SOUTH HOLLAND BACK IN THE BIG TIME

Think of it as a public service. Every few days I bring you the Covid League Table, and today there’s a new name proudly at the top.

The Top 11 seems centred on the strip across the country from the Wash through the vegetable fields to the southern coalfields i.e. the places where people actually work for a living.

To be fair, South Holland is top despite bringing cases below a 200/100,000 per week level that looked impossible in January, and they’re averaging 25 cases a day which is also the number of carrot factories in Holbeach.

For GBG tickers, South Holland is a series of drab A roads taken at 42 mph behind a Massey Ferguson tractor on the way to a new Guide pub selling Bateman XB (badly) to septuagenarian diners.

But there’ll always be Spalding, where I see I managed a pretty positive post on my birthday in 2017.

A Proper Market Town, a micro selling chilli chutney and a Sam Smiths pub that closed suddenly 5 months before Lockdown.

The innocence of Spalding Today in wondering why a Humphrey pub might close suddenly is charming.

Perhaps it was the lack of Humphrey’s favourite Italian liqueur, as on Trip Advisor, Madfred1 moans “What greeted us was old &archaic . The male bartender had never heard of dissarano ??“.

What else can I tell you about the area. Well, there’s ice cream in Holbeach and it’s very good for cycling. Except if you attempt to cross the triangular bridge at Crowland.

13 thoughts on “SOUTH HOLLAND BACK IN THE BIG TIME

      1. Citra,
        During the last ten years of my working life and driving round the lanes west of Stafford I’m sure many an oncoming tractor was doing about 42mph.
        And the local JCB Fastrac Two – a stripped down and performance-enhanced JCB Fastrac tractor – has set a new world record as the world’s fastest tractor by clocking an average speed of 135 mph.

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  1. Cycling in those flat lands can be absolute murder if the wind is against you. There’s nowhere to hide and no respite whatsoever. Having a triangular bridge to negotiate would count as a rest stop.

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  2. “There’ll always be Spalding”. Reminds me of “We’ll always have Paris” from Casablanca. I can see you as a kind of Fenland Humphrey Bogart.

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  3. “Every few days I bring you the Covid League Table, and today there’s a new name (proudly) at the top.”

    All but one in the top ten are decreasing in cases. It’s almost like… one of the four seasons is coming to an end. 😉

    “i.e. the places where people actually work for a living.”

    Yup. A bit hard to produce anything from a ‘field’ just by sitting in a cafe on your laptop.*
    (and I don’t mean to imply actually sitting ON your laptop)

    “South Holland is a series of drab A roads taken at 42 mph behind a Massey Ferguson tractor on the way to a new Guide pub selling Bateman XB (badly) to septuagenarian diners.”

    That’s a wee bit akin to where my brother lives in France, especially the tractors at certain times of the year. But substitute brasserie for pub, and knock the septuagenarians down to sexagenarians. 🙂

    “and a Sam Smiths pub that closed suddenly 5 months before Lockdown.”

    Most likely due to them not having Hump’s fave dessert.

    “Madfred1 moans “What greeted us was old &archaic . The male bartender had never heard of dissarano ??“.”

    Pfft. Did he even revert to the generic and ask for an amaretto?

    “Well, there’s ice cream in Holbeach and it’s very good for cycling.”

    You can cycle on ice cream? 😉

    Cheers

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