Daily Archives: August 27, 2008

Second smash in one day

Just wandering back from taking Mrs Bugle down to the station for a lovely night shift at 11.30pm, when I heard a huge smashing noise.  As I walked back up the steps, it seemed that a dark car was stationary across the road, having crashed into a lamp post next to the Booze Busters newsagents.

Out of nowhere a police car appeared – it must have been there within two minutes of the crash.  It didn’t look particularly serious, but it was hard to tell in the dark, and the police were already there.

Scary though – it just shows how you can never tell what will happen…

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What a pane…

Pane of glass, police blocking the traffic on the road, blackheath
Loads of police swarming around Blackheath village at 9am this morning. It seems as though a pane of glass was being unloaded from a truck when something went wrong, and it shattered all over the road and pavement, just next to Tuck’s corner.

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Talkie toasters

Just boarded my first ever Talkie Bus.  I’d read about them, but never actually experienced them… If you fancy giving one a try, just jump on a number 89 from Lewisham to Blackheath.   At every stop a voice will bark “89”, followed by the (somewhat spurious) name of the stop.  I think the problem is that areas in London with tube stops are known by their station-names, because of their scarcity.  But when every single bus stop is blurted out at you, most of them seem so irrelevant.

I read somewhere (if I remember, I’ll link to it) a blind person saying that they didn’t find the announcements helpful.  I’d have thought that they would be, but they just seem so invasive.  The other thing is the choice of voices – these are not the honeyed tones of Joanna Lumley silkily informing you that “you have email” (or should that be “sorry you’re with AOL”?).  Maybe they should use the mellifluous tones of Neil Nunes (who doesn’t seem to exist at all on the internet in audio form).

But no, they have some terrible set of announcements shouting the names at you.  What’s worse is that “bus stopping at next stop, please stand well clear of doors” is still going strong.  Why the truncated sentence? If you’re going to insist on a recorded voice hectoring your passengers customers, you could at least speak in full sentences!

And the doors lady isn’t even the same (terrible) voice as the bus stops announcer.  So there isn’t even any harmony between the two!  I’m hoping they might break into an argument soon.  Sometimes they talk over each other, along with the psssh psssh pink noise warning sound.

Ahh, so you’re a waffle man!

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