BUYING “TELEKON” IN WORKINGTON, 39 YEARS LATE

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If you’ve ever wondered what £24.75 buys you in Workington, wonder no more.

It gets you a nervous night, no telly, and a mug.

But I woke early enough to a drab morning, ready to give Worky a second chance.

Workington

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Grey
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A sign of things to come later on Black Eye Friday

Back to the Spoons for breakfast, along with a group of Yellow Jackets flown in from France to complain to the new Conservative MP about the Punk IPA costing £3.49.

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Planning the protest

A Proper Spoons, whatever that means.

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An average Eggs Benedict

No, I didn’t have a pint of Punk for breakfast. Or a G & T in the Conservative Club, which was probably still celebrating.

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CAMRA discounts ?

I can’t say the sun shone, but it looked a lot better than I expected.

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Future Brewhouse & Kitchen

The old pubs east of the shops may not sell cask but they looked the business.

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“An earthy diamond”
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Probably not a pub
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Jennings delivery van in a tight squeeze round corner
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Craft beer recommendation from Irish Sea Dave

In anticipation of imminent gentrification, Mr Wilson’s Tea Rooms had just opened, offering Workington the sort of afternoon tea long reserved for Londoners.

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See The Clementine

Workington looked a lot better than many similarly sized towns in East Angular I won’t mention.  Oh, go one then. Chatteris, Haverhill, Stowmarket, Billericay, Potters Bar.  I could go on.

Here’s a pie shop.

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The downsize is the proximity to Sellafield but the children looked absolutely normal.

 

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Nice hates

Having spent £24.80 on a “Guest House” and £4.80 on breakfast, I then bust the bank with my spending in HMV (top).

39 years ago, on holiday in the western Lakes, I visited Workington with £5 in 20p piece saved up to buy the new Numan LP (yes, vinyl cost nearly as much in the Middle Ages a CDs do now).

But on the drive from Keswick Radio 1 played a series of bewilderingly garbage tracks that persuaded me to save my hard earned cash for the OMD album.

This was the main atrocity;

I never did buy Telekon. Until now. It is unspeakable rubbish, though the CD version adds the singles and some experimental Eric Satie covers I quite enjoyed on the drive along the A66.

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