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Christmas Quiz 2017

Afternoon all, our Arden Arms Christmas lunch is very late this year taking place only 2 days before the day itself. As ever, eight of us meet at 2 pm to enjoy a good meal and a good few drinks. … Continue reading

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Ghost of Christmas Present

Heaped up on the floor, to form a kind of throne, were turkeys, geese, game, poultry, brawn, great joints of meat, sucking-pigs, long wreaths of sausages, mince-pies, plum-puddings, barrels of oysters, red-hot chestnuts, cherry-cheeked apples, juicy oranges, luscious pears, immense … Continue reading

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Free Christmas Quiz Collection

For the last six years, I have created a quiz for a group of friends who meet for a long and somewhat liquid lunch in The Arden Arms in Stockport. Our lunch is late this year taking place on Saturday … Continue reading

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Christmas Quiz 2016

How soon it all comes round again! For the fourteenth year in a row we are joining a group of increasingly decrepit friends for our annual Christmas Lunch at the Arden Arms in Stockport. I wonder how many of us … Continue reading

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Pilgrimage to Cartmel

Cartmel in south lakeland has been a place of pilgrimage from the establishment of the Prory in the twelth century. Since my first visit to Cartmel some ten years ago, attending the excellent July Thursday race meeting, the picturesque Lakeland … Continue reading

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An Alpine traverse by the Bernina Express

Today is without doubt the planned highlight of our trip. A one way trip through and over the Alps on a scenic train from Switzerland and down into Italy. Echoes of Hannibal, Otzi and Edward Whymper. The Bernina Express, a … Continue reading

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Across the river and into the mountains..

We declined the offer of paying for breakfast at Austin’s Hotel and instead went into Cafe Leonard, and learned two things. Firstly that a tartine is a small half baguette, and, because theĀ  Cafe Cremes were over 4 euros each, … Continue reading

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