Congratulations to the town of Wootton Bassett on being presented with Letters Patent which changed it’s name to Royal Wootton Bassett. The award has been presented to the town in honour of the 167 times it has turned out on the repatriation of British military personnel killed in war.
According to the Daily Telegraph: The decision to award the town with the royal prefix was the Queen's following a petition from David Cameron, the Prime Minister. The Queen said it was "an enduring symbol of the nation's admiration and gratitude". The town became famous as thousands of people began to turn out to pay their respects to the fallen service men and women who died in Iraq and Afghanistan who had been repatriated at nearby RAF Lyneham, starting in April 2007.
I wonder if someone can explain to me why buses in the Romford area think it is clever to dawdle at around 20 mph or slower on a fairly clear road with a 30 mph speed limit and travel in convoys of sometimes 3 or 4 at a time, makinbg it impossible to pass and holding up traffic and making many motorists come near to blowing fuses. Another wheeze they have is stopping at bus stops where it is difficult if not impossible to get by them and then wait for periods of time letting traffic accumulate, before sedately moving of. Today we followed two buses whose speed varied from 15 mph to 20 mph and accumulated a long queue behind them. WHY? There were many places they could have let motorists by but didn’t.