part in Greater Peterborough, two different authorities. The bit in Lincs has green bins for green garden waste, the Peterborough bit green for plastic/glass recycling. Given people move around, what can possibly go wrong?
Bernard
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Nbodger on February 04, 2021, 09:47:52 AM
I live in Poppingham, but upside down, John.  ;D

George

Does that mean your bins always empty, being upside down!

Chris:

Yeah, we had to sort stuff out like that too, but not for a few years now. The recycling plant (at the local dump) is very sophisticated and we don't need to worry about that sorting stuff too much anymore.

We are the same in the East Riding of Yorkshire, three bins, blue recycling, green general, brown green waste and food waste which goes for composting and given back to residents who want it for their gardens.

Mike H
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: dannyboy on February 04, 2021, 09:54:58 AM
Here in rural Ireland, the rubbish is collected by private waste companies every second week, (not sure if it is the same in places like Dublin). We have a big blue wheelie bin for recycling, a big black one for general waste and a small brown one for stuff for composting. I do not use the brown one as I compost what I can and I do not use the black one, (not telling how I get rid of household waste!). The brown and black bins are paid for by weight whilst the blue one is collected free - although there is an admin' charge of €17 per month, which I have to pay whether I use the collection service or not. The one big problem is that the collection company will only collect from a point which is about a mile from my house, so once a month I can be seen taking the bin for a walk and then I can be seen bringing it back a day later!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: dannyboy on February 04, 2021, 09:57:55 AM
green waste and food waste which goes for composting and given back to residents who want it for their gardens.


How do you know you are getting your own waste back and not that from somebody else?  ???  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Nbodger on February 04, 2021, 10:01:21 AM
green waste and food waste which goes for composting and given back to residents who want it for their gardens.


How do you know you are getting your own waste back and not that from somebody else?  ???  ;)

We are generous in the Nbodger household, we don’t take up the option, we donate our waste to the wider community
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on February 04, 2021, 12:36:00 PM
Wiltshire Council just try to confuse you. In Devizes green bins are for garden waste, in Chippenham brown bins are for garden waste, same council. And each bin costs £50 a year, I have 2. However, if you're clever (and I like to think I have some cleverness in me) wait a month or so after the garden waste year has ended before renewing. They still empty your bins but after that couple of months it's 'only' £30 per bin so I pay £60 for 2 bins  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on February 04, 2021, 01:37:20 PM
In Japan we don't have anything as fancy as bins, we just dump the bagged rubbish at a specified spot on the street on the designated pickup days. Or in our case in a little breeze-block enclosure which we part-own along with the other 9 houses on the street.

Pickups are:
- recyclable plastic (weekly)
- paper, glass, cans and PET bottles (weekly)
- "burnables" twice weekly
- "unburnables" every first and third Friday of the month

Glass, cans and PET bottles are not bagged, someone turns up in the early am, places a crate for each at the pickup point, and everything is picked up by mid-morning.

Paid for out of general local taxation.

Anything that does not fit into the above (i.e. bulky items) can be disposed of by prior arrangement, basically you arrange a pickup date, purchase the appropriate (and quite modest) fee in the form of stickers, available from local shops, and place it outside on the arranged date.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: PGN on February 04, 2021, 02:01:04 PM
The potential cost savings by having one (or perhaps two) systems across the country appears to have escaped their notice. 

I think you're missing the point here.

Consider the scene at a model railway exhibition in, oh, say 2075, when modelling the 2020s is considered "historic railway modelling" ...

Mr R I V Etcounter: well done on getting the right colour cows on your layout ... but oh my goodness, that mix of wheelie bins ... what part of the country are THEY supposed to represent???
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Foxhound on February 04, 2021, 02:13:05 PM
The potential cost savings by having one (or perhaps two) systems across the country appears to have escaped their notice. 

I think you're missing the point here.

Consider the scene at a model railway exhibition in, oh, say 2075, when modelling the 2020s is considered "historic railway modelling" ...

Mr R I V Etcounter: well done on getting the right colour cows on your layout ... but oh my goodness, that mix of wheelie bins ... what part of the country are THEY supposed to represent???

Right colour cows? "I'm sorry, but Whitebred Shorthorns would never be seen in Cornwall...."

As for wheelie bins in Plymouth: Green for recycling, brown for refuse, black for garden waste. If you want to swap your large brown bin for a small brown bin the Council will charge you for a small brown bin but will not take your old large one. If you leave your old large one outside, they will do you for flytipping....
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: PGN on February 04, 2021, 02:19:13 PM
If you leave your old large one outside, they will do you for flytipping....

Ooooooh ... I'd have LOVED to defend THAT one back in my lawyer days!

I think you'll struggle to find a Court that would be willing to extend the concept of "flytipping" to include placing your rubbish at the kerbside all neatly packed, but in the "wrong" bin ...
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on February 04, 2021, 02:32:06 PM
Is fly tipping anything like cow tipping?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 05, 2021, 12:05:39 AM
Or football tipping?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 05, 2021, 02:24:34 AM
Also out the front of Chez Bealman: a Japanese maple that has grown around the street lamp

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/105/255-050221022017-1058551444.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on February 05, 2021, 03:02:21 AM
Interesting labeling on the post. 2P0075 ? Does that mean 75m to a loo?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 05, 2021, 03:13:25 AM
 ???

Oh, OK, got it. The lamp post. Thought you meant there was some sort of code on this forum post!  :doh:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on February 05, 2021, 10:57:37 AM
I think @Platy767 (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=6709) is right. I'm just not sure if it's "2P" or "2POO"  That is the question  :confused1:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 05, 2021, 10:19:40 PM
Great. I've got a car with a covid number plate and now I've got a poo lamp post.  :worried:

You, know, I've never ever noticed that on the post until Platy pointed it out!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on February 06, 2021, 05:07:23 AM
Hi George,

I think you said at one time that you were surprised at how popular 'My local bus stop' was as a thread so maybe you should start 'My local poo lamp post'.

Am sure you'll get lots of replies, we've got nothing better to do over here at the moment  :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 06, 2021, 05:28:15 AM
 :laughabovepost:

You might have a point there!  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: dannyboy on February 06, 2021, 11:12:55 AM
maybe you should start 'My local poo lamp post .......... you'll get lots of replies,

Silly idea - all we will get is a load of  :poop: replies.  :whistle:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on February 06, 2021, 11:24:34 AM
And it could run and run and run.................  :sick:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: dannyboy on February 06, 2021, 11:27:37 AM
 :-X :sick: :sick2: :stop:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on February 06, 2021, 11:32:43 AM
Could generate a lot of paperwork too  :read2:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: dannyboy on February 06, 2021, 11:35:45 AM
But which bin would George put it all in - recycling, compost or general?  :hmmm:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on February 06, 2021, 11:42:52 AM
Yes!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on February 06, 2021, 12:54:30 PM
...and on a lighter note, the Sydney Sixers have won the Big Bash League tip and run this year.

Well done, back to back wins, with a fabulous input from Hampshire man, James Vince.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Papyrus on February 06, 2021, 03:12:00 PM
Tip and run?

Are we back on bins again? I get easily confused.  :confused1:

Cheers,

Chris
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on February 06, 2021, 08:13:09 PM
Our tip is called a Household Recylcing Centre (HRC) these days  :doh:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on February 06, 2021, 09:34:20 PM
No, not bins. T20 cricket. I was just trying to detour away from the poo!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on February 06, 2021, 11:37:18 PM
Our tip is called a Household Recylcing Centre (HRC) these days  :doh:

Better than burying the bodies under the patio, I guess.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 07, 2021, 02:42:21 AM
Here's something different - not that you'd know it - you'll just have to take my word for it (although the more observant may notice the shadows are different).

Not pm at all, but 11am on a Sunday morning. The return of the trolleys!  ;D

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/105/255-070221022934-1059961061.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on February 07, 2021, 07:27:16 AM
obviously taken on the way to the bowls club rather than on the way home.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 07, 2021, 07:32:15 AM
On the way home, actually - Mrs B had the car and I worked out the Sunday service timetable!  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: RailGooner on February 07, 2021, 10:03:28 AM
..
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/105/255-070221022934-1059961061.jpeg)

I had never wasted my time wondering whatever happened to the oik Charlie Silver (https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/13580189.jailing-soak-graffiti-vandal-charlie-silver-first-kind-oxford/) but now I know anyway.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on February 07, 2021, 02:19:56 PM
Here's something different - not that you'd know it - you'll just have to take my word for it (although the more observant may notice the shadows are different).

Not pm at all, but 11am on a Sunday morning. The return of the trolleys!  ;D

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/105/255-070221022934-1059961061.jpeg)

BUS STOP 2

The return of the trolleys!
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the bowling club

Coming to a cinema near you! Covid restrictions may apply

Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 08, 2021, 02:28:25 AM
 :laughabovepost: :smiley-laughing: :laughabovepost: :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 09, 2021, 06:00:58 AM
A new bus stop.

The bowling club closed early last night as the staff were having the Christmas party they didn't have last year. So Bealman walked down the road to the next stop, which just happens to be next to the pub.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/106/255-090221055118-1060991463.jpeg)

Don't let the VIP sign fool you. That is simply a room chock full of poker machines.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/106/255-090221055150-10610446.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 09, 2021, 06:24:12 AM
A bit more exotic tonight, though. A VB at the Mollymook golf club a couple of hours drive down the coast. Here until Thursday.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/106/255-090221061523-1061051922.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: TrevL on February 09, 2021, 06:27:42 AM
Beautiful, and so is the beach.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on February 09, 2021, 07:39:09 AM
A bit more exotic tonight, though. A VB at the Mollymook golf club a couple of hours drive down the coast. Here until Thursday.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/106/255-090221061523-1061051922.jpeg)

I see the UFOs followed you.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 09, 2021, 07:44:53 AM
So they did! Never noticed them till you did!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: TrevL on February 09, 2021, 07:46:57 AM
Maybe the golf club and the figgy had the same electrician :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 09, 2021, 08:44:46 AM
Or the same window cleaner  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on February 09, 2021, 10:44:58 AM
................. which just happens to be next to the pub.

Pubs, I remember those. Just  :(
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 12, 2021, 01:39:47 AM
Well, having spent a couple of days away at a very agreeable location on the south coast of NSW...

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/106/255-110221002317-1062141768.jpeg)

You get back to the bus stop, and what's happened? Bloody trolley takeover!  :worried:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/106/255-110221231218-10624994.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on February 12, 2021, 02:08:33 AM
They were worried you might have been abducted by those UFOs.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on February 12, 2021, 03:15:53 AM
Maybe the golf club and the figgy had the same electrician :D

Yes. It looks like Marvin's work.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 14, 2021, 08:36:34 AM
Melbourne is in 5 day lockdown, but the Australian tennis open is going on. Funny watching it with nobody there, but they seem to have crowd sounds.

Not that it matters.... one of the women playing at the moment lets out a noise when she hits the ball that would drown a crowd out anyway  ::)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Papyrus on February 14, 2021, 09:47:19 AM
We've got the 6 Nations going on over here in empty stadiums. Normally, we are avid fans but we watched England v Scotland last weekend. Great game, but it had no soul without the crowds so we haven't watched any more.  :(

Cheers,

Chris
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on February 14, 2021, 10:53:24 AM
Maybe the golf club and the figgy had the same electrician :D

Yes. It looks like Marvin's work.

Hard to get a laugh around here at the moment.
This is Marvin.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvin_the_Martian
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 15, 2021, 06:10:34 AM
Dunno if there are machines like this wherever you are (not the black vending machine, the yellow gambling machine on the left), but in a brain fart moment Bealman played it this afternoon.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/106/255-150221032824-106403435.jpeg)

Here's the result. A win..... not.
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/106/255-150221032900-1064141506.jpeg)

I put six bucks in, and won six bite sized bars. I'll savour those.... after all, they cost a dollar each!  ;D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 18, 2021, 02:44:22 AM
They change that banner so often over there I can't remember if I've posted this already. What have we got today?

McWraps, salads and smoothies  :sick2:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/106/255-180221023720-106567504.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 19, 2021, 12:11:43 AM
METEOR HURTLES OVER BUS STOP AND EXPLODES, NARROWLY MISSING CHEZ BEALMAN.

TROLLEY BLOWN OVER BY BLAST.


(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/106/255-190221000755-1065761848.jpeg)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/106/255-190221000827-1065872057.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on February 19, 2021, 02:54:01 AM
Sending thoughts and prayers.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Train Waiting on February 19, 2021, 09:15:37 AM
Perhaps there is an alternative explanation.  Given that 'Perseverence' has landed on Mars, this might have been the Martian equivalent landing on Earth.  The Martians are obviously dashed cunning people because they have disguised it as a shopping trolley, so that it blends into the NSW environment.  Look out for it on your travels, it might appear in all sorts of places, looking innocuous, but sending intelligence back to Mars about Life on Earth.  But, is it intelligent life?  The Martian scientists are at present attempting to work out why Earthlings pay three times as much for a selection of confectionary from a yellow machine as from the adjacent black machine.

Please watch out for the Martian Trolley Rover sitting behind you down the Bowlo as you enjoy a few swift 'alfs of VB.  It might try to pinch some of your VB for alien analysis.

Best wishes

John
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on February 19, 2021, 09:58:43 PM
Given that 'Perseverence' has landed on Mars, this might have been the Martian equivalent landing on Earth. 

Please watch out for the Martian Trolley Rover sitting behind you down the Bowlo as you enjoy a few swift 'alfs of VB.  It might try to pinch some of your VB for alien analysis.


...and we suspect that Marvin has already re-wired both the golf club and bowlo electricals!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: acook on February 20, 2021, 01:15:42 AM
And you can bet yer bits if we ever meet a Martian, it'll be wearing a Man Utd shirt!

Alan
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 20, 2021, 01:19:46 AM
That's weird.... the one that was wandering around near Chez Bealman after the crash was wearing a Sunderland shirt!  :)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 18, 2021, 12:34:42 AM
A dark and wet night at the bus stop. Bealman had his regular blood dump to manage his iron (iron level down, liver good).

Mind you, being St Patricks Day, they probably extracted more Guiness than blood. Bealman had a couple and scored a couple of baseball caps!

Seen here at the bus stop....

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/107/255-180321002618-10766916.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on March 18, 2021, 01:16:21 AM
a couple of baseball caps!

That's a little greedy isn't it? Or have you grown an extra head?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: LASteve on March 18, 2021, 03:15:48 AM
Nice socks!

Work was suspended on the railway today in honor of St. Patrick while I whipped up some corned beef, mustard dill cream sauce, cabbage & carrots in the beef drippings and colcannon. Jill was treated to a rather lively-looking green glass of wine which she downed like a good 'un and requested to go back to a regular color. My green pilsner looked more like a Woodland Scenics "cloudy pond" effect, so that was chugged and not replaced, at least not on the same chromatic scale.

And now back to regular Bus Stop programming ...
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on March 18, 2021, 03:29:19 AM
a couple of baseball caps!

That's a little greedy isn't it? Or have you grown an extra head?

You do know that in the mod team, "George" is actually known as "Zaphod"?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Papyrus on March 18, 2021, 11:36:15 AM

Jill was treated to a rather lively-looking green glass of wine which she downed like a good 'un and requested to go back to a regular color. My green pilsner looked more like a Woodland Scenics "cloudy pond" effect, so that was chugged and not replaced, at least not on the same chromatic scale.


 :sick2: To quote Marvin, the Paranoid Android... "Sounds awful."

I whipped up some corned beef, mustard dill cream sauce, cabbage & carrots in the beef drippings and colcannon.

Now that does sound tasty.

Mrs Papyrus and I have reluctantly decided we are taking in more alcohol than is good for our waistlines. We have instigated a rule of booze at weekends only, so for the first time in years I have missed out on my Paddy's Day stout.  :'(

 Mind you, it's Blanche's birthday today, so the rule might slip a bit...  :beers:

Cheers,

Chris
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 19, 2021, 12:46:31 AM
a couple of baseball caps!

That's a little greedy isn't it? Or have you grown an extra head?

You do know that in the mod team, "George" is actually known as "Zaphod"?

Yeah well Zaphod Beeblebrox gave one of the caps to his son-in-law this morning  :headbang:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 19, 2021, 01:47:57 AM
Glad you like the socks, Steve. They're me Freddie Mercury and Queen socks.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/104/255-170121233235-1048522337.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on March 20, 2021, 05:49:20 AM
Is the bus stop being impacted by the ongoing precipitation event?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 20, 2021, 06:47:32 AM
If you are referring to the the fact that I got soaked through last night, then I guess the answer is yes  :rain:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on March 20, 2021, 07:40:06 AM
Hi George,

Didn't realise you'd got the rains again. Just been reading the Illawara news reports, as one does  :), and it looks bad in places and not going to let up so take care.

Also, looked at a map of Wollongong to see if you had a river. Couldn't see one of any size as such but noticed a suburb called Kanahooka. Probably old hat but surely there must be some jokes there somewhere  :D.

Stay safe.

Cheers, weave  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 20, 2021, 07:51:02 AM
There's a a creek flows very close to Kanahooka, called Mullet Creek. Floods the Kembla Grange golf course on occasion.

As I pen this, it's been nowhere near as bad as predicted.

Living right next to a creek, maybe I shouldn't speak too soon!  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 21, 2021, 04:30:57 AM
Bucketing down as I write this, but creek is coping.

Just on news that it looks like I won't be going to the Tokyo Olympics - all tickets to be refunded to overseas spectators. Not that I was going anyway!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on March 21, 2021, 04:58:18 AM
Just on news that it looks like I won't be going to the Tokyo Olympics - all tickets to be refunded to overseas spectators. Not that I was going anyway!

