Edible Dinosaurs

Copland’s is the second largest bakery chain in the UK with over 160 outlets and 12 cafes located primarily across Yorkshire, County Durham and Lincolnshire in the United Kingdom. Copland’s produces takeaway food chiefly for the lunch-time trade, specialising in sandwiches, pasties, desserts, cakes, and bread.

Here is one of my tasty finds. I think it resembles a Megalsosaurus bucklandiis. Consisting of shortcake and party coated in chocolate. It is delicious and sumptuous and in just the thing for a summers afternoon.

The handmade product in produced by our local Baker Copelands Bakery, based in Wallsend, Tyne and wear.

This blog was made Simon Schofield


Who Park View Project represent:

Our project is about drawing attention to the social & economic deficits that many face as a consequence of the rapid digital transformation of society and the subsequent automation that is widely found in everyday life. This is affecting many in ways that have not been fully documented by policy makers nor is readily acknowledged by many businesses, whose expectations are that customers default to accessing their services online.

Many older age residents are experiencing a technologically driven world that is challenging their independence because many household tasks now require access to the internet, and with the increasing roll out of automation of day-to-day interactions such as car parking to telephone communication systems, many are feeling disenfranchised. This is further compounded by a reduction of informal information hubs such as post offices, local access to libraries, corner shops where locals stopped for a ‘catch up’. These community connections are gradually being eroded and being replaced by online access.

The impact cannot be underestimated for those whose first ‘language’ is not digital, and who are not conversant with using online services and are, in many cases, resistant to learning because of the media’s negative perceptions of cybercrime, including the acceleration in the way social media language is used in a fast-paced virtual space.

Other groups affected by the dominance of the internet are those who have experienced Hate Crime, where disabled people are disproportionately represented. Contrary to what we are told, online abuse is not a priority for internet-based services because they cannot moderate effectively. Secondly, young people are often caught up in the web of cyber bullying, which again, is very difficult to police because much of this goes under the radar of parents/guardians and social media companies. .

Many individuals are classified as living in poverty, which because of their status, have no access to managing the demands services placed on them. There are those who are required to apply for work to retain DWP help, which we know from research undertaken, affects many families across the borough. Many don’t have easy access to computers and a considerable number have little competency required to complete both online benefit applications as well as the demands of providing evidence that they are applying for jobs.

There is a fourth grouping made up of ex-services personnel who are challenged by technology because it has not been a central to their roles in armed forces, where many have only seen conflict; refugees whose English language is not there first language with no access to mobile products. They experience a sense of feeling overwhelmed; even where technology can translate English into their own language it is still fraught with misunderstanding because of cultural differences. Furthermore, these groups experience the same challenges as residents who live in poverty with little competencies in using internet-based services.

And lastly, Disabled people of all ages can be grouped as one because often it is the barriers to digital access that is the common denominator. Digital technology has come a long way from the early incarnations designed for the ‘abled’ rather than with features supporting those with sensory/physical and intellectual disabilities. Many of the solutions are readily found hidden away in operating systems such as Microsoft tools, where some simple adaptations can make all the difference. However, assistive technology is the obvious remedy to those who need more than the quick fix. Having trusted sources to investigate your needs is vital in making available assistive technology available. Unfortunately, for many we work with, this technology is a step to far because of cost. Aware of the limitations our project is working towards introducing access to the potential of assistive technology using a variety of approaches. Our Digital First Aid incorporates access to information and potential temporary loans for people to try before they buy as well as provide a safe space to use access technology during visits to our drop-in sessions – this is an ongoing development.

Simon Schofield

Digital Champion


If you’re a fan of things formed of multiple vehicles, than run on two parallel rails, then we have something a bit different coming to console from today!

Okay, so they might not be trains per se, but for fans of the wider transport simulation genre, the chance to drive trams at the heart of two bustling European cities is an exciting one! In TramSim: Console Edition, players will be able to immerse themselves in ViewApp’s home of Vienna, Austria as well as Munich, Germany. Both cities are recreated with pure photorealism and a focus on the stunning urban landscapes that form the routes that the playable tram services run on.

The contemporary Flexity, handed over to Wiener Linien in 2018, joins the well-known classic Type E2 in Vienna, which first graced the city’s streets in 1978. Whilst the Flexity features a host of mod-cons such as low energy consumption, LED lighting and air conditioning, the E2 itself includes its own technical innovations of its time, such as swing-out steps and “chopper control” (also called pulse control) – a circuit for controlling motors.

The ULF (short for Ultra-Low-Floor) is the first generation of low-floor trams in Vienna’s tram network and has been in operation since 1995. The special features of this vehicle type are the unique design with axle-free bogies and one of the lowest boarding heights worldwide for tram vehicles.

In Munich, players will enter the cab of the unique R2.2b tram, a modernised version of the R2.2 tram that’s been in service since 2011. The individual tram-bodies influence each other meaning that at the end of a curve, the tram sways in the other direction. As a result, curbs in the city have been cut to accommodate this unique movement.

Vienna’s tram network, operated by the Wiener Linien, is the fifth largest tram network in the world with more than 500 tram-trains and 28 lines. Since the electrification in 1987, the tram has become an indispensable part of the city’s traffic scene. Landmarks such as the Vienna State Opera are located on the network amongst the busy road traffic.

Deluxe Edition players will also get to run operations around Vienna Favoriten depot, which is 150 years old this year, having been built in 1873.

Three playable routes feature in Bavaria’s most populated city: 23, 27 and 28 with a varying number of stops between them. This makes for both short and longer sessions of gameplay heading past a number of attractions, like the Pinakotheken and Alte Börse.

