The end of the line.


This research blog is now officially finished (i’m back in London but I’ve turned into too much of a cyclist these days to even randomly post here). I will continue to maintain the blog/s and the website as a record of the project.

Please feel free to contact me if you have anything to add, questions or comments about it.

Add comment April 12th, 2008 katjung

Filed under: bus events

Old blog, new blog, bus blog, bye blog

You made it over from the old blog.

Great. Hi. Welcome.

Now for some other news.

It’s pretty obvious that I’ve been a bad bus blogger lately. My excuse? I’m living in Australia and it’s hard to regularly blog about a bus in London when you’re not there. But I’ve been hesitant to abandon the blog. So I won’t. I’m merely going to take a break for a few months while I do my doctoral fieldwork. I’ll be heading back to london in a few months and I’ll blog again or turn it into something altogether different, maybe a nice pair of socks, we’ll see. In the meantime, I manage/make/contribute to a number of other blog/web/nutty projects;

I blog here at Studio INCITE Studio INCITE

I add pics to INCITE flickr

I have worked on Domestic Design and Interfaces for located Mobility – a one year research project funded by INTEL and Studio INCITE

And I have a blog that I started for my PhD study of volunteer community wireless networks but continues to document my ongoing research interests

Thanks to everyone for your support over the last three years – for your stories, photos, links, crazy emails, comments and for generally encouraging me to maintain this project.

Add comment August 15th, 2006 katjung

Filed under: research + interviews

Sydney double deckers

Double decker buses might return to Sydney. According to an article in the SMH yesterday, (thanks g), they are being considered, along with revised timetables and shortcut routes, in an attempt to alleviate Sydney’s worsening road congestion.

Bus operators are considering innovative solutions, including a
modern double decker which carries as many passengers as an
articulated or "bendy" bus but costs less to buy and takes up half
the road space. The last of Sydney’s blue and white double deckers
was taken out of service 30 years ago.

[I’m back in Australia for the research part of my PhD and a parallel project into wireless tech in the home.]

Add comment June 14th, 2006 kat jungnickel

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Doing ‘waiting’ in other places.

I was in Sydney recently for some fieldwork and as i was waiting for a bus on Elizabeth Street to head to Bondi – I was going to an interview, honest – my attention was drawn to how people were waiting. As I had a ten minute wait for my bus I had time to observe how people actively did ‘waiting’ for a bus in Australia and to think about it in contrast to my learnt act of waiting in Britain.

Firstly what attracted my attention was the absence of an obvious line. Unlike British bus waiters who edge the road along one side of a bus stop in hierarchical order, people stood in what seemed like random intervals from each other in a perpendicular fashion from the stop on the wide footpath. Not many sought information on the bus stop itself which was indicative of their status as regular travellers rather people simply stopped walking in the general vicinity of the bus stop. And waited. Pedestrians became bus waiters simply by the nature of their movement rather than their location. The boundary area for waiting was difficult at first to discern as people stood
against office buildings, near the road work fencing and close to the
road. Simply by arriving within the boundaries of the waiting area pedestrians became bus waiters. Pedestrians not wanting a bus continued to walk along the footpath, weaving through the waiters. Despite the lack of an obvious line a distinct hierarchy of waiters could be discerned after a period of observation and the movement of people on and off arriving buses. The random formation of waiters was in fact a clearly demarcated pattern that was merely dormant until catalysed by the arrival of a bus. Upon the sighting of a bus people started to move forward, in order of arrival. Some people walked faster to the door, others hung back and waited their turn.

2 comments March 27th, 2006 kat jungnickel

Filed under: observations: the bus stop,overseas transportation

The bus as a case study.

There is a small case study in this book about the blog and website. It’s in a chapter on Using the internet written by Nina Wakeford, Kate Orton Johnson and myself.

Like most academic publications there is a long time between writing and printing which means unfortunately that the screen grabs I submitted are from the old website (pre-October 2005). Still, getting images in academic texts is pretty rare and they didn’t print up too bad.

Add comment March 1st, 2006 kat jungnickel

Filed under: research + interviews

A family of conductors.

I recently received this lovely email from Martin, an ex-conductor, who said it would be ok to post it to the blog.

