December 8th, 2011

Boris Bus Will Be On Time

The last of the despised killer bendy-buses is off the streets of London and Guido understands that the first new Routemaster will be on the streets next week. Boris actually promised in his manifesto to put the new bus on the road before the end of his first term. There was much scepticism that the cleaner-greener and, according to the experts, most advanced bus in the world, would see the light of day before Boris has to face the voters next year.

It’s an electric bus (it uses a small diesel engine to generate electricity, when it is needed) and is twice as economical as a conventional double decker at 11.6 miles to the gallon compared to the killer bendies 4.5 miles to the gallon. Boris buses following on from Boris bikes are visible signs of success. Cameron, who promised so much in his manifesto, might be a little discomforted by such an eye-catching public service advance.


313 Comments

  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Looks good!

    Still wont travel on public transport tho…

  2. 2
    bring back Maggie says:

    The lady is not for Bending

  3. 3
    Ooops says:

    Low petrol usage eh? So will we be seeing fares dropping?

    *cough* like hell we will.

  4. 4
    MrAngry61 says:

    So how much is one of the buses going to cost?

    Lower fuel costs are welcome but if the vehicle costs twice as much then it may be little more economical.

  5. 5
    Iain Dale's Dildo says:

    Boris can park his bus up my arse anytime he likes. Ding DONG.

  6. 6
    Steve Miliband says:

    Looks like a Hit ler bus

  7. 7
    Greychatter says:

    Will they be built in Great Britain or in Germany?

    Has the EU stuck their oar in yet?

  8. 8
    spotter says:

    Hit-ler Bus?
    Well spotted!!!

  9. 9
    simon r says:

    looks nice – but i’ll give it a couple of days until every window is etched and scratched by schoolkids ( mostly of an ethnic persuasion )

  10. 10
    PoNI says:

    Built by WrightBus in Northern Ireland.

    http://www.wrightbus.com/site/default.asp

  11. 11
    Steve Miliband says:

    Round my way we have shitty old buses, first registered in the seventies, belching out black fumes.

  12. 12
    rabid hamster says:

    gotta love boris.

  13. 13
    King Billy says:

    Shouldn’t it be painted orange?

  14. 14
    Jack Legge says:

    Note how in the picture Boris is turning sharply to the right. Nice and topical.

  15. 15
    I don't need no doctor says:

    What’s the financial loss on the bendy buses?

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  18. 18
    Billy Blofeld says:

    Dream ticket for the next election. Boris as PM and Nigel Farage as Chancellor.

  19. 19
    Anonymous says:

    I’ve got a freedom pass. They can charge what they like. The more they charge the more I save.

  20. 20
    JH says:

    Apparently it has klaxons and warning lights that go off whenever anyone says something wacist – the bus then drives on autopilot to the nearest nick so they can be arrested for their own protection, while wirelessly transmitting footage of the event to Youtube for inspection by the faux-outrage stasi.

    Very sensibly, the system is calibrated to only target whites, since according to Julie Birchill and Jo Brand only they can be wacist. It’s about power, you see.

    Unless that power involves you being raped and/or having your brain kicked to a mush by an effnic gang. That’s not power, it’s a righteous protest and an inevitable result of Tory cuts. Or something.

  21. 21
    The Brown Envelopes says:

    We don’t care, we got our cut

  22. 22
    Dream On says:

    Jeremy Clarkson at the Home Office

  23. 23
    Anonymous says:

    Scotland, I hear.

  24. 24
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Dan Hannan as Forigen Sec.

  25. 25
    Chalcedon says:

    I wonder when Boris will become an MP again and then PM?

  26. 26
    Jimmy says:

    So now you’ll have something nice to look at when the full bus goes past.

  27. 27
    passing wino says:

    lol

  28. 28
    Anonymous says:

    If it has the lifespan of the original routemaster, then it could have a purchase price ten times the price of a bendy bus and it would still save money.

  29. 29
    Col Nut says:

    Especially with that driver.

  30. 30
    Gaius Baltar says:

    It’s a Cylon ship.

  31. 31
    AC1 says:

    > Lower fuel costs are welcome but if the vehicle costs twice as much then it may be little more economical.

    Lower fuel costs are welcome but if the vehicle costs more than the cost savings in fuel it’s uneconomic.

    Probably the most expensive cost is the staff.

    Automating the entire tube network should be Boris’s next priority (like the eastern section of the Jubilee line already is).

  32. 32
    anonymouse in the City Hall skirting board says:

    Shame they cannot be painted blue!

  33. 33
    passing wino says:

    Bonking Boris is damaged goods. It’ll never happen so grow up and get over it.

  34. 34
    will says:

    when i get on a bus during the day i usually are the only paying customer as most of the others are on some kind of benefits. What really annoys me is the young mothers with 1 year old child in pushchair, the child could easily walk but no the fat slob (mother) cant be arsed to get her child to walk.

  35. 35
    MrAngry61 says:

    £11 million for 8 vehicles, unit cost £1.375 million!

    Didn’t the last double deckers cost under £200K each?

  36. 36
    Selohesra says:

    Ken’s was long and bendy
    Whereas Boris’s green & friendly
    Both want to be mayor
    And neithers a gayer
    Treating marriage vows mostly pretendly

  37. 37
    Tessa Tickles says:

    “it uses a small diesel engine to generate electricity, when it is needed”

    Wouldn’t one of the laws of thermodynamics suggest that that would be less efficient than using the diesel engine to move the bus?

  38. 38
    Anybody But Ed says:

    Roll up Roll up All Aboard for the Boris Magical Mystery Tour

  39. 39
    Anonymous says:

    No DWP running benefits

  40. 40
    Durrrrrrr... says:

    That thing’s never going to fit under the Holborn Viaduct.

  41. 41
    smoggie says:

    But

    One used to be a gayer

  42. 42
    Sesuna says:

    Smokin’ !

  43. 43
    smoggie says:

    You wait ages for a manifesto promise to materilise, then they all come along at once.

    Well done Boris. ol’ chap.

  44. 44
    AC1 says:

    Depends how they amortize the development costs.

