Old boys down t'pub ...
Posted by Lannis on November 25, 2022, 6:28 pm
Someone mentioned old pubs where locals would buttonhole any newcomers to have something to do ... |
Speaking as an occasional visitor to whom pubs are a new and fascinating experience, that was one of my favorite things about stepping into a small local pub.
I would either be taking a walking day trip, or parked an old BSA out front, and walk in, and it wouldn't be but a minute before an old (that's a relative term which now means "Anyone Older Than Me" fellow usually with a flat cap and scarf even if there were a fire on the hearth would start a conversation.
Of course, first time I opened my mouth, and probably before depending how observant they were about how I was dressed, I was immediately spotted as a Yank, so that's the way the conversation and questions usually went.
It would go really well if I bought a round and got a "Aye, ye can put a drop i'there, young man". Sometimes the local character would try to hooraw the tourista and start telling tales that were pretty easy to spot, but usually there was a genuine interest.
Of course, being a character myself when in the mood, Fay and I were walking through Cornwall on the Coast Trail and stopped in the "Lamorna Wink" pub and sat and had a local pint and local food. A guy came in and looked around and said "Aren't there any locals in here today?" in a faux-annoyed voice, and I piped up and said "I'm local, born and bred in Penzance, so I was" in a Southside Virginia accent. He didn't quite know what to say, so I didn't carry the joke on too far ... but it was a conversation starter.
Unlike here in the USA, where probably 10% of the population ever owned a motorcycle, it seems like everyone over the age of 75 in the UK used to ride and had lots of old-bike stories to share.
Anyhow, I consider the old pubs good fun any time I'm over there ...
At no time in history have the people forcing other people into compliance been the good guys.