I just topped it up, Honest!!

oyster Readout

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When you get on the Bus, and your Oyster card beeps twice and displays “Not Enough Money” then please don’t go into a big story about how you’ve “just put a fiver on mate”.


The reason I say this is because I don’t think many people realise that I can get a little printout about your Beloved little blue card.


It will tell me how much Pre Balance if left, What sort of Travelcard or Bus Pass is stored on the card, The Zones it’s valid for and the expiry date. It will also tell me the last 8 journeys you have made.


But the most important bit that goes with this tale is that I can see the last 3 topups you’ve made, How much for and the date you topped up.


Now that you know all this, When your Oyster beeps at you because it’s empty, Please just hand over two quid. Many Thanks.

Respect your Elders

2007 02250037Thursday at 8:35am….

Old lady gets on the bus and produces a Freedom (OAP) Pass.

Ticket Machines Beeps and displays “Not valid at this time of day”.

Me: Sorry It’s too early to use your pass.

OAP: And?!

Me: Well you will have to either pay the £2 fare or get off and wait until after 9am.

OAP: But I’m only going to Harrow (3 stops)

Me: Yes but It’s way before 9am so you won’t be able to use your pass.

OAP: So you are chucking me off the bus then?

Me: No, I’m telling you that if you want to travel before 9am then you will need to pay £2.

OAP: So you ARE chucking me off the bus, and you are going to make me wait out there in the rain?!

Me: Well if you are refusing to pay the £2 fare, then yes, you will need to get off the bus.

OAP: Mutters n Groans

Me: My dear, Noone held a gun to you head and told you you had to catch the bus shopping at 8:30 in the morning,

OAP: F*** You!


That was the highlight of my day on Thursday

Clubcard Challenge

ccardI’ve decided to set myself a challenge and see how many Tesco Clubcard points I can gain within 12 months.

If you get any Extra Points vouchers out of the till (Not ones on clubcard statements) for stuff you wouldn’t normally buy, Please contact me about sending them for me to use 🙂 Thanks


I’m getting annoyed now. I still don’t have a key that lets me use the Canteen and Toilet facilities at Golders Green. Work have aparrently run out of keys and they don’t know when they are going to get away.

This means I’m spending (some would say) wasting money on lunch in either Starbucks or Subway, both quite expensive. Some days I take a pack lunch from home but that means sitting on one of the benches in the bus station, not great if it’s not warm/dry. 🙁 ARGH!!

G Green

Almost in Reach – Doors to Golders Green Canteen & Toilets

You Bus Drivers are all the same !!

Annoying things passengers ask when on buses:

1. “What Happened to the last bus?”

Why would I know?! Here I am driving my big red tin can on wheels, Not the one in front, not the one behind, Not the number 82 to Finchley, I’m driving THIS BUS and this bus only. Why is it so hard for people to understand that I don’t know the whereabouts of every bus at every minute?

2. [Bus sitting in Traffic Jam] “How longs this gonna take mate?”

One second I’ll just get my Crystal Ball out and let you know, Or better yet I’ll activate hover bus mode and will just go round the traffic.

3. “I’ve been standing here for over an hour”

Really?!? Well if that was the case on a route that runs every 10 minutes my bus would be bursting at the seams, Yet in fact all we have is two old dears and a mother with a buggy on board.. How odd!

4. “What time does the [Insert any other route than the bus I’m driving] go?”

Time for that crystal ball again, Or of course you could actually read the timetable your leaning against. I drive the same route backwards n forwards 3 times a day, day in day out. I don’t drive other routes, either with the company I work for or Metroline’s, First’s or even Arriva’s. If I could memorize every timetable in the area I’d be on Mastermind or something. Please don’t get arsey when I don’t know.

5. “Can I get off here mate?”

Err no sorry this is a Traffic Light/Roundabout/Zebra Crossing/Roadworks, It is not a Bus Stop, If it was there would be a great big pole sticking out the ground with BUS STOP on it. Now please go sit down and I’ll open the doors at the next stop.

6. “I’ve got a pass, Do you want to see it?”

Yes please, I do not have X-Ray vision. That means I can’t see through your wallet/purse/coat/handbag. If I didn’t need to see it then TfL/The Council wouldn’t bother issuing passes and the Bus would be a Free for all.

I’m Listening to:


Well i’m almost at the end of my round of early shifts, Just tomorrow to go now and then that will have been 7 days in a row.. It feels like 14!

I don’t quite know why people rave about early shifts, Yeah ok your first couple of trips are nice n easy because there is noone around (I translate that as boring). But getting up in the early hours is not my idea of fun! Finishing at midday is of course nice, But i’m so tired from getting up so early that i spend most of the afternoon asleep, which makes it a bit pointless having the afternoon off.. Oh well onto “middles” from Thursday. 🙂

Oh and I’m STILL waiting for a key to the Train Drivers toilets at Golders Green from my Garage, Just getting excuse after excuse 🙁 If you’ve seen the public ones in the Bus Station you’d know why i’m eager to get one. I would take a picture of them, But People will think I’m weird(er than I already am).


Golders Green at 4:30am


My empty and rather cold bus this morning