The London Bus Page In Exile

Saturday 9 December 2006

Didn’t I say I’d be back?

Filed under: Announcements — londonbuspageinexile @ 10:16 pm

The London Bus Page’s last entry a year ago today contained, at the very end, a promise that I’d be back. ‘In the New Year’, it actually said, and I can get away with that because 2006’s not over yet! Today, the first anniversary of the end of London’s Routemasters, which took with them the legacy of the old London Transport as we knew it, seems an appropriate time to try and pick up where I left off.

Basically, I needed a break. The politics of the last year were so wearying that I just didn’t have much time left after recording the events to put together coherent accounts at the volume or frequency that is expected by readers of topical websites. To which end, I can’t promise the same amount that I used to write – not least because a) there’s a lot less of interest bus-wise going on in London as it is, and b) I don’t actually live in London any more. What visits I make are anywhere from fortnightly to monthly, though I try to do at least one Saturday a month in the capital, often catching up a month’s worth in one go. Hence the title – the London Bus Page in Exile. Accordingly, there’ll be a fair bit around the country as well – 2006 has seen me visit Liverpool, York, Leeds, Sheffield, Coventry, Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Salisbury, Southampton, Plymouth, Brighton and other perhaps less thrilling places in the Home Counties. So the first month or two of this blog will be about catching up with the places I’ve been, with news items interspersed as and when I can cover them.

I’ll also shamelessly plug my books (one done, one out soon), which have taken up my time in the last year. They’ve been hugely fulfilling to do and I hope to write as many as the publishers will let me, but between books I get irritable if I’m not doing something, so this blog may sate that urge. I continue to take photos, of course – my Fotopic account is full up, but I publish a dozen or so a month on Flickr to stay within its upload limits (both sites are much recommended and particularly popular with transport photographers). I may delve into reviewing the various photographic equipment I use (you are, of course, more than welcome to buy me more!).

I said I wanted this to be more participatory than of late – please send me anything you think might get a good reading, particularly historical photographs of London Transport buses. My pet period is 1983-1987, but I can work with anything – I need the practice and the research is always fun.

In the same way as I may not be posting updates every day, I definitely won’t be able to reply to comments or emails individually – trying to keep up with that perhaps most of all was what was killing my output on the old London Bus Page, and having several hundred email messages that remain unanswered even today made me feel terribly guilty! To that end, readers can hopefully answer each others’ questions in the comments box underneath each post. I’ll compile a list of various categories that will make it easier to search for past posts – route changes, stuff to do with vehicles, etc.

As this blog grows, I’ll get to grips with its functions and whatnot – WordPress is rather more sophisticated than my old FrontPage and Paint Shop Pro combination, and it appears that if I want to create proprietary logos, themes and suchlike I’m obliged to buy the appropriate CSS plugin – which I will at some point. I fully expect to outrun my 50MB storage quota in due course as I upload pictures, and will be buying more as fit.

So here I am. Wish me luck…



  1. Good luck!

    And good to have you back…

    Comment by diamond geezer — Sunday 10 December 2006 @ 9:29 am

  2. Very pleased you have risen from the ashes ( of the demise of proper buses in London, that is !)

    Best of luck !

    Comment by Ignatian — Sunday 10 December 2006 @ 7:41 pm

  3. Good heavens ! It’s the ghost of Christmas past !
    Hi there, your return is most welcome. Good luck.

    Comment by Dick Gilbert — Monday 11 December 2006 @ 11:37 am

  4. I would appreciate a larger typeface. Your original pages were very easy to read whereas this is much more difficult.
    Good Luck on your new venture.

    Comment by Geoffrey B. Pratt — Thursday 14 December 2006 @ 7:58 pm

  5. Geoffrey and all, I think I’m restricted by the theme I picked (which I like, but probably won’t be the final version). Try enlarging your text (View/Text Size/Largest in IExplorer). It’s a little on the small side for me as well, I find. Similarly, I’m having to put all the pictures in each post along the top, as I can’t seem to do tables yet.

    Comment by londonbuspageinexile — Thursday 14 December 2006 @ 9:28 pm

  6. Great to see this web-site. many thanks and a Happy Christmas/New Year.
    Concerning the smaller typeface, I suggest that your reader magnifies the size by using the 100% at the right foot of the screen and going to say 125 or 150%.

    Comment by Leo Merton — Friday 15 December 2006 @ 2:24 pm

  7. Good to see you back, however it may be.

    Keep up the good work.


