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In England, our buses used to be run by the government (give me some leeway) and whilst they issued timetables to the minute where each of the 10,000’s of buses should be and when – as with most of 70’s Britain which was nicknamed ‘the sick man of Europe’ – efficiency was poor and nothing was where it should be – when it should have been there.
What would then happen is, having waited for 30 minutes longer than expected, a bus would arrive and directly behind it would be another and maybe a third. Our self deprecating view of British efficiency then spawned the phrase – ‘buses always come in 3’s’.
There is some science behind this which is based upon the time and motion studies done. If a bus leaves late, then it collects the passengers expecting it, plus a few more who are early for the next bus – and others who would usually be late and miss the bus.
This happens at each stop causing more and more people to get on the bus than usual. This of course means each stop is incrementally longer making the bus later and later.
Of course the bus behind has fewer passengers to collect, so in turn its stops are shorter and shorter and it catches the bus in front. The 3rd bus driver thinks Armageddon has occurred as no one is waiting for his bus and he drives non-stop along the route.
Regardless of the science, there is an ironic humanistic world view behind the thinking that, ‘buses always come in 3’s’ that is best expressed as ‘sod it, whatever I do, they will come in 3’s anyway. This is a deterministic thinking that places the control of world events – including the arrival times of buses – in the hands of a greater being or power whose is capricious and it/he/she/their prescription of world order is capricious and for their own pleasure.
Tonight, rumours are emerging from Germany that Paddy Lowe of McLaren is off to join the great gathering at Brackley. Apparently loyal Toto had recruited him to join the team that he chosen to devote himself to – Williams.
Now that Toto has jumped ship, Paddy is apparently to follow him to Mercedes. I noted in my earlier article the statement from Stuttgart mentioned only Wolff, Brawn and Lauda as ‘completing the management team’ at AMG F1, questioning whether Nick Fry was out in the cold.
However, the German media source Bilde.de is suggesting that Nick Fry is about to throw in the towel, and Ross Brawn may be joining him too.
Helmut is getting seriously outnumbered now, as Lauda’s gang grows by the hour. Maybe he could swell the ranks at Milton Keynes by recruiting the veritable pit-bull – recently ex-Ferrari media boss, Luca Colajanni, who Maranello has banished to the Indian sub-continent – to add bite to the inevitable verbal war that is likely to ensue.
They say if a butterfly flaps its wings in China, then a hurricane can be felt in the gulf of Mexico. The can now say ‘When an estate agent (realtor) loses a property sale in Grove – another gains one in Brackley’, I suppose.
And all this on a day where the telecoms corporation cuts me off from reality for half a day, and the air rescue helicopter has to winch me from the snow.
Whilst incommunicado, Glock leaves Marrusia, Wolff joins Mercedes, Parr could rejoin Williams, Di Resta may be hijacked by Razia and now this???.
Most surreal of all, a respected long standing Yorkshire born F1 journalist whose blog I enjoy much, posted an embedded video tonight on his site.
Buses indeed came in 3’s today.
Signing off for some light refreshment at my local in a dark corner folks