  45. 45
    Tessa Tickles says:

    The child is sat on 3 kilos of crack cocaine that the mother’s pushing around on behalf of the current boyfriend.

  46. 46
    Sesuna says:

    Most ex-public schoolboys have been slighty gay in their time. It’s a rite of passage. *coughs*

  47. 47
    AC1 says:

    Not necessarily. Diesel-electric is used in trains due to Diesel engines having a narrow performance range whereas electric can have a high torque at low speeds.

  48. 48
    Rage Against the Political Elite says:

    I wonder how much was pulled out of the BACK DOOR., Or should I say REAR EXIT.

  49. 49
    MrAngry61 says:

    There’s only 8 of them planned. That’s less than operate on a single route.

  50. 50
    Cressida Dick-Balls says:

    Boris is not the immediate threat to Camoron. The member for Chingford, has a very big axe to grind after being shafted by CMD in favour of calamity Clagg over benefit reform. He may not have the personna of his predecessor for that constituency but when the time is right out will come the Doc Martens and the boot will go in.

    There’s no shortage of Tory backbenchers spoiling for a fight, it just needs a big name to light the blue touchpaper.

    The only question is whether Dave will have the balls to tell Clegg ‘sorry, foxtrot oscar’.

  51. 51
    Rage Against the Political Elite says:

    Fu-k me I didnt think you could get away with that amount unless it was a plastic DOME. Don’t like to remind everyone about that rather large White elephant, If only the Revenue investigated the Toffs, we probably wouldn’t have a budget deficit.

  52. 52
    So what is the point? says:

    Facts:

    A medium speed diesel in a conventional bus is 35% efficient

    A power station is 33% efficient but transmission losses, charging losses and the usual losses in the controller and electric motor giving an overall figure of a bit less than 25% in an electric bus.

    http://noconsensus.wordpress.com/2009/11/13/electric-cars/

  53. 53
    The lights are going out all over Europe.....nobody in Brussels will listen to Cameron says:

    Cameron is managing expectations downwards regarding any concessions being achieved at Summit especially regarding that Transaction Tax or any special consideration for City of London so he’s in big trouble…spin will no longer do…if he vetoes a new treaty then Franco-German Axis will go for treaty involving only 17 nations and ignore him. He can no onger bullshit his way out of this.He has to concede an in/out referendum as such a move will seriously impact on the Britishh National Interest…

    To add to his woes Barroso has warned leaders ahead of the meeting so expect stormy weather ahead next week in Parliamentespecially if Cameron tries to duck issue or spin this as a success…he can not refuse to concede a referendum and expect the continued support of the majority of his party any longer

    ” Barroso said he expected leaders to come to the talks not “saying what they cannot do, but what they will do for Europe”. …which runs counter to all that Cameron has been spinning this last week

  54. 54
    A Copper says:

    I wonder how long the HSE will allow a set of stairs straight down to the open rear door….
    and as for hop on and off a moving bus ! Won’t be long before the rear entry is butt plugged

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

  57. 57
    Anonymous says:

    Most of that cost will be the initial R&D, the more units bought the lower the unit cost?

  58. 58
    Time Lord says:

    Just the eight buses? Those things must be bigger on the inside than the outside then. Well played, Boris.

  59. 59
    Selohesra says:

    I really dont see the problem in letting the 17 have their own treaty – as long as they cant force any daft tax or regulation on us. There is nothing stopping them voting as a single bloc now so what would change?

  60. 60

    You can have the best buses in the world, but what’s the point if all the passengers are misfits and nutters?

  61. 61
    apathetic mathmetician says:

    Yeah. They seat 7,250 with standing room for another five thousand, apparently.

  62. 62
    It Never Fails says:

    He showed up just as I lit a fag…

  63. 63
    Ed the fed says:

    The bikes project was started before Boris was Mayor, btw. He just happened to be around when the project came to fruition.

  64. 64
    Raving Loon says:

    Yes, but where are the on-board back rubs and jacuzzi?

  65. 65
    Jabba the Cat says:

    Every seat should have a set of pedals connected to a generator so the passenger contributes to the propulsion process.

  66. 66
    Jabba the Cat says:

    Buses burn diesel…

  67. 67
    The "Quiet Man" could even yet bring down Cameron and the Coalition says:

    IDS was one of the main opponents of the Maastrict Treaty and gave Major vast amounts of trouble in its passage through Parliament so don’t underestimate the support he has with the Thatcherite Eurosceptic wing which is 4 times as big as it was then and when Major came within a whisker of losing a confidence vote…the fact is that Cameron is haemorraghing support within his party where he was never very popular but was put up with because the party thought he was the best chance they had of returning to government but he failed in 2010 to achieve an overall majority by his and his advisers bad tactics….hence the LibDems having too much say in matters which to the right of the Tory Party is worse than Labour being in power

  68. 68
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    would help cure obeaseity as well!

  69. 69
    Is Tim Henman the most underemployed BBC freeloader ever? says:

    The Dome makes a super tennis court though.

  70. 70
    Jabba the Cat says:

    If you let Farage near the petty cash box then there won’t be any money in there next morning…

  71. 71
    Lord Carrington's Binoculars says:

    The £11m covers the development and testing. Each bus is about £330k, only a little more expensive than a conventional hybrid, but they use more fuel.

    But the big deal is that it has three doors and two staircases, so loading and unloading is superfast.

    And to put that £11m in perspective, TFL spent £90m putting two lifts in St James’ Tube station….

  72. 72
    Jimmy says:

    What I don’t understand is the premise of the post, which is that an expensive and impractical gimmick represents some sort of contrast with Flashman.

  73. 73
    nellnewman says:

    Where did those bendy buses come from. Were they one of livingstone’s bright ideas?

  74. 74
    The Derby Trolley bus. When I were a lad. says:

  75. 75
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    It wouldn’t possibly be that the 8 buses will be road tested to see how they withstand London conditions – heavy traffic, riots, student demos etc, so that any mods can be made before the much larger order is made? Boris for Minister of Procurement!

  76. 76
    Loungelizard. says:

    It’s a bus, am I missing something here?

