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Re-posting the whole thing.  Photo link is working for me. Sorry for the double post but the one above took so long it wouldn't let me edit.

 

Out in Cavern Club Liverpool yesterday with Picko and Daz from Boowul.  Picko's 71st Birthday.

 

L-R  front. George, joint Cavern owner. Tony Coburn (Cavern Club Beatles) and Daz( Well known Boowellian and long time friend)

L-R rear, Picko, old mate for 50+ years  and yours truly.

 

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Funny day all round.  Got drowned going for the bus to St Helens.  Train to Liverpool was late.

 

Meantime Picko/Daz are texting me to say their train has died and they have to swap to a local service between Manchester and Liverpool.  It takes forever.

 

Next up Tony Coburn is texting.  'What time you getting here Col?  I tell him I won't be long.  1:00pm ish... but Dave is delayed.Does he want to meet somewhere before Cavern? 

"I can't"  says Tony.  "Only just woke up and due on stage at 1:00 pm.. See you in Cavern"

" OK Tony.  You know it's Dave's Birthday?" 

" What.. today?"

"Yep"

"OK, I'll sort it."

 

I decide to take the underground from Lime Street to James St as the walk to Cavern is then shorter.  Emerge from James Street just in time to get drowned again on the short walk to the Cavern.

 

Into the Cavern.  It's busy.  Lots of people in Liverpool for a Take That concert in the evening, plus the usual tourists. 

 

Tony not there yet so I get a pint (first since Sunday) and spend some time chatting to a Californian chap who keeps on saying . " This place is sooooo Cooool!!"

 

Next up George, joint owner appears.  " Hiya Col.. How are you?  Good to see you.. Is Dave (Picko) with you? I hear it's his Birthday." ( I'm guessing Tony has called George to say he's late and on his way and also mentioned Dave's Birthday)

 

I explain that Dave is delayed and George says he'll 'Have a drink with us later'  I kind of know from experience what that means....

 

Tony arrives, out of breath.  Does he want a drink?  "Please Col but I'll have to get set up and onstage quick." He disappears into the dressing room and shortly after I can see from the monitor by the bar that he's onstage. I take his drink to him and go back to the bar.

 

Shortly after, Dave and Daz arrive, cursing East Midlands Rail ... and we watch Tony's set.

 

Dave goes for the next round and comes back grinning.  "This one's on Franny".  Franny is the sort of General Manager and like all Cavern staff, a very friendly chap. George has told him we are in and he's 'put one behind the bar' for us, though we've not actually seen him as he's busy in his office.

 

Tony joins us at the bar for his 'interval' and more beer flows. It's apparently all 'on' George.

 

Finally Tony finishes his set and we all assemble at the bar, joined by George. Franny whizzes past , shouts happy birthday to Dave but can't stop. he's busy. We're also joined by Bill, the Cavern Purchasing Manager.

 

It's already getting a bit hazy and it gets more so.

 

The basic plot is that every time anyone gets close to finishing a pint, another round appears and that everytime anybody tries to buy a round, they are told in no uncertain terms that George is 'In the chair'.  I can't keep up.

 

Dave and Daz decide they are staying till later than usual because they were delayed arriving.  I decide. I've had more than enough, say my goodbyes, thank Goerge for his hospitality and generosity, and stumble out into daylight. It's a bit after 6:00 pm.

 

I get a train and fight to stay awake.  For the first time ever, I fail, and wake up just as the train is leaving Euxton 'Balshaw Lane'.  Oops.  I've gone through St Helens and Wigan and am halfway to Blackpool.  I have a text from Mrs Col.  "You nearly home?"

 

I call her and confess my sins and tell here I'll be back at St Helens in about 20 minutes.

I jump the next train back.  It's a beautiful evening.

 

Just outside St Helens, the train stops and we're told it can't get into the station due to a 'failed train' ahead.

 

I stand by a locked door, next to a platform for at least ten minutes before some bloke finally comes along and lets us off the train, sayng we'll all have to move to the front.  Not me says I.. I just want to get off this station.  He doesn't reply.

Mrs Col is waiting outside and drives me home.  Via the Chinese takeaway.  :)

 

A little later, I hear from Picko and DAz that they are back in Boowul and having a 'nightcap' (three more pints) in Boowul Wethies.

 

Now that's what I call a day out.  :rotfl:

 

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You must have a Google account, anyone who doesn't not can't see the pics

 

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Had this problem last week with some other pics but people eventually saw them.  I just have to pick the right way to share, I think.

 

https://photos.app.goo.gl/iEfMMsGnLhJCnn7Y7

 

Any better?

 

It's not even as if it's much of a photo.....  :)

 

 

 

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Good grief, are you really allowed out without an escort?  smile2

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Col, I wonder if you slept on the train with your mouth hanging open or snoring....  you'll never know !

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Ha!!  Mercifully, nobody else on here will ever know either  :)

 

I'm sure I slept silently and with decorum, like the true Gent. that I am. :laugh:

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Apart from the occasional grunt, scratch and dribble yes... totally with decorum...   :rolleyes:

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Forgot to mention another encounter at the bar, with a chap from Glasgow.  He was buying a round of about 6 'shots'. Cost him £20+.  As he turned away from the bar he grinned at me.  " That's some going for the time of day". I observed.  "Ahh..ets nuthin'..he said. "We've been on these sence sex o' clock thes mornin' and we're seeing Take That tonight".  I kept my own council but thought.. 'Yep.. I'd need to be in that state to see Take That too.' 

