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Offline Seangie

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British Double Decker
« on: February 11, 2012, 03:52:42 PM »
Hey Guys - I have been working out here in Phoenix this week and we went to the Rose & Crown to have a few drinks and she was sitting out front.  Figured Cliff might be familiar with her.

Enjoy -

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Re: British Double Decker
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2012, 04:13:37 PM »
You must not drank much Guiness looking at a bus at a British Pub lol I have seen it there just never looked at it
Neat place in Heritage Square for you non Arizonans good fish and chips but don't waste your money on the chilli the Britt's and Americans don't agree on chilli that is some nasty stuff
good luck
« Last Edit: February 11, 2012, 07:25:12 PM by luvrbus »
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Re: British Double Decker
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2012, 07:20:50 PM »
It's a Leyland Titan.   With its dual doors it's maybe from one of the London operators.   What's interesting is that the Titan replaced the temperamental Daimler Fleetlines used in London, but both of them were outlived by the Routemaster, a much older design which arguably was better suited to the rigors of London service.   Even the Titan had reliability problems because of its complex electrical systems.

If I were still in England I might have chosen a classic double-decker to convert, like a Bristol Lodekka.   One could have the kitchen, shower/loo, tanks, etc below, and the entire upstairs could be an open-plan penthouse living/bedroom, literally a room with a view.   You could even have a dumb-waiter between the kitchen and the dining area!   It's too bad there's so little public or legal acceptance of bus-dwellers there  -  most people who try to live a mobile lifestyle there are treated like gypsies and hippies.

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Re: British Double Decker
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2012, 03:34:40 AM »
So happens I was driving down a motorway I don't often use last weekend and saw a double-decker being lived-in on a small holding some distance away from the road. It was a frosty, snowy morning and the bus stuck out, being bright yellow and with black smoke coming from a stove chimney.

It's certainly true that living on a bus or in a caravan is something only those at the margins of society would do here - because old buses and caravans are worth very little I suppose, so it's a seen as a desperate last option for those who have no other choice - or those who have deliberately chosen a drop-out lifestyle in order to become full-time eco-protesters or whatever.

Gypsies are a different group of people entirely, and one which is actively reviled by taxpayers and the law-abiding. I don't think a true Gypsy (one who claims Romany ancestry) would ever consider living in a bus - they have fancy caravans with lots of chrome, big 4x4s and Transit vans.

Living on boats is very acceptable here, incidentally, and many of those can cost the same as a house, or much, much more in some locations.

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