  77. 77
    seen on the back of a crisp packet says:

    Electric motors produce even torque throughout their rev range. Diesels make good torque at the lower end of their rev range. Blah, blah……

  78. 78
    How things have changed in just 40 years says:

    Bloody hell and not one p@ki in sight. You should see Derby Now it’s more like Derbystan

  79. 79
    tdi driver says:

    Diesel is 10p per litre more than petrol in our part of the country!
    What a bloody rip-off.

  80. 80
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Name me a politiclot (sic) who isn’t damaged goods? Boris might have difficulty in keeping his flies buttoned-up, but he’s slowly making London a better place to live.

  81. 81
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I spotted my Mooslim neighbour screaming for help from his bedroom earlier, as his house was burning down.

    So I fetched a ladder like any decent citizen would do, and climbed up to jam the window shut

  82. 82
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    But there’s no money left, so it won’t happen, will it?

  83. 83
    Rage Against the Political Elite says:

    She started the ROT.

  84. 84

    As Neville Chamberlain said “Hitler has missed the bus”

    Poor Ken..

  85. 85
    cynic says:

    Boris bikes
    Boris buses
    next?
    Boris beetroots
    Boris bananas
    Boris bollox

  86. 86
    Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

    Your train, dear?

  87. 87
    RedBusRotavator says:

    speak for yourself

  88. 88
    All aboard says:

    Can’t wait. I’ve missed the Routemasters which Labour took off. Fuck the rotten bendy buses.

  89. 89
    Dream On says:

    They wouldn’t be able to come up with only have one entry betweeen them for the Eurovison song contest.

  90. 90
    Ed the Axeman says:

    140 million on 5,000 bikes is 28,000 pounds per bike.

    Someone must have seen Boris coming.

    It’s a disasterous project and we are going to be paying through the nose forever.

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    Briony - plenty of room on top - Gordon says:

    They should fit a roofrack

  93. 93
    Engineer says:

    What, industrial strife, double-digit inflation, poor productivity and being the ‘sick man of Europe’?

    That’s what she inherited – the rot started long before then.

  94. 94
    Branson's Mates says:

    Johnson’s Jonnies followed by lots of little Boris Bastards.

  95. 95
    Handycock ( Teen Fondler) says:

    I have never been gay, but then I never went to public school. Anyone calls me gay, my boys in Portsmouth will deal with them. These new buses in London are typical Tory rubbish and spin, we have single deckers and are keeping them. Boaz.

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    Billy - the bumbiter - Hague says:

    works for me

  97. 97
    Lord Carrington's Binoculars says:

    Yes. They use them on the revolutionary boulevards of South America, so Leninspart thought Londonistan should have them as well.

  98. 98
    Labour says:

    Dropping the Routemasters was the prudent, diverse and New Labour thing to do.

  99. 99
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Both chips operational and performing to specification I presume, Jimmy?

  100. 100
    Don't come back empty handed says:

    I think that we all know the answer to that

  101. 101
    Lord Carrington's Binoculars says:

    Easy answer to this. According to TFL’s standard economy test, diesel double deckers do 5.6mpg, hybrids about 8.6mpg and this bus 11.6mpg.

    The battery can store all the energy recovered when braking. And buses do a lot of braking when bus stops are only 500 yds apart.

  102. 102
    Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

    That is rather gay of you, dear. I would have poured a gallon of four-star in before nailing the window shut.

  103. 103
    Engineer says:

    Given that the Mark 1 version of almost anything will have teething troubles and scope for improvement, the real test will be what the subsequent Mark 2 is like.

    The next step is some intensive service, and see which bits fall off these initial production models first.

  104. 104
    Horses for courses says:

    So, we started off with horse drawn trams, then the electric powered tram, then the electric trolley bus, then the diesel bus and now the diesel electric bus. When will we go back to the horse drawn tram?

  105. 105
    Ollie says:

    On some routes the bendy buses worked fine.

    Did we lose on them, taking them out of commission early?

    Very very likely we did.

    Throwing them all away was simple spin and PR.

    A load of bollocks all paid for by tax payers cash.

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    Up sh1t creek says:

    I’d like to depress you some more, but I’ve run out of time.

  108. 108
    Jimmy says:

    Could have been worse. Rumour has it he originally wanted the one with Leona Lewis coming out of the top.

  109. 109
    Professor Doo-Dah BSc. says:

    GREAT idea!! Why not do away with the motors altogether?

  110. 110
    Bruce says:

    Tell the fracking roos to hop it.

  111. 111
    The Emperor says:

    Personally I don’t care what sort of buses they get, I’ll drive my Jag anywhere and everywhere I want to. I like driving a nice fossil fuel power station around. The more the greenies tell me not to do something the more i will do just the opposite! Don’t they realise that unless public transport is a genuinely cheaper and ‘better’ alternative we will continue to do what is most convenient!

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

  113. 113
    t says:

    Something else we should steer clear of.

  114. 114
    Anonymous says:

    BORIS for PM !

    We need someone with a Churchill spirit, rather than the lankey streak of piss traitor we currently have.

  115. 115
    Hang The Bastards says:

    BORIS for PM

    We need a PM with a Churchill spirit, rather than the lankey streak of piss democracy killing traitor that we currently have

  116. 116
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Call-me-heir-to-blair is the 21st Century’s Richard II. Weak, inconstant,vacillating and eschewing his british councillors for fair-weather friends from rival parties and the Continent. Richard !! is the reason we didn’t go down the road of the Devine Right of Kings. Dave may well be the reason we steer away from the Devine Right of PMs as instituted by NuLabour. Perhaps fortunately, “uman writes” will spare him from the Fate of Richard – a red-hot poker up the anus.

  117. 117
    Anonymous says:

    BBC seem insistent that the fire this morning was a double decker:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-16085550

    sure looks like a bendy to me.

  118. 118
    Peter Holmes says:

    I think the new buses look great.
    Clever Boris to go for something so visible!
    And British built!

