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Rain avoided by going to the pub

February 15, 2014

They say there is no such thing as a free lunch, but lunch on Thursday courtesy of Davenport Lyons in Covent Garden appeared to be a gesture from one’s lawyer, which is something that immediately a rouses suspicion. Profligate when it comes to charging out their time, on this occasion they were a little less generous when it comes to serving food. The first warning came at the introduction, when the assembled salivating, free-loading guests were told that the address by Hugh Tomlinson QC would take place after the main course and before desert. Those of you living in the south of France will have already noticed a grave omission; no entree. One gets 5 courses at the Auberge St Donat, but only two in the West End. Although the wine flowed freely (as long as one was able to catch the eyes of the waiters), food was at a premium. Two pieces of fish, the size of very small plums, albeit very nice fish, and 4 pieces of an indeterminate root vegetable comprised the main course, and a small portion of a similarly indeterminate crumble the second, adorned by a thimble full of custard. It was at Victoria Station at about 3.30 that the hunger pangs hit me and Ronald McDonald was the lucky recipient of my largesse. He kindly supplied me with a cheeseburger and chips to assuage my being.

My second banter Blog has been published on Onboard Online, and can be read by clicking on the highlighted text. Please do have your say at the bottom of the column, either in support or against. I shall know whether you are from the civilised south or the tundra strewn north depending upon your comment. Peachy Butterfield’s riposte should be published on the same page shortly.

Talking of comments; many will know that there is a feverish limerick writing coven inhabiting that section of this column. This morning, whilst lying in bed with a cup of tea, That Nice Lady Decorator took to reading some of the posts and some of the comments. I was pleased initially at taking an interest, although slightly concerned in case I have been rude about her recently, but that satisfaction was to be dealt a slap in the face for this columns author when she expressed the opinion that the material from other contributors was more interesting than that provided by its author.

Brighton Beach

Stormy seas at Brighton

Yesterday it rained. It has rained at some stage on all but two days since December 15th, exactly two months ago today. I have tried to ignore it, tried the SAD light, been to Tenerife for a week, been to Cannes for a weekend, watched some travel programmes but nothing, not even the benefits that can be bestowed by opening an account with Currencies Direct is working. The continual damp and the wet is getting to me. Thank goodness we are off to Barbados in a few weeks time. If I wasn’t already going for a 50th birthday celebration,  I would have been booking some sunshine on-line today.

So, after a very wet dash to LA (Littlehampton to you non Arundel residents), getting wet, a  dash into town and getting wet, we decided to go out for a lunchtime pint and get wet. The Bridge at Amberley for a halumi salad and fish cakes, plus a couple of pints, a siesta and I was ready for the annual ritual of opening the Valentines cards. I usually set aside a couple of hours to open the biggest ones, and, after unloading the pantechnican from the post office, decide where to place them all, then it was off to the White Hart where the new restaurant JAK is getting underway, of which more tomorrow.

Chris France

14 Comments leave one →
  1. Helen permalink
    February 15, 2014 1:22 pm

    The postman on Valentines day
    is not going Christophers way
    those cards he has read
    are just in his head
    along with my rhyme
    I would say ……


  2. Rev. Jeff permalink
    February 15, 2014 2:34 pm

    Now I’m not one to boast or act proud,
    Who I am, I will not say aloud,
    But some veg and two fish?
    Why a sumptuous dish,
    I could bless it and feed a vast crowd !!

    Nice one Helen. Hope you had a sackful yourself !!


    • Helen Blackburn permalink
      February 15, 2014 3:45 pm

      Thank you Rev. Mine are still on their way….Just like Christophers . L.0.L.


    • February 15, 2014 5:43 pm

      Brilliant Christian angle!


  3. February 15, 2014 4:37 pm

    Don’t tell fibs ! For the facts, have some regard:
    So far as Cupid’s concerned, you are barred !
    Lay your “cards” on the table !
    Tell the truth, if you’re able –
    Confess ! You didn’t even get ONE card !


  4. Rev. Jeff permalink
    February 15, 2014 5:04 pm

    If you fancy a naughty flirtation,
    An illicit but fun assignation,
    While you certainly will,
    Get a card that will thrill,
    You must try to resist the temptation !!

    Here endeth today’s lesson !!


  5. Patrick permalink
    February 15, 2014 5:14 pm

    Great limericks, Rev. Jeff, both in proper vein, too — I can’t believe my eyes !

    Mine today is still lingers with the schoolboy-level humour of the preceding couple of days :-

    Don’t you just love emoticon art ?
    Like this clever symbol for a <3.
    But typed the wrong way round,
    Your blunder will rebound
    Should you text your Valentine a 3< !


  6. Helen permalink
    February 15, 2014 5:32 pm

    Love your work everybody 🙂
    By the way Rev Jeff , have just taken a look at the u, k weather & decided to extend my holidaaaaaaaaaaay ..yipee.
    f.y.i. too Chris .


  7. Rev. Jeff permalink
    February 15, 2014 6:28 pm

    Helen that’s just rubbing it in !!!!
    Patrick…very good but I’ve had to look up the symbols before properly appreciating it !!
    Chris, I shall tell Issy !!

    Terrific stuff today again campers !!


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