first time visit

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Wenlock Arms, Wenlock Road, Shoreditch, London

Visited: Wednesday 30 June 2010 You understand why your favourite tea mug is the one with the chip in the rim. Or how you just can’t throw away those old slippers with holes in the toes. You know how a slight shabbiness can be agreeable. You understand the way a certain dog-eared quality can be … Continue reading

The Bell, Angel Row, Nottingham

Visited: Saturday 19 June 2010 I’m in the hall of the Bell, crouching to the floor to photograph the flagstones. They’re an unusual feature, like a piece of the outdoors coming in. A bouncer asks what I’m up to – not in a threatening way; he’s just curious. I’m sort of curious too – as … Continue reading

Sycamore Inn, Parwich, Derbys

Visited: Saturday 22 May 2010 You know you’re in the countryside when the cottage you’re renting was renovated by the man standing next to you in the toilet of the boozer. The Sycamore is a classic English village pub, overlooking the village green, seemingly at the heart of local life. Parwich is a smattering of … Continue reading

Coopers Tavern, Cross Street, Burton-on-Trent, Staffs

Visited: Saturday 8 May 2010 It’s early in a long day. Mark and I are off to watch our football team, Grimsby Town, in their last hurrah before relegation out of the Football League. At the other end of our carriage on the train, a dozen or so other Town fans, who look about sixteen … Continue reading