  119. 119
    Nurse Dorries says:

    I’m very frustrated…

  120. 120
    The Pryce Is Right says:

    Tonight’s Question Time panel includes the former Mrs Huhne, Vicky Pryce.

  121. 121
    Randy Boris says:

    Sorry, dahling, but even I have some standards…

  122. 122
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Bullfrog Barroso , Just given a stark warning to “Call me Spineless”
    “Don’t come here telling us what you won’t do !
    Come here and tell us what you will do for Europe !
    The whole world is watching !”

    That’s it then we are fucked , “spineless” will sign us up to anything they want
    “It’s the right thing to do”

  123. 123
    Jacob Rees-Moggie says:

    Stiffen the sinews!

  124. 124
    seen on the back of a crisp packet says:

    Yeah- quicker to walk, surely?

  125. 125
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Never. CAGW theory says that too many animals will destroy the climate by producing CO2. Expect to see buses being drawn through the streets of London by long lines of ASBO’s on community service orders.

  126. 126
    Nemo says:

    Who Boris?

  127. 127
    Bagpuss says:

    Er, jellyfish don’t have sinews, do they?

  128. 128
    Fake Blood says:

    Fuck me how good is that? I always wonder about the costs of the leccy on these things and most people don’t bother to mention it. Cheers.

  129. 129
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Have you a reference for that statistic? I’m sure we would all like to see it.

  130. 130
    Poker Bum says:

    Should I knock gold on the head and get into horses?

  131. 131
    Lord Mandelslime says:

    Just ask the EU for a chauffeur driven Maserati, it’s the only way to travel among the peasants.

  132. 132
    Evil Landlord says:

    Under Labour & PFI they would have cost £20m each over 25 years. Routine servicing @ £100k every 6 months , tyres @£10k each etc etc etc.

  133. 133
    Nemo says:

    Well one of those might just be able to accomodate Boris and partners, ex-partners and off spring, are going to offer to be the drive and conductor Billy

  134. 134
    Boris rules.. says:

    …and so says all his girls.

    On a serious note, is it not time for the west to bend in the face of the hurricane that we are in the midst of.

  135. 135
    ex-Tory says:

    No they were hated by everyone except those who did not want to pay. They would block the roads and especially pedestrian crossings, too long for London’s winding roads. More suited to a grid like communist city, which is why c*nts like you and red Ken liked them.

  136. 136
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Hey Billy that wanky cricket tosser “Bung adin ” has just broken some record or other ?

  137. 137
    Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

    Is that a poem, dear? They’ll make someone a fine greenhouse, won’t they? How many pot plants could I grow in a Bendy Bus, I wonder?

  138. 138
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

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    Lord Carrington's Binoculars says:

    If the last bendy has burnt to the ground, virtually on the last day of service, it is a sign from God.

    And the funniest thing I’ve heard in years.

    And a clear warning to Ken Livingstone’s campaign.

  140. 140
    Watch out Boris... says:

    Focus on the road ahead and not us… More lives will be saved that way.

  141. 141
    Nemo says:

    Lord Coe has made plenty of wonga sport

  142. 142
    Lord Justice Pickles says:

    Yes it will – it’s Ken’s ego that would never fit under Holborn Viaduct!

  143. 143
    rocknrolla says:

    Haha :)

    Anyone else noticed how now it is increasingly frequent that you’ll hear about someone being arrested for being “racist” or making “racist” comments.

    Was that woman arrested for using obscene language in a threatening way? Or was she arrested because she doesn’t approve of the mass immigration of recent decades

    The BBC and Guardian think that anyone against the tyranny of the EU is a “racist” – how long before expressing that idea becomes an offence?

  144. 144

    Please go back to your chamber and reconsider until you come up with ‘its totally constitutional.’

    You’ll all get an extra layer of gold plate on your pensions if you do.
    Or Panzers at the gates if you don’t.

  145. 145
    Colonel Blimp says:

    Boris is a procurer, but mostly for his own bed!

  146. 146
    MrAngry61 says:

    Namely how to create a he@vily armed militia in addition to a large army? That’s the TRUE politics of the left.

  147. 147
    Nemo says:

    And who is going to pay for all this then, I hope that Boris does not go to the government for a loan, and then the rest of the country outside the M25 having to pay for it.

  148. 148
    Lord Justice Pickles says:

    Ken’s was long and bendy
    Boris’s are green & trendy
    Ken is for a whopping
    To Boris they are flocking
    Back BoJo for Mayor.

  149. 149
    MrAngry61 says:

    If they were really just useless in London, why not sell em to somewhere like Milton Keynes?

    AFAIR Top Gear had bus racing including two different brands of knackered bendy-bus, so presumably they’re already in use somewhere else in the UK.

  150. 150
    Nemo says:

    I think Boris might just take you up on that, leave your name and address he wants extra parking for his buses

  151. 151
    David Cameron Is A Cunt! says:

    Nope it was all of you, something for nothing, lefties who started the rot and are still trying as hard as possible today to ensure that you flush the UK down the toilet of failed socialist claptrap.

  152. 152
    Nemo says:

    Hit ler bus NOT Pit ler bus

  153. 153

    You remember the last scene of the Godfather?
    The man shuts the door in Diane Keatons face, Gordon style.
    Richard James Bright was his name.

    Killed by a bendy bus in New York.

  154. 154
    I don't need no doctor says:

    The bendy bus reflects Livingstone, and how he bent the truth.
    The BBC luvvie lefties take great pleasure in talking down the UK. How how desperately they want it to go wrong for Cameron and the country.

  155. 155
    D L George says:

    Soon.

  156. 156
    So It Shouldn't Be a Total Loss says:

    New York uses bendy buses, but Boris can’t sell them the London buses as surplus, as they open on the “wrong side.”

    Japan, anybody? I think they still keep left.

  157. 157
    Nemo says:

    Any more insinuations that William Hague is a gay will be refered to Carter Ruck

  158. 158
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Why wasn’t the new bus fitted with 50 sets of pedals? Now that would have been enviromentally friendly.

  159. 159
    I don't need no doctor says:

    The new bus is brighter that Peter Hain’s face.

