6 February 2015

Miscellaneous

Two proper Sheffield pubs in the Lower Heeley area. They are both drinkers' pubs - not glorified restaurants. Thankfully, both "The Sheaf View" and "Ye Olde Shakespeare Inn" are doing well. With good beers, they seem to have found a healthy niche in the pub market when so many other drinking pubs appear to be in terminal decline. They are just fifty yards apart.
Above, a sixteenth century stone waterspout on the tower of St James's Church in the Norton area of Sheffield and below an unusual view of that same tower:-
Who's for skating or transportation to hospital in an ambulance? An icy path in Graves Park on Wednesday afternoon:-

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  1. I absolutely LOVE that spout!

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    1. I hereby name it The John Gray Lookalike Spout!

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  2. Those little pubs, the true blue pubs like the country and outback pubs here...the pubs that remain true to their identity are great. I hope we never lose them.

    That's a mean looking water spout; no wonder the water ran away!!!

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    1. Is it the same in Oz with corporate pub-restaurants taking over - leaving independent pubs stranded?

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    2. I think in many instances that is the case, Yorky. I no longer work in the hospitality industry, so I'm out of the loop. There is only one hotel here where I live....http://www.stbernardshotel.com.au/ and it's privately-owned (I think).

      At the other end of this plateau upon which I dwell there is the Eagle Heights Hotel...when I first came here to live 13 years ago I was one of the chefs/cooks there, but I've since retired. It's still owned by the same family. http://www.eagleheightshotel.com.au/ Or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eagle-Heights-Mountain-Resort/161059300593622 However, to me, it's not a true reflection of a hotel/pub...in the "raw" sense of the word.

      http://www.couriermail.com.au/lifestyle/health/best-pubs-in-queensland/story-fn8ujcxa-1226312719985

      There are so many interesting old Aussie-style pubs throughout this country...they are the ones I hope never disappear on us.

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    3. https://www.google.com.au/search?q=queensland+pubs&biw=1440&bih=771&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=IHjWVKjlBtjf8AXih4CoAw&sqi=2&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAg&dpr=1

      Some more to keep you occupied if you're sitting there twiddling your thumbs trying to keep warm. :)

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  3. That is a beautiful stone waterspout! Don't you dare fall down in the ice! Somebody has kept those two pubs up nicely. Makes me thirsty for a glass of dark beer.

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    1. p.s. Are those gargoyles sticking out of the top of the church....or just stone structure pieces?

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    2. They are also stone spouts in gargoyle form Peace. The close-up one was on the other side.

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  4. I got married at St. James, Norton

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    1. Well that's nice MAC. It's a lovely church and well-maintained too. When you got married did you look up at that open-mouthed spouting creature watching you?

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    2. Unfortunately I don't remember much about the fabric of the church and I keep promising myself I will visit it to remind myself.

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  5. Lots of old pubs struggling to keep going here as their clientele move away to more pleasant surroundings to drink..... Lots of nicer outdoors locations and bars where women feel more comfortable. That old, men's-only drinking culture is almost gone, thank Heavens and in the old days women were not allowed in bars here.

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    1. It's the increasingly samey corporate character of pubs that I don't like - with food menus on every table. But the times they are a changing - in Australia t too it seems.

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  6. Both pubs look well kept, and even though they are so close to each other, both seem to be going well enough. On the first picture, it took me a second to realize the minaret was not part of the Sheaf View's building; I took it for an eccentric chimney.
    Great shots of the water spout and the tower. And the picture of the park means you have been out and about some more!

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    1. You are right to point out the flaw in the photo - with regard to the mosque beyond the pub. I was standing on a mound in a children's play area and it was hard to find a better position - what with trees and bushes around. I have another photo of the pub - landscape - where the minaret is clearly detached from the pub.

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    2. It looks quirky enough to have been done on purpose, Neil!

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  7. This has made me thirsty. Good shots as always.

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    1. A couple of pub pictures and you're thirsty? That might be a sign of alcoholism Adrian!

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  8. There's no way I'd have been going anywhere except downhill after visiting those pubs!

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    1. A man with your capacity for alcoholic beverages would still be calling for more well after closing time. "Haven't you got a home to go to?"

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    2. a few years ago perhaps...

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