Have been on your site many times, as an ex bus conductor at
Tottenham garage it brings back many memories of the late 1970s
when I was a conductor. At the time also my brother,
who now works as a manager and you interviewed, was also a
conductor as previously was my father. I could tell you so many
stories relating to route 73 that I think a book could be
written. My favourite story was of some German tourists getting
on the  bus at  the Albert hall late one Saturday night and
asking just for Tottenham. I  issued  the tickets and did not
think anymore of them as the journey was quite busy. It was only
when I arrived at Tottenham Swan when the said Germans came
down  as I shouted all change that I realised they were still
there. One said to me are we there yet, Tottenham Court Road! I
could not tell them the truth of where they had ended up and
why but just directed them across the road to get an N90 to
just up the road. Great memories of a great bus route my
favourite, always the no 73. Cheers for a great piece of work.

Thanks Martin. I, and I’m sure a lot of other people, would love to hear more of your stories.

Add comment February 5th, 2006 kat jungnickel

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25 filmmakers, 1 bus, 7 days.

Next Tuesday (7th February) the Ritzy Cinema will host the screening of “Farewell Routemaster” – the Film Challenge – which saw 25 filmmakers document the Routemaster over a seven day period.

Here’s the blurb:

In the final week of the Routemaster’s London passenger service in Dec 2005, London filmmakers were challenged to go out onto the streets of London and make a film about the iconic British bus that was about to vanish from commuter service for ever.

25 filmmakers responded to the challenge to record the last days of this cultural icon in its original form. And with just 7 days to complete them, 13 short films were made.

The Farewell Routemaster Film Challenge Finalist films are to be screened by The Ritzy Picturehouse on 7th Feb, the eve of the 50th Anniversary of the first ever Routemaster commuter service – Route 2 from Golders Green to Crystal Palace, through Brixton (No. 2 first entered passenger service in deep snow on the 8th February 1956 and would have celebrated 50 years of Routemaster passenger service in 2006).

The finalist films, from some of London’s most talented independent filmmakers, cover several genres of film including animation, drama, documentary and comedy. The best film, chosen by an industry panel, will be presented with a prize of ï¿¡500 at the end of the screening.

Also part of the evening, is a screening of ARENA: Little Platform, Big Stage, a film commissioned by the BBC to celebrate the now extinct character at the heart of this much loved machine – the Bus Conductor. The film tells the extraordinary stories of five conductors from five decades of London’s history and first went out in December on BBC4 as part of a ‘Bus Night’ to celebrate the Routemaster.

The Farewell Routemaster Film Challenge celebrates London’s cultural heritage through the spirit of independent filmmaking and captures many special moments from the last week of the Routemaster service. It is designed for anyone who has a soft spot for the bus and who misses its presence on London’s streets. All the filmmakers will be at the event and a number of Routemaster drivers and conductors will also be invited as special guests.

LOCATION: The Ritzy Cinema, Brixton

DATE: February 7th 2006.

TIME: 7pm – 9pm

TICKETS: 5 pounds
To book, visit or, email, or call Box Office on 08707 550 062

Add comment February 2nd, 2006 kat jungnickel

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Outback bus stop.

Travelling from Broken Hill to Dubbo, NSW, Australia.

Add comment February 1st, 2006 katjung

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Travelling through Oz.

I’m currently in Australia doing fieldwork with Genevieve Bell, Director of User Experience at INTEL. So far we’ve been up to Coober Pedy, in and around Adelaide and we’ll be heading to Sydney via Broken Hill and Dubbo shortly. This is one of the many photos she has been taking of a toy bus on our travels.

2 comments January 16th, 2006 katjung

Filed under: design + photos

Oxford Street| Two minutes | 21.20 – 21.22

Add comment December 21st, 2005 katjung

Filed under: observations: the road

Previous Posts

About the 73 bus project

The 73 bus blog was designed to explore, experience and capture textual, visual and sensual narratives of the mobile London urban experience.


2003 - 2008

Project pages

73urbanjourneys - the website
73 bus blog
73 bus stories blog
- About the project
- About me
- Field notes
- Visual experiments

Related links

< Studio INCITE - Research lab website
Making Wifi - My Phd blog
Located Mobility - 1yr WiFi/WiMAX study