I was planning to avoid the whole spectacle last year by taking advantage of all the extra flights. However if there are empty stadia needing filling, I might consider taking the Squidlet along for the once-in-a-lifetime experience and to extract some value from my taxes.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 21, 2021, 05:14:21 AM
Sounds like a good idea to me! It would be a great experience even without the international crowds.

I loved the Sydney Olympics back in 2000, and so did the Bealettes. Bealette 1 was 15 at the time and was in the opening and closing ceremonies.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: dannyboy on March 21, 2021, 09:37:35 AM
Bucketing down as I write this, but creek is coping.


I have just been reading on a news feed that Sydney is experiencing flooding due to the rain and an overflowing dam - hope the bus stop is safe, (and you of course!).
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 21, 2021, 09:45:26 AM
Thanks, David.  :thumbsup:

Raining and cool, but where I live is thankfully not really effected too much. It rains hard, but then we have an hour or two respite before the next downpour, which gives time for the water to drain away.  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: TrevL on March 21, 2021, 10:33:32 AM
I feel for you Ausies, one year you're getting burnt to a crisp, next getting inundated with flood water, there's no half measure for you folks :(  Hopefully you don't get both in the same year.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 21, 2021, 10:43:51 PM
Ha Ha, so true, Trev!  :thumbsup:

Throw a bit of covid into the mix and we're all set!  ;)

The dam that is full to capacity and threatening western Sydney was dry a few years ago!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on March 22, 2021, 11:37:57 PM
‘Horrific’: swarms of spiders flee into homes – and up legs – to escape NSW floods  (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/mar/22/horrific-swarms-of-spiders-flee-into-homes-and-up-legs-to-escape-nsw-floods)  :goggleeyes: :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 22, 2021, 11:43:16 PM
Yeah, just been watching that live on the ABC news channel. A female reporter was out on a boat on the river at Port Macquarie, and spiders were running up her legs, having got into the boat to avoid the rising water.  :-\
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: joe cassidy on March 23, 2021, 11:54:39 AM
Presumably the mice will follow the spiders ?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 24, 2021, 01:48:53 AM
 :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost:

A-ha, you've seen that too, then. Yeah, there's a mouse plague out at places like Coonamble.

Pied piper required!  ;D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 24, 2021, 02:02:20 AM
Bealman couldn't sit down at the bus stop last night.... surface tension keeping the remnants of the extended climate event on the seat.  :D

Nice and sunny, today, though.  :thumbsup:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/107/255-240321015825-1078041305.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 25, 2021, 12:01:19 AM
See? Proof.... you could even see moony from the bus stop!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/107/255-240321235850-1078431867.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: wombat457 on March 25, 2021, 12:21:29 AM
Ahh an Aussie bus stop AND people driving on the "correct side of the road" to boot!   :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 25, 2021, 04:41:03 AM
I spoke a little prematurely. 2pm this afternoon outside Chez Bealman. Heavens opened shortly afterwards.

Only a shower, though.  :thumbsup:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/107/255-250321043716-1078532497.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: wombat457 on March 25, 2021, 04:45:52 AM
NSW - whodu guessed you'd get a sneaky rain shower  :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 25, 2021, 04:50:02 AM
Another on the cards.  :rain:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on April 01, 2021, 02:02:58 AM
The autumn nights are setting in, as the view outside Chez Bealman shows after alighting from the bus. We lose daylight savings time this weekend too, so it's only gonna get darker!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/108/255-010421015809-108063638.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on April 01, 2021, 03:12:03 AM
but at least we get an extra hour in bed
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on April 03, 2021, 09:23:06 AM
As a bit of a change today, Easter Saturday lunch with three Bealettes and GrandBealette at a little Italian joint in the middle of the local steelworks!

Not that you'd ever realise it looking at the view!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/108/255-030421090035-1081292124.jpeg)

Mrs B shows GrandBealette the view:
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/108/255-030421085949-1081281446.jpeg)

Mrs B and Bealette One had snapper complete with head, looks disgusting but was apparently ok...

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/108/255-030421090152-1081311258.jpeg)

I had pizza, but it was the first time I've had pizza with potato on it  :uneasy:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/108/255-030421090220-108132663.jpeg)

GrandBealette was happy with spaghetti.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/108/255-030421090257-1081331349.jpeg)

Bit of a change for Bealman, but definitely thumbs up. Back to the bus stop soon!  :beers:

Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: crewearpley40 on April 03, 2021, 09:40:25 AM
George.glad your having family time. Happy easter
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on April 03, 2021, 09:55:10 AM
Hi George,

Happy Easter to you and your family as well. Have seen a Pizza con Patate in Rome once. I didn't have it but apparently it's very nice although I think the potatoes are supposed to be of a certain type, very thinly sliced, arranged in a swerve curved pattern and baked crispy, not just boiled new potatoes plonked on  :D.

Maybe the chef's got Irish blood  ;).

Have a great day.

Cheers, weave  :beers:

Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on April 03, 2021, 09:57:53 AM
Thanks, guys. One thing for sure... I don't need dinner tonight!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: joe cassidy on April 03, 2021, 11:51:10 AM
Great to see that there is life after lockdown  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on April 04, 2021, 12:05:49 AM
nice to see it has stopped raining in Sydney.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on April 04, 2021, 12:14:31 AM
Yeah, beautiful Easter weather. Best time of year, weatherise I reckon.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on April 11, 2021, 01:10:51 AM
Hi George @Bealman (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=255) ,

Thought I'd show a couple of pics of where the beach area on my new revamp layout will be as it means I can see my local bus stop every day from where I sit :).

I was hoping that next door's Forsythia in bloom would make a nice photo but think with my camera phone photography skills it looks like your UFOs have popped round the planet to blow it up!!!  :D.....

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51010291700_53b8d71ca9_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2kHB5xW)20210328_183626 (https://flic.kr/p/2kHB5xW) by Christopher Weaver (https://www.flickr.com/photos/163968319@N02/), on Flickr


(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51079474626_1269815e5a_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2kPHEe1)20210328_183654 (https://flic.kr/p/2kPHEe1) by Christopher Weaver (https://www.flickr.com/photos/163968319@N02/), on Flickr

Hope all's well at yours.

Cheers. weave  :beers:

Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on April 11, 2021, 01:15:19 AM
Ha Ha, thanks! Yes, I can see the bus stop!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on April 11, 2021, 02:51:39 AM
Talking of bus stops, I was browsing in my local bookstore by the station, and to my utter lack of surprise because this is Japan, found two volumes of a series books listing each bus stop in Japan.

https://honto.jp/netstore/pd-book_30526656.html
https://honto.jp/netstore/pd-book_30502768.html
https://honto.jp/netstore/pd-book_30502767.html
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: joe cassidy on April 11, 2021, 07:24:06 AM
I assume a list of public toilets is also available ?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on April 11, 2021, 07:34:44 AM
Dunno, but I'll have to order a bus stop book.... wouldn't get to sleep at night if I didn't  :)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on April 11, 2021, 12:56:43 PM
I assume a list of public toilets is also available ?

This might be a start: "The Toilet Investigation Team is go! (https://books.bunshun.jp/ud/book/num/1692037200000000000G)" featuring reports from over 100 locations.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Alcazar on April 11, 2021, 03:20:50 PM
Or this - seems to list all the ones in my area and offers an App for smartphones!
https://www.freepee.org/ (https://www.freepee.org/)
Peter
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on April 19, 2021, 03:22:08 AM
Not the bus stop, but the centre of Wollongong at 8.30am waiting for a dentist appointment at 10.30am.

Those bloody palm street art things are STILL there!  :veryangry:

So why am I two hours early? Cos I had just dropped car off at Wollongong Toyota for a service. As I write this, I've since learned that the brakes are shot and the bill will be $720, the dentist hurt like hell, and the bill for the torture was $408.

More  :veryangry:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/108/255-190421031041-108738950.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on April 19, 2021, 04:26:17 AM
Still, it was a beautiful morning, and I don't go into the town centre too often, so ALMOST enjoyed walking to the dentist, noticing stuff I don't normally pay attention to.

New high rise:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/108/255-190421031124-108748762.jpeg)

Australian Hydrographic Institute:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/108/255-190421031202-108749976.jpeg)

State Emergency Services, where my son-in-law recently started work:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/108/255-190421031238-1087501653.jpeg)

And last but not least, Wollongong station on the line to Sydney.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/108/255-190421031307-108751756.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on April 19, 2021, 04:55:04 AM
Looks nice and quiet.

The elder niece got married at St Michael's a while back. Quite imposing as I drove up Market St and then realised I couldn't turn right, so had to go round the block to the entrance. Lot's of cars from the local constabulary parked around their station just there.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on April 19, 2021, 06:17:42 AM
That's the place! Next to the courthouse.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: TrevL on April 19, 2021, 06:33:13 AM
Autumn looks nice downunder. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on April 19, 2021, 06:41:38 AM
Yes, Trev, it usually is. My favourite time of year, weather wise.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on May 03, 2021, 05:04:58 AM
Ok, not the bus stop, a little further west. Bealman drove out west to Bathurst last week, and explored a little village by the name of Carcoar.

In terms of Australian history, the place is old. It was sad to see the charming but no longer used station:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/109/255-270421095809-10907215.jpeg)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/109/255-030521051302-109227362.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on May 05, 2021, 10:43:02 PM
Just a bit farther north at the moment than you George. Stumbled across the old station at Atherton, now a nice little cafe, however there is a bit of a preserved line which was not operating when we were there on Tues.
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/109/1058-050521224002.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=109389)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/109/1058-050521224110.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=109390)

This place was a hive of activity during WWII as it was one of the main training bases for the Pacific forces.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on May 06, 2021, 12:35:59 AM
Geez, the Australian contingent are mobile at the moment.... yourself in Atherton, @Webbo (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=4229) on the Barrier Reef.... what's going on?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on May 06, 2021, 12:43:48 AM
...and I'm going to Paterson on the 16th for the Railmotor Society open day. There is a CPH ride from Paterson to Dungog and return for $10. Hopefully the weather is nice, so I can post a couple of piccies.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on May 06, 2021, 12:46:35 AM
Cool! Yep, piccies please!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on May 06, 2021, 03:40:52 AM
Had to google CPH so for any others like me it's a railmotor (sort of railcar) although it doesn't say what CPH stands for (please forgive my ignorance). Looks nice though so agree pics would be good.

Cheers, weave  :beers:

PS. Google 'Paterson to Dungog CPH' as just 'CPH' sends you to a plethora of plumbing and heating companies in the UK  :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on May 06, 2021, 03:55:49 AM
This will help...

https://www.trms.org.au/ (https://www.trms.org.au/)

Mark

I have a whitemetal CPH (assembled and powered, but not finished) and a recently acquired printed CPH with a CTH, trailer from master modeller Phil Badger (https://gophermodels.com.au/ (https://gophermodels.com.au/)) that I have to put together.

I'm hoping to get some good detail shots of the CPH roof plumbing while I'm at Paterson.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on May 06, 2021, 04:11:53 AM


You could have just told me, didn't realise I had to do homework  :D

Composite accomodation, Powered and Guard's Compartment (Handbrake). CPH. All very complicated.

Couldn't sleep but think I'll go back to bed now  :) :dighole:

Cheers, weave  :beers:

Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on May 06, 2021, 04:14:35 AM
@weave (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=735)

Thanks for that. Now we both know, cos I didn't before!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on May 06, 2021, 04:23:32 AM
When I first arrived in Australia, I used to go to work on one of them. Mine was in the maroon livery of NSWR at the time.

Used to be called "The Red Rattler"
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on May 06, 2021, 11:40:07 PM
Not wishing to hijack the "bus stop" but thought I would bore you with another couple of pics this time the Karunda Scenic Railway, been on my bucket list for a while and managed it this trip. just a shame they didn't have the "dreamtime loco's" running yesterday.
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/109/1058-060521231711.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=109418)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/109/1058-060521231817.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=109419)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: crewearpley40 on May 06, 2021, 11:56:51 PM
When I first arrived in Australia, I used to go to work on one of them. Mine was in the maroon livery of NSWR at the time.

Used to be called "The Red Rattler"
are those railway items preserved George eg the ones you remember from 40 plus years ago?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on May 07, 2021, 01:07:33 AM
I think they have one at the Thirlmere railway museum, not far from here.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on May 10, 2021, 08:21:03 AM
Nicer view, but the bus service is crap

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/109/255-100521081813-109518102.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Train Waiting on May 14, 2021, 09:50:05 AM
I enjoy this thread and it's about time I made a contribution.


(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/109/6222-140521092801.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=109682)

Unfortunately, the Dalkeith Wetherspoon's has closed due to Lidl wanting the site.  This has resulted in Musselburgh now becoming our meeting place for Gala Luncheon with lashings of fine, foaming ale.  Getting there by motor omnibus is interesting and yesterday saw my first attempt.  I had to change here and enjoyed a long stand.

The place is called Thorneybank and it is to the east of Dalkeith, in Midlothian.  Please note the May weather... and, due to the present restrictions, the Gala Luncheon was served outside.  In the background of the photograph, where the misty sky meets the misty horizon, was the route of the North British Railway's Smeaton to Hardengreen line.  They called it 'The Dalkeith Branch', even although they already had a branch line to Dalkeith.  The Smeaton to Hardengreen line did not prosper.  There were never any regular passenger services and no booked goods trains after 1913.  It closed completely during the Great War and then, amazingly, re-opened.  The LNER finally closed the line in 1934. 

With best wishes.

John
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on May 14, 2021, 09:58:16 AM
Awesome!  :beers:

The seat looks a bit rugged, though  :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: RailGooner on May 14, 2021, 10:57:35 AM
Awesome!  :beers:

The seat looks a bit rugged, though  :goggleeyes:

Designed purposely to prevent the homeless from sleeping on 'em. :(
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Malc on May 14, 2021, 09:43:20 PM
We have those sort of seats in our local bus shelter (not that I use it very often) and it is almost impossible to sit on and if you do manage it, it plays havoc with your farmers.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on May 15, 2021, 12:23:26 AM
...so you wait in the shelter for a bus, and when a bus appears you excitedly get up and move forward and smash you face on the wall (nice wall by the way)! If I placed a bus shelter on my layout facing a wall, everyone would giggle! Oh, well, prototype for everything.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Train Waiting on May 15, 2021, 09:19:00 AM
What a brilliant thread!  The nature of the 'seat' was the reason for me enjoying a long stand!

...so you wait in the shelter for a bus, and when a bus appears you excitedly get up and move forward and smash you face on the wall (nice wall by the way)! If I placed a bus shelter on my layout facing a wall, everyone would giggle! Oh, well, prototype for everything.

Yes, indeed; a very nice wall.  It surrounds the Duke of Buccleuch's Dalkeith Palace estate and there must be over ten miles of it.  All very well maintained, of course.  The estate is now open to the public and has lovely walks and nice places for coffee or lunch.

Best wishes

John
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on May 15, 2021, 09:22:52 AM
Bus shelter still faces the wall rather than the road, though  :D ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on May 15, 2021, 10:24:33 AM
I could be sensible here and say that's so people in the bus stop don't get splashed by passing cars but I won't because you'll think I'm not well.

This one looks quite comfy

(https://i.pinimg.com/564x/cb/3b/a4/cb3ba455f5ddbeab5e352af113607fcc.jpg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on May 15, 2021, 10:34:17 AM
Bus shelter still faces the wall rather than the road, though  :D ;)

It may also be so that other waiting passengers aren't subjected to this  :goggleeyes:

(https://teamjimmyjoe.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/funny-butt-hangout-Bus-Shelter.jpg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on May 16, 2021, 06:11:31 AM
I'll go with the pink bus stop, methinks!  :worried:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on May 16, 2021, 06:15:14 AM
Not wishing to hijack the "bus stop" but thought I would bore you with another couple of pics this time the Karunda Scenic Railway, been on my bucket list for a while and managed it this trip. just a shame they didn't have the "dreamtime loco's" running yesterday.
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/109/1058-060521231711.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=109418)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/109/1058-060521231817.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=109419)

Not exactly a bus stop, but a spectacular train stop!

Wouldn't want get off, though.... it's a long way down!

Although there's a station nearby, if I recall.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/albums/Bealman's_Kuranda_Ride/Dir_1/main_34694.jpg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on May 16, 2021, 08:09:23 AM
Cool! Yep, piccies please!  :thumbsup:

Visit today to the Railmotor Society depot at Paterson and a return trip on a 3 * CPH consist between Paterson and Dungog. Lots of gated and ungated level crossings on the line. This is along a main line, so 80kph is the speed. $10 return (about 6 quid) per adult $5 per child. About 1.5 to 2hrs round trip

Paterson at 9am on a Sunday
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/109/6709-160521075418.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=109777)
Inside the depot where CTH Trailer No51 is under restoration
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/109/6709-160521075539.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=109778)
Broadside of Railmotor 1
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/109/6709-160521075624.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=109779)
Railmotor 7 awaiting passengers via yellow steps
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/109/6709-160521075716.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=109780)
CPH Triple Treat at Dungog
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/109/6709-160521075804.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=109781)
Trackbed Dungog to Paterson
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/109/6709-160521075915.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=109782)
Paterson Station
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/109/6709-160521080000.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=109783)
Dungog Station
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/109/6709-160521080050.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=109784)
Dungog area countryside
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/109/6709-160521080126.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=109785)

...and I couldn't resist
Paterson Bus Shelter
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/109/6709-160521080218.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=109786)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: TrevL on May 16, 2021, 08:30:31 AM
Bus shelter still faces the wall rather than the road, though  :D ;)

It may also be so that other waiting passengers aren't subjected to this  :goggleeyes:

(https://teamjimmyjoe.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/funny-butt-hangout-Bus-Shelter.jpg)

It's not often a bus stop has somewhere to park your bike.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on May 16, 2021, 09:21:24 AM
Awesome pics, Platy!  :thumbsup:

Love the bus stop at end! :beers:

Not sure about the livery on the rattlers, though.... it is reminiscent of the LNER steam railcars, though.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on May 16, 2021, 09:50:59 AM
Cream and Green would be quite a bit before your arrival, and probably isn't prototypical for the current machines, but I like it!

