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Old Yesterday, 11:20 AM   #31
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I've just been reading "For the love of hops". It reminded me of when I was a teenager growing up in Kent. We used to go and visit the hop pickers in the evenings and sit round a bonfire with them, the main interest was the fact that there were girls there so we didn't like to miss any opportunities.
My Grandad lived nearby in Plaxtol in a cottage that he rented from the Golding family. The Golding Hop pub which I believe the family used to own is still going strong.


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I'm a grumpy barsteward. I don't do happy
I'm only happy when I'm miserable. True that - having nothing to moan about is dreadful. Y'know what they say about nature and vacuums.


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I'm only happy when I'm miserable. True that - having nothing to moan about is dreadful. Y'know what they say about nature and vacuums.
The word "vacuum" triggered these memories of a Primary School teacher it was my misfortune to meet:

1. "I would say that you have nothing between your ears; but even you will have heard of vacuums!"

2. "You are so low that you could crawl under a snake with a top hat on." This was a "miss" because for ages I kept wondering why a snake would be wearing a top hat!

3. Playing in goal I put a foot out of the penalty area whilst still holding the ball and this pillock awarded a penalty to the opposite side. My protest that it couldn't be a penalty earned the comment "You know nothing about the Rules of Football." and when I pointed out that the offence was committed outside the penalty area I was silenced with a clip round the ear and a muttered "Barrack-room lawyer!"

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... and the grudges you hold close to your heart!
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It makes me happy when people return my empty beer bottles...cleaned!
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It makes me happy when people return my empty beer bottles...cleaned!
I'd be happy if IEVER got the bottles back...!


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