  160. 160
    AC1 says:

    The main thing is how cheap to change the bits.

  161. 161
    nonomad says:

    Sounds good,but the catch is the extra doors,the bendy bus had a rear door for exit but all the non payers used it for entry,will it with driver only buses be the same again !!!

  162. 162
    Nemo says:

    Stevey babes, someone is not maintaining them properly, blocked injectors and other routine maintenance, the first thing to go is maintenance.

  163. 163
    Nemo says:

    Back from lunch Billy?

  164. 164
    AC1 says:

    Who cares about constitutionality!? This is about protecting our phoney baloney jobs!

    Give von Rumpy a Harumpf!

  165. 165
    Anonymous says:

    County Antrim, Northern Ireland, I’m pleased to say. Wrightbus.

  166. 166
    Nemo says:

    He’s better than a lot of so called comedians on the telly

  167. 167
    Mein other Auto ist ein Kubelwagen says:

    Vy are you Britisch keep menschionink ze war?

  168. 168
    angry says:

    yeah you could have special seats for union officials and EU nobs that don’t have to pedal
    most of the bus full of scroungers not pedalling and two middle aged white men trying to give them all a free ride an suffering coronorary thrombosis

  169. 169
    Nemo says:

    You mean he is known to to be a little heavy on the old expenses?

  170. 170
    Nemo says:

    Come on Motty Botty tha teks thi time!

  171. 171
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Denmark on the news this morning 54% of Danes want their old currency back !
    also most Greeks want the Drachma back
    60% of Germans want the return of the Deutschmark
    36% of the French want out
    yet these dictators still insist on wasting billions against the will of the people !

  172. 172
    AC1 says:

    CaMoron doesn’t get to sit at the table when they decide how many unicorns can fit on a Euro.

  173. 173
    AC1 says:

    He’s just a Dick.

  174. 174
    Jimmy says:

    Emma West at Transport

  175. 175
    AC1 says:

    You’ll get jailed for that*

    *unless you’re muslim, and “new” to alcohol, and meet a mad soft-racist judge.

  176. 176
    Jo Bloggs says:

    So? The Met want to buy three anti-riot water cannon for £1.3 million each. An armoured version with tear gas launchers can be purchased off the shelf in RHD form for £350,000 each. That’s a lot of dinners (or hookers).

  177. 177
    AC1 says:

    I suppose it’s a contrast with all those black taxi drivers that Ken’s “fund” supposedly bought…

  178. 178
    MrAngry61 says:

    The BBC and Guardian think that anyone against the tyranny of the EU is a “racist”

    According to the EU, WW1 & WWII were ‘civil wars’ (seriously!). I expect that the BBBC & the Graun will adopt that view as well.

  179. 179
    T Leary says:

    What, turn it into a cannabus ?

  180. 180
    Ambaro Maxamed says:

    Emma West was right that spongers should go back to Nicaragua

  181. 181
    Arthur Daley says:

    South Africa .We flog them for £3 million quid each, kick back £1 million each to the Head Darkie In Charge, give Boris 100K and sign the natives up for a five year mainatinence and spares contract with 10% pa escalation.

  182. 182
    Hans Christian Andersen says:

    The rigsdaler and the skilling? After 136 years?

  183. 183
    Tessa Tickles says:

    I travelled on a bus recently, and I was indeed sat there thinking that it would have been quicker to walk. The bus stops seems to be about a bus-length apart.

    (BTW, ta to AC1 for the info.)

  184. 184
    Dick Turpin says:

    Lanky? Who? Cameron’s too fat to attract that description so who are you talking about? Van Rompuy?

  185. 185
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Slow news day?

  186. 186
    Joe the Plumber says:

    NO! International Development and Women and Equality.

  187. 187
    cornwort says:

    The bus is not using power from a centrally generated supply but from its own diesel generator. The diesel is smaller than a conventional bus engine and is running continuously providing power to a battery. When the bus slows it also regenerates power to the battery. It’s the battery that is expensive.

  188. 188
    Tessa Tickles says:

    What you save in healthcare and benefits is offset by the economic damage that’s incurred when the Highways Agency cone-off the whole area – to a radius of about 3 miles – for about 10 hours while they investigate the death of one pointless lycra-clad hippy.

  189. 189
    The Eurovision Song Contest isn't abut songs or music says:

    Like the EU the UK makes one of the largest contributions and that’s why even though we get “Null” points every year we always get an automatic bye to the Final

  190. 190
  191. 191
    Tessa Tickles says:

    Isn’t it just. I’ve just seen the headline:

    “Hurricane-force winds batter Britain – 100mph gales cause many schools across Scotland to shut”

    So in other words, “Hurricane-force winds batter Scotland. Rest of UK is rather mild.”

    And what, for heaven’s sake, *doesn’t* force a school to shut? I’m pretty sure my local comprehensive shut due to the Leonids meteor shower.

  192. 192
    The lights are going out all over Europe...the brave Finns to take on "Merkozy" says:

    From Helsinki in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain is descending across the Continent

  193. 193
    Well it's a thought says:

    Looking at that thing , whoever designed that have been watching an exfilm star now California goveners films.

    Tthat glass to replace will probably cost just as much as the bus, it looks like an upturned rasberry jelly in a plastic mould, still Boris said he would do it, shame our so called PM can’t keep to promises made.

  194. 194
    Tessa Tickles says:

    I bet the £56,403 doesn’t include the end of year performance-related bonus (let’s say.. £20,000) that will be awarded to the public-sector cretin who ordered the game in the first place.

  195. 195
    John Bellingham says:

    How do I pronounce that again?

  196. 196
    Elsie says:

    Sherry -> screen moment, dear.

  197. 197
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    It just aint cricket!

  198. 198
    Stationer says:

    So when do the strikes in NI start? Got to time my holidays properly

  199. 199
    Cecil Rhodes says:

    Hear hear! The spirit that made Britain great!

  200. 200
    Well it's a thought says:

    Don’t know where you are Billy but we wuz getting ready to put our swimming trunks on, the rain came in horizontal and bloody hurt, the roads looked like rivers, it’s calmed down now only high winds.