Date   CPH Colour Scheme
1923   Varnished timber finish
1927   Khaki
1928   Khaki and red
1937   Silver and blue lining
1945   Cream and green
1949   Tuscan Red and Russet Brown
1960   Indian Red and Chrome Yellow lining


Railmotor 1 and 7 have the crown lights (above the windows) removed, but #3 still has hers. I was sitting on this left side of Railmotor 1 in the first seat/window with views forward and left.
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/109/6709-160521094653.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=109787)


(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/109/6709-160521094735.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=109788)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on May 16, 2021, 09:58:17 AM
Yet more excellent pics! Thank you!

I'm sure LNER stuff of the time was decked out like that, but I'll leave it to the collective.

Except probably most of them don't look at the bus stop thread  :-[

Post the pics on real railway discussion!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on May 16, 2021, 11:43:46 PM

Not exactly a bus stop, but a spectacular train stop!

Wouldn't want get off, though.... it's a long way down!

Although there's a station nearby, if I recall.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/albums/Bealman's_Kuranda_Ride/Dir_1/main_34694.jpg)

quite right George, Barron River Falls station, we went early in the year hoping to see a raging torrent over the falls, only to be told the new dam up river now controls the flow to a steady stream. Looks like you borrowed my camera for your trip.
cheers
Graham
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on May 17, 2021, 05:51:53 AM
A question for our Melbourne members.  :D

Spotted at McDonald's across the road from the bus stop last night:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/109/255-170521054529-1098131324.jpeg)

So that's supposed to make me rush in and buy one?  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on May 17, 2021, 07:49:10 AM
of course, but only because the beans have been roasted in Melbourne where we are all coffee snobs (supposedly)  :P :P :P
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on May 17, 2021, 09:40:35 AM
You're also smooth and rich according to that.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on May 17, 2021, 11:43:18 PM
i dont think I have ever been smooth, and as for rich, only chance would be if I won the lottery.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Train Waiting on May 27, 2021, 07:18:26 PM
Hello Chums

Heading off to Musselburgh for another Gala Luncheon to-day.  No road works in Dalkeith, thank goodness, so able to change to a No. 140 at the 'normal' bus stop which is, conveniently, situated in the dead centre of town.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/110/6222-270521191449.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=110196)

No shelter here but a nice wall.

Best wishes

John
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: LASteve on May 28, 2021, 03:13:14 AM
I lived in rural Essex before we moved to the US, and I mean rural. I'd get the bus to the branch line terminus (Braintree), then to Witham for Liverpool Street and on to the Tube for my commute to Central London.

One day, the bus company decided that there wasn't enough passenger traffic at 6:30am to send a bus from Halstead to Finchingfield (Wrenton, in @rogerdB (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=6299) world) where it started its scheduled run down to Braintree in time for the 7:30 service to Witham. Fair enough, I was always the first passenger on the bus two miles outside Finchingfield. I'd watch the bus go past, finish shaving, kiss the family goodbye, and put on my coat and walk down to the "official" stop about 200 yards away where the road was wide enough to have a lay-by and wait for the bus which had turned around in Finchingfield.

When the closure was announced, my then wife called the bus company and agreed that they would run the service to the lay-by, pick me up, skip the out-and-back to Finchingfield and everyone was happy. The company got the subsidy for running the rural service, avoiding four miles of wasted time, the bus driver got an extra 15 minutes in bed before his shift and I didn't have to walk two miles into Wethersfield where the new proposed route started. it also meant that we didn't have to wake up the two-year-old at some ungodly hour so I could get a lift from the missus into Braintree.

After a couple of weeks of this, the driver found he could turn around safely in the entrance to a farm right next door, so he'd come by, turn around and pick me up right outside the cottage and save me the walk.

If I was taking vacation or a day off, I'd tell the driver the day before and he didn't bother with coming past Wethersfield to pick me up. This arrangement carried on for at least two years before we decamped to the USA. I remember the Halstead & Hedingham bus company with great affection.

Tell that to the kids today and they'd never believe you!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on May 28, 2021, 03:35:53 AM
Uber cool story.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on May 28, 2021, 03:50:34 AM
Once, many years ago, I needed to travel from Heathrow Airport to Princes Risborough in deepest rural Buckinghamshire, and found that there was a very convenient direct coach service which would save me the hassle of going into and back out of London late in the evening. However evidently there was not much demand for that route as at departure time I was the only passenger; the driver then confirmed where I was going, and it turned out the bus depot was in High Wycombe but the driver lived somewhere around Princes Risborough so he asked if it would be OK to go directly to the depot and drive me the rest of the way in his car to save him having to drive the coach all the way to Princes Risborough, and then back to Wycombe. Was fine by me as he was able to drop me directly at the place I was going to.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: LASteve on May 28, 2021, 03:54:29 AM
I love those stories! I'm sure there's a raft of "it would be more than my job's worth" regulations now so it couldn't happen.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: LASteve on May 28, 2021, 04:20:19 AM

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/110/6222-270521191449.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=110196)

No shelter here but a nice wall.

Does that sign say "No stopping at any time except bodies"? I can't quite read it.  ???
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on May 28, 2021, 05:01:10 AM
There's people just dying to get through that gate!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on May 28, 2021, 07:11:39 AM
Does that sign say "No stopping at any time except bodies"? I can't quite read it.  ???

Is that tongue in cheek?
It's No Stopping at any time except buses.

For some reason when I hear queries about what something says, I always think of the 2 Ronnies Four Candles/Fork Handles skit.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: RailGooner on May 28, 2021, 10:12:32 AM
Once, many years ago, ...

A couple of decades back, I was working late shifts in Didcot and commuting by bus from home in North Oxford some ~16 miles away. My shift finished ~5 minutes before the last bus departed (~23:00) bound for Oxford City centre, from there I'd have to take another bus to North Oxford.

One night I boarded the Didcot to Oxford bus, not unusually finding myself the only passenger. The route to Oxford winded through many small villages and, again as usual, nobody boarded in the villages. When we reached the outer ring road of Oxford, instead of crossing the ring road we joined the ring road!

When I moved forward to query this route deviation with the driver, as the bus swerved, he loudly exclaimed "WHERE THE :censored: DID YOU COME FROM?!". "Didcot." I calmly replied. He'd forgotten I was onboard and having cashed-up had decided to skip the City centre and was heading to... Tesco to collect his better half from her shift there!!!

After much radio chat, he arranged for the Tesco to City Centre and the City Centre to North Oxford buses to convey me without further charge. Took me an extra hour to get home though. :sleep:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on May 29, 2021, 09:18:07 AM
Local band setting up at the bowling club tonight. They're not spring chickens, but have got more gear than NASA.

All lights and huge speakers and monitors.... Geez, it's not Wembley Stadium!

Apparently they're not that bad though, six piece playing retro songs.

Mr and Mrs Bealman will exit before they start, though.
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/110/255-290521091052-1102151085.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on May 29, 2021, 09:23:24 AM
What's the bands name?.....NO HEARING AIDS REQUIRED!!! :headbang:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on May 29, 2021, 09:29:03 AM
It's on the wall. Took them three hours to set all this crap up!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on May 29, 2021, 09:36:30 AM
'THE FAILURES IN NEW ZEALAND' ?  :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on May 29, 2021, 09:47:53 AM
 :laughabovepost: :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on May 29, 2021, 10:52:33 AM
the early exit is definitely a strategy I would employ.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: crewearpley40 on May 29, 2021, 10:58:01 AM
It's on the wall. Took them three hours to set all this crap up!
wonder how long a ) until one was defeaned and  b ) to dismantle
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on May 29, 2021, 11:03:06 AM
Pardon?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: MinZaPint on May 29, 2021, 05:54:36 PM
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/110/523-290521135540.jpeg)[/url]
Ok it's only a bus stop and it's over a week late but it's important! The bus was to take me on my first "Weekly Wander" since last November! Oh the joy of sitting in the pub with 3 mates and drinking fresh cask beer it almost felt normal and we did the same again this week  :beers:   :claphappy:  :pint:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: LASteve on May 29, 2021, 06:13:18 PM
You sure you didn't take that when the bus dropped you off after a few pints?  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: acook on May 29, 2021, 08:45:33 PM
It's on the wall. Took them three hours to set all this crap up!
wonder how long a ) until one was defeaned and  b ) to dismantle

I've been in lots of pubs but I've never been feaned, or defeaned, not that I can remember, anyway.

Alan
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on May 30, 2021, 03:27:49 AM
Meanwhile, back at the bus stop, maybe because of the latest covid outbreak, Melbourne coffee has disappeared, replaced by chook!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/110/255-300521032254-1102622153.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: daffy on May 30, 2021, 06:10:44 AM
That’s a rather classic case of blatant false advertising. >:(

I doubt there’s a Maccy D’s on the planet that serves a burger that looks anything like those!  :no: The Big Macs the misses and I had last week were typical reality: sad looking things (the best descriptive word I can come up with) with zero visual appeal, not hot, limpid salad, too much sauce, thin burgers cooked until they had begun to atrophy, and ‘bread’ that had the consistency of a sponge. Oh yes, and not as ‘Big’ as they used to be.

Real fast food - as in pulling a fast one! :(
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Webbo on May 30, 2021, 09:19:08 AM
Meanwhile, back at the bus stop, maybe because of the latest covid outbreak, Melbourne coffee has disappeared, replaced by chook!


Melbourne coffee?? Since when has Maccas been selling 'Melbourne' coffee in Wollongong?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on May 30, 2021, 09:29:22 AM
More importantly, are The Finz still packing up their stuff and did they go down well with the regulars?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on May 30, 2021, 09:40:00 AM
A couple of weeks, apparently, Ian

And the band must have been still packing up at three am - but it was all gone this morning. Regarding how they went down with the regulars, there were no regulars there... seemingly they were all their little (old) groupies.

We left after the first song!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 10, 2021, 02:11:38 AM
Not quite the local bus stop.

End of the line for a tram! Glenelg, a beachside suburb of Adelaide, on a very wet, un-South Australian day.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/110/255-100621014948-1106341813.jpeg)

Twas not a very nice day, good stay in pub drinking weather, but no......

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/110/255-100621015041-110635608.jpeg)

....onto the tram into the city!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/110/255-100621014852-1106332412.jpeg)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/110/255-100621014743-110632776.jpeg)

Cool tram stop, right in the guts. If you lived along that line, you wouldn't even think about taking your car in there.

And the big Adelaide railway station has a cool bar AND casino! How cool is that? SA rocks!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Webbo on June 10, 2021, 06:15:17 AM
I think Adelaide and the rest of SA are just fine too. My most recent day in Glenelg 4 months ago was a day for swimming AND going to the pub.

Webbo
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 10, 2021, 06:28:08 AM
Not quite the local bus stop part 2.

Thanks, Ian. I like Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills, the wineries at Barossa and Clare, Victor Harbour, but to be honest I'm not too enarmored with the rest of the state.

Anyway, shopping was achieved, which kept everyone happy!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/110/255-100621015249-1106371901.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 10, 2021, 08:36:23 AM
Back on the jetty:

$20000 fine? Better to throw back, methinks. Don't really like crab anyway  :no:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/110/255-100621015208-110636198.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Webbo on June 10, 2021, 09:10:42 AM
You've never had crabs, George?

On a more serious note, blue swimmers are mighty fine eating, but not worth $20,000.

Webbo
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: MinZaPint on June 10, 2021, 02:01:48 PM
Another Bus Stop but on the other side of the road to take us to the station for our first trip to Wareham since the lockdowns began, 4 excellent pubs  :thumbsup:  :beers:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/110/523-100621135340.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=110643)

First stop on the Quay

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/110/523-100621135855.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=110644)

Beers discussed on the Beer thread, so good to get back to a hint of normal   :claphappy:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 11, 2021, 02:29:33 AM
And the bus stop shot is the start of the excursion?

Being sideways, it could have been at the finish  :) ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 18, 2021, 07:33:39 AM
Not the local bus stop (again).

Bealman's meccano-filled ankle defeated by a rock platform during a walk around an island on the south coast of NSW, during an unexpected trip this week >:(

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/110/255-130621055843-1107751175.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on June 18, 2021, 10:40:00 AM
............. an unexpected trip this week ..........[/img]

Hope you're ok. Due to the pubs not being open much during lockdown I've not suffered many unexpected trips lately  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 18, 2021, 10:51:28 AM
Let me modify the previous post...  an unexpected trip away, not an unexpected trip up on the rock platform  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Webbo on June 18, 2021, 12:03:15 PM
An island? Montague or Brush, perhaps?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 19, 2021, 02:21:54 AM
Nah, it's not even an island! The place is Broulee, south of Bateman's Bay. The 'island' is actually connected to the mainland by a vegetated sand spit.

You can start off on one side of the spit, walk around what is essentially a headland, and come back to the other side after about an hour and a half.

I had to turn back the way I came, but Mrs Bealman made it all the way around:
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/110/255-130621060052-1107781241.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 19, 2021, 04:01:49 AM
Map in the beach car park sorta explains it. We started at the top part of the narrow neck, I got as far as the top right hand turn.

Mrs B made it right round to the other side of the spit, where she found me sitting on a log complaining I was thirsty  ;)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/110/255-130621060015-1107761360.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Webbo on June 19, 2021, 05:27:40 AM
I know Broulee
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 19, 2021, 05:29:56 AM
Nearest club 7km away  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 19, 2021, 05:31:01 AM
Quite a few bus stops on the way though  ;D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 24, 2021, 05:18:41 AM
Masks back on at the bus stop.... and every bloody well else in Sydney, actually. We're classed as Greater Sydney.  :(

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/111/255-240621051406-1110392265.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 01, 2021, 04:01:26 AM
Bealman has not visited the bus stop recently because of lockdown.

Normal services are due to resume July 10. Ho hum. :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on July 01, 2021, 10:40:36 AM
When we were in 'full' lockdown we were still allowed 45 minutes exercise/walk each day. Can't you just do that for old times sake?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 02, 2021, 03:46:19 AM
 :laughabovepost:

If I do that, it'll be in the opposite direction through countryside (though not as 'country' as it was twenty years ago) up to Mount Kembla village.  :)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: TrevL on July 02, 2021, 07:38:14 AM
It'll be down on the way back. :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on July 02, 2021, 10:46:20 AM
On that note, when people do the Lands End to John O Groats walk why don't they do it in the opposite direction? Surely it would be easier going downhill wouldn't it? Or am I just being silly? (Probably no need to answer that)  :doh:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 02, 2021, 11:50:49 PM
Yes you are being silly, although I always think of south as going downhill. I always say I'm going down to Melbourne and Adelaide.

Adelaide is actually not South at all - it's on the same latitude as Chez Bealman just about - so it's west!

Anyway, there's not much point in me walking up to Mount Kembla village.... the pub up there is shut too.  :(
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on July 03, 2021, 01:45:42 AM
On that note, when people do the Lands End to John O Groats walk why don't they do it in the opposite direction? Surely it would be easier going downhill wouldn't it? Or am I just being silly? (Probably no need to answer that)  :doh:

It'd be much easier to take the train?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on July 08, 2021, 01:19:48 PM
Just on news that it looks like I won't be going to the Tokyo Olympics - all tickets to be refunded to overseas spectators. Not that I was going anyway!

I was planning to avoid the whole spectacle last year by taking advantage of all the extra flights. However if there are empty stadia needing filling, I might consider taking the Squidlet along for the once-in-a-lifetime experience and to extract some value from my taxes.

Oh those innocent times of (checks notes) less than 4 months ago, when Coronavirus Classic still roamed the streets. Now we have  (checks notes) a fourth "State of Emergency" coming up which will cover the main Olympics period and the upcoming (checks notes) fifth wave, and the powers that be have just decided it would be prudent to do the whole thing without spectators at all (for the events in the Tokyo area at least).
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 08, 2021, 01:34:18 PM
Yeah, saw that on the telly.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 12, 2021, 01:56:28 AM
Freedom Day.

Yesterday saw the end of lockdown in NSW, so yours truly was first into a local pub  :thumbsup:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/114/255-121021014427-1149831716.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: crewearpley40 on October 12, 2021, 02:04:18 AM
Cheers !
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 12, 2021, 02:44:00 AM
Freedom day meant a return to the bus stop, of course. Unfortunately it seemed to coincide with a return to winter, as can be seen in the pics:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/114/255-121021014629-114984294.jpeg)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/114/255-121021014716-1149851051.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on October 12, 2021, 02:55:39 AM
Freedom Day.

Yesterday saw the end of lockdown in NSW, so yours truly was first into a local pub  :thumbsup:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/114/255-121021014427-1149831716.jpeg)

Boy that does look good, hopefully next month we will get out and be able to go to the pub.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Webbo on October 12, 2021, 03:34:26 AM
I'm envious George.

Hopefully after this coming Friday we'll be allowed to go to the pub too.

Webbo  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on October 12, 2021, 03:41:04 AM
Freedom day meant a return to the bus stop, of course. Unfortunately it seemed to coincide with a return to winter, as can be seen in the pics:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/114/255-121021014629-114984294.jpeg)

Clearly this is some definition of winter I was previously unaware of  :hmmm:

Nice to see the bus stop again anyway  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Train Waiting on October 12, 2021, 11:31:00 AM
Freedom Day.

