TEVERSHAM TANTRUMS

Half-way through Lockdown 2 (possibly), and I need you all to write to your MP with a single message;

Stuff Christmas; re-open the pubs (in a Covid secure way)“. Off you go.

Otherwise you’re in for a lot more of this unsatisfactory mix of highlights packages and gentle Cambridgeshire walks past closed pubs and no-one wants that. Especially me.

Teversham almost broke Mrs RM and I.

A small village 15 minutes from home which I passed 3,713 times on my way to work at Fulbourn Hospital, notable only for proximity to Cambridge International Airport (my parents flew to Guernsey on honeymoon from there in 1960) and an “earthy” GBG pub that once served Ansells Mild. Honest.

The Rose & Crown lost its pub early this century, gaining one of Cambridgeshire’s 435 village Indian restaurants.

They’ve got the NHS QR code on the door so I guess they were trading before the latest Lockdown. I quite fancy one of those Sunday buffets.

Apart from a closed curry house and five different play areas, Teversham is a facility free village.

Charles Spurgeon, the “Prince of Preachers”, started here, before graduating to Waterbeach Baptist Church and later on crowds of 23,654 at Crystal Palace, which is more than the Eagles got in the Championship.

We arrived on a gorgeous autumn Saturday, parked at the church,

and set off in search of SOMETHING of interest. And failed.

I assumed that Mrs RM must be as virtuous as I am to justify the sunshine,

but she was immediately chased by an aggressive canine let off its lead by one of those ill-disciplined dog owners that blight her life (they like ME, it seems).

He doesn’t bite. (much)” screamed the culprit. Mrs RM needed a drink, but had to wait till the end of a 2 hour walk around Teversham Fen for which her footwear was better prepared than mine, for a change.

Actually, these photos make it look OK, don’t they. Some of you like these big skies. You’re welcome to them.

NB The closest pub to Teversham is a Greene King diner where I actually conducted a job interview in 1987 (Abbot, IPA 3.5 (both of them).

10 thoughts on “TEVERSHAM TANTRUMS

  1. A few weeks ago I would not have even known what tamarind is, but I recently cooked a curry with it. Worcestershire sauce apparently can be used as a substitute.

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  2. “and I need you all to write to your MP with a single message;”

    Pretty sure they’ll soon figure out it’s you writing multiple times, so to speak. 🙂

    “Teversham almost broke Mrs RM and I.”

    It was that expensive?

    “notable only for proximity to Cambridge International Airport”

    I was wondering about that on the OS Map.

    “gaining one of Cambridgeshire’s 435 village Indian restaurants.”

    You could do Curry ticking during the lockdown!
    (oh wait, they’re all closed as well aren’t they?)

    “and set off in search of SOMETHING of interest. And failed.”

    Blimey. You always seem to find something of interest in your travels.

    “I assumed that Mrs RM must be as virtuous as I am to justify the sunshine,”

    Pftt. As mentioned earlier it’s because the weather is waiting to be inclement once more so as to force you into a pub.

    Either that, or it’s teasing you in the knowledge that you can’t currently have a luverly pint outside in the sunshine. 😉

    “(they like ME, it seems).”

    Me too! And small children apparently.*

    “for which her footwear was better prepared than mine, for a change.”

    My darling wife never quite grasps that heavy rains the night before will play havoc with her choice of footwear when we go for a walk in the woods back of us the next day. 🙂

    “Some of you like these big skies.”

    *cough* Montana. 😉

    Cheers

    * – Back in the mid 90’s I used to do story time at the local library once a week for the pre-schoolers. Some of them used to run up and hug me round the knees if they saw me in the grocery store. If they did that today I’d be arrested!

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    1. Ah, I love children. When parents used to bring lads round for birthday parties I’d leave them to their dull chats about house prices and shops and play video games with 8 years old. And lose.

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      1. “and play video games with 8 years old. And lose.”

        Been there, done that. Gave up playing my lads at video games when the Nintendo Cube came out… back in the 90’s. 😉

        Cheers

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  3. Unless it’s about a local issue from which they might pick up some credit, or gain a bit of kudos, it’s a total waste of time writing to one’s MP

    Due to our broken and failed parliamentary system, where MPs are “whipped” into following the party line, contacting your member of parliament about a national issue will elicit the same, standard response. If you’re lucky to even receive a reply, it will be dressed up with hand-wringing platitudes, along the lines of whilst they sympathise and would like to help, their hands are tied etc, etc.

    Very few MPs think for themselves, particularly those aiming for high office, and those who do speak out against government and/or party policy, are either side-lined, or have the whip withdrawn.

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    1. T’other Paul,
      I agree that “it’s a total waste of time writing to one’s MP” and, from what I’ve heard, especially so where I like where the MP, a niece of Jacob Rees-Mogg, rarely leaves her Hammersmith home other than for the occasional nice photo opportunity her new constituency.
      ( I had no criticism of our previous MP who was of the same political party )

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