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The picturesque bus stop

Bus stop in Blackheath, illuminated by the sun
I’ve spotted this bus stop looking iridescent several times on my new (and hopefully to be continued) running route. This photo, captured by twitterer Neil Clasper captures it well!

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Bikes, Kites, tweetups and bollards…

Bits and bobs for you – the Blackheath Bike and Kite Festival now has its own site, instead of having to navigate around the Lewisham Council’s website:  http://blackheathbikeandkite.com/

Twitter user @troublebrother is organising a meeting of South East London Twitterers…  The Bugle is a bit shy, but may make an appearance, as Blackheath won the hotly contested location battle over Greenwich!  The date still has yet to be decided, probably last week of June or beginning of July.  I’m sure you’re allowed to go even if you don’t send “stupid little messages™!  The website is http://seltwitup.wordpress.com/ You can follow the plans as they are drawn up by searching for #SELTweetup in Twitter.

And finally, the Bugle has lovingly entered this photo of the bus stop’s busted bollard into fixmystreet.com – thought you’d like to know.
Bus stop's busted bollard next to big budget bazaar

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… and then three come along at once.

Blackheath Bus Display Board

I spend a lot of time staring at these signs in Blackheath. They’re not perfect, but they’re better than wondering if your bus is even running… The strange thing is that, unlike the (incredibly useful) Train Departure Boards Live, there doesn’t seem to be any way of getting live bus info online.

Which is odd, because I saw a vandalised bus shelter the other day, and what looked like a broadband modem hanging out of it. I did a bit of googling, and it seems that the current system (shown above) is known as “Countdown“, and has been running since 1996, before GPS was widely used, and was never designed to handle the 8000 buses currently on the system.

So there is a replacement planned. It is called iBus. Of course it is. How could it be called anything else? It promises all manner of super-duper improvements, use of GPS, automatic audio announcements on the bus for each stop, SMS notifications, but nothing about live bus stop info online! I want to be able to search for the 108 towards Lewisham from outside Shepherd Foods, see that it is 8 minutes away, and hurry out of the house to greet it!

I’ve made some enquiries, asking about online info, and when the system will appear in Blackheath, but so far, no reply. I’ll keep you posted…

Alternatively, if any nice Blackheathens (?) have a window out onto Goffers Road, or Prince of Wales road, and feel like sticking a webcam out of it, we could post a link to it here! Justin.tv seems to be an extremely easy way to broadcast a live webcam with almost no effort.

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