A bit scilly?

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As I was sitting down in my comfy chair looking through my folder of interesting, unusual, odd, and those news items that just don’t fit anywhere else, mug of tea in hand, biscuits at the ready, preparing to write this week’s Last Stop, an email popped into my inbox from a gentleman by the name of Geoff Pullin, who had attached a couple of snaps from his recent cruise to the Isles of Scilly and Portland.

The first two show the local Community Bus, which operates a service around the town of St Mary’s during the summer season from late May to early September, taking around 17 minutes for each of its up to seven trips per day. Having taken a picture of the bus parked in Hugh Town, St Mary’s, Geoff says that when he read the wording on the side, he couldn’t work out whether it was a case of self-depreciation or a local joke. We’ll leave the reader to make up their own mind.


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Googling for more information, I stumbled upon pictures of the bus being craned aboard the KMS Terramare, a vessel belonging to Kraken Marine Services, in Penzance in late June, so it appears that the bus is a relative newcomer to the islands.

On his stop in Portland, keen-eyed Geoff also spotted an amusing addition on the door of a coach belonging to North Dorset Coaches which was waiting at the cruise terminal. We’ve all seen the stickers on vans advising potential thieves that ‘no tools are left in this van overnight’ (does that ever actually deter them?), but below the coach’s name, ‘Natalie,’ any potential intruders are warned ‘no passengers kept on this vehicle overnight.’

Thanks to Geoff for getting in touch. Have you seen anything unusual or odd while you’ve been out and about? Why not send us a pic…?

No lessons in marketing and promotion are needed here. GEOFF PULLIN
That’s good to know… GEOFF PULLIN