Ikea, City Car Club, Schoolboy Errors (The Lion, The Witch) and The Wardrobe

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It started off so well…..

Good news: I have learnt that blunt green pencils don’t work well on green paper in highly sunny climatic conditions.

Bad news: We had to extend our Booking by an our because we were so late in picking up the car

Good news: This was seductively easy over the phone.

Bad news: We went to Ikea again – vegetarians hate meatballs.

Good news: Cheap wardrobe – happy child.

Bad news: For Ikea to deliver it would have cost £35 and taken 2 days.

Good news: City Car cost £15.

….and it ended well.

Smart Weekend -but not quite an egg laying wool milk sow…

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This posting is dedicated to all chickens who have just laid their first egg.A perfect long weekend: camping (well, soft camping in Dot’s garden), friends, turbo-nerf-ball-throwing, G&T’s, fantastic trip to an organic cafe, lager, craft fare, takeaway…

..and the City Car Club alowed us to do this.

And what a day Thursday was: getting our Car Club membership through( the smart card opens the car) and then the Annual (smart card) Bus Pass (courtesy of my employerl!).

Shame these cards are not on one lovely card though, which could do lots of things and provide lots of incentives and rewards for its use.  Just like the egg laying wool milk sow card (or should I say eierlegendewollmilchsau) that they have in Bremen which on one card delivers: car club, bus pass, electronic purse, tourist offers….(see link)

Can’t have everything.


Dot and Brodie – a student away from home

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Brodie and Dot are our friends.  Brodie is from Fife.  Lovely rural Fife.  She is studying art in Edinburgh.  Her Mum, Dot, comes to visit often but still worries about how her daughter is getting on.  Very artistic Dot and Brodie.  Look at Dot’s jewellery link opposite: Dot Sim

Brodie’s transport-life is typical of many students.  In Edinburgh she catches buses and walks a lot.  Brodie also cycles quite a bit.

She also likes to go home to Fife to see friends and Dot and Flick the dog.  She does have an old car, which she had when she lived in rural Fife and needed to get around as a 19 year old.  She has it with her in Edinburgh but if anything its a bit of a nuisance – she only really uses it when she goes home on a weekend.  Even then she sometimes uses the train to get home.

Brodie qualifies for a range of discounts – if she took out a monthly contract with Lothian Buses she would get cheap travel by buses and also reduced price travel on night buses.  With Scotrail she can get some student discounts.  She can also get a National Young Person’s Railcard to get discounted rail travel.  I am not sure, but with her Young Scot Card she can get certain discounts…..Oh, and when she gets to Fife can she get a discount with Stagecoach buses from Leuchars? 

A bit messy all these different offers.  And some require a commitment up front: eg with a monthly bus pass she would have to predict how much bus travel she would make – but she also likes to cycle so maybe wouldn’t get her money’s worth.  Same with Railcards – a great deal – but a commitment up front.  

Would be nice to get the discounts – and incentives to travel – in more real-time.  Hard to do in some ways, but technology is making this easier.  

It would be also nice if lovely Dot could top-up Brodie’s travel account every now and then – just to help out a bit. Brodie would like it. Dot wants to: what a nice Mum.

(UPDATE 2014 – Lothian now have a mobile app which can carry single tickets.  This could be topped up by Dot.  Also there are a range of other ticket types available on the app.)