  201. 201
    Stationer says:

    My local rag has the Peanuts strip. Yesterday’s showed one flake of snow falling and all the kids yelling in unison “Shut the schools”.

  202. 202
    The Poet Laureate Writes says:

    SUBJECT: English (local??) Politics

    Dave was concerned about Boris
    His affairs with too many a Doris
    ‘If you must let us down
    As mayor of this town –
    I’ll sack you and get Shagger Norris’

  203. 203
    Stationer says:

    Oh sh*t. try again:

    My local rag has the *Charlie Brown* cartoon strip. Yesterday’s showed one flake of snow falling and all the kids yelling in unison “Shut the schools”.

  204. 204
    The spin starts here ...A personal triumph for the Prime Minister says:

    Downing Street has said that “yesterday’s summit meeting between Heads of Government to resolve the crisis in the Eurozone has been very productive and a success..Once again the Prime Minister has stood up for the national interest. ”

    Commentators have said that legislation to enable the necessary treaty change will be put before Parliament in the New Year. “It’s is a triumph for British Diplomacy and Common sense !” went on the PM’s Press Spokesmen ” and totally removes the necessity for the matter to be put before the people in a referendum !”

  205. 205
    I go off on a bendy says:

    Nah, double decker. One deck in front of the other.

  206. 206
    expat says:

    As I don’t inhabit the UK I do not know if this latest vehicular monstrosity is going to be called Routemaster II or the Bojowaggon. Anybody help please?

  207. 207
  208. 208
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    It’s has never been rite in my passage.

  209. 209
    Tipton says:

    Boris is a fucking twat

    My opinion is formed solely on the Barclays Cycle Hire (Boris Bikes) in London will cost an estimated £140,000,000 or £28,000 per cycle

    Lard ass fucktard twat Boris should try working in Black Country engineering company sweating his bollocks off to only to pay corporation tax for some ringpiece to spunk on a fucking bike or two

  210. 210
    Tipton says:

    fuk off

  211. 211
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    They should bring back the old RouteMaster. Many a happy hour as a pubescent young man was spent following Gertie the Clippy up the stairs on the 213 to Malden. She never wore bloomers and was bow-legged so one got quite a good view. She was 58 though, a bit of a growler.

  212. 212
    a non says:

    Room for one more on top Guido?

  213. 213
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Help Guido. Im being hassled bye that chick again. BTW giudo sorry for bothereing yuo again guido/neo but ive customised the “booth” and painted a muriel of you both on the back wall. It ain’t fully finished yet so dont get to angry when you see it.

  214. 214
    Dream On says:

    Tony Benn is insane

  215. 215
    It Never Fails says:

    Not THAT kind of fag, but I know what you’re saying…

    As far as not being able to hold liquor, I believe Grampa and Dr. Archie have the solution:

  216. 216
    Great British Public says:

    I agree. New head of state for Zimbabwe.

  217. 217
    Selohesra says:

    Even the new Routemaster should not be allowed the wrong way up a one-way street

  218. 218
    Cooeee says:

    Cooee x .

  219. 219
    Five Go Mad On Billy's Cock says:

    Every day is a slow news day.

  220. 220
    Joss Ayinglike says:

    Little Johnny can be the head and you, Silly Sally, can be the state.

    P.S. Maybe you misheard. Perhaps Benn said head of snake.

  221. 221
    The Public Transport Experience says:

    Committees will be working on the name, now. There will be focus groups, design forums, public consultations. And lo, it will be called..

    The Big Red Bus.

  222. 222
    Red Ken ( 'pond life' ) Livingscum says:

    It’ll never succeed !! Bring back my beloved bender bendy buses. Free travel for all !!

  223. 223
    Geoffrey G Brooking says:

    Power to your elbow Boris

  224. 224
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    You wait years for a decent bus and then 8 come along at once.

  225. 225

    Glad I moved away. From what I see in the news, I would have been blown hard today.

  226. 226
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    Red Ken promises a bus that will actually PRODUCE diesel. (The fuel consumption is off balance sheet)

  227. 227
    Sally Ho! says:

    Sure thing, E. I’m a long-time admirer of yours and, anyway, John seems to think he’s too important for such playfulness.

  228. 228
    Tessa Tickles says:

    I read they’ve found two new black holes, the smaller of which is 10 billion times the size of our sun. But, they’re 300 million light years away.

    Wouldn’t it be cool if there was another similarly-sized black hole that had snuck up on us while we weren’t looking, and it was going to be here next Tuesday?

    That would be a great news day. For once, something worth reading. But on the down-side, it would piss me off because I’ve just ordered a load of Christmas presents from Amazon.

  229. 229
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    They are not just fumes, deisel particulates are well known carcinogens.

  230. 230
    Gordon's Tempest says:

    I would like to thank God for sending a violent storm to Gordon today. Long and hard may it blow.

  231. 231
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Emma West at immigration.

  232. 232
    Sally Bercow-- She's a Berk, AND a Cow says:

    When I hear “John Bercow” and “head” together, I think of something else he’s more logically a “head” of.

  233. 233
    The Boris Bus says:

    “it is multicultural. Built by Wrightbus in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, its hybrid control system, electric motors and drive axle are German; the battery is Chinese; the doors are Dutch; the seats and windows are Italian, and the seat fabric is Austrian.”

    http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23900952-is-the-new-routemaster-boris-johnsons-ticket-to-re-election.do

  234. 234
    Cock and bull says:

    Not so much feeling the pain, it’s more that he’s been at the sauce.

  235. 235
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    As usual the usual shit from the usual suspects. Farage gets paid exactly the same money and expence allowance, as EVERY other MEP. What applies to him applies to EVERY other MEP in Brussels.

  236. 236
    No surrender says:

    it’s built by fucking paddy gypos – typical

  237. 237
    Five Go Mad On Billy's Cock says:

    Would we see it coming? Anyway, ordering anything from Amazon is a little like staring into a mini black hole, isn’t it?

  238. 238
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    “and totally loses the opportunity for the matter to be put before the people in a referendum !”