    Comment by Dave. (Admits to being a Bus Driver in London) — Saturday 16 December 2006 @ 7:13 pm

  8. Great to see you back. I used to regularly look at the old page and was hoping you’d continue in some fashion.

    Keep up the good work mate.

    Mike =)

    Comment by Mike — Sunday 17 December 2006 @ 11:33 pm

  9. The subversiveness rides again…unlike the poor old RM

    Comment by Graham Smith — Monday 18 December 2006 @ 7:53 pm

  10. Really good you are back – look forward to many more books

    Comment by Peter Beesley — Tuesday 19 December 2006 @ 10:23 am

  11. Hiya,

    You may find a program that i use on my wordpress blog of use for adding posts and pictures (it add the pics automatically for you). You can find it at


    Comment by james — Tuesday 19 December 2006 @ 6:10 pm

  12. I do like the sound of this. I’ve downloaded it and will have a go at it when I’ve got a spare moment (erm – Christmas is likely to take up any spare moment, especially since I’ll be out of the country for a week). Can you do things like tables, which I tended to depend upon for the old site – they made laying out stuff neater. I’ve never liked putting pictures just alongside text, and I can’t separate them by enough so they look too tight; the first post’s picture had a white border I added down the right-hand side, but this would be a bore to do as I want to be able to post as quickly and succinctly as I can.

    Comment by londonbuspageinexile — Tuesday 19 December 2006 @ 8:54 pm

  13. Hey, great to have you back again!

    I shall look forward to your postings in 2007.

    Good luck.


    Comment by Steve W — Tuesday 19 December 2006 @ 10:20 pm

  14. Hey Matthew, I didn’t always agree with your comments… BUT I have missed your contributions to the London Bus scene very much. They always kept me in touch with my (Ex) employer, (Ex) city and (Ex) country.
    I wish you every success in your new project.


    Comment by IsarSteve — Thursday 21 December 2006 @ 2:01 am

  15. Just discovered your return – welcome back. The place has been poorer without your photos and writing style!


    Comment by Howard — Thursday 21 December 2006 @ 8:46 am


    Comment by TERRY RANGER — Sunday 24 December 2006 @ 6:50 pm

  17. Yeah, like #14 I didn’t always agree with you – but I put this down to me being a bus driver, & practising Socialist! WELCOME BACK.

    Comment by I'm the daddy now... — Sunday 24 December 2006 @ 9:47 pm

  18. Wonderful to see you are still active. Having lived in London [Harrow] and Birmingham [Hanndsworth]I’m anxious for bus news.
    Best wishes for the new year from Richmond, Virginia.

    Comment by David Friend — Tuesday 26 December 2006 @ 6:00 pm

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    Comment by Tim Farmer — Friday 29 December 2006 @ 2:21 am

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    Comment by Tim Farmer — Friday 29 December 2006 @ 2:24 am

  21. Hey there was surfing through the internet and found your page on google . Enjoyed the good read wanted to say Happy New Year and keep up the good work.

    Comment by Pet Lover — Monday 1 January 2007 @ 4:09 am

  22. Your website is magnificent and
    I have enjoyed having a look through all of the pages on to
    your website

    Comment by David Swales — Tuesday 2 January 2007 @ 4:08 pm

  23. Great to see you back; a special christmas present for enthusiasts!

    Comment by Bob Green — Wednesday 3 January 2007 @ 6:50 pm

  24. Great to have you back, reading your reportings are always very interesting.


    Comment by Carl Burton — Thursday 11 January 2007 @ 9:31 am

  25. Welcome Back Matt it’s been quite lonely without you.
    As a Service Controller at Fulwell I still get to drive a Routemaster. We have RML.880 and we will try to get it to Cobham this year (although this will actually be Chobham)

    Comment by Ron Plunkett — Sunday 28 January 2007 @ 7:17 am

  26. Just to say I love the blog format 🙂 🙂

    Comment by Arriva436 — Friday 23 February 2007 @ 6:57 pm

  27. Oh – I just found out how to use stupid smilyu things. Oh dear. Test:
    😦 😦 😮

    Comment by Arriva436 — Friday 23 February 2007 @ 6:58 pm

  28. Welcome back….looking at my computer screen has just become enjoyable again…Mat you were gone too long…again, WELCOME BACK and Thankyou..

    Comment by Simon Persaud — Sunday 10 June 2007 @ 8:34 pm

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