ALL IS QUIET ON NEW YEAR’S DAY, A PUB CRAWL IN MANC GETS UNDERWAY

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It’s 35 years since I played “New Year’s Day” by U2, and I still can’t be sure about the apostrophe in Year’s. Russ will correct it now I’ve given him editing rights on the blog.

I tipped up in Heaton Chapel on Tuesday afternoon having barely had a drop for 5 days, and therefore feeling rather better than the 99% of the population who consume half their annual units on 31 December.

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Some folk had been having such a good time in the Heatons that they’d left their shoe for the shoe fairy.

Art shot

Manchester was quieter than I’d ever seen it, with all the important places like the Piccadilly Tap closed up.  How are we supposed to conquer Dryanuary when nothing is open ?

Remind you of a Dylan cover, Dave ?

At least I could stand in the middle of the road and take photos for a change.

Could have stayed here for £65

I arranged to meet Joan and Dave Southworth, who had travelled from Minneapolis to laugh at us save cask at Brew Dog, which was shut. Surely everyone NEEDS an End of History on 1 January.

Albert’s Schloss next door was open, but fully booked, so we resorted to a Proper Manc Pub.

Plain, but never average

The Sir Ralph had its year of GBG glory when under some threat of demolition by Salford Devil “Phil” Neville; not that I’m equating the two.

Nowadays it’s just a great Manchester pub selling beer you might have heard of and showing Leeds lose at Forest.  Always a good thing.

 

Dave and Joan don’t have pubs like this in Minnesota, apparently.

Pint for the Pub People

I suspect we discussed the burning issue of the day.

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Just how do I get those lacings ?

But where next ? You’ll never guess.

 

NB Day 6 of 2019, and already the internet is on goslow, which means multiple short posts. Sorry to those of you who like BRAPA length epics.

 

 

20 thoughts on “ALL IS QUIET ON NEW YEAR’S DAY, A PUB CRAWL IN MANC GETS UNDERWAY

  1. “the Piccadilly Tap closed up” on new years day but it was open by 9.30am on Wednesday 2nd for me to pass half an hour before the Lost Dean was meant to open at 10am.

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    1. Oh, no, please ignore that – or better still delete it and this – as I’ve got the Piccadilly Tap and the Piccadilly Tavern mixed up again.

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  2. “He – Abercromby – was a strong supporter of the American cause in the American Revolutionary War, and remained in Ireland – as Commander-In-Chief – to avoid having to fight against the colonists.”

    Oh. The. Irony.

    But some people at least chose the right pub, eh?

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  3. “and I still can’t be sure about the apostrophe in Year’s. ”

    It’s correct. 🙂

    And what’s with Pratts Wood Road and Palastine Road on the map? 😉

    “Art shot”

    Probably for wearing funny shoes (and there’s no chalk outline to show where exactly he fell after being shot).

    “Could have stayed here for £65”

    Now that’s an art shot. 🙂

    “Pint for the Pub People”

    Perfect.

    “Sorry to those of you who like BRAPA length epics.”

    It can’t always be a smorgasbord. 🙂

    Cheers

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    1. I like those analogies. I sometimes think the same thing as BRAPA but I’d be much too scared to ever write it down. And being old, I get tired reading much more than 400 words. BRAPA’s photos are genius.

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      1. Actually, I think it’s because Simon visits pubs after work when there are other people there. Half my pub visits these days seem to involve an awkward conversation with the publican or the only customer !

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      2. “Actually, I think it’s because Simon visits pubs after work when there are other people there. Half my pub visits these days seem to involve an awkward conversation with the publican or the only customer !”

        Very good point Martin.

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  4. The Sir Ralph was really the epitome of what makes Manchester so good. What seems to be an average pub would stand out in a lot of cities. Good beer and a nice ambiance. Good company too:)

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