Презентация к уроку английского языка "The History of Red Buses28.02.2018 108 36 Воропаева Татьяна Григорьевна
Prepared by the student of the 9th class Tolokonnikova Kseniya
Teacher: Tatyana Voropaeva
Red double-decker, London bus - a unique symbol of Great Britain, its magnificent capital city of London.
Why Are London Buses Red?
London's red buses are among the most iconic symbols of the capital. The reason behind their colour dates to the early 1900s, when the transport system was operated by different rival companies.
London General Omnibus Company (or L.G.O.C.) owned most of the buses and in 1907 painted its entire fleet red to stand out from competitors.
Since 1933, the colour was adopted by London Transport and it has remained ever since.
It is the same colour which is also used on the London Underground roundel, the Royal Mail, Kit and Kat and McDonald's.
As you can see, bus roofs are largely white, to reflect sunlight and thereby reduce heating in summer.
Now subtract the area taken up by the windows and adverts — the latter can encanker the whole backside of a bus. We'd guess that the typical vehicle is only 30-40% red.
In 1912 LGOC became part of the Underground Group, uniting bus services and the underground railway. A roundel symbol which combined the LGOC’s ‘winged wheel’ and the Underground’s ‘bar and circle’ was introduced on maps and used as the company logo. This symbol was designed to help passengers distinguish travel information from commercial advertising.
Last spotted in 1990, the phantom number seven bus appears in Cambridge Gardens (W10) at 1.15 am. People have reported the bus driving towards them in the middle of the road, with no lights and no one at the wheel. Convinced they are about to collide with the bus, drivers often swerve out of the way, only to look back and find the bus has vanished without a trace. The phantom bus has even claimed the lives of some, most notably in 1934 when a car burst into flames at the exact spot the bus is regularly sighted.
There is a long list of weird objects that turn up at Transport for London’s Lost Property Office. Whether it be stuffed puffer fish, breast implants, harpoon guns and prosthetic limbs – they've all turned up in the past. Perhaps the most unfortunate passenger is an elderly gentleman who claimed his false teeth, only to return an hour later grimacing while he explained they weren’t his after all. The most common items are books, umbrellas and bags.
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