29 April 2018

Observation

Gipsyville Roundabout, Hull
I went down to the local pub late last night to drown my sorrows. Hull City had lost to Cardiff City  by two goals to nil yesterday afternoon.

Our local is not as pleasant as it used to be. Sometimes there's loud music with televisions blaring and the manager/landlord is a bit of an arsehole. For example, not long after I had sat down with my pint, he decided to perform one of his party tricks in the middle of the tap room. He was clearly inebriated.
Boothferry Road, Hull
Trying to show off to a bunch of chums in the corner, he balanced a full pint of cider on his head. But it didn't stay there long - approximately one second - before smashing on the floor sending glass, cider and ice everywhere. A lot of it ended up on Karl's jacket which had fallen from a stool. Karl was none too pleased.

It was a silly performance and very unfunny. I mean, in my way of thinking - a pub landlord's behaviour in public should be exemplary - setting good standards rather than destroying them. Soon he staggered up the staircase, heading back to the flat above while Sam and Kieran - the two young barmen were left to clean up the mess. As I say - what an arsehole!
Anlaby Road, Hull
In the afternoon, I  parked Clint at the "Park and Ride" car park in Hessle before catching a bus to the KCom Stadium near the centre of Hull. My friend Tony had posted me his season pass as he couldn't attend the last match of the season - so I went in his place.

While riding on the top deck of the bus I snapped some pictures of the west side of Hull - travelling along Hessle Road, Boothferry Road and Anlaby Road. Other passengers on the top deck must have been bemused but I wanted these pictures for the geogragh project that I have written about before in this humble Yorkshire blog.
Cream-coloured phone boxes on Anlaby Road, Hull

27 comments:

  1. I'm sorry Hull lost and you have an idiot for a publican. I feel sorry for the bar men, especially because they are probably quite used to it.
    I've never seen a cream phone booth before, I thought they were always red?

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    1. Traditionally all of Britain's phone boxes were red - apart from phone boxes in and around the city of Hull which still has its own independent phone company. Hence - the cream-coloured boxes.

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  2. A specialised barman never drinks.
    I've learnt something new here today, about the cream-coloured phone booths. I too have always seen them red. Thank you for taking us on these trips with you.
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. You are welcome to join me on my trips Maria, We can drink a glass or two of Italian wine together and you can educate me about it. I prefer white.

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    2. Thank you. I would love that! Although I'd prefer you educate me on your local cider instead. "When in Rome...”
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    3. English cider nearly all comes from the south west... from the counties of Somerset, Herefordshire and Devon. There's no mass cider production in Yorkshire so you'd have to drink pints of beer instead.

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  3. T'aint right - cream coloured phone boxes.

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    1. Not everything is black and white Sue.

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    2. Or red all over.

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  4. Sounds like the pub landlord had imbibed too much himself. I recognise one of those roads in Hull. My husband's cousin lives near there.

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    1. That landlord fellow has a habit of imbibing too much and his behaviour proves that he cannot hold his drink. In his very first week he fell backwards off a stool and almost cracked his skull on a table edge.

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  5. I predict the pub landlord will either kill himself by accident or drink all his profits and be fired within six months. Either way, the problem will be solved . . .

    Oh my, that sounds mean. And I started out just trying to look on the bright side!

    The cream coloured telephone boxes are a new bit of info for me as well. Here we call those telephone booths. Or did. I haven't seen one in ages. Instead we have three sided open affairs that don't even reach the ground. They aren't much good next to a busy street, which is where they are mostly located. I think they are called kiosks.

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    1. Many English phone boxes have disappeared with the march of the mobile phone.

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  6. Oh my, I don't even know the fellow and I wasn't even there but i am embarrassed for him. I would think that after one too many of these antics he would not be able to show his face in public.

    I love the cloudy skies in your travelogue. that's real English weather.

    I told everyone who reads my blog to tune in to the Today Show tomorrow for Bosh! I tried looking them up on the Today Show website, but they don't post advance notice for their guests. But I'll tape the whole thing and then take some screen shots for you.

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    1. You are very kind Vivian. Ian is in NYC right now ready for tomorrow morning. As I say it is just 99% certain they will be on Monday's "Today".

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    2. He is supposed to be on TV in the 9 - 9:30 am half hour. I am watching now, waiting for their appearance.

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  7. Why are the telephone boxes cream and do they work? Our boxes are red and I thought all of the uk boxes were the same colour.
    Most of ours have either been changed to the horrible modern one's or not working. lol
    Briony
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    1. Hull is unique in that it was never part of British Telecom. Hull Telephones remains an independent company and surprisingly those two telephone boxes contain working pay telephones.

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  8. I enjoyed seeing some of the streets of Hull. I love the phone booths - is it true they are much larger on the inside?

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  9. Cream. Cream? Cream? CREAM ?

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    1. That's Hull for you. On the edge of things and a bit different.

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  10. Your description of the pub's manager is apt. "Fool" could be added to his title, too. His stupid behaviour is a sure-fire way of losing customers.

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    1. You are right. Who wants to visit a place that is led by such a person? For me, it's just that the pub is nearby. I can easily walk there and back.

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  11. If the Licensing Board (or whatever you have in England these days) were aware of the Landlord's behaviour he would no longer be a licensee.

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  12. It's hard to shoot pictures from a moving bus, I've found. That pub manager sounds like a problem. It sounds like he may have alcohol issues, in which case he's in the wrong line of work!

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