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    I sort of feel cheated a bit in life. I never rode a bus to school. They had them but I was not on a route that they would go so I would have to walk to the bus stop ( 1mil away) so I always rode my bike as it was a BMX style and I rode the trails along the river. It was about a 3 mile ride. I used to always get to school for that bus. When it rained sometimes my Dad would give me a ride but I was SOL to get home. Later he got a pick up truck so I would toss the bike in the back and he would throw me out and say "Be home before dinner". The only time I got to ride on a bus was school field trips and I always thought the bus drivers were creepy old fkrs so nice job on the new career path Dil. No more pink flamingo's in the pool for you.

    BTW. while I never drove a bus, I was a UPS ( like Fed Ex) long haul truck driver. I went through their truck driving school and used to take a double from Northern California Hub to the Southern California hub and back. I was doing it as a side job as the company I was working for at the time was a 3 day on 4 day off shift (The good ol semiconductor days). So on the 4 days off I would make a run. Pay was great and it ate up 2 days. At that time all UPS trucks had throttle governors so you could not go over 60mph. Once I would get out on the big interstate, I would knock me back a big caffeine drink and just wood the thing to the floor board and hold it until my leg would cramp up then switch feet.

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    ^^ great to hear she made the transition OK, kids are pretty resilient. Best move you could have made for her education wise so good on you. I agree re the seasons, seems to have been colder longer this winter than recently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    International school did the little un no favours though and she is playing catch up now but has a great teacher.

    All in all its good to be back.
    As was said, Good on you to get her in proper education. I have always felt that Thailand is a great place to come live it out and make your money work for you and enjoy the lawless lifestyle but kicking out a child or 2.....Well that's not so good. It significantly complicates things because deep down inside you always want more for your children.

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    ^^ Reading that reminded me of Stand by Me and Ice road truckers.. with a couple of companions to keep you warm
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    used to take a double from Northern California Hub to the Southern California hub and back




    Quote Originally Posted by strigils View Post
    I agree re the seasons, seems to have been colder longer this winter than recently.
    Let's get back to funking that ozone up. Gonna go burn a couple of funking pink flamingos if I can find any.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Does anyone really love the cold and grey?
    I do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Reading that reminded me of Stand by Me and Ice road truckers.. with a couple of companions to keep you warm
    I have watched that Ice Trucker show. Crazy loons those guys are. I mean its bad enough to put chains on a car. Imagine spinning up a dual axle with them things in -35 degree weather. I do not care how many pieces of clothes you can put on, you are never even close to warm. Just ask that loon Fish. He lives out in the frozen tundra weather.

    I want pics of that Flamingo burning. I tried to "Accidently" destroy that big yellow duck thingy my wife bought. Damn thing is virtually indestructible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    I do not care how many pieces of clothes you can put on, you are never even close to warm.
    Funny thing about that. I worked as teamster in a freezer grocery warehouse. It was a regional distribution hub, so it was big. We drove around on electric hand trucks and built pallets of frozen food to be loaded on to trucks and delivered to grocery stores. That place was kept a constant -30c. The thing is that when you are constantly moving and working the body generates its own heat. I found that I couldn't wear too many layers as I got hot and would sweat. What would happen is as soon as that sweat was in my hair it would instantly freeze. Every time I would take my 15-minute break or lunch all of it would melt. It was insane how much of it would run off the top of my head. I wound up keeping a towel in my locker, so I could just towel off on every break.

    I did that job in my mid-twenties and only lasted there about 6 months. I couldn't see doing that for the rest of my life.
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    These were still going around in the mid/late 80's when I lived in London.

    Great fun to hop on/off

    A hairy arsed bus driver's outlook on the UK-700325864-0-jpg

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    We used to have a competitive coming back from school on those, who could jump off when the bus was at its fastest.
    Funny as fvck watching some big head jump off at 20mph then go flying through a privet hedge.

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    Bring back bus conductors i say

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    When was the last time you visited the UK mate?











    The great thing about that bus is the smell inside. I dunno if it's the rubber but new cars don't smell like that anymore
    Im a big fan of reg varney snd eddie booth

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    A hairy arsed bus driver's outlook on the UK-otb-jpg

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    Did anyone see the movie when they went to Pontins in North Wales?

    I took the family there for a weekend a couple of years back and they had an "On the Buses" fan/appreciation club.
    We woke one morning to a group of happy snappers and a tour guide outside our chalet.
    Apparently our chalet featured in the movie.
    Shalom

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    Did you open the door with your best Blakey on

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    Hahaaaaaaa, at least I think that's how you spell his laugh.

    Seriously though Dill, if you get the chance when lockdown is over take your daughter to a Butlins or Pontins.

    They are magic for kids at that age, we used to go a few times a year for a decade and it really built their confidence entering talent shows etc.
    The entertainment is quality also with live bands,magic shows all television standard.

    Also its like the budgie, its cheap.

    Sadly mine are too grown up for it all now but we have loads of happy memories.

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    The graveyard shift

    I saw an icecream van out on its rounds today.

    It was eleven degrees but feels funking warm after that cold snap.

    Thinking of buying a tent

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    Not a lot of musings about the UK from the hairy arsed bus driver...

    Do you have to enforce mask wearance for passengers? If so, what if they don't like it? Are you issued with a faser?

    Have you introduced your lovely daughter to Greggs yet?

    Any good local ciders in Brum?

    What's the general feeling about Bristol City sacking their manager? More likely to go up to the Premiership this year or not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    What's the general feeling about Bristol City sacking their manager? More likely to go up to the Premiership this year or not?
    I see Bristol Rovers sacked their manager last week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Not a lot of musings about the UK from the hairy arsed bus driver...
    Looks like he may well have been sacked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    Looks like he may well have been sacked.
    he will have been busy manscaping his sack for his onlyfans channel

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Not a lot of musings about the UK from the hairy arsed bus driver...
    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    Looks like he may well have been sacked.
    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick View Post
    he will have been busy manscaping his sack for his onlyfans channel
    I'm sorry to have be the one to announce this news but Dilly passed away early this evening peacefully in his sleep...



    ....unlike his 32 passengers

    R.I.P mate

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    ^ RIP Dill ... may the inflatable unicorns live long and prosper

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    ^ Does your buses engine automatically switch off at traffic lights ?

    You do understand that it's an 'electric' bus?

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    Summer is starting early this year.



    Should get a nice tan on the right forearm

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    Loads of pricking going around and a great weekend of sport.
    A fine time to be a Brit


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    More woes to add to the Luxembourg humiliation


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