6 May 2023.

Should have mentioned “Reg”. On the way down from Platform 14 that morning a handsome chap tapped me on the shoulder and said “You are Retired Martin and I claim my pint of Doom Bar“. I had to chase him half way down the steps before he admitted his name. I knew I should never have done that interview for the Telegraph and had my photo taken.

And as I headed to the Etihad after a lunchtime at the Crown & Kettle I knew I should have eaten first.

Too late for a curry, I suddenly panicked and nipped in Cask for the loo and then went “Ooh shiny” as I passed the fonts.

Duchesse de Bourgogne ? Special cherry edition ? On draught ?

That would go down well with a pie.

Life gets no better, but best go back and ask for a pint of water, eh ?

And yes, that really is the colour of that meat and stilton pie. Despite the plastic packing, it was up there with the Melton Mowbray one.

And it filled me up, at least until I made it to Tony’s Chippy, halfway to the ground. Oh dear.

So good, so bad etc etc. Could have been worse, but the Golden Fish remains shut. We need an equivalent of CAMRA for Chinese chippies, we really do.

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