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the leaving of #UKNOF23 TfL bus number 205 to Paddington

Never let it be said that this blog fails to deliver. This time I present for your delectation a journey on the TfL number 205 bus which left Old Street for Paddington yesterday afternoon.

I had been at UKNOF23 at the Google Campus near Old Street and was headed for a rendezvous at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel with Paul Schwartz. Paul is an interesting bloke. He is CEO of Danish router manufacturer Icotera and member of the board of the Fibre to the Home Council (Europe).

Now some of you might wonder what on earth I am doing showing a video of a bus ride. This video is actually of a single hop between two stops: Old Street and Moorfields Eye Hospital on the City Road (of “in and out of the Eagle” fame). It represents a short window on the life of London and will potentially, when considered in conjunction with millions of other snapshots, contribute to the historical record of our great capital city.

The bus enthusiasts among you will also complain that a single stop is not enough. Give me more, more – I hear the clamour. Well there were two factors that prevented me from filming more. Firstly most people will not even watch the 52 seconds of this single hop. Then there was the fact  that my battery was running low and I needed to conserve it in anticipation of the need to call Paul because I had no idea what he looked like.

So there you have it. Those wondering why I left UKNOF23 during the afternoon coffee break now know and those who simply like to ride at the front of the top deck of double decker busses (which could well be the vast majority of the UK population) should also be happy.

And so to the video…

PS these videos are becoming increasingly popular. The one of “How to make steak tartare” has hit 60 views on YouTube! Life is good:)

Trefor Davies

By Trefor Davies

Liver of life, father of four, CTO of, writer, poet,

5 replies on “the leaving of #UKNOF23 TfL bus number 205 to Paddington”

Well reminded Jeremy:) I try and avoid the tube if possible, particularly at rush hour when it can be a nightmare. I don’t know how people put up with it. They should move somewhere with a better quality of life.

Problem is Tref – for some of us getting a job outside of London is quite hard as most large companies are based in London. I have a great standard of life, living in the country and commuting into London. The best of both worlds.

The tube is not that bad. The only time there is any delay is when some poor sole throws themselves in front of the tube or onto the tracks. I have been waiting at KGX tube station and it has been announced that a tragedy has happened further up the line and the line is closed – you do not hear anyone complain as we all make our ways out.

Yeah – sure they are little busy/cramped – but so are the buses/roads in any towns at peak time.
The tube from Paddington to Farringdon – which is nearly 150 years old is not doing too bad me thinks!


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