Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Rainbow Green

 

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Still on Summer School time over at Jenny’s and we reach the colour green in our rainbow series.

When I was a child living just to the north of London, a shopping treat was a trip to the nearest big town which was Watford. We didn’t have a car back in the sixties and seventies so we always took a bus – or to be more accurate a couple of buses. The reason for taking a couple of buses was because I got travel sick, but only on green buses! And the bus to Watford was green so invariably what would happen is we would get half way, I’d begin to turn green in keeping with the livery of the bus and have to get off for fresh air and wait for the next bus to come along! The link between green transport and travel sickness stayed with me for many a year and I always took green to be unlucky for me, for that reason.

 

This picture is the closest I could get to the actual bus which was number 306, it was back in the day when the bus had no doors and both a conductor and a driver, I used to love the ticket machine that the conductor used!

Ironically when the time came for me to buy a car, my very first car was a Mark 2 Ford Cortina which was – green! The day I collected it I was driving it home and managed to take the wheel arches out by skimming along the side of a removal lorry and on the same day, when I went to fill it with petrol, I managed to flood the boot because the fuel tank had been modified and the tube that went from the filler cap to the tank had become disconnected! I’ve had a Google for a picture but haven’t been successful! After that the irony continued as the next two cars that I had registered in my name were also green – I had more luck with those and no accidents

15 comments:

  1. Oh the good old Greenline Buses. I used to get the 721 from Brentwood after school to go up to Mile End Road to meet mum from work when we used to go to the Festival Hall. And OH had a Mark 2 Cortina but his was silver. Haven't thought what to do for my green yet

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  2. Oh dear!Green obviouslyis not a lucky colour for you!!

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  3. I remember Derby busses just like this one, only red. My dad worked as an auto-electrician for the company so, if I was very lucky, I might know the conductor and ride without paying.

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  4. I used to love the green line buses too - in Barnet! And my first car was a Ford - in white though! Those were the days...
    Happy AlphabeThursday Green,
    LOLA:)
    PS My AlphabeThursday Green is posted if you can join me HERE!

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  5. I have never had a green car. I am glad the second and third car made up for the first.

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  6. I've never had a green car. I'm kind of a red pickup sort of girl....

    Love the photo of the bus

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  7. I'm very prone to carsickness, and always have to sit in the front. Strangely, I never get sea sick. Thanks for sharing your story with us!

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  8. Green seems the right colour to remind a person of travel sicknes! Sorry!I love your part of the world. We rented a cottage in Letheringham not long ago.

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  9. I love that photo of the bus. How odd that only the green ones made you ill. And your first car story cracked me up. I had a Mustang once that had a defect in the gas filler tube, ended up with gallons of gas on the ground. Thank goodness at the time gas was about 70 cents a gallon :)

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  10. Love the photo of the green bus. Cute story too. Never had a green car here.

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  11. I loved the car story....I am so sorry but it was hilarious

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  12. that is so funny that you got sick on green bus's.....kids are funny little creatures anyway...
    I would love to ride on that bus....

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  13. Green is such a lovely color-so sorry it was not good for you. This is a great green post!

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  14. okay, i think that green is definitely not your colour when it comes to transportation .... I think green is the only car colour i haven't owned ... everything but ...

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  15. What wonderful stories.

    This was such a charming stop on our little journey through Rainbow Summer Schools color GREEN!

    I loved your clever post.

    And the whole thing made me laugh as well.

    Thank you for linking.

    A+

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