Yesterday saw the end of lockdown in NSW, so yours truly was first into a local pub  :thumbsup:

 :beers:

That looks good - cheers!

Bottled beer is good but draught is so much better.  When the pubs here opened at the end of May, alcohol could only be served outdoors and we had to sit enjoying a brisk easterly, with our overcoats on.  I see you have gone for the same look, albeit indoors.  Over-enthusiastic air conditioning?

It's much better now that we are allowed indoors and the plan is for fine, foaming ale and gala luncheon tomorrow, providing Mrs Poppingham provides a taxi service!

Best wishes

John
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 13, 2021, 12:05:14 AM
Excellent. Enjoy lunch!  :beers:

I'm rugged up in the pic, by the way, because it was cold and wet! It's not all sunshine and hot weather here (well, sometimes)  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on October 13, 2021, 12:19:44 AM
Excellent. Enjoy lunch!  :beers:

I'm rugged up in the pic, by the way, because it was cold and wet! It's not all sunshine and hot weather here (well, sometimes)  ;)

The rug from the top of your head seems to have slipped though  :goggleeyes:  :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 13, 2021, 12:40:27 AM
I took it off altogether yesterday

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/115/255-131021003721-1149932351.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on October 13, 2021, 02:12:07 AM
I took it off altogether yesterday

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/115/255-131021003721-1149932351.jpeg)

"Police have issued this selfie apparently taken by the suspect before entering the McDonalds and forcing staff to hand over all VB bottle tops from the safe".
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: PGN on October 13, 2021, 06:42:59 AM
I'm rugged up in the pic

It's an equestrian expression, guys ... the anti-weather garments you put on horses are referred to as "rugs".
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 13, 2021, 07:17:23 AM
Neigh... ! Burrrr.... brurrr, (shakes head)  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on October 13, 2021, 07:54:37 AM
Neigh... ! Burrrr.... brurrr, (shakes head)  ;)

As the theme tune to the famous Australian soap opera says, "Everybody's got good Neigh! Burrrs".

I'll get my horse blanket.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 23, 2021, 12:49:05 AM
I could tell a lot of stories about that show, particularly about it's effects on the population of the UK, but won't. What I can say is that I can proudly announce that I've never seen an episode, ever.

In the meantime, the bowling club has apparently become a poker venue.... must be because of the name change. It's now Figtree Sports Club....

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/115/255-231021003900-115301205.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on October 23, 2021, 01:49:19 AM
Glad to hear that George, I can also proudly say I haven't seen an episode.

I only found out they filmed in the next suburb to me when a relative from the UK came to stay and wanted to go to see the street.

looking forward to my local club opening so we can go and support them.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 23, 2021, 03:46:07 AM
Meanwhile, the diet altered a little to VB followed by a Guinness chaser....

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/115/255-231021003951-1153152483.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: TrevL on October 23, 2021, 06:35:18 AM
George, who's your friend with the chunky pink tights on then? :laugh3:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 23, 2021, 06:38:23 AM
 :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost:

That's actually the back of a chair!

(Don't forget, I live on the other side of the world to @Trainfish (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=262) )
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: TrevL on October 23, 2021, 06:41:49 AM
I guessed, but you never know these days.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Train Waiting on October 23, 2021, 09:15:23 AM
Meanwhile, the diet altered a little to VB followed by a Guinness chaser....


Rather you than me with the Guinness!

The 'VB' looks good, though.

Best wishes

John
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on October 23, 2021, 09:36:50 AM
George, who's your friend with the chunky pink tights on then? :laugh3:

Pink tights, now there's an idea....................    :hmmm:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 26, 2021, 05:08:44 AM
Stranger danger.

Intruders at Bealman's bus stop recently!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/115/255-261021013306-115421835.jpeg)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/115/255-261021013346-115443268.jpeg)

I like the high viz hoodie and ciggy on a warm evening  :uneasy:

Nice evening, though:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/115/255-261021013433-1154441287.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on October 26, 2021, 06:46:03 AM
I wonder if they have their own bus stop threads on some other forum(s)...  :hmmm:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Train Waiting on October 26, 2021, 09:29:03 AM
I wonder if they have their own bus stop threads on some other forum(s)...  :hmmm:

I should think so.  Difficult to imagine enjoying a forum without a bus stop thread.  I wonder if bus stop forums have model railway threads. 

Weather in NSW is looking much better than that between the Forth and the Tweed!

Best wishes

John
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 28, 2021, 07:51:52 AM
Ah, life almost returning to normal.... a VB, Guinness chaser, and twilight bowls have returned in the background!  ;D :worried:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/115/255-281021074721-1155321897.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on October 28, 2021, 09:39:59 AM
Presumably the UFOs are still in lockdown?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on October 28, 2021, 10:43:44 PM
The 'pint' on the right looks like a short measure to me  :goggleeyes:

Probably not a bad thing if it's VB though
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on October 29, 2021, 01:35:09 AM
The 'pint' on the right looks like a short measure to me  :goggleeyes:

I'm guessing it's a schooner (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beer_in_Australia#Beer_glasses) (you can tell by the way it's fore-and-aft rigged on all masts).
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 29, 2021, 01:53:32 AM
That's because it is a schooner. We very rarely drink pints over here.  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Train Waiting on October 29, 2021, 08:54:24 AM
The 'pint' on the right looks like a short measure to me  :goggleeyes:

Probably not a bad thing if it's VB though

I've not had an opportunity to try VB yet, but I'm looking forward to it.  I'm pretty certain I'll prefer it to Guinness, though.  Still, I'd much rather have a 'Babycham' with a cherry on top than a Guinness.

 :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: port perran on October 29, 2021, 08:59:50 AM
The 'pint' on the right looks like a short measure to me  :goggleeyes:

Probably not a bad thing if it's VB though

I've not had an opportunity to try VB yet, but I'm looking forward to it.  I'm pretty certain I'll prefer it to Guinness, though.  Still, I'd much rather have a 'Babycham' with a cherry on top than a Guinness.

 :beers:
I’m with you John, Guinnness doesn’t do it for me.
“Ah…you’ll change your mind once you taste it in Ireland” I was told….. Hmmmm, tasted just the same over there to me.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 29, 2021, 09:06:40 AM
Ah, Babycham with a cherry in it. Me mother used to love it. I remember as a kid if me Fatha bought her one it was a real treat.

Funny how I slip back into the dialect when I get nostalgic!  ;)

And I agree with you, Martin. People have said the same to me for decades. But when I was drinking it in Ireland, I couldn't tell the difference either.

Luckily, I like the stuff!  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Train Waiting on October 29, 2021, 09:35:47 AM
On a business trip to Ireland, my wonderful hosts told me the same thing.  They added that the best place to drink Guinness was in a particular pub close to the brewery.  They took me there and bought me a pint.  In my opinion it tasted even worse!  For my next pint I went back to the safety of Smithwick's!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on October 29, 2021, 01:18:31 PM
I developed a liking for darker brews (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schwarzbie) in Germany, and though Guinness isn't quite the same thing, it's a taste I've acquired. Comes in handy when in one ends up in the kind of locale which have mistaken Heineken for beer but which usually have Guiness as one of the "exotic" alternatives (a situation not uncommon in parts of Asia).
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Papyrus on October 29, 2021, 08:07:51 PM
Guinness does vary. I've never visited Ireland ( :'( ) but the best Guinness I ever had was the one served in the Irish social club in Crawley, which we used to frequent every Monday evening. If you can find it, Murphy's stout is better than most Guinness found in Britain, but I like pretty much any black beer. I keep a stock of Harviestoun's Old Engine Oil for drinking at home. Which reminds me, I must order some more... oh, look, is that Christmas I see heading towards me...

Sorry. Back to the bus stop.

Cheers,

Chris
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on October 29, 2021, 10:28:57 PM
I can honestly say that the best Guinness I ever tasted was when I worked in the Guinness brewery. In Kumasi, Ghana.

Pictures you say? Oh ok, here goes.

Taken in 1998 on a rather hot day from the top of the silos I was working on.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/115/262-291021221557-115633853.jpeg)

This one wasn't taken from the top of the silos

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/115/262-291021221557-115633791.jpeg)

Here's me being fondled by a 'friend'. I was single at the time  :D
That's me in the middle in case you're not sure  :no:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/115/262-291021221559-1156351502.jpeg)

And finally a railway related picture taken not far from the brewery and yes, it was a working railway line.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/115/262-291021221559-115635298.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 30, 2021, 05:29:11 AM
Few more people there than my bus stop ever sees!

Nice atomic glow over Bealman's street on the way from the bus the other night:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/115/255-301021052409-1156371402.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on October 30, 2021, 06:59:57 AM
That's me in the middle in case you're not sure  :no:

Given that you're not in your usual attire there, it would indeed have been hard to be sure.  :uneasy:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on October 30, 2021, 07:03:54 AM
Nice atomic glow over Bealman's street on the way from the bus the other night:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/115/255-301021052409-1156371402.jpeg)

Are you sure it's not the sandstone volcano erupting?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: dannyboy on October 30, 2021, 03:15:26 PM

Nice atomic glow over Bealman's street on the way from the bus the other night:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/115/255-301021052409-1156371402.jpeg)

I am a bit worried about those two red eyes coming towards you!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 31, 2021, 12:41:41 AM
Another weather pic.... GrandBealette confronts a scary looking Pacific this morning (Well, Tasman Sea, really)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/115/255-311021003718-1156692148.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on October 31, 2021, 05:58:34 AM
Looks like grandad has been teaching her about King Canute.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on October 31, 2021, 07:06:32 AM
 :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost:

That was an advert for Hamlet cigars when I was a kid
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on October 31, 2021, 08:31:09 AM
Remember the Hamlet cigars, but can't remember the ad.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: joe cassidy on October 31, 2021, 11:14:06 AM
I remember the music.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: MinZaPint on November 01, 2021, 04:58:56 PM
The Hamlet ad I remember was the guy trying to get out of a bunker on a golf course. Took 5 to get out of one this morning might have to take up smoking again https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dreamstime.com%2Fstock-illustration-happy-emoticon-smileyemoticon-smiley-smoking-cigar-illustration-image46949145&psig=AOvVaw3M9NNXmwDS8HPe_ojGBRI4&ust=1635871948912000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAwQjhxqFwoTCNi01YXQ9_MCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAO (https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dreamstime.com%2Fstock-illustration-happy-emoticon-smileyemoticon-smiley-smoking-cigar-illustration-image46949145&psig=AOvVaw3M9NNXmwDS8HPe_ojGBRI4&ust=1635871948912000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAwQjhxqFwoTCNi01YXQ9_MCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAO)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: dannyboy on November 01, 2021, 06:06:49 PM
They were a brilliant series of advert's. Hijacking the thread but here are a few -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIckHmwZAeI (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIckHmwZAeI)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 01, 2021, 11:05:58 PM
No problem with thread hijack.... those ads are great!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 02, 2021, 12:03:59 AM
More interesting skies over Chez Bealman last night

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/115/255-021121000134-115768131.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: crewearpley40 on November 02, 2021, 12:55:41 AM
I remember the music.
air on the g string. JS Bach
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 02, 2021, 06:31:22 AM
Return of the UFOs.

Not so many, this time. They've woken up to covid.  ;)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/115/255-021121062719-1157722312.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: RailGooner on November 02, 2021, 09:51:56 AM
Good to see the UFOs observing social distancing!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: dannyboy on November 02, 2021, 10:19:17 AM
More interesting skies over Chez Bealman last night

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/115/255-021121000134-115768131.jpeg)



I know we tend to joke a bit on this thread about UFO's, but I think somebody needs to start to worry a bit -
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(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/115/4209-021121101257.jpeg)

 :goggleeyes: :worried:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 04, 2021, 07:14:36 AM
Another pic of what seems to be a post-lockdown habit....

VB with chaser, this time with mandatory mask while moving around the joint, and joker poker tickets which just said the joke is on me  ;)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/115/255-041121070807-1158331616.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 04, 2021, 11:41:52 PM
.... and yes, it does rain at Australian bus stops!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/115/255-041121233832-115862647.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on November 05, 2021, 08:31:42 AM
Is that the local red light district?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Train Waiting on November 05, 2021, 08:41:58 AM
I don't see the large and deep puddle in front of the bus stop.  These are mandatory hereabouts.  And the bus lane doesn't have any cars in it - incredible!

Thank you for indulging in persistent precipitation on my behalf - it's a beautiful autumn morning here.

Best wishes

John
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 05, 2021, 08:49:32 AM
Oh, don't worry... there is one of those in the car park I have to walk through to get to the bus stop  ;D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Train Waiting on November 05, 2021, 09:11:29 AM
Excellent - always such fun to splash around in a puddle.

As I said - it's nice here today (won't last, I know!)...

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/115/6222-051121090737.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=115885)

Looking over the garden wall in your direction!

All the very best

John
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Papyrus on November 05, 2021, 03:17:43 PM

Looking over the garden wall in your direction!


I hate to be pedantic (  :no: ), but Australia is on the opposite side of the world, so whichever way you look, it is in the direction of Australia...

I'll get me coat.

Cheers,

Chris
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: joe cassidy on November 05, 2021, 04:45:46 PM
True, if you live on the north pole or the south pole  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: port perran on November 05, 2021, 04:47:07 PM
We popped over to Fowey today for a day out.
Here’s a photo looking out to sea towards Australia…
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/115/230-051121164636.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=115892)
It’s been a lovely Autumnal day here too.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on November 06, 2021, 01:37:23 AM

Looking over the garden wall in your direction!


I hate to be pedantic (  :no: ), but Australia is on the opposite side of the world, so whichever way you look, it is in the direction of Australia...

Oooh, you want pedantic eh? Actually wherever you are, there will be a limited range of angles where your gaze (assuming it follows the curvature of the Earth) would intersect some part of the Australian continent; in fact there will be two sets of angles, going both ways around the Earth.

True, if you live on the north pole or the south pole  ;)

Nope; the only location which will guaranteed to be at the end of your "line of sight" in all directions will be the other pole. You'd still need to turn through a certain set of angles to be facing Australia.

I'd get my coat but I live in it permanently.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 06, 2021, 01:57:18 AM
Flattering to think you all want to intersect at my bus stop  :)

Nice pics, John and Martin, by the way. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 09, 2021, 01:09:26 AM
Ooooh, the golden arches are lit up again!

Like being at Blackpool illuminations!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/116/255-091121010519-116037263.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on November 09, 2021, 01:18:17 AM
Like being at Blackpool illuminations!

Except drier. And warmer. And nicer. So nothing like Blackpoo really  :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: RailGooner on November 09, 2021, 08:16:49 AM
Like being at Blackpool illuminations!

Except drier. And warmer. And nicer. So nothing like Blackpoo really  :D

And it's attracted a larger crowd!  :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 10, 2021, 06:00:13 AM
When I stopped by there in 2010 they had daleks strapped to the lampposts, which I thought was very cool. When I stopped by again three years later, I met NewportNobby under the Blackpool Tower, which was also cool.... I think  :P

Anyway, bit of rainy cloud over the "sandstone volcano" today:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/116/255-101121055256-1160571892.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on November 10, 2021, 06:41:56 AM
When I stopped by there in 2010 they had daleks strapped to the lampposts, which I thought was very cool.

Was that meant as some kind of warning to any other Daleks which wish to attack Blackpool?  :hmmm:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 12, 2021, 11:24:08 PM
Solitary UFO over the volcano last night - at least I hope that's what it was and not some airline captain thinking he was about to land at Sydney airport  :uneasy:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/116/255-121121231937-11614184.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: TrevL on November 13, 2021, 06:42:20 AM
I can see another two there George making it "The Figtree Three" :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 13, 2021, 07:01:52 AM
You're right, too! Better eyesight than me, mate.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 13, 2021, 07:45:48 AM
Ok, spot the low fliers tonight!  ;D

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/116/255-131121074251-1161501396.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: TrevL on November 13, 2021, 07:56:55 AM
Three?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on November 13, 2021, 12:30:50 PM
I can see another two there George making it "The Figtree Three" :D

I saw 6 when I looked last night but 3 seem to have disappeared  :hmmm: :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 14, 2021, 02:28:19 AM
Three?

I can only see two?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Papyrus on November 14, 2021, 05:58:22 PM
I assume Trev is including the big one on the far left.

They're getting closer...

Cheers,

Chris

(Are we all mad?)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: TrevL on November 14, 2021, 07:32:11 PM
Yes, and Yes :laugh3:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Nbodger on November 14, 2021, 08:10:46 PM
Ah you mean the one that’s about to kidnap George
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Malc on November 15, 2021, 11:47:44 PM
It wi
Ah you mean the one that’s about to kidnap George
It will definitely regret doing that!😎
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 16, 2021, 12:30:00 AM
Yeah, and I'll tell you why....

Drama and a new bus stop.

Sitting there last night and flashing lights hurtled past, followed by another a few minutes later. Dunno what it was, either drama or wanting to get home early. They weren't cops or ambulances.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/116/255-151121234642-1162472046.jpeg)

Anyway, Bealman didn't bother checking out his downloaded timetable, and got the bus time wrong. So he thought he'd fill the time in by walking to the next stop, which is conveniently right outside a pub  :)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/116/255-151121234751-116249117.jpeg)

I availed myself of the pub's facilities, but not the chicken joint next door  :)

The bottom of the sign reads "Chicken and quality foods"  :sick:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/116/255-151121234847-1162502182.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Papyrus on November 27, 2021, 02:31:33 PM
Nearly 2 weeks since we had any news of the bus stop. Did the UFOs finally get it?  :worried:

Cheers,

Chris
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Nbodger on November 27, 2021, 10:48:15 PM
Nearly 2 weeks since we had any news of the bus stop. Did the UFOs finally get it?  :worried:

Cheers,

Chris

Not the bus stop, they took George  ???
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on November 27, 2021, 10:53:45 PM
Don't worry chaps, he's OK but they blew up his neighbour's swimming pool and he's a bit miffed about it - see the 'Angry Thread'.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on November 28, 2021, 02:24:28 AM
Ah well..... some fruitloop wandering around the street at Windang this morning (not too far from here) dressed in black with two automatic weapons, firing them into the air.

