Awkward

Awkward

A moment occured

when you expressed your affection for that girl at the bus stop with a

kiss…only for the romance to die

when you shuffled about

against the bus stop pole – in full view of the

remaining passengers, it might seemed

dramatic – and some old ladies smiled (all you could do was look downwards)

Dim

Dim

In the dawn light of a winters morning

its very hard to see

why the important man with his

very important briefcase

should be stood at the platform

getting covered in snow

if he’d listened to the announcer –

a bus arrived two minutes ago

but he let it pass

and like an ass

he stands there in the snow

in the Dim light of the station

Will he catch his train….hmmm? No.

Permitted

Permit

Peter smiled, as the postie dropped the

Envelope through the letterbox – no more

Rumpus waiting for taxi cabs

Movement around town – was now assured

Indeed , he could go all around the region for the same price

Today, he’ll check out whats happening – Tomorrow, he’ll be there (with his carer)

passenger

Passenger

Salford, 2nd July 2017

 

An acrostic in response to the prompt

 

public service vehicles ūüöó

a godsend for the pedestrian

sailing down a local tarmac track near you in a

spectrum of bright colours

each one stopping to receive a customer

note the people waiting to get on these

great wheeled chargers of the road

expections of all to get

round to their destination on time, and in comfort

Midnight M5

Salford Quays and Manchester Piccadilly, 25th June 2010

 

The wheels of the tram roll in as

the sun descends over Ontario Basin

The moon sits proudly in a northern sky

shining on the remains of a fallen earth

 

Moonlight casts its light like a net

over water, concrete and glass

rainbow lights flicker on the waters edge

as glitterballs twinkle

 

Music played from off afar

buskers collect tips in their hats and jars

sirens cut the peace as peacemakers go cross the town

and cleaning crew vehicles cover the ground

 

And maidens of the day

make their way in the coloured light

as moon shines brightly

and stars guide through the night

 

The final buses are making their way

no more time to go and play

so its drinking a beverage in the late night caff

talking with mates and having a laugh.

The Time’s my own

In response to the prompt Nothin’ But A Good Time

20th January 2016

If I had a free day tomorrow and the weather was fine, I’d pack my camera, wallet and a picnic lunch and take myself on a Train Ride.

My National Travel Card gives me access to the Buses either free or at concessionary rate across the UK and my Railcard can take me from John O Groats to Lands End, if that’s where I want to go.

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Oldham Museum and Art Gallery

 

If I go via the Manchester Metrolink System – I could be visiting Bury’s various museums within the hour, The Lancashire Fusiliers Museum is a mere stones throw from the station, or I could get on the Oldham & Rochdale line and visit Rochdale’s Pioneer Museum – Dedicated to the work of the Co-Operative Movement in the town.

A donkey ride on the beach!  Blackpool, Lancashire, England:

Head on the train, if the weather was fine – and I could be promenading down the seafront at either Prestatyn to the west or Blackpool , Southport or Morecambe to the north.¬† However, as it’s still winter in Northwest England i’ll apply some Blue Sky Thinking and go in a few weeks when (hopefully) the weather has improved.

Thing is – where am I on Thursday Afternoon ?

Iwm Waterside

I’ll be here – on the banks of the Manchester ship canal – at¬†Imperial War Museum¬†North – doing a volunteer shift ūüôā

Roll on Weekend….:)

 

Station Hopping

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Trains, Planes, and¬†Automobiles.”

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Lands end to John O’ Groats on Public Transport ?

It sounds like a preposterous suggestion to make, but its not that far fetched.

You see, living where I do , in Greater Manchester¬†– there’s an excellent network of Buses, Trains and Trams to get to.¬† Even in the short period of time while I was waiting for my Travel Pass, a Tram ticket cost a meagre ¬£1.20 for a return into the city centre, and with the BBC Moving¬†in opposite the Lowry Arts Complex

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BBC North – One of the Destinations on Manchester’s Metrolink network.

at Salford recently – the supply of regular trams has been constant.¬† They don’t want to upset the London crowd you see.

So, I can now take a Pennine trip from Salford to Rochdale, before popping onto a West Yorkshire Metro from Rochdale to Todmorden¬†in West Yorkshire if I wish…I could take in the delights of Bury Art Gallery or Lancashire Fusiliers Museum or take a trip around Oldham town centre and be back in time for Tea

The Football Set are smiling, as the metro lines take in both Old Trafford (Home of Manchester United FC) and the Etihad Campus (Home of the Commonwealth Stadium in 2002, and now¬†Home to Manchester City FC) – and if Football isn’t your thing – then it also stops outside Lancashire Cricket Club

(Rugby Fans – Salford’s stadium is a short distance from the Eccles Stop – and they¬†put on buses there!)

Get to Piccadilly Station, and Manchester’s Sporting Complex awaits – or if I feel like it a trip North to the Lancashire¬†sands, taking in the delights of Morecambe’s Seafront, Blackpool’s Tower, The¬†Lake District¬†or Zakynthos’s Wildlife

The Metrolink now lands at Manchester Airport – so if you book your ticket – and pack a bag you could go further than you think on the humble little tram – But the Airfare costs a little extra!