  239. 239
    Red Ed's non-predator union bosses says:

    Kids in Unison ?? Great idea !! We’ll charge ‘em half price.

  240. 240
    Do you know says:

    Zulus – thousands of them

  241. 241
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Emma West has been sent to prison and her children abducted by the state because she has politically incorrect views. How very like the old East Europe, the new ‘liberal’ EU has become.

  242. 242
    Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

    George Orwell would be proud of them.

  243. 243

    U has not been re-boned recently , I C x .

    SC x .

  244. 244
    Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

    I think I’ll stick with LSD, dear.

  245. 245
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    Because you keep singink about davor.

    Lili Marleen
    =======
    Vor der Kaserne,
    Vor dem großen Tor,
    Stand eine Laterne,
    Und steht sie noch davor

    See? You started it.

  246. 246
    The Boris Bus says:

    Makes sense to use double deckers as they take up less room on the roads and it’s good for giving the tourists a better view. I think it looks ugly though, the winners of the “design” competition made it look like a retro routemaster, rather like the new mini has a retro look of the original. I wonder why the winning designs did not make it through to the production version?

  247. 247
    Anon. says:

    With Ed Miliband as The Fool on the Hill.

  248. 248
    COOOEEEE back at ya !! says:

    Hiya , petal x .

    E x .

  249. 249
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    How many of the 17 will still be there in 12 months time?

    Even the Germans can’t carry the PIIGS alone and none of the others who are not in trouble, want to get sucked into trouble by them either.

  250. 250
    Loungelizard. says:

    Is Poland under contract to provide the drivers?

  251. 251
    BillyBob... says:

    He, TB, is a sandwich short of a picnic.

  252. 252
    BillyBob... says:

    SB is a slapper.

  253. 253
    Boris says:

    Cripes!! Let us hope it isn’t the voters passengers, good fellow. Golly gosh – does anyone here possess a link-removal tool. My chain seems to have jammed again, blow it!

  254. 254
    47 leather-clad Village People extras milling around Soho Square fiddling with their Bl*ckberrys says:

    We’re going to “love” Boris when we catch up with him.

  255. 255
    Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

    Is Israel still part of Europe, dear?

  256. 256
    Gordon Brown to his rocking horse says:

    How can you just walk away from me?
    When all I can do is watch you leave?
    Cos we shared the laughter and the pain
    And even shared the tears
    You’re the only one
    Who really knew me at all

  257. 257
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Err, Cameron I can live without, the country however……..

  258. 258
    Gloone says:

    they actually look pretty good. traditional but modern. good work on the fuel consumption as well.

    thumbs up from me.

  259. 259
    Inspiration says:

    Seems like you are having a bit of an off-day Guido.

    If you need some stories, you mighyt like to delve into the merky world of corruption in local authorities. The scandals at Waltham Forest offer rich pickings.

  260. 260
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

  261. 261
    Tarmac your drive says:

    Apparently not typical

  262. 262
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Tony Benn is senile.

  263. 263
    Really? says:

    We should plead poverty and cut the contribution the BBC makes to the European Broadcasting Union which runs the contest.

    The argument that it tests the technology for international transmission of TV pictures is no longer valid; all the technology needed is nowadays developed by competition between private firms.

    It’s a statist solution in an internationalised world.

    Bye bye, bye.

  264. 264
    Tram skank says:

    The support by some on these pages for Emma West is really unsettling. Whatever your views on immigration, she’s exactly the kind of foul accented illiterate council estate chav mum you normally and rightfully condemn.

  265. 265
    Ed Balls ESN. says:

    Kenny If you can hear me get back in the pond.

  266. 266
    Stanley Baker says:

    “Men of Harlech, stand ye steady…”

  267. 267
    Reg Varney says:

    Don’t panic. Another eight will come along soon.

  268. 268
    Pedro Madnelson says:

    I would take a bendy one any day.

  269. 269
    Boris's Mum says:

    Its really noisy

    It rattles the foundations of listed buildings.

    A bit like the bus.

  270. 270
    Desperate Dan says:

    “Cameron, who promised so much in his manifesto, might be a little discomforted by such an eye-catching public service advance.”

    No, Cameron’s probably looking forward to the spectacle of poor old Boris making a fool of himself, as usual, by jumping up and down and shouting “Look at me! Look at ME!”

  271. 271
    Col Nut says:

    In honour of Boris the bus should be called the Rutmaster.

  272. 272
    Desperate Dan says:

    The Guardian says Its all the fault of the police.

  273. 273
    Rockin Horse says:

    You disguised yourself as the leader
    And buggered my country, you bleeder.
    A son of The Manse
    Who shits in his pants
    Then sits on yours truly, dear reader.

    ©Rockin Horse 2011

  274. 274
    Chief Running Jump says:

    Scans OK, E.

  275. 275
  276. 276
    Well, I Never! says:

    Most people on this blog don’t care tuppence for her personally, in all likelihood, but the principle is what’s important. The woman is getting banged up because the video went viral and the System is embarrassed– no other reason. She’s a poke in the eye with a sharp-pointed stick, which is what most of the posters on this blog are. (Odd that lefties champion people they’d dread being alone with, come to that.)

  277. 277
    Anonymous says:

    That’s good Lord C, an extra door to enable me to nip on without paying.

  278. 278
    Col Nut says:

    Her foul mouthed tirade seemed slurred by drink and was racist and unacceptable and so was the looting and burning of Croydon and other places. Mass immigration has destabilised British society and the rot looks incurable.

  279. 279
    Jimmy says:

    She said nothing that isn’t regularly said here.

  280. 280
    Olive From On The Buses says:

    Grrrr!

  281. 281
    M says:

    If he can make 1 run on time , make boris a saint

  282. 282
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Breaking news from America !
    A gunman is shooting people at Virginia Tech university
    the same location where a few years ago another gunman carried out America’s domestic killing
    Murdering 34 people
    Nice to see as a result of last time they tightened up security so it wouldn’t happen again !

  283. 283
    Judge Judy & Executioner says:

    Our useless PM did declare,
    ‘I just wish I could grow a pair.’
    And oh, how he shivered
    as Boris delivered.
    ‘I’m almost as bad as T. Blair.’