Glad it wasn't my bus stop!  :uneasy:

Cops got him though, and nobody hurt.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Papyrus on November 28, 2021, 08:53:02 AM
Don't worry chaps, he's OK but they blew up his neighbour's swimming pool and he's a bit miffed about it - see the 'Angry Thread'.

Aah. I don't tend to bother the angry thread, so I didn't see that. Life in Australia must be even more exciting than I thought.

Cheers,

Chris
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on November 28, 2021, 01:05:01 PM
Ah well..... some fruitloop wandering around the street at Windang this morning (not too far from here) dressed in black with two automatic weapons, firing them into the air.

Glad it wasn't my bus stop!  :uneasy:

Cops got him though, and nobody hurt.

How long did they keep you in for?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 02, 2021, 12:28:29 AM
I got off with a slap on the wrist, which is probably all he'll get.

Bus stop devoid of trolleys and looking remarkably clean this evening. Council must be short of something to do  :)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/116/255-021221002245-1168442064.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on December 02, 2021, 12:57:46 AM
I must say I didn't realise before that it was such an elegant-looking bus stop  :confused2: Is there space round the back where you could shelter from an active shooter if needed?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: crewearpley40 on December 02, 2021, 01:02:47 AM
Thats clean.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 02, 2021, 01:06:21 AM
I must say I didn't realise before that it was such an elegant-looking bus stop  :confused2: Is there space round the back where you could shelter from an active shooter if needed?

Comes complete with holes to poke guns through and shoot back  :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 02, 2021, 06:19:44 AM
A Bealman bus stop theory. Please don't take too seriously.

Masks are still compulsory here at the moment. On the bus to the club just then, a woman got on with really cheap crap perfume on that stunk.

That made my science background start to think, if I can smell that through this mask, then sub-microscopic  viruses must just waltz through!

Makes me wonder what the hell use these masks really are.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: The Q on December 02, 2021, 06:59:53 AM
A large part of the particles are in damp air  put out by you when you breath out.. They are absorbed by the mask. That protects others..
They are are less effective at stopping dry air particles floating around, like the smell of perfume..

if a naked man pees in your direction you get wet.... if he's wearing zipped up trousers, He gets wet.. but you can still smell it...
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 02, 2021, 07:09:13 AM
Thanks. As I say, don't take my post too seriously.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on December 02, 2021, 09:47:33 AM
So basically that means if the Covid virus mutates enough that it is able to use perfume as a transmission vector, we are (to use a technical term) screwed?

Anyway, at this point according to my calculations there are only 9 unused letters in the Greek alphabet, so I don't think it will get that far  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on December 03, 2021, 12:19:21 AM
A large part of the particles are in damp air  put out by you when you breath out.. They are absorbed by the mask. That protects others..
They are are less effective at stopping dry air particles floating around, like the smell of perfume..

if a naked man pees in your direction you get wet.... if he's wearing zipped up trousers, He gets wet.. but you can still smell it...

That has to be the best explanation of a mask yet  :thumbsup: I'll be using that one next time someone asks me to explain  :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: OffshoreAlan on December 03, 2021, 11:36:35 AM
... if I can smell that through this mask, then sub-microscopic  viruses must just waltz through!...

Perhaps :-

1. Your mask was unsuitable (a lot on the market are)

AND/OR

2. You weren't wearing it properly (many people don't)

 :worried: Although your post was not to be taken too seriously, the anti-mask/anti-vacs Quislings who continue to support and nourish the enemy find such statements encouraging.

Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: PGN on December 04, 2021, 07:46:53 AM
Anyway, at this point according to my calculations there are only 9 unused letters in the Greek alphabet, so I don't think it will get that far  :thumbsup:

When they run out of Greek letters they move on to kanji ... and we will need to rethink the implications of "alpha and omega" ...
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 05, 2021, 04:39:40 AM
Meanwhile at the bowling club today, Bealette joins with percussion while GrandBealette (on the left) watches....

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/116/255-051221043213-116946908.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on December 05, 2021, 12:31:20 PM
I think you're gonna need a bigger battery.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 06, 2021, 08:26:01 AM
Interesting pile of puke at MacDonalds tonight. For overseas readers, Tim Tams are a chocolate coated wafer biscuit made by the Australian company Arnotts.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/116/255-061221082039-116977769.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Papyrus on December 06, 2021, 09:21:54 AM
That makes me feel quite unwell...

Cheers,

Chris
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on December 06, 2021, 09:53:51 AM
It's not in big letters but it does say 'Free Diarrhoea Tablets' with every order over 10 dollars!!!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 07, 2021, 11:48:18 PM
This is a Jacaranda tree, of which there are a lot in gardens around here (the town of Grafton in the far north of NSW is famed for them):

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/117/255-071221233743-11703281.jpeg)

They are quite spectacular, I suppose, with vivid purple flowers. However, they drop them prolifically, forming a purple carpet underfoot.

This one belongs to a couple a few doors up the hill from me. Anyway, we had a massive rainstorm yesterday afternoon and everything got a good soaking - including the purple carpet under this tree.

It was really slippery and Bealman just about went AOT on the way home  :uneasy:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on December 08, 2021, 02:34:06 AM
Always slippery around the Jacarandas if it's damp, and that looks rather steep as well.
South American plant they does remarkably well across Australia.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 08, 2021, 06:47:25 AM
Storms seem to attract UFOs. A swarm of 'em tonight!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/117/255-081221064324-1170452235.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: keithbythe sea on December 08, 2021, 07:17:42 AM
Looks like they’re adopting some kind of attack formation.  :-\
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: RailGooner on December 08, 2021, 10:28:00 AM
This is a Jacaranda tree, of which there are a lot in gardens around here (the town of Grafton in the far north of NSW is famed for them):

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/117/255-071221233743-11703281.jpeg)

They are quite spectacular, I suppose, with vivid purple flowers. However, they drop them prolifically, forming a purple carpet underfoot.

This one belongs to a couple a few doors up the hill from me. Anyway, we had a massive rainstorm yesterday afternoon and everything got a good soaking - including the purple carpet under this tree.

It was really slippery and Bealman just about went AOT on the way home  :uneasy:

 :hmmm: Sounds like the Magnolia we have in our garden. MBH loves it, but it's muggins here who has to clean up the flower and leaf drop and risk breaking my neck skating around the decking whilst doing so!  >:(
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on December 09, 2021, 01:38:44 AM
Interesting pile of puke at MacDonalds tonight. For overseas readers, Tim Tams are a chocolate coated wafer biscuit made by the Australian company Arnotts.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/116/255-061221082039-116977769.jpeg)

The name/word Tim Tams just doesn't sound appealing to me at all. I won't tell you what I thought of first when I read Tim Tams but you may be able to guess and they certainly ain't edible................
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 14, 2021, 01:18:08 AM
A bit crowded at the bus stop last night. Bealman was forced to wait outside the shelter! (That's his shadow  :uneasy:)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/117/255-141221011355-1172662028.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on December 14, 2021, 03:30:06 AM
Yeah, those definitely aren't your feet.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on December 14, 2021, 10:50:12 PM
We were talking about booths in shops on another thread. With those feet as a tempter this picture looks very similar to the type of booths I mentioned but a bit more public. This is obviously the deluxe version with holes at different heights. I can't see where you put your 50p piece though  :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 14, 2021, 10:53:10 PM
All you need at this one is an Opal card  :)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 17, 2021, 11:17:06 PM
Not the bus stop, but over the backfence currently. How much all this is costing is anyone's guess - don't forget the existing dwelling and pool were removed as well!

My gardener reckons they must have got an inheritance.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/117/255-171221231028-117389981.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on December 17, 2021, 11:41:57 PM
I dunno, plastic fish ponds aren't that cheap but they wouldn't break the bank, or is it a large bath?  :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on December 18, 2021, 01:33:34 AM
I reckon you're right with the large bath. I think I would have gone for a bigger pool than that in that area myself.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on December 18, 2021, 05:16:25 AM
looks like they may have damaged the fence George, may have to hit them up for a replacement, one which is tall enough to stop them seeing into your place.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on December 18, 2021, 05:36:10 AM
They mustn't like the waves and salt water, because Towradgi is only about 3 or 4 miles away. City beach even closer.

I wouldn't waste my time, effort and money on a pool - unless it was absolutely necessary for physical reasons - rather use the space for a shed and share time between that and the lovely beaches down there!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 18, 2021, 05:54:55 AM
Exactly right.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on December 18, 2021, 05:57:07 AM

My gardener reckons they must have got an inheritance.


Gardener? Or is that Mrs B?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 18, 2021, 05:59:52 AM
Mrs Bealman does enjoy a bit of gardening, but I do employ a gardener on a monthly basis to mow lawns, etc.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 21, 2021, 11:14:22 PM
Not, an atomic blast, but summer solstice at the bus stop.

Well, it is an atomic blast, I suppose, as the sun is basically a fusion reaction.....  :uneasy:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/117/255-211221230847-117511886.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Nbodger on December 22, 2021, 12:04:33 AM
Sure it’s not those aliens from the bowls club departing  :no:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 22, 2021, 12:12:04 AM
I resemble that remark. It implies I have green skin, googly eyes and antennas  :envy:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: crewearpley40 on December 22, 2021, 12:27:33 AM
Did you have your shades with you George ? Happy Christmas to you and your family. chris
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 24, 2021, 04:13:11 AM
Not exactly Yuletide tucker, but looks like someone had a munch at the bus stop yesterday. Kiwi product too - surprised it's beef!  ;)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/117/255-241221040857-1176092271.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: joe cassidy on December 24, 2021, 09:14:31 AM
Australian biltong ?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 24, 2021, 11:58:27 AM
Wot's biltong?  :confused2:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: joe cassidy on December 24, 2021, 12:03:38 PM
Dried meat snack in South Africa.

Available in different flavours - beef, kudu, etc. and textures - soft, chewy, jaw-breaking.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 24, 2021, 12:17:23 PM
Ok, second question.... wot's kudu?  :confused2:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on December 24, 2021, 12:22:09 PM
Antelope
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 24, 2021, 12:25:50 PM
Now it's late here, only half an hour to Christmas Day, and I don't know if you're kiddin' or not  :dighole:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on December 24, 2021, 12:33:43 PM
What me? Trying to wind someone up?  :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 24, 2021, 12:35:39 PM
Nite nite, John, Merry Christmas.  ;) :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on December 24, 2021, 12:40:43 PM
Have a good one George and don't have nightmares about the antelopes  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 24, 2021, 12:53:53 PM
It's not the antelopes that worry me, it's the red nosed reindeer  :uneasy:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on December 24, 2021, 01:08:59 PM
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Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 30, 2021, 05:22:07 AM
Spotted in a local suburb this morning.....

Hope he's not in a hurry to go anywhere!  :uneasy:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/117/255-301221051819-1178171638.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: RailGooner on December 30, 2021, 09:30:07 AM
Spotted in a local suburb this morning.....

Hope he's not in a hurry to go anywhere!  :uneasy:
...

Looks like they were in no hurry to stop!  :doh:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on December 30, 2021, 11:33:17 AM
Do you not have underground cables in Oz?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on December 30, 2021, 11:50:13 AM
Do you not have underground cables in Oz?

The cables in the picture hold up the very thin nets which catch people when they fall off Australia.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Papyrus on December 30, 2021, 11:53:02 AM
I thought they were anti-UFO defences.

Cheers,

Chris
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: dannyboy on December 30, 2021, 11:55:13 AM
I thought they were anti-UFO defences.


They seem to work as I can see no UFO's thereabouts. Maybe they ought to get something similar at the club.  :hmmm:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on December 30, 2021, 12:43:30 PM
I think I can see an alien in that car  :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on December 30, 2021, 09:43:13 PM
Do you not have underground cables in Oz?
all the new areas have the cables underground, all the older area's (pre 1980 for Victoria) everything is above ground.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on December 30, 2021, 10:09:13 PM
Do you not have underground cables in Oz?
all the new areas have the cables underground, all the older area's (pre 1980 for Victoria) everything is above ground.

My part of North Rocks (in North West Sydney) was built for veterans (I think for Dept Veterans Affairs) in 1974 and it has no overhead wires, but the older parts of North Rocks do have wires.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on December 30, 2021, 11:15:48 PM
Do you not have underground cables in Oz?

Yes, we do, mainly from the early eighties onwards. For example, Chez Bealman was built in 1980 and has underground power. However, at the top of the hill down to the main road, the older part of the street, there are power poles.

That smashed car is in one of the older suburbs. Wollongong is a steel town, and you can make out the steelworks in the background.

When I first arrived in Australia, I found the poles jarring to the eye, but all these years later, they're just part of the landscape. I don't even notice them.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 01, 2022, 08:37:58 AM
New Years Day under scattered clouds.

GrandBealette follows her mum into the water (foreground)  :wave:

Happy New Year!  :beers:

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Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on January 01, 2022, 10:40:08 AM
Are we doing a quiz as in 'What is directly in front of you at the bottom of the pic?

HAPPY NEW YEAR! George @Bealman (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=255)

Cheers, weave  :beers:

My answer -  Shark fishing reel?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on January 01, 2022, 02:30:41 PM
It could be a UFO, we have seen a lot less of them lately.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on January 01, 2022, 08:50:11 PM
GrandBealette follows her mum into the water (foreground)

Do I see flags in the distance, between which your precious are not entering the water?
I know it's flat, I know you want to keep your distance, but I also know you want to set a good example, and we want them to have many more happy new years!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 01, 2022, 10:10:08 PM
I must say I never noticed that! I actually wasn't there - my son-in-law took the picture. I'll have to mention that to them!

And not being there, I don't know what the thing is at the bottom either!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 03, 2022, 06:53:40 AM
It's those little hexagonal UFOs you have to watch out for....

I reckon they're drones from the mother ship  ;D

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/117/255-030122064933-1179812032.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 05, 2022, 04:37:41 AM
1978.

School Premiership champions Dapto High School with their young coach Bealman. They were a great crew. The captain on my left became a TV news reporter, my star striker Paul Kay centre front went to the UK and played for Oldham Athletic.

The future Mrs Bealman and I held a party for them in our apartment... the goalie fell asleep in our bathtub! When the grog ran out, I took them all down the nearby pub to get more.

We were all in the bar when the cops came through. I had visions of me being over the front page of the local rag next day.... the only one over 18 was the captain!

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Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: crewearpley40 on January 05, 2022, 04:46:55 AM
Rolling back the years ! Surprised you not been watching the Sydney test
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 05, 2022, 04:50:16 AM
Supposed to be resuming in 10 mins. Can't see it happening.... I live just an hour south of the SCG, and it's pouring down here!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: crewearpley40 on January 05, 2022, 04:52:57 AM
I've heard that too. At least 1 wicket on the stroke of tea. Happy New Year  George
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on January 05, 2022, 05:10:28 AM
The teams looks like it's missing a couple of front rowers, were they on detention during the photo, and Dapto was very progressive for the time with short sleeves on the jerseys!  :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 14, 2022, 12:00:38 AM
Haven't been to the bus stop for a while. Things have gone downhill a bit.... all we have is a sweet packet, a cigarette butt, a ring pull and Bealman's happy socks  :uneasy:

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Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: daffy on January 14, 2022, 09:46:59 AM
Any further signs of the litter lout responsible? Forensic preliminary analysis would suggest show the miscreant might be a diabetic drunk with a troublesome cough.

Nice socks. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 14, 2022, 11:50:32 PM
 :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 16, 2022, 12:17:40 AM
Bunch of inebriated young clowns in fancy dress tonight. Bealman nodded from behind his mask as they passed.

Something different!

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Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on January 16, 2022, 12:43:17 AM
Nice to see a different view  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on January 16, 2022, 03:21:20 AM
must be having a pre school hoolie as opposed to the end of school hoolie which was probably disrupted
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 16, 2022, 03:38:44 AM
Possibly! Dunno where they were headed to, though - there's a pub back down the road which they had probably come from, and an Hellenic club about 50 yards in front of them, so who knows.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on January 16, 2022, 10:17:05 AM
Hi George @Bealman (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=255) .

Just past the Hellenic club is the Figtree Cellars Off Licence and beyond that Domino's Pizza and Hungry Jacks.

Sorry, had to Google Hellenic  :dunce:  and typed in club as well. The one in Wollongong came up, fifth one down, with a map so thought I'd do some detective work as to their movements  :D

Anyway, I'm off to find a life now.....

Cheers, weave  :beers:

Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: TrevL on January 16, 2022, 12:19:47 PM
It's all Greek to me :laugh3:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 21, 2022, 01:57:52 AM
Yummy! Onion rings, Macspicey Deluxe, Aussie Angus! Yummy yummo yum!  :sick2:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/118/255-210122015043-1186611728.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 21, 2022, 02:06:23 AM
Anyway, after carefully circumnavigating the summer menu, it was good to arrive at Chez Bealman and see the gardener had been busy. The grass had gotten ridiculous with the unseasonal rain (look in background, further downhill).

