Well, it’s been a great birthday (did I mention it) so far and I haven’t been stabbed in New Brighton yet.
Can I sneak a Chinese takeaway back to my £18.94 room?
There has been Bass.
Just in case you wondered, this is the itinerary for The Birthday Week, so far.
Wednesday – Durham
Thursday – Workington (😱)
Friday – Stockport (no stagger)
Saturday – Llandudno w/Duncan
Sunday – New Brighton
Monday – Place your bets.
Durham was an ideal base to complete the Tyne & Wear GBG.
A commendable effort by The Shoes, only improved if they could stop the rain that hammered down on the walk to Durham station.
If I hadn’t stopped at the top of the stairs, Joker style, I’d have caught the 18:40 to Newcastle.
The chap at the ticket office went
“Ooh, you’ve a long wait till the next train”
omitting to tell me there was one on Platform 2 AT THAT VERY MOMENT.
If I’d run I’d have caught it.
Still, time to tick the Waiting Rooms, a worthy GBG newbie with a cheery barmaid and desolate customers.
You expect a few dodgy characters at railway bars, don’t you? Nope. THEY WERE PLAYING COLDPLAY.
Normal people would have sat there for 20 minutes and read a book.
Not me. Move or die.
I visited the Station House last year and was impressed with their pub quiz vibe.
But could they cut it on a wet Wednesday after Michaelmas term ends?
There were some folk from the Uni there, discussing Middle Eastern politics over flights of cider. Always a Good Thing.
And a display that tells you how long you’ve got to order another beer before your delayed train comes (top).
And a barman with a proper Health and Safety cap who was brilliant and told me the Landlord is kept for weeks before serving.
“oooh! “ I said, like I know what that means.
But Tim Taylors should come here now and sample their beer at its best, rather than the pallid imitation served up in London for a fiver a pint.
I had a third of something strong and dark, almost expertly decanted into my Landlord glass, and declared the Station House the “best micro in the world”
Cheques to the usual address, Chris.