  284. 284
    Anonymous says:

    Yeah in London yu can get Bung Cancer

  285. 285
    Nemo says:

    Poot isn’y that somethig to do with Jimmy Gordon

  286. 286
    Nemo says:

    I cann’t use my old todgers pass in London, still I don’t down there

  287. 287
    angry says:

    greart are they being sent back to Germany?

  288. 288
    Tessa Tickles says:

    We’d see it coming, sure. All the outer planets would get pulled into it, and the it would block-out the stars.

    As for amazon, so far everything’s arrived. And a lot cheaper than on the high street, too. How’s the High Street doing, I wonder? All those overpriced shops, with their dismal assistants who are more interested in texting their m8s than actually acknowledging their customers’ existence?

    I bet it’s doing really well. *laughs*

  289. 289
    The Admiral says:

    Eng, Is there room for a re-engine? As in a Perkins diesel???…

  290. 290
    M says:

    I guess we go to Germany to make the shit that work

  291. 291
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    Looks good?

    I dunno what school of engineering design you went to Billy but this thing is fugly.

    It is a horrible, one-eyed Frankenbus.

    It is a bus drawn by a 5-year-old with ADHD.

    The orinal Routemasters were iconic designs – this thing is a monstrosity.

  292. 292
    JH says:

    Does that mean it’s OK, Jimmy? Does it? Does it?

    Is that what you want? More racism? Is it? Is it? I suppose you think Steven Lawrence being murdered was OK, was it? Was it? Is that what you think, is it? Is it?

    Hey, this is easy. I can see why lefties make it look such an art.

  293. 293
    Jimmy says:

    My concern is that if everyone who expresses cretinous and obnoxious views on race gets banged up then it’ll just be me and Moussa on here and frankly I just don’t have the time to run the place.

  294. 294
    EdButLookBalls says:

    An interesting equation:-

    (Toenails + Al-Beeba + David Cameron + Attention to Europe) = 1,000,000 x (Toenails + Al-Beeba + Gordon Brown + Attention to Europe)!

    Al-Beeba is more interested in DC prospects than the prospects of future Europe FFS!

    Cnuts!!

  295. 295
    Jabba the Cat says:

    That would be the same Farage that has his wife in the EUSSR trough with all four hoofs?

    http://www.europarl.europa.eu/ep-dif/4525_13-01-2011.pdf

    Pork farms anyone? Oink, oink!

  296. 296
    Spartacus says:

    So a slightly bigger diesel would cut out the ‘middle man’ and the horribly expensive battery.

  297. 297
    JH says:

    Don’t worry Jimmy. You’ll have Labourlist traffic levels within a week. Much less work.

  298. 298
    Spartacus says:

    most expensive is the staff?
    get some poles and lithuanians in place

  299. 299
    Anonymous says:

    What a crude comment – this website is becoming low on intellect.

    The relative mpg of the new and old vehicles should take into account passenger capacity.

    Whoever is now running this site is not only getting lazy but also putinesque.

  300. 300
    Jimmy says:

    Quality rather than quantity in other words? Very kind of you to say so.

  301. 301
    Anonymous says:

    Electric bus… no

    Its a coal/gas/nuclear bus.

    One thing we can be sure of – its not a windfarm bus.

    Great – we’re going back to the days of coal driven transport, couldn’t we just have a steam engine?

  302. 302
    I hate you Butler says:

    You have to wait for rge first eight first. Will they be running around in convoys?

  303. 303
    Blakey says:

    Well I never. People use the rear doors on buses to avoid paying!!!

    Mugs. You can also get on the front door and wave any old bit of paper (or just say hello so he’ll be numbed in shock and get the front seats while the crush are fighting not to pay at the back door.

  304. 304
    M'learned Friend's Friend says:

    Wasn’t the defence that “everybody does it” tried out in the expenses trials and found to be not valid under English law?

    Do you want to try the “my mates said it was alright” defence that was also given a run out? That also seemed to come to grief.

    If I may suggest, the “recompense for EU Parliamentary expenses take place in Brussels and is therefore outside the competence of the UK courts” defence might be the best line.

  305. 305
    BillyPilgrim says:

    Once more Londoners are pampered whilst the rest of the country suffers on below par public transport. What is wrong with bendy buses, was the feng shui wrong?

  306. 306
    aleksandr says:

    they havent said how long the batteries will last for. I hear re-batterying a Prius is very expensive and needs doing every 2-3 years.

    Why not have trolleybuses and dispense with the heavy diesel engine and the batteries?

  307. 307
    aleksandr says:

    coventry still have them. mebbe they could use some second hand ones?

  308. 308

    I like the look of the new one and hope they’ll be eventually on the routes I use (9, 14, 22). I also say “good riddance” to the bendy bus: http://dasteepsspeaks.blogspot.com/2011/12/bendy-chariots-youre-fired.html

  309. 309
    BoJo's Mum says:

    Is it just me, or do these new buses make everybody travel sick?

    Maybe it’s another way to put folk off travelling on these ridiculously subsidised cattle trucks.

  310. 310
    stun says:

    superb

  311. 311
    cornwort says:

    Sorry I am not an expert on these things. A diesel engine works more efficiently when running at full speed rather than accelerating and slowing as with at normal bus. Also with a battery regenerative braking can be used. We urgently need to find an efficient method of storing electricity.
    A possible alternative could be trolley buses or trams, shame we did away with all the overhead wiring and tram lines.

  312. 312
    Simon says:

    Bus fares will have gone up by 50 per cent under Boris Johnson. He has also cut bus capacity at a time of growing bus ridership – leading to more crowded buses. The new routemaster buses are incredibly expensive and there will only be 5 or so on London’s roads by next May. Forget the propoganda put out by Guito from City Hall and look at the facts.

  313. 313

    What a relief that the bendy buses have gone! They really did nothing but clog the streets. The ‘Boris Buses‘ look great. They will so much more economical and ecological for London.
    Sophie Hobson, deputy editor, LondonlovesBusiness


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