The willywagtail on the path appreciated the feast the mowing had created.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/118/255-210122015116-1186731601.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on January 21, 2022, 04:32:24 AM
Yummy! Onion rings, Macspicey Deluxe, Aussie Angus! Yummy yummo yum!  :sick2:

they're all yours, you lucky man.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on January 21, 2022, 10:41:32 PM
Yummy! Onion rings, Macspicey Deluxe, Aussie Angus! Yummy yummo yum!  :sick2:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/118/255-210122015043-1186611728.jpeg)

Have the UFOs now appeared at MaccyD's? I'm sure I can see 3 going across that banner.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 22, 2022, 12:07:24 AM
They're holes - to let the smell of the onion rings out, I suppose
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on January 22, 2022, 12:11:22 AM
They do look UFO shaped. Are you sure the UFOs didn't fly through the banner, kidnap the onion rings and then leave in a McHurry? Or do I need to change my drinking habits?  :goggleeyes: :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 22, 2022, 12:15:31 AM
Maybe try some of @Newportnobby (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=264) 's mushrooms
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: TrevL on January 22, 2022, 08:23:49 AM
They look like bullet holes to me :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: dannyboy on January 22, 2022, 12:59:55 PM

Have the UFOs now appeared at MaccyD's? I'm sure I can see 3 going across that banner.

No silly, they are 'Black Holes'.  :)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 22, 2022, 11:48:31 PM
No bus stop yesterday. Mrs Bealman's 70th party at Chez Bealman.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/118/255-220122234439-1187212201.jpeg)

Mrs B has a habit of tinkling the ivories, hence the cake. To the hopeful dismay of the beer fans here, Bealman had champagne. Note Rod Stewart white vinyl on the stereo  :)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/118/255-220122234509-1187222487.jpeg)


Present: Bealman, Bealette 1, GrandBealettes 1 & 2, Mrs Bealman, JapanBealette. Absent: Bealette 2 who is about to give birth in Adelaide in the next couple of weeks.

Notice Bealman is the only one without a drink  ;D

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/118/255-220122234422-1187102347.jpeg)

A railway modeller's extracurricular activities. Playing with GrandBealette.  ;)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/118/255-220122234530-1187231464.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: crewearpley40 on January 23, 2022, 01:00:47 AM
Happy birthday Mrs bealman. Congratulations almost Beallette 2. 
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on January 23, 2022, 08:42:05 AM
Wishing Mrs B many happy returns.
Lovely looking cake.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 24, 2022, 06:56:55 AM
Back to old tricks.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/118/255-240122065324-1187871520.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: TrevL on January 24, 2022, 07:12:36 AM
Now we can finally see where all the UFO's come from :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: crewearpley40 on January 24, 2022, 07:19:00 AM
Cheers George.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: daffy on January 24, 2022, 09:26:54 AM
Careful George  :goggleeyes:

Hidden in plain sight, the UFOs are keeping a very close watch on you:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/118/5634-240122092610.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=118789)

  :o
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 24, 2022, 09:30:15 AM
 :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Malc on January 24, 2022, 01:56:45 PM
Back to old tricks.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/118/255-240122065324-1187871520.jpeg)
Double handed drinking is a slippery slope.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 24, 2022, 09:38:33 PM
Indeed - two hands, but only one mouth!  ;D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on January 24, 2022, 09:41:26 PM
Some may say you need a bigger mouth......................
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 24, 2022, 09:44:06 PM
Unfortunately a lot of folk reckon it's too big as it is  :uneasy:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on January 24, 2022, 09:46:18 PM
That's why I said "some"  :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 25, 2022, 07:13:41 AM
A pint in each hand - looks like a balanced diet to me.  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on January 25, 2022, 09:18:37 AM
Carry on like that and it will soon become unbalanced  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: joe cassidy on January 25, 2022, 11:16:51 AM
2 straws, one in each pint, should solve the problem.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: The Q on January 25, 2022, 11:26:42 AM
the left hand one is too light to make a black and tan, and it's too fizzy to be cider so not a snakebite..
So is he attempting a Belgian Brunette?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on January 25, 2022, 12:09:08 PM
Being pedantic, Guinness and cider is a 'poor man's black velvet', 'black velvet' being Guinness and Champagne. 'Snakebite' is lager and cider although I would have thought they don't call it that in Oz as it might confuse the para medics if called to a 'man collapsed after too many snakebites' situation  :D

Cheers, weave  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 26, 2022, 12:12:45 AM
I appreciate the wealth of suggestions. Wot a helpful lot you are!  ;)

Anyway, all history now. They both went down a treat, and in fact, I repeated the trick last night anorl.  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 26, 2022, 04:10:19 AM
Talking of last night, when I plonked meself down at the bus stop, the bloke on the left promptly put his mask on.

Legend.  :thumbsup: ;)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/118/255-260122040524-1188262479.jpeg)

Shame about the stupid baseball hat.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Malc on January 26, 2022, 04:38:30 PM
I appreciate the wealth of suggestions. Wot a helpful lot you are!  ;)
Anyway, all history now. They both went down a treat, and in fact, I repeated the trick last night anorl.  :beers:
Anorl!!! I got a clip round the ear aged 7 when I asked the teacher how to spell anorl. I wanted to write about a day out and say John came anorl. She said,”It’s as well”
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 27, 2022, 01:00:48 AM
 :laughabovepost:

I still have a book from my infant school days, where I wrote:

I have blue traws on. A bol I wasl in.

The teacher has written underneath:

I am wearing blue trousers. I wash in a bowl.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on January 27, 2022, 01:47:29 AM
:laughabovepost:

I still have a book from my infant school days, where I wrote:

I have blue traws on. A bol I wasl in.


I've written worse on here late on a Saturday night  :-[
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 27, 2022, 03:24:02 AM
I know.... I've had to erase it as part of mods duties  ;D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on January 27, 2022, 05:08:34 AM
I know.... I've had to erase it as part of mods duties  ;D

Sadly no-one can erase the pictures, even when they are deleted.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 30, 2022, 12:23:40 AM
Couple of days away from the bus stop.

Mollymook beach with two thirds of the Bealman clan. They're down on the beach. No prizes for guessing where Bealman is.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/118/255-300122001806-118976940.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on January 30, 2022, 02:11:30 AM
No prizes for guessing where Bealman is.

Captured by aliens and in the process of being whisked away in a UFO?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on January 30, 2022, 09:06:42 AM
Well, the bowling club is a couple of streets back from the beach, so it's not there. My guess is the beach front rental that you are staying in. Very wise, you might get sunburned if you go out in the sun!

Very nice part of the coast.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 30, 2022, 09:18:51 AM
Golf club. Right on the beach.  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: dannyboy on January 30, 2022, 10:58:58 AM
Golf club. Right on the beach.  ;)

Isn't that a bit like playing a round, (of golf), in a giant bunker?  ???
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on January 31, 2022, 06:33:18 AM
So, from this,

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/119/255-310122062857-1190231942.jpeg)

Back to reality....

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/119/255-310122063028-1190291628.jpeg)

What is amazing is that there is no toilet paper or paper hankies in the supermarkets due to covid supply chain problems, but the Maccas fleet keep on rolling....

Legendary.  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on January 31, 2022, 07:16:26 AM
Back to reality....

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/119/255-310122063028-1190291628.jpeg)

What is amazing is that there is no toilet paper or paper hankies in the supermarkets due to covid supply chain problems, but the Maccas fleet keep on rolling....

Well if the fries start tasting rather papery, you'll know why.


Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: TrevL on January 31, 2022, 07:20:05 AM
It's comforting to know that if the loo roll runs out, you can always go for Mcsh1tt
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 02, 2022, 12:09:44 AM
Posted a picture of Bealman at Mollymook to computer savvy daughter in Adelaide. Here's the resultant reply.....

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/119/255-020222000417-1190771946.jpeg)

Good on ya, Bealette  ::)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: daffy on February 02, 2022, 07:57:05 AM
That’s the trouble with children : they can be so brutally honest. :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on February 02, 2022, 08:11:10 AM
Oh, so not one of the aliens from the bowls club UFOs?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on February 02, 2022, 11:32:28 AM
Forgetting the potentially mad human and fake UFOs but is that some sort of wild catlike animal lurking in the bushes to the right of the question mark's full stop?

Look behind you George!!!  :worried:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on February 02, 2022, 12:05:30 PM
is that some sort of wild catlike animal lurking in the bushes to the right of the question mark's full stop?

Took me a while to spot but yes, there's something there.  Looks like either Bill or Ben of flowerpot fame.  I wondered what'd happened to them 8)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: TrevL on February 02, 2022, 12:17:34 PM
They emigrated to Flobalob :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 02, 2022, 03:37:46 PM
The dreaded Mollymook yeti  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on February 02, 2022, 09:59:43 PM
you sure you weren't photobombed by an itinerent roo
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on February 02, 2022, 10:24:35 PM
I'm sure there's an alien lurking in the bushes on the left  :goggleeyes:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/119/262-020222222211-1191212497.jpeg)

you sure you weren't photobombed by an itinerent roo

Interesting fact (to me anyway), I met a bloke from the Midlands the other day whose name is "Roo"  :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Papyrus on February 16, 2022, 03:13:15 PM
Gone a bit quiet in the Antypoads. Everything all right down there, or have the UFOs finally got you?  :worried:

Cheers,

Chris
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: 5213 65J on February 16, 2022, 04:03:04 PM
Maybe the Mysterons?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 16, 2022, 11:31:20 PM
Ha Ha, no.... the UFOs are still buzzing around, but I haven't been abducted yet.  ;D

Bin night last night.... don't you think we have pretty bins, though.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/119/255-160222232651-1196421957.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: crewearpley40 on February 17, 2022, 12:45:35 AM
Hope they cope with the volume of contents George. How are your family doing by the way ?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 17, 2022, 04:13:58 AM
Fine, thanks, Chris. New grandchild due anytime in Adelaide.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: crewearpley40 on February 17, 2022, 04:27:04 AM
We are all thinking of your daughter, you,Anne. Hope all goes well.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Train Waiting on February 17, 2022, 08:45:15 AM

Bin night last night.... don't you think we have pretty bins, though.


These bins are very nice indeed and agreeably vertical.

Unlike here!  After a breezy evening and night, there are lots of horizontal bins hereabouts.  And their contents are widely distributed.  No-one seems to have invented a clip lid for wheelie bins.

Best wishes.

John
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: port perran on February 17, 2022, 09:28:18 AM

Bin night last night.... don't you think we have pretty bins, though.


These bins are very nice indeed and agreeably vertical.

Unlike here!  After a breezy evening and night, there are lots of horizontal bins hereabouts.  And their contents are widely distributed.  No-one seems to have invented a clip lid for wheelie bins.

Best wishes.

John
We’re still in the dark ages. Black bin bags at the roadside tied at the top for us.
Trouble is, seagulls and foxes like to tear them open.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on February 17, 2022, 10:00:49 AM
Don't you mean Orks and Goblins  :D  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Jon898 on February 17, 2022, 01:44:22 PM
Here it's most likely raccoons (the bandit masks kind of give them away):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJeaN-ye0eM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJeaN-ye0eM)

Jon
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: grumbeast on February 17, 2022, 02:14:20 PM
Ha Ha, no.... the UFOs are still buzzing around, but I haven't been abducted yet.  ;D

Bin night last night.... don't you think we have pretty bins, though.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/119/255-160222232651-1196421957.jpeg)

Oooh Dear..  Around here you would not have appeased the bin gods!.. you have stuff sticking out the green bin.  We get a nasty letter and they sometimes don’t take it if there’S stuff sticking out!

You can tell if you’ve appeased them if the automatic machine that empties them these days puts them back down vaguely in the same place you left them.  If they are displeased, they tend to fling them half way across the garden! :)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: keithbythe sea on February 18, 2022, 07:17:06 AM

Bin night last night.... don't you think we have pretty bins, though.


These bins are very nice indeed and agreeably vertical.

Unlike here!  After a breezy evening and night, there are lots of horizontal bins hereabouts.  And their contents are widely distributed.  No-one seems to have invented a clip lid for wheelie bins.

Best wishes.

John
We’re still in the dark ages. Black bin bags at the roadside tied at the top for us.
Trouble is, seagulls and foxes like to tear them open.

Cor blimey, I thought that New Forest District Council were the only place left still using black bags! Same problem here with seagulls.

When I enquired when we would be moving to the 20th century I was told that there was a consultation process in progress. What they have to consult about and when it will end is a complete mystery.  :veryangry:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 20, 2022, 05:10:35 AM
Well they'd better speed the consultations up.... we're in the 21st century now!  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Malc on February 20, 2022, 02:08:03 PM
I painted the number 12 on my bin. My nextdoor neighbour asked me why, when I live at 24. I said there is a fair chance the bin men will leave it outside my house.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on February 20, 2022, 02:30:23 PM
Here in sunny Japan we do not have such fancy things as "wheelie bins", instead we have a tenth share in a breezeblock-lined alcove outside the front door (as the house is in the middle of the street of 10 houses, ours was slightly cheaper because of this), into which we deposit our appropriately bagged refuse before about 8:24am on the appropriate day ("burnables" on Mondays and Thursdays, plastics and cardboard and Wednesdays, glass and PET bottles on Thursdays), and some time between 8:35 and 9:35am (depending on day and type of collection) the appropriate collection vehicle will come along and take it away for further processing, as appropriate.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 20, 2022, 10:20:00 PM
Geez, that's a lot to remember!  :worried:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on February 20, 2022, 10:23:08 PM
Young people like me and Squiddy don't have a problem with poor memories Gary  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on February 20, 2022, 11:52:21 PM
Geez, that's a lot to remember!  :worried:

It's easy - there's a notice inside said alcove with all the details. The only tricky one is the non-burnable refuse, which is picked up on the first and third Fridays of each month, but not the fifth, should the month feature five of them.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 20, 2022, 11:55:05 PM
Strewth!  :worried:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on February 21, 2022, 04:02:12 AM
I built this some years ago - flashes the appropriate coloured LED on garbage day  :D

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/119/255-210222035800-119852718.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: RailGooner on February 21, 2022, 06:41:28 AM
I built it's some years ago - flashes the appropriate coloured LED on garbage day  :D
...

Our Council have an app for that.  8)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Nbodger on February 21, 2022, 10:03:59 AM
Our council text you, you can be sat on a beach in Spain or wherever, get a text and start worrying, dam you forgot to put the bin out dear.  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: dannyboy on February 21, 2022, 10:32:59 AM
Our council do not collect bins, it is all privatised. We have a blue wheelie bin for recyclables and a black one for other rubbish. The blue one is free collection, whereas the black one is 'pay by weight' and they are collected fortnightly. Even if there are no bins put out, I am charged €17, (just over £14 at todays exchange rate), monthly. The trouble is, I have just over a half mile trek to the collection point, 250 yards downhill and 250 yards uphill just to get to the lane that takes me to the collection point - and then back again! On a nice summers day that is not so bad, but in the middle of winter - not a lot of fun.  :no:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: The Q on February 21, 2022, 10:37:22 AM
Any sort of reminder would be no good to us.. We are on the end of the round.. so 9 times out of 10 they've run out of hours on the Wednesday, and come back on Saturday overtime..
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on February 21, 2022, 01:32:36 PM
I built it's some years ago - flashes the appropriate coloured LED on garbage day  :D
...

Our Council have an app for that.  8)

Hah, I noticed today the old, faded refuse collection schedule sign which has adorned our little refuse alcove for the past decade has been replaced very recenlty by a shiny new one which not only has English and Chinese translations, but also QR codes for downloading an app, which has "a lot of convenient functions related to resources and garbage are in full swing!"  (sic), which sounds quite exciting and might help while away the long Covid evenings. Or may not.

(https://japan-train-blog.infogogo.com/static/misc/refuse-schedule.jpg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Snowwolflair on February 23, 2022, 12:57:42 PM

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/119/3761-230222125727.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=119956)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on February 23, 2022, 01:28:51 PM
Pay as ewe enter ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Train Waiting on March 01, 2022, 07:45:37 PM
Hello Chums

Here's a bus stop in Dalkeith, Midlothian, complete with a bus!  Not my local one, but where I changed from the No. 3 to the No. 140:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/120/6222-010322193210.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=120114)


This bus stop has a wall to sit on as can be seen here:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/120/6222-010322193324.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=120115)

The Morrison's supermarket you see behind the wall is built on the site of the Dalkeith railway terminus - a site of considerable railway interest.  Let me know if you want to know a bit more about it.

Unfortunately, I didn't choose to change here because of the railway interest - this stop is served by both services which means no walking required and it has that convenient wall to sit on because of:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/120/6222-010322193738.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=120116)

That chewing gum on the pavement is absolutely disgusting!

Best wishes

John
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: daffy on March 01, 2022, 09:33:03 PM
Quote
That chewing gum on the pavement is absolutely disgusting!

I’m surprised you even tried it John  :-X

What flavour was it? :D

 :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 01, 2022, 11:29:28 PM
I know what it's like sitting at the bus stop with one of those on, John!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 08, 2022, 12:54:14 AM
No hurry to the bus stop today.... bowling club got flooded  :*(
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on March 08, 2022, 12:59:14 AM
The bar itself got flooded?  :goggleeyes: :*(
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 08, 2022, 01:07:43 AM
No but underneath water was 4 feet deep. The bowlers store their bowls and kit there. It was inundated.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 08, 2022, 01:14:42 AM
View from backstep of Bealman's laundry yesterday

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/120/255-080322011211-1202952024.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on March 08, 2022, 04:56:33 AM
As long as that is getting away, it's ok.

At Chez Platy (high side of the street) I had the storm water piping, gutters and downpipes upgraded when I moved in over 20 years ago. The front and rear grass are sodden, but there is no standing water.

Don't think I can say the same about Muirfield golf course, up the street. There is a lot of water coming down the driveway.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: daffy on March 08, 2022, 08:15:55 AM
Stay safe - and dry - George. I’ve experienced flood water up to my door sills in two different houses so I know how worrying it can be. Is it still raining or is the deluge ending? I do hope so.

