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Regal Busways

Regal Busways is a bus operator based in Cooksmill Green, Essex. Regal Busways was incorporated in July 2001 and based in Newhaven, East Sussex; the company's main business was the undertaking of rail replacement work at weekends. In February 2002 a business review was undertaken and the business relocated to Essex. In April 2002 Regal Busways commenced operating services under contract to Essex County Council. Following the loss of most of its contracted work in mid-2017, it last commercial routes were withdrawn in December 2017; the only route retained was an ECC contracted service in Basildon. As at October 2013, Regal Busways operated 62 routes. By January 2018 this was down to one; the fleet livery was maroon. This was replaced in 2010 by a red livery. Regal Busways operated depots in Cooksmill Green and Rochford. On 16 May 2013, an Alexander ALX400 bodied Dennis Trident 2 collided with the railway bridge at Duke Street, resulting in the entire upper deck roof being torn away. There were no injuries to the two passengers aboard, although the driver was treated for shock at the scene.

In 2014, an Alexander ALX400 bodied Dennis Trident collided with the railway bridge at Battlesbridge, resulting in a large hole and minor injuries to a passenger. Media related to Regal Busways at Wikimedia Commons Company website Flickr historical gallery

Christopher Forbes

Christopher "Kip" Forbes is vice chairman of the Forbes Publishing company. He attended St. Mark's School in Southborough and Princeton University, his brother is Steve Forbes, who has made multiple runs for the U. S. written some in-depth political and economic narratives. Always interested in art and collecting, he worked with his father Malcolm Forbes restoring the Château de Balleroy in Normandy and Old Battersea House in London, England. Mr. Forbes has written numerous books and catalogues about art and collecting, including Fabergé: The Forbes Collection, co-authored with Robyn Tromeur and published by Hugh Lauter Levin. On December 5, 1985, Kip Forbes paid the highest price recorded for a single bottle of wine. Hardy Rodenstock put one of the'recently discovered' "Th. J." bottles up for auction at Christie's in London: a bottle of 1787 Château Lafite engraved "1787 Lafitte Th. J.". The bottles had been found in a walled-up old cellar, were engraved with vintage years from the late eighteenth century.

This had in itself been an interesting find for a collector of old wines, but the bottles were engraved with the initials, "Th. J.", taken as an indication that they had belonged to Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson was an active oenophile and wine collector, who spent much time in France during the 1780s and whose interest in wine is well documented; the auction catalogue listed the value as "inestimable", it was sold for 105,000 pound sterling, which as of 2007, still remains the worldwide auction record for a single bottle of wine. Christopher Forbes was bidding against Marvin Shanken of Wine Spectator Magazine, with Michael Broadbent handling the gavel at the auction. Rodenstock is in court charged with perpetrating large-scale wine fraud, it is alleged that the Thomas Jefferson bottles are fake and multiple experts and various pieces of evidence support this conclusion. Rodenstock has refused to allow the German magazine Stern to have the wine's veracity tested at its expense. A book, The Billionaire's Vinegar, has been published about the affair, although it has been withdrawn from the UK market following legal action by Michael Broadbent.

The film rights to both the book and a New Yorker article about the scandal have been purchased