Monthly Archives: January 2010

A mutation of Fieldfares

A mutation is the collective noun for thrushes but is also applied to fieldfares and redwings which are part of the thrush family.


I was driving between Broughton and Stockbridge, late afternoon, when I suddenly found the bus completely surrounded by fieldfares! Look left and and see nothing but birds, look right and see the same, look ahead and see still more. I was driving at around 35 mph and they were flying at the same speed so it was almost as if they were still except movement was all around as the swerved left and right. Here’s a picture of a small flock which may give some idea of how they look but this flock was much bigger, I don’t want to exagerate the numbers but if there were less than 500 I’ll eat my hat!


The same area has decent sized flock of starlings also currently in residence but they are far fewer than the fieldfares.

That Fucker was a Neoplan

Thanks for the picture, Jeff.


It seems the firm have a bit of an identity crisis. One of their web pages has photos of their coaches in which some are sign written with the name ‘Fucker’ and others ‘Fuecker’.

Bus crash in France

I’m lost for words to express how I feel about this moron. It was posted on YouTube 3 hours ago so I guess the ‘incident’ is recent. I hope the Gendarmes are able to identify the moron from the clear picture you get of his face.

RIP Casper

Casper the commuting cat killed by hit-and-run driver as he crossed the road to catch his daily lift.

A cat which became famous for catching the same bus every day for four years has been run over and killed – while crossing the road to catch its daily lift. Crafty Casper died in a hit and run accident as he tried to board the No3 service. He hopped on the bus around 10am every morning and sat on the back seat throughout its entire 11 mile route. The freeloading Feline would travel around his home city of Plymouth, Devon, for up to an hour before arriving back at the same stop. But after an estimated 20,000 miles on the bus Casper was killed crossing the road to catch his daily ride.


Devastated owner Susan Finden, 65, said whoever ran over her cat failed to stop and help him. She said: ‘Many people knew Casper, who loved everyone. ‘He enjoyed the bus journeys. Sadly a motorist hit him and did not stop. ‘Casper died from his injuries. He will be greatly missed – he was a much loved pet who had so much character. ‘Thank you to all those who befriended him.’ During his regular trips the 12-year-old cat passed an historic dockyard and naval base, a city centre, several suburbs and a red light district. He took his daily rides for so long that all First Bus drivers were told to look out for him to ensure he got off at the right stop. Grandmother-of-three Susan added: ‘I called him Casper because he had a habit of vanishing like a ghost. ‘But then some of the drivers told me he had been catching the bus. ‘I couldn’t believe it at first, but it explained a lot. He loved people and we have a bus stop right outside our house so that must be how he got started.’


Care worker Susan got Casper from a rescue centre in 2002 and drivers say he started riding the bus in 2005. She has now put up a sign at the bus stop breaking the bad news to other commuters who regularly shared a ride with her pet. Mrs Finden said that despite his regular bus rides Casper had ‘no road sense whatsoever’. She said: ‘Casper was quite quick for his age but I was trying to stop him from riding the bus so much. ‘He had no road sense whatsoever but he loved people. ‘He’d queue up in line good as gold – it’d be ‘person, person, person, cat, person, person’.’ A spokesman for First Bus added: ‘He’d just curl up at the back of the bus. He never caused any trouble.’
Susan believes Casper may have begun life at a haulage yard as he was so fond of large vehicles.