14 January 2019

Days

Some days are unremarkable, even empty. Nothing much happens and then it's time to go to bed. Do you also have days like that?

And yet other days are filled to the brim. Perhaps we need unremarkable days to appreciate the days that are filled with happenings. The full days.

Saturday was a full day for me. Frances and her fiancee Stew were back up from London. After a shower and tea and toast, Stew and I clambered into Clint's cockpit and headed to East Yorkshire. Stew supports Sheffield Wednesday and of course I support Hull City. They were playing each other in the English Championship. Kick off was at 3pm.

Clint discharged us at the "park and ride" facility in Hessle and we headed to the KCom Stadium on a public bus. However, before walking through West Park to the football ground we popped into a little Polish cafe. There we met my old friend Tony and one of his former NHS nursing colleagues - Karl.
Jarrod Bowen scored two of Hull City's goals
Stew and I ordered the "British Breakfast" with mugs of tea. £8 in total. Then we all trooped off to see the match. I could bore you with the fine details of this game but it is sufficient to say that The Tigers whupped Sheffield's Owls by three goals to nil. Stew was close to tears but luckily I had a clean handkerchief.

Then back to Clint on a full football bus and soon we were on the A63 heading back to Sheffield.

Once home the four of us sat down to a delicious Irish stew that Shirley had prepared in my absence and when this was consumed we asked Clint to take us to the city centre. "Not more driving!" he said. "I'm not a ruddy taxi you know!"

We parked near The City Hall and headed to the rear of that magnificent public edifice where the entrance to the smaller Memorial Hall is located. We had tickets for The Last Laugh Comedy Club and before too long the rotund host - Toby Foster from Radio Sheffield was on stage.
Jonny Awsum was awesome
There were three acts - Jamie Sutherland, Craig Murray and the headliner - Jonny Awsum. Each one of them provided us with belly laughs as we sat at the front of the balcony sipping beer between bouts of mirth.

Afterwards we climbed in our reluctant taxi - Clint. We headed homeward - but only to drop Frances and Stew off. After all, the night was still young and Shirley and I had a birthday party to attend in the neighbouring suburb of Nether Edge. Our friend Moira had reached the grand old age of sixty one and it would have been a shame not to pop into her house party for an hour.

And so, that was Saturday. As I began by saying, some days are unremarkable, even empty but others are filled to the brim. By the way, the comedy show tickets were a welcome Christmas present.

18 comments:

  1. You seem to have a good relationship with your future son-in-law! You are fortunate. So is he, come to think of it!

    What is in an Irish stew? Besides potatoes of course! And then a comedy club and a birthday party after dinner? I didn't know you lived such an exciting life, Mr. Pudding!

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    1. That's all the fun for 2019 - packed into one day. An Irish stew contains meat - usually mutton but it can be beef - with lentils, carrot, swede, leek, potatoes, onions and of course suet dumplings on top.

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  2. That WAS a full day! I'd need the day after to recuperate.
    I, like Jennifer, was curious as to what actually constitutes an Irish stew. Did yours have lamb in it? I make a good venison stew sometimes. Probably somewhat similar.

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    1. See above. Ours contained stewing steak but the more traditional mutton version is equally delicious.

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  3. It sounds like a day full to the brim of fun and the makings of wonderful memories.

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    1. Thanks for calling by Messy Mimi. I bet you also have full days like that one once in awhile.

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  4. That's all far too much for me to do in one day. These days I much prefer quiet, peaceful hours, days, nights, weeks, etc. Just speaking on behalf of me...I would no more plan a day like that than plan a flight to the moon!

    However, as often said by me...and others...we're all individuals...and have our own individual likes and dislikes.

    Yesterday, I did break rank and habit, though...I was escorted out to lunch by two fine gentleman, both of whom I have known since the early 60s. It's been quite a while sine we've shared time together...and it was a most pleasant interlude!

    Now I'm back to the quiet life...watching the Australian Open (tennis) with my two furry rascals cheering on their favourites.

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    1. Those two gentlemen were lucky to share your company. I hope you had a tasty lunch.

      Shame about Andy Murray and his ever painful hip. You will understand that more than most.

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    2. The meals we had were excellent, Yorkie. Upon leaving the venue I detoured off to the kitchen and thanked the chef, personally. A sincere thanks...a well-deserved thank you. More often than not the waiting staff get the compliments, not the chef.

      Yes...I do feel for Andy Murray...a sad ending for him. I watched the match last night and he put up a hell of a good fight before losing the match. He can hold his head high. It became impossible for him to hide the pain and discomfort he was feeling. It was a very brave effort.

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  5. Some days are busy and then some days are filled with biggies. It's too bad these couldn't be spread out over a few days.

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    1. It's like buses. You wait ages for a bus to come and then two arrive at the same time.

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  6. That was a busy day! It sounds like you enjoyed it and it is certainly good that you and Stew had bonding time while Shirley and Frances had girl time. I'm sure there must be plenty of wedding plans to be discussed by the ladies!

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    1. Oh please don't speak of the wedding Bonnie... It's like arranging to launch a moon rocket. I keep out of it.

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  7. "I'm not a taxi." I thought being at your beck and travelling call was Clint's very reason for being.

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    1. That may be the case with your compliant four-wheeled friend but Clint is a sassy lad with attitude.

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  8. That's a whole lot of day! I can't believe someone is actually called Johnny Awsum.

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    1. I am sure it is a pseudonym for performance purposes. You could also change your name to Steve Supercilious when lecturing kids about interviewing.

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  9. That's a full day all right. How old did you feel the next day? :) I can't manage that much in one go; I'd have to pass up something.

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