Frank Regan

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Frank Regan is a pseudonym.

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On The Buses: Who we are

On The Buses: Who we are

For the past year or so it’s often felt as though the world has been teetering constantly on the verge of chaos and it didn’t feel so absurd to imagine some force outside of our control had decided to wreak havoc, toss everything in the air, and deal with the chips as they fell. But […]

On The Buses: Lives less ordinary

On The Buses: Lives less ordinary

My interest in newspapers started with just the sports pages but my love of them was driven by two factors –  Leeds United and the smell of my Dad. He’d pick up the paper on his way to work so I’d have to wait till he got home to ask if I could read it. […]

On The Buses: Frank’s cold turkey

On The Buses: Frank’s cold turkey

If you’re reading this on Monday then it is exactly one month since I stopped smoking. According to the “stopping smoking timeline” things that you can find all over the internet this means that my circulation is improving. I fully expect that as you’re reading these words I am right up in the face of […]

On The Buses: On neighbours and nostalgia

On The Buses: On neighbours and nostalgia

My Nigerian neighbours moved out this week. It was all rather unexpected – there had been no build-up, no forewarning and then they told me they were going. The next day. I suppose they have been there about eight years. Long enough to have two more children anyway. Long enough to see their eldest child […]

By February 27, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
On The Buses: In Praise of Dogs

On The Buses: In Praise of Dogs

With the possible, but not guaranteed, exception of your mum, no one will ever love you as much as your dog. And chances are the feeling is mutual. You may have read the story of Kuyu this week. Kuyu is a Kangal puppy, a breed native to Turkey, who was stuck down a well for […]

By February 20, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
On The Buses: Lettuce Pray

On The Buses: Lettuce Pray

Lit up by the dashboard of every passing car, down every litterblown street illuminated by blinking lamps, in every queue, on the top deck of every bus, they stare back at me. The haunted faces, sketched in shadow like artists’ prints, pinched with panic, grey and drawn with stress, they stare back at me like […]

By February 5, 2017 1 Comments Read More →
On The Buses: Frank’s guide to Netiquette

On The Buses: Frank’s guide to Netiquette

Of all the methods of frittering away our leisure time that humankind has come up with since the advent of actually having time to waste, we have finally reached peak distraction with the advent of arguing online. While only a few decades ago people would spend their evenings watching Morecambe and Wise or smoking a […]

By January 30, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
On The Buses: My happy place

On The Buses: My happy place

About a decade ago a small dentist told me to go to “my happy place” while struggling to remove one of the rotten tombstones clinging to my gums. My initial reaction was to think “I’ll send you to your happy place in a minute”, and the only thing that stopped me was offering to help […]

By January 23, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
On The Buses: Let it snow!

On The Buses: Let it snow!

As some parts of the country got snow at the end of last week, I felt a little sad that all Look North had to hype up their regular weather-based hysteria about was the predicted storm surge down the East Coast. As the on-the-spot reporter tried to vamp what was basically a very windy day […]

By January 16, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
On The Buses: Will the real New Year please stand up

On The Buses: Will the real New Year please stand up

To paraphrase Henry Hill in Goodfellas, as far back as I can remember I’ve always thought New Year started in the wrong month. Imagine you’re starting an exciting new project based around the concept of time. At the brainstorming session to decide what form it should take, the person who says “Let’s start it at […]

By January 9, 2017 0 Comments Read More →