Velvet Bus, Eastleigh
Boss Phil Stockley ...
As this bus passed through Hedge End on its way into Southampton, some time after it should have left to come back, Mikey tweeted this...
Well done, Mikey; Well done, Phil, for supporting his loss-making decision; and well done for putting your colleagues' photos on your web site. Maybe not possible with a bigger company (too many people) but your site makes Velvet Bus appear personal and friendly.
P.S. Maybe a more recent photograph of your smiling visage, Phil? The snap above looks as if it were taken soon after you left school! On second thoughts, maybe you still look fresh and youthful? (Written with modicum of jealousy!)
Mrs fbb orders "stuff" on-line.
But they didn't. They were too late; the package has already offered at the old address and rejected. The fbb's discovered this from a helpful neighbour. Was all lost? Would the goodies ever arrive?
East Coast : DIS-service
Three months ago the fbbs plus one went to York. Advance fares were booked on-line and this time it was fbb who bludnered. Unknowingly he clicked on "Young Persons" and not "Senior" to claim his railcard discount. Every other aspect of the booking was correct, just the wrong card name.
Two easy-peasy solutions. Re-issue the tickets OR send the fbb's an authority to travel on the "wrong" tickets at the right fare. East Coast refused point blank to do either. They have effectively robbed fbb of approx £150 whilst hiding behind the "no refunds for advance tickets" rule. But fbb did not want a refund!
The attitude has been, "You made a mistake. Tough. You lose the money and we don't care!"
This on-going story will feature in a future blog but is still unresolved.
And rail tickets are exempt from the "Distance Selling" regulations which offer on-line buyers protection from being landed with goods they can't use. Pray, why?
fbb is sure you can confirm all this by quickly reading the terms and conditions (here). Enjoy!
Be up there, right at the top of the table.
Called by God to set out from Ur,
The journey, the distance just did not deter.
Arriving in Canaan, he set up an altar;
His trust in the Godhead never did falter.
Gave the best land to his nephew Lot,
Survived at least one Egyptian plot.
Blessed with a son when "past it", we say.
Then came the awful traumatic day.
Weirdly and fearfully God said "kill your son!"
Faith is OK, God, but this is a tough one.
"Stay you hand, his life he may keep,"
called God and provided a thicket-caught sheep!
There is archaeological evidence for such migrations and for political unrest in Ur which may have been a provocation to leave. So Abraham, however shadowy a historical figure, fits realistically into what is understood of the life and times of 4000 years ago.
It is his call to offer his son as a sacrifice that challenges a modern reader. The key image for 2013 is that a lamb (or ram or sheep) provided a substitute so that Isaac's life could be spared.
That image of a "substitution sacrifice" is the focus of the story that begins at Christmas.