Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Top Ten Things Overheard On Swindon's Buses Last Week ; 335

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10. I was once mistaken for Vernon Kay, until I opened my mouth.'

9. It's stacked up again, I don't believe this, why don't they just take the lights away and let the roundabout just be a roundabout.

8. There's initials on the side of it, who's it by?

7. I saw you out the window, but you were busy shouting at Keith.

6. She was stood at the front door in her pyjamas.

5. Taking away all the rubbish from the loft means I can make it into a gym.

4. They put a fake beard on the dog, it looked just the same.

3. Pizza again, how unimaginative.

2. He's got a new album out, but it's being kept secret.

And the number one overheard phrase on Swindon's buses from last week is...

1. Bless you for caring and may the sun shine on you and the righteous.

Overheard something we've missed? Then let us know.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Top Ten Things Overheard On Swindon's Buses Last (Last) Week ; 334

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10. He vanished into the night.

9. It'll take ages before anyone realises.

8. There were eggs left, but they looked like they were on the turn.

7. We're now worth little to the customer after it all went online.

6. He got her to try eating it, which went down like a lead balloon.

5. They take contactless but only after I pointed out they had the software available.

4. 3 points were awarded, but it wasn't clear exactly what made them winners.

3. It's an example of bad service to the nth degree.

2. This is the start of an argument that has no end.

And the number one overheard phrase on Swindon's buses from last week is...

1. Stop it or I'll shove your shopping out the top window.

Overheard something we've missed? Then let us know.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

What State Is SEQOL In?

SEQOL are to hand over the running of adult healthcare to the GWH even earlier than planned, this is due to it's "challenging financial position and workforce challenges".

This is after the council meeting on SEQOL , which was made secret, that the press were asked to leave before it happened.

So how bad a state is SEQOL in?

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Top Ten Things Overheard On Swindon's Buses Last Week ; 333

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10. It seems like an engine to growing up.

9. You end up going sideways with what's said.

8. Pokemon!

7. It was so hot I could feel the water in my drink boiling in my handbag.

6. There's nothing authentic about that hair colour.

5. Ken walked into the door, he kept on staring at his phone.

4. There's no change of direction, different day, same rubbish speak.

3. You do two years, then you move up to the next pay level, but you're always two years behind.

2. She's got no social skills, it's not her fault though, her parents were always 'different'.

And the number one overheard phrase on Swindon's buses from last week is...

1. No, that's not an ice cream van, they're selling vegetables.

Overheard something we've missed? Then let us know.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Swindon Tories Fantastic Fiction Suppressed Staff Plan Plot Line Shock Reveal

The public meeting on the cuts to Swindon's Libraries saw the 'one library' and '4 library' plans kicked into a cocked-hat by the Swindon Borough Council libraries staff's own proposal.


The dictatorial 'we can only afford one library and you should be happy with that' option that's being offered around by Swindon's Tories like a mouldy sandwich is insulting and, arguably, barely legal when seen in the light of the Act that covers library provision.

The slightly less hard option of keeping four libraries in geographically spread-out areas of town makes much more sense.

However this still did make no mention of the vast elephant in the room, no library in east Swindon. The catchment area that Park Library serves is one of the most deprived in Swindon.

Went unchallenged, the one library and four library plan would have left Parks with no library in the area of town that needs it far more than anywhere else. This would have been a national disgrace.

However details of a Swindon Libraries staff proposal came out at the public meeting last night, that includes a library in Park North, and better hours than proposed in the one library and four libraries options.

At last, a glimmer of hope and sense. It's interesting that this proposal to include Park Library and better hours at the other remaining 4 (plus other bits, including a pause in imposing covering the cost of the business rates for the remaining libraries fully onto Swindon Libraries) has come from the library staff themselves.

You'd think that defending the interests of the elderly, the vulnerable, the poor, the jobless, the disabled, indeed the People of Swindon, would be carried out by the councillors of Swindon.

Instead it's being done by brow-beated Swindon Libraries staff, as Swindon's Tory councillors seem to have got their nose stuck in their fantasy novel where private companies run everything, pay for everything and all the poor people have vanished.

There has been no comment from SBC on the staff proposal, or indeed on the claims they have been sat on the staff proposal and not making it public whilst a public consultation is underway.

What a cliffhanger. 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Top Ten Things Overheard On Swindon's Buses Last Week ; 332

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10. It is the hub through which all life flows.

9. I get a real sense of what she's like as a manager, incapable.

8. You developed well, look at how tall you are my boy!

7. It's very simple question, did you sleep with her?

6. If Den told you that's where he's going to be, he's probably lying.

5. Just allow yourself to enjoy it for a change.

4. That encounter is not one i wish to repeat.

3. He roams from pub to pub looking for her.

2. I fear you've bought the wrong salad cream.

And the number one overheard phrase on Swindon's buses from last week is...

1. You're in better physical shape, I just had to say that.

Overheard something we've missed? Then let us know.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Mistaken Ringing Endorsement?

The news of a second community trust bid seems to have been very welcomed by Swindon Borough Council.

The comment in the Adver story from an SBC manager about the bid sounds a little bit like a ringing endorsement... “The staff management team, who have seen this right through from expression of interest to the bid, are absolutely delighted to be working with such a strong trustee board to secure a fantastic future for Lydiard.”

Surely SBC needs to be entirely impartial up until the choice of who will run it has finally been made?