Here's a new story prompted by a photo of First 30224 at a scrapyard (see below).
When my company was owned by the Chinese there were many things for us to learn as they do business in a different way. There are many facets to this and we didn't have a manual!
It was a great coup for our Chinese owner to have a 'western' subsidiary so we would be often 'on parade' to impress others (often after a long flight!).
Bad news indeed but with a wave of his hand he said "We do" and disappeared.
Only much later, when we discussed it, did he say, in that profound wisdom of the Chinese "All of the answers to the problems of today are contained in our past." [How true is that?]
And so we became the very first Corporate Friend of the LT Museum.
Anyway we also learned that 8s were lucky and a multitude of them demonstrated much good fortune.
So we registered our buses with '888' plates, using the initials of anyone we could think of. For one or two of the Chinese we did even better - Billy Wu, our corporate lawyer, got K888BWU.
We had many buses with 888 plates. So there was, of course K888LAD for me and I am delighted to publish above 162 posed alongside our 164 K888BFG, when new, for Brendan Glyde who is still my good friend, who was our Finance Director and was the architect of our success for so many years.