Do bowls float? :hmmm:  Are locals being plagued by heavy spherical objects carried by the tide smashing into their wellies?  :hmmm:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 08, 2022, 08:34:22 AM
 :laughabovepost:

Thanks, Mike.

Didn't see any bowls carried away but there was a bunch of directors down there today getting around in wellies.

It's still going as I type this, unfortunately.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: The Q on March 08, 2022, 09:42:15 AM
Me thinks, we can send some assistance to the bus stop...


A river bus..

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/120/6067-080322094153.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=120317)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 08, 2022, 11:35:47 AM
 :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 10, 2022, 04:18:40 AM
Bowlo still closed! I've had to get a member's card at the Figtree hotel to get the price down from a ridiculous $7.20 to a slightly more acceptable $6.40 a schooner.

Still not close to the $5 at the bowlo during happy hour  >:(
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 11, 2022, 01:00:18 AM
Not the usual bus stop.

Desperate times, desperate measures. Luckily the Figtree hotel has a stop right outside!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/120/255-110322005656-120402411.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on March 11, 2022, 03:06:29 AM
Such a relief  :thumbsup:

Hope you're not planning to participate in what seems to be a live fight?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 11, 2022, 03:26:06 AM
It can happen there, but the place isn't as bad as it used to be thirty years ago. They have security these days too  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: crewearpley40 on March 11, 2022, 05:42:17 AM
Will it sell a pint of usual George?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 11, 2022, 05:45:53 AM
Victoria Bitter, no problem.  :pint:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: crewearpley40 on March 11, 2022, 05:58:43 AM
Is it a pleasant venue to have a pint with your family/ friends in ? With good service and a good range of drinks ?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 11, 2022, 06:02:56 AM
It's a dive, Chris. But when the bowlo is shut....
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 15, 2022, 08:00:10 AM
New bus stops coming up. Flying to South Australia tomorrow. Except I'll have a hire car. I'll try to snap some.  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: crewearpley40 on March 15, 2022, 08:18:25 AM
Safe journey to adelaide
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Papyrus on March 15, 2022, 09:52:26 AM
New bus stops coming up. Flying to South Australia tomorrow. Except I'll have a hire car. I'll try to snap some.  :beers:

Is it the bus stops that are flying to South Australia? Or are you flying there in a hire car?  :confused1:

I confuse easily.

Cheers,

Chris
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Malc on March 15, 2022, 01:20:15 PM
Thinking about the flooding, a pal of mine bought a house in Evesham by the river. When he stripped the wallpaper off the living room wall, he found a mark going all the way round the room, about 2’ from the ceiling. He thought it might have been where a picture rail had been fitted. However his neighbour told him it was the high water mark from the last flood.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on March 15, 2022, 03:40:34 PM
Thinking about the flooding, a pal of mine bought a house in Evesham by the river. When he stripped the wallpaper off the living room wall, he found a mark going all the way round the room, about 2’ from the ceiling. He thought it might have been where a picture rail had been fitted. However his neighbour told him it was the high water mark from the last flood.

Don't people ever think "oooh, there's a river, that's nice, I wonder how often and how high it floods?".
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Snowwolflair on March 15, 2022, 03:47:36 PM
Thinking about the flooding, a pal of mine bought a house in Evesham by the river. When he stripped the wallpaper off the living room wall, he found a mark going all the way round the room, about 2’ from the ceiling. He thought it might have been where a picture rail had been fitted. However his neighbour told him it was the high water mark from the last flood.

Don't people ever think "oooh, there's a river, that's nice, I wonder how often and how high it floods?".

Just like people in Tokyo saying oooh there is a big volcano , wonder what the earthquakes are like  :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: The Q on March 15, 2022, 04:09:40 PM
Thinking about the flooding, a pal of mine bought a house in Evesham by the river. When he stripped the wallpaper off the living room wall, he found a mark going all the way round the room, about 2’ from the ceiling. He thought it might have been where a picture rail had been fitted. However his neighbour told him it was the high water mark from the last flood.

Don't people ever think "oooh, there's a river, that's nice, I wonder how often and how high it floods?".
I know I did , there were several houses I rejected as being on the flood plain, our house is surrounded by land that is -1M ASL, but we ourselves in this house is +7m ASL.

From the model railway shed, I can see houses a couple of miles away, where 7 people lost their lives in the 1953 Floods in Norfolk.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on March 15, 2022, 10:28:40 PM
Don't people ever think "oooh, there's a river, that's nice, I wonder how often and how high it floods?".

I sold my last house because it backed on to the canal. You never know.............
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Malc on March 16, 2022, 01:07:16 PM
When I was working in Holland, a workmate showed me some family pictures. I asked him what the green bank towering over his house was. He told me it was the Dyke and his house was 10m below sea level.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 17, 2022, 12:58:06 AM
Not a bus stop, a cabin.

Staying in a cabin at Seacliff, South Australia for week while visiting GrandBealboy. Hire car alongside.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/120/255-170322004724-1205752330.jpeg)

The cabin/van park just happens to be on the beach next to Seacliff surf club. A liquid breakfast of Cooper's (South Australia's signature beer) was in order.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/120/255-170322004832-1205802201.jpeg)


Tides out

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/120/255-170322004922-1205812184.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on March 17, 2022, 01:17:32 AM
When I was working in Holland, a workmate showed me some family pictures. I asked him what the green bank towering over his house was. He told me it was the Dyke and his house was 10m below sea level.

There are parts of Tokyo which are uip to 4 or 5m below sea level, and the areas are dotted with signs to the effect that "if the sea defences fail, the water will be *this* high", "*this*" usually being well above head level.

(For the record, Chez Railsquid is located approximately 50 metres higher than those areas, slap bang on a watershed so if it does ever flood here, all we can do is hope that the old guy with the ship full of animals will sail past).
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on March 17, 2022, 01:37:11 AM
A liquid breakfast of Cooper's (South Australia's signature beer)

What, do you like dip a quill in it when signing contracts?  :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 17, 2022, 01:54:03 AM
Hey don't knock it. I just won two packs of cards with their scratchie promotion

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/120/255-170322014759-1205831572.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: daffy on March 17, 2022, 08:21:35 AM
Hey don't knock it. I just won two packs of cards with their scratchie promotion

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/120/255-170322014759-1205831572.jpeg)

A ‘scratchie promotion’? :hmmm:  Is that when you scratch your head and just wonder “Why?”. :D. But at least you can play Canasta now. ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 18, 2022, 01:22:19 AM
Another beautiful day in South Australia

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/120/255-180322010309-1206172067.jpeg)

Breakfast at the surf club again

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/120/255-180322010343-120618902.jpeg)

But this time not just liquid. Bealman halfway through the biggest omelette he'd seen

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/120/255-180322010435-12061946.jpeg)

Oh, and two more Cooper's promo scratchies, resulting in a a beach bag and picnic mat. On a roll, here!  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on March 18, 2022, 02:16:36 AM
A brekkie like that deserves a walk along the beach to Glenelg (and back).

Nice spot.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on March 18, 2022, 03:53:11 AM
That makes a nice change from the rain you were experiencing in NSW
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 18, 2022, 05:17:42 AM
It sure does, Graham!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 18, 2022, 10:25:06 AM
Never seen at the bus stop.

At the bus stop the sun sets over the escarpment. Here in Adelaide, we're facing the gulf, so it sets over the water. Different!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/120/255-180322100814-1206331747.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 18, 2022, 10:21:28 PM
Mrs Bealman seems to be better with a camera phone than I am. This is a much better pic!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/120/255-180322221649-1206632487.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on March 18, 2022, 10:25:56 PM
very reminiscent of the sunset at Strahan in Tassie.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: RailGooner on March 19, 2022, 12:07:59 AM
Never seen at the bus stop.

At the bus stop the sun sets over the escarpment. Here in Adelaide, we're facing the gulf, so it sets over the water. Different!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/120/255-180322100814-1206331747.jpeg)

I like this one. For me, a photo of the sun setting over the horizon should have the horizon (near) level.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: crewearpley40 on March 19, 2022, 12:10:15 AM
Agree there. Stunning shot.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 19, 2022, 12:27:00 AM
I'm always amazed at the speed with which it goes down and disappears.

Of course, I should really be saying, the speed at which the Earth rotates  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 19, 2022, 12:57:37 AM
Lots of beachy type activities on the way to a Cooper's breakfast this morning (that's my yacht in right foreground)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/120/255-190322005343-1206741911.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: The Q on March 19, 2022, 04:02:43 PM
Two can play at that game,
My yacht ready for launching next weekend for the first time in about 23years.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/120/6067-190322160133.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=120697)



(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/120/6067-190322160408.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=120699)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: daffy on March 19, 2022, 05:45:23 PM
 :hmmm:  I think I’ll have to get me one of these yacht thingamyjigs so I can post here too. I understand there might be some biggish ones unexpectedly coming on to the market sometime soon in an asset sale, or some such, by some foreign chap called Oliver Gark (apparently known as Olly to his friends). Might be some bargains. ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 20, 2022, 05:48:54 AM
Another tourist sunset.

(Photo acknowledgement: Mrs B)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/120/255-200322024615-1207041910.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: crewearpley40 on March 20, 2022, 08:00:05 AM
One for the album. Stunning !
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on March 20, 2022, 08:43:05 AM
Steady on... don't get too familiar with sunsets over the water otherwise you won't want to go back to the 'Gong (sunrises over the water).

You have been to a couple of very nice places recently.  :thumbsup:

Mark
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Malc on March 20, 2022, 09:57:09 AM
Is it just an antipodian thing, or is it just where you are? There is a hell of a slope on the sea, great for downhill waterskiing.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Snowwolflair on March 20, 2022, 09:59:16 AM
Does this thread have a sunset clause  :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on March 20, 2022, 10:14:08 AM
Is it just an antipodian thing, or is it just where you are? There is a hell of a slope on the sea, great for downhill waterskiing.

I think the image is back-to-front, it seems to slope towards the equator?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on March 20, 2022, 12:24:52 PM
Is it just an antipodian thing, or is it just where you are?  There is a hell of a slope on the sea, great for downhill waterskiing.

Presumably you've never tried to take a level photo while trying not to fall off the underside of the planet? Trickier than it sounds, or so I am told.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on March 20, 2022, 12:44:26 PM
I blame Coopers

(https://images.boozebud.com/resources/img/product/15011380777661500975806547coopersPA-original-350-937.jpg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 21, 2022, 09:20:33 AM
That's the stuff!  :laughabovepost:

Meanwhile....

A change of traction power at Bealman's latest bus stop in Victor Harbour, SA.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/120/255-210322081927-1207581804.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 22, 2022, 03:08:28 AM
Missed the bus!

Good job this isn't the bus home from the club... it's full!  :worried:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/120/255-220322030505-120787262.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: railsquid on March 22, 2022, 04:51:31 AM
Wow, I knew the oil price was getting high... Still, desperate times call for desperate measures...
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on March 22, 2022, 06:13:26 AM
Missed the bus!

Good job this isn't the bus home from the club... it's full!  :worried:

There’s still a free seat right at front :P
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 22, 2022, 06:40:22 AM
Too bloody cold up there - the SA sun seems to be a bit shy today

Oh, ok... on the horse?  :doh:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Train Waiting on March 22, 2022, 09:18:32 AM
Gorgeous horse!

I hope you are having a good time.

Best wishes.

John
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Nbodger on March 22, 2022, 09:55:44 AM
I thought you had a hire car  :)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 22, 2022, 10:10:17 AM
Giddiyup!  ;D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: port perran on March 22, 2022, 02:41:40 PM
I thought you were in Australia not the Isle of Man.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 22, 2022, 10:03:00 PM
Looks a bit like that, doesn't it.  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 22, 2022, 11:59:27 PM
At Victor Harbour, the horse-drawn tram connects the mainland to Granite Island. Bealman hobbled across... the dot in the distance is Mrs B.  :worried:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/120/255-220322235252-120803676.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 23, 2022, 07:02:27 AM
Bit of SA railwayana.....

Cute old level crossing

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/120/255-230322065854-1208071383.jpeg)

Complete with operating vintage diseasel railcar set

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/120/255-230322065556-1208061070.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on March 23, 2022, 09:58:12 PM
but where is SA? only asking for a friend who may want to visit similar places you understand.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 27, 2022, 10:29:58 AM
A rocking rollin' rattling ride.

Took a ride on the vintage railcar set from Victor Harbour to Goolwa and back yesterday (30 mins each way). Great!  :thumbsup:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/120/255-270322062146-1209861233.jpeg)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/120/255-270322062058-1209811849.jpeg)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/120/255-270322062250-1209871687.jpeg)

That's not Bealman's bus stop coming up.....

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/120/255-270322062400-1209881491.jpeg)

.....its a station!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/120/255-270322062904-1209891550.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on March 31, 2022, 05:25:04 AM
Back at THE bus stop.

From this....

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/120/255-200322024615-1207041910.jpeg)

....to this. Ah well, thems the shots.  :(

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/121/255-310322051553-1211311968.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on March 31, 2022, 11:08:58 AM
Hi George,

If it makes you feel better, Sunday was spent sitting in the garden in shorts and T shirt enjoying the sun with a few tinnies, today in Hampshire it's lightly snowing with a blimmin' cold wind.

Cheers, weave  :beers:

Ps. Don't worry, I've still got tinnies for inside  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Papyrus on March 31, 2022, 11:48:09 AM

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/121/255-310322051553-1211311968.jpeg)

The UFOs seem to have multiplied in your absence. I'm worried about the intergalactic McDonalds sign.

Be afraid. Be very afraid...

Cheers,

Chris
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on April 05, 2022, 10:35:52 AM
A new erection while I was in South Australia.

Not sure what it means...

probably a free junior cheeseburger  :worried:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/121/255-050422103049-121335234.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Train Waiting on April 05, 2022, 12:18:24 PM
A new erection while I was in South Australia.

Not sure what it means...

probably a free junior cheeseburger  :worried:



An impressive erection, no doubt.  But perhaps in a somewhat hazardous location over the road (or is this an optical illusion?).  An unfortunate double-decker bus or a high lorry could play havoc with the tension of the erection which would then be at risk of being left hanging, limply.

I agree the meaning is unclear.  Perhaps you might care to venture into the premises and ask the manager what is the meaning of their erection.

Great picture!

All best wishes

John
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: dannyboy on April 05, 2022, 12:29:53 PM
Yes, that is some erection. But, like John, I do worry that there could be a rapid 'de-erection' if something came along and could not fit under the erection.  :hmmm:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on April 05, 2022, 06:07:30 PM
Wollongong News Headline - 'SEMI CAUSES A SEMI'.

Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: keithbythe sea on April 06, 2022, 07:01:40 AM
This does raise an interesting point. I wonder if it’s necessary to obtain planning permission before having an erection in Wollongong?  :hmmm:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on April 06, 2022, 07:07:48 AM
No amount of planning permission would enable me to get an erection up.

Wollongong council is useless  :no: ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on April 07, 2022, 05:11:00 AM
Welcome home Bealman.

I know I'm not a fan of South Australia, but the weather was great. Back home the weather has been  :poop:

Wollongong is flooded again and the bowling club is closed again. Here's the creek outside Chez Bealman this morning:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/121/255-070422050459-1213771168.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on April 07, 2022, 08:09:59 AM
Just heard on the news you had already had your annual rainfall and only 3mths into the year. You sure are copping it this year.
cheers
Graham
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on April 07, 2022, 08:44:22 AM
Ah, it's only water. My concern is the club being closed.

Opened again this afternoon, though!  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Train Waiting on April 07, 2022, 09:28:19 AM
A closed Bowlo is an unhappy @Bealman (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=255) !

 :beers:

Best wishes

John
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on April 07, 2022, 09:43:59 AM
Ah, it's only water. My concern is the club being closed.

At last!  A use for surfboards that doesn't involve pose-value :D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Papyrus on April 07, 2022, 11:38:55 AM
Seems to me that Australia has droughts lasting years and years and then gets all its rain in two days and everyone is complaining about the floods. Somebody needs to get it properly organised...

Stay dry!

Cheers,

Chris
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on April 08, 2022, 12:37:59 AM
Ah, it's only water. My concern is the club being closed.

At last!  A use for surfboards that doesn't involve pose-value :D

George @Bealman (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=255) on a surfboard? I would need to see pictures for proof of that happening  :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on April 08, 2022, 04:46:27 AM
That little black dot behind the crest of that second wave coming in is me.

I missed it.  :D

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/121/255-080422044349-1214351495.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on April 08, 2022, 05:16:57 AM
good luck to you, would rather join you at the bowling club in the rain than in the surf on a sunny day.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on April 08, 2022, 05:18:50 AM
It's not really me. I took the picture from Mollymook Golf Club  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: RBTKraisee on April 08, 2022, 05:50:14 PM
Did someone say Surfboards?

I live in Cocoa Beach, Florida, which is home to a few pretty big surf board companies.   Without naming names, one of them is rumoured to have made their money, not by selling surfboards, but by carving out some of the white stuff inside their surfboards and packing them with other, illegal, "white stuff" before sealing the whole thing up and shipping them to all across the country.   Apparently when things started to get hot for them a few decades back, they went legit, having already made enough money to make a vast "palace" of a shop here.

Ross.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Snowwolflair on April 08, 2022, 05:55:25 PM
Did someone say Surfboards?

I live in Cocoa Beach, Florida, which is home to a few pretty big surf board companies.   Without naming names, one of them is rumoured to have made their money, not by selling surfboards, but by carving out some of the white stuff inside their surfboards and packing them with other, illegal, "white stuff" before sealing the whole thing up and shipping them to all across the country.   Apparently when things started to get hot for them a few decades back, they went legit, having already made enough money to make a vast "palace" of a shop here.

Ross.

and hence the name "smow" boards
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on May 12, 2022, 05:21:23 AM
Out of hospital and back to the bus stop.

As I hadn't paid a visit to the bus stop since I was released, I thought it was long overdue, so I called in last night in the rain.

Interesting find.... looks like @Trainfish (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=262) has been there while I was away!
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/122/255-120522051441-1226501010.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on May 12, 2022, 08:27:01 AM
Hi George,

Glad your back and presumably well, or at least well enough to go for a beer which is well enough  :thumbsup:.

Take care.

Cheers, weave  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on May 12, 2022, 08:36:40 AM
Thanks, mate. Actually I'm not out of the woods yet - reporting back tomorrow for an angiogram on the ticker.

Don't have to fast until 6am, though!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Train Waiting on May 12, 2022, 09:08:08 AM
Blooming heck, George - I'm sorry to hear you were in hospital.  Glad you are released and I hope the angiogram goes well.

I hope you make good use of your fascinating find.

All best wishes.

John
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on May 13, 2022, 11:57:56 PM
Out of hospital and back to the bus stop.

As I hadn't paid a visit to the bus stop since I was released, I thought it was long overdue, so I called in last night in the rain.

Interesting find.... looks like @Trainfish (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=262) has been there while I was away!
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/122/255-120522051441-1226501010.jpeg)

Nah, those boobs are a bit deflated and I have the real thing rather than an apron. Wanna see a picture?  :laugh3:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on May 14, 2022, 01:39:51 AM
I'll pass, thank you very much.  :)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: crewearpley40 on May 14, 2022, 02:08:08 AM
Look after yourself George. Happy modelling mate
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on May 31, 2022, 03:25:32 AM
Stent in and back to the bus stop.

Well, after having had a stent put in to an artery on me ticker, all seems well, so back to the Bowlo bus stop...

Obviously a leftover from our Federal election the day let me out of hospital!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/123/255-310522031853-1231372276.jpeg)

Vote for freedom? No worries, they let me out on voting day!  :thumbsup: :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 10, 2022, 03:22:27 AM
On a bitterly cold night, Bealman noticed something different. They're now open 24 hours!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/123/255-100622031824-123335639.jpeg)

He also noticed that they're advertising for cleaners.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 10, 2022, 07:06:04 AM
That’s a result then - only open for 24 hours a week!  :D

As a matter of interest, what’s your definition of “bitterly cold”?  :hmmm:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 10, 2022, 09:33:52 AM
I'm not sure what the actual temperature was at the bus stop last night, but a combination of a single digit, crystal clear skies and a fairly strong wind made the "feels like" temperature very low. All I know is I was bloody cold  :cold:

This weekend (public holiday weekend) is the official start of the ski season, and they have the best snow they've had for many years.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 11, 2022, 07:34:59 AM
Cold weather - good night for a Guiness!
Get the blood pumping through the new stent, give it a workout  ;)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/123/255-110622073150-1233572119.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 12, 2022, 02:34:00 AM
The eagle-eyed among you may have spotted the coasters around the beer. This is the new logo of Figtree Sports Club, as Figtree Bowling Club is now known.

We now have poker twice a week. What's the world coming to.  :(

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/123/255-120622022756-1233932356.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: TrevL on June 12, 2022, 07:24:26 AM
Didn't realise poker was a sport ???
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: crewearpley40 on June 12, 2022, 07:29:13 AM
I would stick to the socialising over vb and the bowling George.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 12, 2022, 08:25:26 AM
Didn't realise poker was a sport ???

You and me both! A college mate who was a PE student tried to do his dissertation on snooker, but it got knocked back. They let him do fishing, though.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: TrevL on June 12, 2022, 08:32:37 AM
George, will you be saying that you are going down the "Sporto" now?  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: The Q on June 12, 2022, 08:39:05 AM
Didn't realise poker was a sport ???

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/123/6067-120622083827.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=123403)?

Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on June 12, 2022, 12:28:57 PM
Didn't realise poker was a sport ???

They show it on CBS Sport and it was on ESPN so yes, it must be a sport  :hmmm:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 15, 2022, 10:46:07 AM
A Change.

Bealette1 asked us to have lunch with her today, at a place called Resin.

I'd never heard of it. Turns out that it's a boutique brewery at a place called Bulli. It's a converted station master's house, next to the South Coast mainline to Sydney.

Anyway, a change. Sorry, @Trainfish (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=262) , but expensive crap craft beer, and expensive crap food. For young trendoids only.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/123/255-150622101727-123454791.jpeg)

Looks like a lovely day, but Mrs B is rugged while Bealette One puts the accelerator on GrandBealette2  ;D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: port perran on June 15, 2022, 11:16:29 AM
You might prefer our local micro brewery at Ponsanooth (about 3 miles down the road).
Dynamite  Valley who operate in the lockups under the railway viaduct.
It’s very rustic as you see. Inside with roaring log burner in Winter and outside “seating” in Summer.
Great beers and great food served up by local artisan food sellers.
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/123/230-150622111613.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=123463)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/123/230-150622111809.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=123464)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 16, 2022, 01:14:04 AM
Dynamite Valley, eh? I wouldn't call what we had at this boutique brewery Dynamite! But at least it didn't taste like perfume like much of the stuff you get at these places does.

Unfortunately it was served in thimbles! So why am I smiling?

Because it beats hospital!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/123/255-160622010531-1234771740.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on June 16, 2022, 06:54:35 AM
good to see you up and about George.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 16, 2022, 08:40:14 AM
Thanks! Just a shame lunch wasn't at the local club round the corner - a roast and veg for 10 bucks. Much better than the almost inedible crap we had, and a third the price.

Unfortunately, during the years when Bealette worked for the NSW ombudsman, she lived at Bondi Beach so is used to trendoid.

Give me the $10 roast dinner any day!  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on June 17, 2022, 01:16:04 AM
Dynamite Valley, eh? I wouldn't call what we had at this boutique brewery Dynamite! But at least it didn't taste like perfume like much of the stuff you get at these places does.

Unfortunately it was served in thimbles! So why am I smiling?

Because it beats hospital!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/123/255-160622010531-1234771740.jpeg)

I haven't seen your thumbs but if that's a thimble then I don't want to either
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Malc on June 20, 2022, 04:09:55 PM
Well, at least they seem to fill the glasses right up, or is it a trick of the light?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 21, 2022, 05:03:51 AM
Yeah, it's full, but as you can see, there's not much head on it. I just don't like trendoid boutique beers.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 25, 2022, 03:27:36 AM
Not the bus stop, but a local station (Dapto). A Kiama-bound train from Sydney pulls out.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/123/255-250622032319-123664974.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on June 25, 2022, 03:30:42 AM
While the GrandBealettes had an early breakfast at the pub this morning!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/123/255-250622032340-1236651995.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 02, 2022, 05:19:40 AM
Three new swimming pools at Figtree Bowlo Sports Club today.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/123/255-020722051653-123861861.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on July 02, 2022, 05:41:36 AM
Just saw on the news you guys were in the thick of it again. A months rain in a day, not good.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 02, 2022, 05:55:07 AM
Good for the ducks, mate.  ;D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 02, 2022, 07:24:17 AM
 Looks like it’s attracted lots of UFO attention.  :-\
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: crewearpley40 on July 02, 2022, 07:38:28 AM
Time to play trains. Also will water Mrs bealman"s plants
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: dannyboy on July 02, 2022, 10:12:36 AM
Three new swimming pools at Figtree Bowlo Sports Club today.


Instead of Bowls, maybe the members could go in for 'Stoneskimming'  ???

https://www.stoneskimming.com (https://www.stoneskimming.com)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Nbodger on July 02, 2022, 10:55:32 AM
Three new swimming pools at Figtree Bowlo Sports Club today.

Time to take up one handed waterskiing George with a pint in the other  ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 07, 2022, 05:56:57 AM
Not, the bowling club, but a pub in a very old inner suburb of Sydney, Enmore. Thought the coaster was cool!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/123/255-070722054808-123961952.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: TrevL on July 07, 2022, 08:55:41 AM
Hey George, are you affected by the deluge, hope not?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 07, 2022, 12:11:29 PM
No the creek came up a few times over the week, but no worries. It was the stuff coming down! I'm currently in the middle of Sydney, but when I got the car out this morning I noticed water damage to my layout  :(
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: crewearpley40 on July 07, 2022, 12:15:43 PM
Hope not much damage has been done to the layout and any plants Mrs b  has are indoors
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on July 07, 2022, 01:19:49 PM
Not, the bowling club, but a pub in a very old inner suburb of Sydney, Enmore. Thought the coaster was cool!

A weekday trip to the big smoke, eh. It can't have been a medical trip, because you're having a beer.  ;)

Which one? The Warren View, The Enmore or The Duke (probably not The Duke)?

Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 07, 2022, 01:30:21 PM
Enmore. Had dinner at Salisbury pub in Stanmore. Currently in some pub in Bathurst St, CBD. I think it's the Belvedere.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 07, 2022, 01:34:46 PM
There is a medical aspect.... Mrs Bealman is going to an eye specialist in Dee Why in the morning, hopefully to get rid of the specs.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on July 07, 2022, 11:34:31 PM
Ok. Hope that all goes well with a rapid recovery. Best wishes.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 08, 2022, 01:37:42 AM
It's just an initial consultation this morning. Dee Why is further than I thought!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 08, 2022, 01:59:30 AM
Couple of snaps of the city while wandering around Darling Harbour last night:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/123/255-080722015612-1239931950.jpeg)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/123/255-080722015612-12399381.jpeg)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: weave on July 08, 2022, 06:25:36 AM
Yay, somewhere I've been to. Had my first (of many) VBs there watching a water show.

Have fun!

Cheers, weave  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 08, 2022, 07:03:45 AM
Back in the bowlo now!  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on July 09, 2022, 04:45:25 AM

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/124/1058-090722044453.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=124014)
Just about to get back on the bus for the final night.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 09, 2022, 06:56:18 AM
That's a big bus!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 09, 2022, 06:57:31 AM
Hey George, are you affected by the deluge, hope not?

Actually, a corner of my layout copped some water damage.  :(
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: crewearpley40 on July 09, 2022, 07:18:19 AM
Is there dampness? Maybe the roof needs an inspection depending on how bad the rain is.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 09, 2022, 07:23:54 AM
Thanks, Chris. More details on the B&CE thread.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: crewearpley40 on July 09, 2022, 07:29:27 AM
Duly noted George..  take care ...
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on July 10, 2022, 02:52:53 AM
That's a big bus!
960m in length, dictated by these sidings outside of Coober Pedy, as the train waits there for the day whilst you do the tours. Normally there would be 2 of the red Ghan loco's on the front, but they had a couple break down a couple of weeks earlier and they have not been returned yet.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 20, 2022, 01:47:16 AM
Hope all in the UK and Europe are enjoying the warm weather. Here's Bealman's bus stop last night.... wet and bloody cold!

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Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: crewearpley40 on July 20, 2022, 01:49:28 AM
What's the temperature there please?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 20, 2022, 01:54:26 AM
Right now (11am Wed) it's about 12 Celsius. Last night at the bus stop it was 5, and the wet didn't help.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: crewearpley40 on July 20, 2022, 01:58:54 AM
38 degrees Tuesday 3pm. 2am 19 degrees. Just up for cold water. Absolutely don't like the heat
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 20, 2022, 06:32:54 AM
I'm not keen on it either, but unfortunately I'm living in the wrong place to expect otherwise in our summer!  ;D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Nbodger on July 20, 2022, 08:00:26 AM
Hope all in the UK and Europe are enjoying the warm weather. Here's Bealman's bus stop last night.... wet and bloody cold!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/124/255-200722014314-1242651796.jpeg)

Well George, that location looks so appealing at the moment.
I could just plonk me deck chair at the bus stop  :)

its only 25 C this morning and still suffering

Best Wishes
Mike H
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 20, 2022, 08:03:29 AM
Ah, you'll live, mate.  ;) :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 20, 2022, 08:15:58 AM
Editorial in today's paper.  ;D :smiley-laughing: ;D

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Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: The Q on July 20, 2022, 10:35:06 AM
One of my cousins has been across here for a month.. They are somewhere in the air at the moment.. on the way back to Adelaide to cool down..
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 21, 2022, 02:11:22 AM
 :laughabovepost:

Mind you, Adelaide can get pretty damn hot in summertime.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 24, 2022, 01:55:19 AM
The sandstone volcano (as railsquid dubbed it) covered by cloud the other day. Viewed, of course, from the bowlo.... funny, that.

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Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on July 24, 2022, 02:57:32 AM
at least the greens aren't flooded today, so things must be looking up.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 24, 2022, 05:21:51 AM
Yeah, nice weather today:

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Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: TrevL on July 24, 2022, 06:56:48 AM
This "Brit" for one is jealous, it's mid-winter there, and the guys are still in shorts and tee shirts, I wish!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Platy767 on July 24, 2022, 07:19:57 AM
I'm not keen on it either, but unfortunately I'm living in the wrong place to expect otherwise in our summer!  ;D

...it could be worse, you could live in North West Sydney.

I envy the 'Gong range of temps. Always a little cooler in summer and a little warmer in winter. Maybe, at times, you suffer a bit more humidity than me?

Mark
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 24, 2022, 08:06:23 AM
To be honest, I've never really noticed the humidity. But the older I get, I do notice the cold weather a lot more than I did. But I guess that's just a fact of life no matter where you are.  :thumbsdown:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Malc on July 24, 2022, 02:55:11 PM
Just a quick question George. I know you frequent the bowls club, but is it just the bar that gets your custom, or do you play the odd game of bowls?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on July 25, 2022, 01:02:50 AM
Bar only, Malc, and the meat raffles. I have been known to play the poker machines on very rare occasions.

I've never played a game of bowls in my life!!

The beer is probably the best in Wollongong, and very reasonably priced, especially during happy hour.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on August 05, 2022, 09:24:37 AM
Oh wow. I must stop by on the way home tonight!

Not.

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Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on August 05, 2022, 10:43:08 PM
collect the glass, throw away the meal  ;) ;)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on August 10, 2022, 03:32:10 AM
 :laughabovepost:

Winter menu? Sorry about the blurred photo but I was so excited they've got one  :D

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Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: MinZaPint on August 12, 2022, 04:19:12 PM
How sad is that?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on August 16, 2022, 04:33:06 AM
I'll tell you something sadder....

Logging on the forum today and seeing me name in the birthday list with 70 in brackets behind it.

Now that sucks. :uneasy:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Train Waiting on August 16, 2022, 08:26:25 AM
I'll tell you something sadder....

Logging on the forum today and seeing me name in the birthday list with 70 in brackets behind it.

Now that sucks. :uneasy:

Not at all.  You have achieved experience, wisdom and distinction.  In Japan you'll be Bealman San.

And, of course, it's much, much better than the alternative!

All the very best.

John
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Nbodger on August 16, 2022, 08:43:32 AM
George it could be worse, according to the list yorkie08shunter who is next to you is 1997 years old, now that is some going, who does he think he is Dr Who.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on August 16, 2022, 09:10:09 AM
Happy birthday George, 70yrs young, great achievement.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: crewearpley40 on August 16, 2022, 09:14:22 AM
Happy birthday George. I bet you did not think when when you were 18 that years later , well nearly 50 you would be down under ! Enjoy the day
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on August 16, 2022, 09:27:59 AM
George it could be worse, according to the list yorkie08shunter who is next to you is 1997 years old, now that is some going, who does he think he is Dr Who.

Well it's obvious, then. There's a glitch in the forum software and (70) is a mistake.  :)
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: crewearpley40 on August 16, 2022, 09:31:06 AM
You mean you would settle for 50 George and a pint of VB ?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on August 16, 2022, 10:07:48 AM
Deal. Deposit the money for the VB by PayPal  ;D
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: crewearpley40 on August 16, 2022, 10:09:33 AM
Wait til your on an official visit to mick Newportnobby and a show George.. pint on the bar.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Papyrus on August 16, 2022, 10:20:31 AM
You should worry, @Bealman (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=255) (may I call you George?) . I'll be gatecrashing the list soon and I will still be 4 years older than you!

Happy birthday!  :beers:  :beers:

Chris
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on August 16, 2022, 10:48:22 AM
Cheers, Chris!  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: port perran on August 16, 2022, 12:10:26 PM
Happy Birthday George.
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: dannyboy on August 16, 2022, 02:44:37 PM
Happy Birthday George, (although it might be belated now).  :beers:.  Even sadder thought - I was there in 2021!
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on August 17, 2022, 12:23:19 AM
Am I too late?

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Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on August 17, 2022, 02:19:42 AM
Not at all, it's not until Sunday. Cheers, everyone!  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on August 17, 2022, 09:57:56 AM
That's good. Mine started on Saturday, actual birthday today, and it ends this Saturday  :D

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Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: dannyboy on August 17, 2022, 09:59:56 AM
Happy Birthday John.  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: TrevL on August 17, 2022, 10:32:48 AM
Happy Birthday John, love the "wallet" :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: joe cassidy on August 17, 2022, 11:25:36 AM
If those are current UK plastic banknotes I hope they didn't give you a rash ?
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Bealman on August 17, 2022, 11:39:22 AM
Nice. Happy 58th, John  :beers:
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Trainfish on August 17, 2022, 11:50:18 AM
If those are current UK plastic banknotes I hope they didn't give you a rash ?

Don't worry, I have a cream for most things but they were real anyway. I only had to do 1 lap dance, there could be a career change ahead for me..............
Title: Re: My local bus stop
Post by: Graham on August 18, 2022, 12:08:52 AM
great outfit John, I don't think anyone else could get away with that shade of red.  :smiley-laughing: :smiley-laughing:
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