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Pleased I'm TT   (for the sake of decorum and money!).   I suppose I'm fortunate because I don't like the taste of alcohol and strangely I can enjoy myself without it...   Yes, I know I'm in the minority.

 

but. :secret:  I do like chocolate

 

......not much of a secret, really, but thankfully,  it probably wouldn't cause me to snooze on a train :faint: 

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I've been TT for years, not because I don't like it i do but half a pint and I'm not fit to drive. A full pint is usually a tilt reject and three is goodnight Vienna with an industrial scale headache next day.

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15 minutes ago, Brew said:

I've been TT for years, not because I don't like it i do but half a pint and I'm not fit to drive. A full pint is usually a tilt reject and three is goodnight Vienna with an industrial scale headache next day.

Must be a good brew that you drink Brew:rolleyes:

 

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1 hour ago, MargieH said:

Pleased I'm TT   (for the sake of decorum and money!).   I suppose I'm fortunate because I don't like the taste of alcohol and strangely I can enjoy myself without it...   Yes, I know I'm in the minority.

 

but. :secret:  I do like chocolate

 

......not much of a secret, really, but thankfully,  it probably wouldn't cause me to snooze on a train :faint: 

 

 

Aaahh but you see Margie, I'm more versatile..  I can enjoy myself with or without alcohol.  And I like chocolate.. and Jelly Babies... and Liquorice Allsorts.  In fact I like  those things so much that I have to employ my prodigious willpower to restrain myself.  ;)

 

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2 hours ago, Beekay said:

Must be a good brew that you drink Brew

 

I mostly drank Bitter, occasionally Lager. My all time favourite was Double Diamond and although the CAMRA guys slate them I liked Red Barrel, Worthington E and a few others. Hated the taste and smell of Shipstones.

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Shipstones had a unique smell and taste and you either loved it or hated it. It was revived at the Belvoir brewery at Old Dalby some years ago but it didn’t taste as I remembered. Beer aggravates my gout now so I avoid it. I’ve not had any alcohol since Christmas and now don’t miss it. Just proves I’m not an alcoholic!

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Although not strictly TT., I don't bother especially at home as I don't like the idea of drinking on my own ! All our nearest pubs are a car drive away so I can't see the point as you would have to stay dry. Going in a pub for a lemonade is a bit of a farce really. Did have a whole half of Guinness when at Littlecote house, last Feb., enjoyed that while watching the show in their theatre. PS, pub meals far too big as well so wouldn't have a drink with a meal. When I worked the bar at the Blenheim, Sellars Wood in the eighties I used to drink Clausthauler non alcohol. Primarily to keep me mind on me job !

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Pub prices for drinks these days are just silly money and the price charged for a bottle of indifferent wine in a restaurant is criminal. You can see why pubs are closing at a rapid rate. If I go to Morrison's though, people are buying enormous quantities of wine and carrying out cases of ale on their shoulders - so consumption hasn't reduced. Neither has obesity! 

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Great celebrations today with school children, the've broken up for their summer break until mid september. Some sad goodbyes with those who don't live near anyone else but on the whole high spirits. 

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They have a long holiday nonna our children only get 5 weeks even the little ones.

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I’ve always thought that long summer holidays are not a good idea and I know that the USA and many European countries have much longer summer breaks than the UK.  Our boys had longer than the norm, getting 8 weeks break in the summer, finishing at the beginning of July which was great if we were going abroad as the airlines didn’t put their prices up until later in July. However, the children forget how to concentrate on their studies when they’re away from school so long.  But our boys did have school on Saturdays which made weekends away impossible.  

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2 hours ago, Brew said:

I mostly drank Bitter, occasionally Lager. My all time favourite was Double Diamond and although the CAMRA guys slate them I liked Red Barrel, Worthington E and a few others. 

 

I always liked Double Diamond too. First time I've ever heard someone else admit to it. Even back then, it wasn't fashionable to like it.

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13 hours ago, Brew said:

 

I mostly drank Bitter, occasionally Lager. My all time favourite was Double Diamond and although the CAMRA guys slate them I liked Red Barrel, Worthington E and a few others. Hated the taste and smell of Shipstones.

Sorry Brew but every time someone mentions Watney's Red Barrell I immediately think of the Monty Python Travel Agent sketch with Mr Smoketoomuch. "What a silly bunt"

 

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Well today it isn't raining.  It's even a bit sunny and warm enough for a bit of ray catching between 'pottering' bouts in the garden.

 

Planted out a couple of Gazanias.  Still have a few Nicotianas, Verbenas, bedding Lobelias and little violas to stick somewhere.. ( Suggestions not required....   :)  )

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Judged a Show Jumping competition today, held in an indoor arena located in a village called Stonefold. All went well, by which I mean no body fell off, so no First Aid  was required. The encouraging thing was a young lad of six came into the arena and jumped a course off the lead-rein, winning the class.That in itself made the day worthwhile. 

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Went to the Autokarna show on Wollaton Pk today. Brilliant weather, fantastic cars and busses, music, food outlets, entertainment, amusements, etc.

Siddha.... Where were you? I looked a couple of times, but you were probably scouring the spares stalls ! 

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