STALYVEGAS OR LAS VEGAS ?

 

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Five points for the musical reference. I used the same one on the Stalybridge post; that’s how predictable I am.  It’s not Elvis, but this is;

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Viva

The best way to tidy up my holiday snaps is to do a post about a place, so here’s all you need to know about a small city in the Nevada desert.

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Better than the real Venice, if you’re American

Actually, all you need to do is follow Nick (ex-Erlangen) on Twitter to convince you to visit immediately/lock up your children.

Nick seems to be having a wilder time of it than the Taylor family, but then he has found the secret supply of Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Nectar, allegedly. Photo:Nick

Mrs RM added Vegas to our LA trip for two reasons;

  • To see the big hole in the ground
  • To eat loads of pancakes

It’s telling that the only people I know who’d been to Vegas were either hairdressers or Welsh. My personal barber had lost $3,000 only last Summer, and seemed delighted by it.

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No Ordnance Survey available

This 8 day trip was dragging me away from the delights of English pubs in midwinter, so it seems only fair to compare Vegas with its twin city in Tameside.

A quick reminder of the charms of Stalybridge;

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1. Travel time – VEGAS WIN

The Bolt Bus from LA took 5 hours to reach Vegas.  Anyone who’s been on the A628 through Mottram will know that the journey to Staly takes at least 5 days.

2. Accommodation – VEGAS WIN

To the best of my knowledge there are NO hotels in Stalybridge, so Vegas wins by default, even if you couldn’t see the seaside from the Royal Resort.

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Royal Resort, Vegas

3. Wi-Fi – STALY WIN

The Society Rooms in Staly has excellent free WiFi; the absence of WiFi in our Vegas hotel nearly caused an international incident.

4. Breakfast – STALY WIN

Denny’s breakfast is indeed a marvel, but careful research reveals you can also put back 2,000 calories in half an hour in the Society Rooms.  At half the cost.

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5. Curry – STALY WIN

No sane person would order a curry in America.  That said, the tacos were sublime.

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6. Restaurant views – VEGAS WIN

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Lunch at the Grand Canyon

A bag of chips on Victoria Bridge at sunset comes a close second.

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7. Swordsmanship – STALY WIN

Only in Staly

Vegas has an Excalibur Hotel but no swordsmen.

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View from Excalibur Hotel

8. Hills – NEVADA WIN

Much as I admire the Dark Peak, I have to concede the superiority of the Grand Canyon, particularly when I read that 36 people fell into it last year. On the downside the 3 hour journey there took 5 hours.

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9. Exchange rate – STALY WIN

The Stalybridge pound can be converted into UK pounds at a rate of 1:1, ensuring economic stability.  At the current time £1 sterling buys this;

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Quarter

10. Pubs – STALY WIN

Vegas pub;

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Staly pub;

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Points deduction for VegasBass mirror, reinstated due to availability of keg Bass.

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Bass mirror in loos at Main Station
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Typical Vegas beer range

 

OVERALL RESULT – Stalybridge win. That doesn’t mean we’ll be spending next Christmas there, mind.

 

 

 

18 thoughts on “STALYVEGAS OR LAS VEGAS ?

  1. “At the current time £1 sterling buys this;”

    You think the exchange rate for the Pound is bad; you should see what it is for the Canadian dollar. 😣

    “Vegas has an Excalibur Hotel but no swordsmen.”

    It did when I stayed there in ’95 (so did Caesar’s Palace, but technically they were gladiators). 😉

    But completely agree on ANY UK place having better pubs. 😎

    Cheers

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  2. I know I am not the most reliable source on this, but I have been to Vegas (once) and find nothing positive to say about it other than my wife really enjoyed it.

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  3. Took my teenage kids to Vegas in an RV and stayed not far from the strip.
    They had a blast.Especially when they got to fire an AK-47 at Bin Laden at The Gun Range.
    That and watching Dad get mullahed on home-made margaritas around the pool.I woke up to find they’d put one of the wife’s bras on me while I was crashed out.
    The bastards.
    Happy days.

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  4. “Restaurant views – VEGAS WIN”

    Tsk, tsk. Saying that the Grand Canyon is a restaurant view from Vegas is like saying you get an excellent view from Holyhead in Wales whilst staying in Staleybridge. 🙂

    “View from Excalibur Hotel”

    That looks more like the view from the Tropicana, just east of the Excalibur on the other side of S Las Vegas Blvd. 🙂

    Cheers

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  5. Great post and a deserved win for Stalybridge. Being a native of Rotherham I am quite confident it would beat New York too.

    I’ve seen your photo of a Denny’s breakfast on two posts now and although I’m very afraid to ask I can’t help it.

    It may be a dumb question but at least I won’t keep having nightmares – what is that white frothy stuff on it?

    Looks like drool – but there has to be a completely logical explanation.

    Glyn

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