Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Bussed Up

When you're a celebrity, like me, you don't take public transport. The hoards of fans and autograph hunters are just too much to bear. I have noticed, however, that we're pretty well served for public transport here on the Ile de Thanet, and have often wondered what it would be like to travel on the Thanet Loop. Well last night I got my chance.

Meandering along the grimy back streets behind our beautiful East Cliff in search of a late night bottle of Chardonnay, I came across a single decker bus attempting to negotiate the junction of D'Este Road and Truro Road. I wasn't aware that this was a normal route for this service, and it soon transpired that the driver wasn't aware of the normal route either. He had become wedged between the cars parked on all sides of this narrow junction, and was stuck.

Quick as a flash he leapt out of his bus and beckoned me over. 'I was on my way back to the depot and took the wrong turn, Can you help? You'll have to get up the back and give me directions.' As the vehicle was empty, I was happy to oblige. Which was how I got a free ride, in reverse, all the way to Victoria Parade, a distance of at least 50 yards.

Well, as they say on their buses, you'd be loopy not to, wouldn't you?

Update: As some of you have pointed out, the entire episode was rather reminiscent of this:

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

And some people think nothing exciting ever happens in Ramsgate!

Eastcliff Richard said...

This certainly gives the lie to that!

Anonymous said...

I bet that was not the first time you have been in the back of an old bus!!

Anonymous said...

"Come on eastcliff, get that bus out"...! who was at the wheel then 'inspector' eastcliff? was it stan?

Blakey

Olive said...

Arthur. ARTHUR!

Jack said...

Phwoar, Stan, get a load of that!