STAY AT HOME

No, not THAT home.

No, NOT Ireland. Or the Isle of Man.

But the rest of our wonderful (dis)United Kingdom will soon be yours.

But that’s not good enough for the readers of Blue Moon, who are desperate to leave these shores, and aghast at the thought of a foreign travel ban.

Explore your own country, for goodness sake !
Bridlington ? What’s wrong with Bridlington ?

As I often say, many people have no idea about the UK, dividing it into London/Cornwall/north Norfolk/Edinburgh and “The North”.

Thank goodness for the indomitable “Unicorn” cutting through this nonsense. I’d like to meet that man and shake his hand.

Here’s just FIVE SIX reasons to holiday in the UK.

1. Fish and Chips – We have the best fish and chips in the world.

And meringues, oddly.

2. Music in pubs – England invented music and our pubs are famous for playing a wide range of “popular” music released between 1980 and 1988.

3. Wine gardens – England is famed for the prompt, friendly service in its wine gardens, championed by politicians and normal people alike.

4. Sandy beaches. Our 7,723 miles of coastline provide sandy beaches and GUARANTEED sun 365 days of the year.

5. Outdoor sports. Following recent refurbishment the artificial ski slope at Sheffield is back to it challenging best.

With après-ski activities at Chez RetiredMartin if Mrs RM hasn’t finished the craft cans.

6. Pointless pub discussions. People travel from miles around to have arguments over the correct word for a bread roll.

From the 12 April, you can join them.

32 thoughts on “STAY AT HOME

  1. As you say -nowt wrong with Bridlington -I would happily go there for a week (2 might be pushing it ) We have decided to do things a little differently first off & are heading to Stratford on Avon in June -anywhere near the sea was out of our comfort zone money wise.Kingsbridge in Devon in October hopefully ! We love holidays in the UK

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      1. “2 weeks anywhere is pushing it!”

        Agreed. (unless it’s with our grandchild(ren)*.

        Five nights is ample as you mentioned; even in large cities such as Paris and whatnot.

        Cheers

        * 2nd grandchild (a girl!) is due in early June! 🙂

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      1. Ah yes, Tim’s Greyhound ( the southern version of a whippet ) was the only Wetherspoons where my breakfast included fried diced potatoes rather than hash browns, but still not enough sausages.

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  2. “We have the best fish and chips in the world” – but they should be out of paper not a piddling little polystyrene box for a child’s portion. .

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  3. I don’t want to buck a trend….but can I have both please? 🙂

    (Although when I finally lurch out from semi to full retirement, I’ll be using your blog as my UK good guide)

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  4. It’s probably a lost cause now, but it’s unfortunate that the term “staycation” has come to be used for any holiday taken in one’s own country, rather than its original intended meaning of a holiday spent at home doing day trips.

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  5. “No, not THAT home.”

    The hacking of the foliage is well underway!

    “But the rest of our wonderful (dis)United Kingdom will soon be yours.”

    You can have my spot. 😉

    “and aghast at the thought of a foreign travel ban”

    (looks down) I thought if you want foreign muck you just go to London. 😉

    “Explore your own country, for goodness sake !”

    By your command. 🙂
    (planning on going ‘out of province’ – gasp!, for Easter weekend)

    “Thank goodness for the indomitable “Unicorn” cutting through this nonsense. I’d like to meet that man and shake his hand.”

    That would be one of those upside down shakes, right?

    “We have the best fish and chips in the world.”

    No argument here.

    “Music in pubs”

    Technically, The Cavern was a kind of pub, right?

    “England is famed for the prompt, friendly service in its wine gardens, championed by politicians and normal people alike.”

    Judging from the photo immediately below I think you got confused between ‘wine’ and ‘whine’. 😉

    “Our 7,723 miles of coastline provide sandy beaches and GUARANTEED sun 365 days of the year.”

    Correct on both the miles and the sun… even if said sun is behind a plethora of rain clouds. 🙂

    “Outdoor sports. ”

    I thought ‘outdoor’ sports was when the bouncer chucks you onto the street from the pub.

    “With après-ski activities at Chez RetiredMartin if Mrs RM hasn’t finished the craft cans.”

    Handy hint: just keep a few cans under 6% on hand. 😉

    “Pointless pub discussions. People travel from miles around to have arguments over the correct word for a bread roll.”

    And if that dries up you can always segue to the over/under toilet roll placement discussion.

    “From the 12 April, you can join them.”

    You can have my spot. 🙂

    Cheers

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    1. It is an enduring feature of pubs that actually play music (a lot don’t) that they’re either tuned Radio 2 which only plays the ’80s or they have Dire Straits on.

      1985 for me, Mark, but 2021 is shaping up to be a cracker.

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    2. Maybe a bit edgy for most pubs, but “Appetite for Destruction” was released in 1987 and “Operation Mindcrime” in 1988. “Sweet Child O’Mine” is OK for pubs 😀

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      1. The Big Yellow storage unit in Hillsborough played a local station whose repertoire consisted entirely of “Big Perm Rock” from 81-88 – Guns n Roses, Bryan Adams (well, less perm there), Europe, Def Leppard, Journey. You’d love it.

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  6. “No, NOT Ireland. Or the Isle of Man.
    But the rest of our wonderful (dis)United Kingdom will soon be yours.”

    The rest? Neither Ireland (Eire) or the Isle of Man are part of the UK (despite the ‘UK’ under Isle of Man on your map). Can we visit Northern Ireland? I really can’t be bothered to read any more of the endless rules! Wainfleet will do for me.

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  7. Far too early to be making plans, but Forchheim and Fränkische Schweiz are almost certainly out for another year.

    By way of compensation, and it’s pretty good compensation, as long as the pubs are open, I aim to get some serious walking in, by continuing my trek along the North Downs Way.

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