Gameplay in both cities centres around learning the realistic controls of each tram, whilst negotiating the busy urban streets and traffic. Once players are comfortable in the cab they’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful and historic European architecture in an environment that makes full use of Unreal Engine.

TramSim has already been a hit on PC, with players praising its realism and attention to detail. The console version of the game will feature all the same great gameplay and features, but with optimized controls for the console platforms.

TramSim: Console Edition is available from today on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and Xbox Series X/S consoles.

TramSim: Console Edition (Deluxe): £44.99/€49.99/$49.99

TramSim: Console Edition (Standard): £32.99/€39.99/$39.99

You can find out more about TramSim: Console Edition and join the community by following ViewApp on: InstagramFacebook and YouTube.

You can also get involved and provide feedback on TramSim: Console Edition by heading over to the ViewApp Discord.

For Gameplay Guides and more information about the tram models and content in both Standard and Deluxe Editions, you can head over to our Support Page.

This blog was created by Simon Schofield



We’ve opened up our seasonal event this year to include more fun ways to earn livery decals through our Easter mastery challenge, including an Easter Egg hunt, Easter Social Quiz and your chance to win a free TSW Add-on of your choice!

Find out all the details in this article, and whether you celebrate Easter or not, we hope you can enjoy the fun that the Dovetail Live, Development, Creative and Community teams have been working hard on creating!

Mastery Event Egg Hunt

You will not initially be able to find the Easter bunny in Training Center, you must first unlock the mastery tile and activate it.

To unlock the event, you will need to complete any scenario or tutorial, which will then reveal the mastery tile in your Mastery Rewards Menu. Activate it and then head over to the Training Center to start the egg hunt!

There are 15 hidden eggs across the Training Center, and by finding certain amount of them you will unlock Easter-themed decal rewards. Here are the challenge tiers:

  • Collect 3 eggs to unlock Easter Themed Decals.
  • Collect 6 eggs to unlock Easter Egg Decals.
  • Collect 12 eggs to unlock additional Easter Egg Decals.
  • Collect all 15 eggs and the basket is complete – Go and check out the last egg in the basket in Reception.

Each time you collect an egg, another egg will be added to the basket in the reception area with the Easter Bunny, so you can watch as it builds up!

We encourage you to share your own completed egg baskets on social media, and please make sure to tag our accounts @TrainSimWorld! Why not even record the time it took you to find them all, and challenge others to do it faster?

Oh and don’t worry if you are struggling to find all the locations, we have a social post going out over the weekend that will reveal the hidden locations of the eggs, only if you wish to have some help finding them all.

We won’t reveal this for a few days, so be proud if you’re able to get them all without any help!

Final Note

Those of you who have unlocked the Christmas Mastery Tile, you may already see the Easter mastery appear without even completing any services, but it will be missing an icon and will do nothing if you turn it on.

This is simply a visual error, and if you play a service the real mastery tile will unlock, and you can tell because it will correctly have the thumbnail, as shown:

This blog was made by Simon Schofield

new update coming soon

Good news: Bus Simulator 21 Next Stop will arrive one week earlier than expected! The huge Next Stop update, the free Official Map Extension, the versions for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S as well as the Gold Edition will become available on May 16, 2023. So, be prepared!

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While riding the unique dual third rail section of the Down Fast through Newington, 375924 is seen still clinging onto its previous guise, forming the lead unit on 1S28 Victoria to Ramsgate. The white livery dates back to the days of Connex South Eastern, later adopted by South Eastern Trains, and most recently, Southeastern.

Livery detail changes include fonts used for decals, placement of carriage numbers, moquette and grab pole colours, and of course, the grey stripe and yellow doors. The SERefurb programme took 3 years, re-liverying 112 trains, that’s roughly 50,400 miles worth of trips to Derby and back!

In the timetable, you can expect to find 10 services for the Class 37 itself, dragging Class 375s in a variety of formations and locations, inspired by real-world movements of units. These 10 services have been spread out using the Seasonal feature, meaning you will only see certain movements as AI during certain months of the year, much like the RHTT, Railtours and Summer Special 465s. There is also one bonus service which additionally requires Northern Trans-Pennine, offering an additional helping hand… Here’s how the services breakdown:

January/February: (4 playable services)

  • 5X47 Tonbridge West Yard to Slade Green Depot (37+1xBlue 375)
  • 5X49 Slade Green Depot to Tonbridge West Yard (37+1xWhite/Yellow 375)
  • 5Q58 Derby Litchurch Lane to Ramsgate Depot (37+2xBlue 375s)
  • 5Q57 Ramsgate Depot to Derby Litchurch Lane (37+2xWhite/Yellow 375)March/April: (5 playable services)
  • 5Q58 Chaddesden Curve to Ramsgate Depot (37+1xBlue 375)
  • 5Q57 Ramsgate Depot to Leicester LIP Depot (37+1xWhite/Yellow 375)
  • 5Q89 Wembley Reception Sidings to Gillingham Depot (37+2xBlue 375s)
  • 5Q23 Yard Prep (37+2xWhite/Yellow 375)
  • 5Q23 Gillingham Depot to Wembley Reception Sidings (37+2xWhite/Yellow 375)

September/October: (1 playable service requiring NTP)

  • 5Q58 Derby Litchurch Lane to Ramsgate Depot (47+37+1xBlue 375)

November/December: (1 playable service)

  • 5Z58 Derby Litchurch Lane to Ramsgate Depot (37+3xBlue 375)

This blog was created by simon schofield

The Apprentice candidates 2023

The full line-up of candidates for The Apprentice 2023 is as follows: