A purely personal post from Graham Ellis
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A pile of sand? Where do we stand?

I have in my hand ... a grain of sand.

Is it a pile of sand? No - it's just a GRAIN of sand. One grain can't make a pile.

Let's add a second grain. Is that a pile? Clearly not. And how about with a third grain? It's very hard to draw the line, and it's very hard to say "THAT is a pile but THAT wasn't" at any time you add a grain.

Is twice a week "frequent"? If that's how often the bus runs, then it isn't, but if it's how often you're expecting someone to do a job and they contact you and say they can't at the last minute, then it's far too frequent. And what on earth are "low numbers" of people using a train? 3200 tickets per year? For sure, that's a low figure. 27000? Well - we're told that's low too so we've got a further 30% more traffic in the three months from September to December, and we've made our points for retention strongly but firmly to the managers involved. Consultation inputs close today; let's hope that that we've put our point strongly enough and we can save the train.

But I just wish that someone would turn round to me and say "a pile of passengers in 30,000" and we could know where we stand.


Photo - public information from National Institute of Standards and Technology

(written 2006-03-08, updated 2006-06-09)

 
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