I don't know how many commuting/Transport blogs there are purely about getting to work in London-see http://20six.co.uk/disgruntled for example and follow the links and read the comments. This would be a most unrewarding topic in Berwickshire where you drive to work. Or in a few instances you could take a bus but you would have to drive back. 5 buses on school days go from Hutton to Ber Wick-2 go in the opposite direction and peter out in western Berwickshire with an additional one which goes to the Borders General Hospital and returns almost immediately along the same tortous meandering route with ample time to have two coronaries on the way and only just enough time at the hospital to have a quick slash and to just miss visiting hours completely The two surviving passengers can then have their coronaries on the way back.They at least get value for money for their return tickets.The good thing about the BGH bus is that it will deposit you at the front door. If you drive the main car park is invariably full of cars belonging to staff and dead patients (Its f
ree, so that is ok)The overflow place where there is usually room on the flower beds is about 30 minutes walk from the building and only feasible if you are very very fit and have no business for being there in the first place.
The Hutton/Paxton/Berwick/Hutton Paxton/Berwick(ad nauseam or 4pm which ever is earlier) bus,no 32, will go to and from these termini via Paxton House to allow visits by tourists not wishing to use their own cars. I don't think I have ever seen it used by such a rara avis as a tourist going only to Paxton House.. Perhaps because of the time-tabling which ensures that the time between buses alowing you to explore PH is either 14 minutes or three and a half hours. Particularly irksome in the November to March period when the house is closed and the buses carry on regardless until the winter timetable comes into force in early February.
One of the best days in the High Season to visit PH is Sunday.The Bus Company being well aware of a genuine (and rare) marketing oppurtunity rises to the challenge. More buses on Sunday? Well actually:
Not that the Bus companies mind too much being generously subsidised by the good folk of Northumberland and Berwickshire to maintain a public service (on weekdays) at inconvenient times, on unpopular routes and used by almost no one.The drivers must be bored out of their minds by their own company and by the notice which forbids Mrs Busworthy on Thursdays and every third Monday to distract the poor man by talking to him And because she is of an uncertain age she has a bus pass and does not even have to ask him for a ticket.(Which potential distraction is permitted as you will see if you scrutinise the small print very carefully)
On second thoughts-coronaries and hasty slashes deserve some literary treatment:Bad Hearts and Coroners perhaps?