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white double decker bus

As I was walking down Rhymers Lane and thinking about how the sky was so flat and white the scene looked unfinished, as if it was waiting for the sky to be dropped in, a white double decker bus drove past. Completely white, without logo, company name or any sort of decoration or livery. As I squinted after it, trying to see if it had numberplates, I saw that it was almost empty; just one person was visible in the middle of the back seat on the top, a nondescript black sillouette that looked like a marker for people to be filled in later.

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jinty
25th Sep, 2006 10:22 (UTC)
(to collapse the waveform of poetical thought) The white bus is a training bus to train the driver. At least, that's my understanding, though why there would be one person on the top deck is a bit uncertain on that view.
cleanskies
25th Sep, 2006 10:32 (UTC)
No -- training buses are clearly marked as such, and a regular sight in Florrie Park (learner driver central). My guess is that actually it's a U10. They just expanded their service on the route and might therefore have needed to buy in buses -- though it's more usual to see someone else's livery crossed out than a completely blank bus.
undyingking
25th Sep, 2006 10:55 (UTC)
A palimpbus!
crazycrone
25th Sep, 2006 11:23 (UTC)
I keep seeing your userpic and thinking Whooooa!!! Isn't that from one of the operatic spectacles on a lake, somewhere? (Geneva?)
undyingking
25th Sep, 2006 11:35 (UTC)
That's right -- Lake Constance. It was part of the set for a performance of Un Ballo in Maschera at the Bregenz Festival in 2000.
crazycrone
25th Sep, 2006 16:07 (UTC)
Oh yes, thatks for reminding me. I'd so love to see that...
cleanskies
25th Sep, 2006 12:27 (UTC)
crash test passenger
-- if it was a training bus, maybe the single figure upstairs is a dummy, which falls off the seat when you brake too hard ...
sparkymark
25th Sep, 2006 11:23 (UTC)
They used to be a lot more common before they stopped adding chalk to the feed of the Enormous Bus Dog.
nabbit
25th Sep, 2006 11:45 (UTC)
The white bus sounds a bit like something out of "Randall and Hopkirk:Deceased".
If I was going to be haunted by my late partner, I'd find it quite handy if they drove a bus.
marstokyo
25th Sep, 2006 13:32 (UTC)
It's the scary GHOST BUS from GHOSTWORLD, reinterpreted transatlantic.
crazycrone
25th Sep, 2006 16:09 (UTC)
I think so too. Ghost busses are pretty numerous, actually.
'Room for one more, sir...'
rhubarbfool
25th Sep, 2006 14:51 (UTC)
Our works coffee room (2nd floor) overlooks a major bus route into Cambridge it's interesting how often the tops of the buses have been left in their old livery, collars and cuffs not matching so to speak.
pollitesss
25th Sep, 2006 22:01 (UTC)
It's no match for the poetry of a white bus with a single shadowy passenger but I once saw a purple triple decker waiting at a bus stop on Theobalds Road WC1.

actually it was outside the Warner Brother's Head Office and the destination read Hogwarts
applez
25th Sep, 2006 22:34 (UTC)
UN bus?
No hint of blue atop the nondescript black sillouette?
cleanskies
26th Sep, 2006 12:45 (UTC)
Re: UN bus?
it's orange and green at the moment. Autumn, don't you know...
applez
26th Sep, 2006 12:52 (UTC)
Re: UN bus?
Ah, the incinerating heat of Autumn ... no wait, California is different. ;-)
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