: Best Bitter and Beef Burgers,Too.
of Britain Cycle Race
(or as I still remember it- The
Milk Race) coming
through Kendal today on their way to Blackpool invoked
thoughts of Stanley Holloway reminiscing about
Albert's visit there, somewhat plagiarised:
There's a famous seaside place called Blackpool,
noted for fresh air and fun,
The two thousand and
twelve British Bike Race
Would stop there when t'day’s
fuss were done.
But first they’d have
to pass Kendal
In a frenzy at Stramongate bridge
BOOTboys and t'others were waiting
Despite it being
cold as a fridge
Bikers didn’t think much
The rain was
all drizzly and wet
with a wind what blew right down t'high street
just like a
They’d another mad dash
at Old Hutton
they’d eat on the bike
Before waving "Hello Kirkby
And off to t’south, speedy-like.
had BOOTboy implications. As we wanted
to see Wiggo and Cav in action, the start to our outing
would be seriously delayed - they were not expected
until about 1 p.m.
had intended to do my own two wheeled stint into Kendal but,
unfortunately, my punctured front wheel let me down.
Consequently, my bicycular appearance could
not take place. As a result, I decided to walk into Kendal (despite the
teeming rain) but, after a quarter of a mile or so,
I realised that I had forgotten my mobile.
home, couldn't see the thing, so dialled it from the house phone.
My rucksack responded. Umm.
Set off again
then, after a quarter of a mile or so, realised I hadn’t
got my camera. Returned home and found it. Time
was slipping away so phoned Tony to ask him to pick
arrived in Kendal in time to have a look round the small Castle
Street Cemetery, the most famous occupant being Wavell
Wakefield - he who, when combined with Will Carling, has
the distinction of enabling Sedbergh School to enjoy
the claim of being the only school to have produced
two England rugby union captains.
Wakefield's resting place
Kent from Stramongate Bridge
was also a tomb with a strange "Bat out of Hell"
original plan was to take advantage of the offer made
by Roger B to use his offices as a vantage point. However
on arrival, it was clear that the pavement of Stramongate
would be better, providing that the Thai girl in front
of me would, first, put down her umbrella and, second,
stop obscuring everyone’s view by insisting on taking
photos using her inconsiderately large i-pad.
children from Stramongate School were having a wonderful
time cheering every vehicle that came over the bridge
and most drivers, especially the wagon drivers and the police motor bikers,
enjoyed waving back to them.
lady rode by on her bike to a tremendous reception as
if she had won the race herself! Soon,
the advance group of cyclists came through. When
I told the Tha-i-pad lady that she had prevented me from
seeing the cyclists, she kindly replayed the scene for
me so I could photograph the action on her screen!!
of the ladies' shopping race
She kept out of my way
(in other words, I stood in front of her) when, six minutes later,
the peleton arrived with Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins
and Mark Cavendish (the eventual stage winner) near
Sky including Wiggo and Cav (in white)
were followed by a host of team cars with spare bikes
and parts plus more police motorcyclists honking and
waving and obviously having a great day out.
different but most enjoyable start to a BOOTboys outing
was raining on and off as we bought
refreshments then walked up Entry Lane to Fellside, Tony
and I swapping reminiscences about various the properties
in which we had lived or drunk there.
and over the golf course we climbed and onto Cunswick
Scar. Rainbows could be seen over towards Whinfell.
We, however, headed south and as we did, the weather
got progressively better.
By the time we reached
the Scout Scar Mushroom for refreshments, I was able to remove my water
and windproofs, so changed was the day. John had
not been up here before but soon realised why it is
one of our favourite places and within such easy reach
Blackpool Tower could just be discerned on the horizon.
Estuary and distant Blackpool Tower)
to Helsington Barrow and into Helsington Church. Unfortunately,
the wonderful mural (see BB1203
amongst others) is much faded and poorly illuminated
so John had to rely on our description.
this time, Tony was beginning to suffer with some odd
affliction of the foot. We dropped down to Sizergh
Castle where he recovered sufficiently for an improptu
waltz with a snail. This reminded him of what he would
be doing were he and not the cyclists at Blackpool Tower
and his dancing partner
and partner in the Tower Ballroom
medicine to relieve such muscular and hallucinogenic
ailments was available, without prescription, at the Strickland Arms.
Several doses were required by all,
whllst admiring the remarkable etching of hunting calls
to control the fox hounds and tickling a couple of friendly
nurse, Trish, then arrived to take the patients home,
by which time all were much revived, Not
exactly by Albert's old ale and sandwiches.
More like best bitter and
beef burgers, too!
put another way:
Sizergh Tony were dancing
Wi'a snail he found in
Made o'wood, just outside of t'Castle
Blackpool he wished he were back
had the best of the weather
The sun was about to
So they called in the Arms of the Strickland
see what there they could get.
had to wait 'til supper was serv-ed
But they knew
just what they could do
Ponder Pictures 'n' Pack-hounds
'n' Best Bitter then Beef Burgers too.
12th September 2012
Along the Whip Crack
Joy of Joys. No sooner had I finished this report
than I got one of those calls featured in BB1228
: Whip Crack-away.
chose Bob and, whilst the caller struggled to communicate,
I danced around the room in ecstasy. After a
couple of minutes he hung up then phoned me back for
a dose of Jimi. I can't understand why he didn't
return once more for Doris.
three now on my desktop for instant fulfillment
wrong with my computer, thanks. Well, nothing that he
A more subtle approach, if you are prepared to
have some dialogue, is the second movement of Beethoven's
7th symphony with its slow tempo and progressive build up
climbed in feet:
Scar, Scout Scar Helsington Barrow
John Hn, Tony
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1229
discover which Wainwright top was visited on which BB outing
For the latest totals of the mileages and heights see: BB Log.
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