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Welcome distractions... [Oct. 20th, 2011|01:45 am]
Mark Rimmell

Went up to town to meet friend Geoff for a pint and a catch-up. Popped into the Post Office Archive to get a readers ticket. That now makes one Public Records readers card, one British Library readers card and a Post Office Archive Card.... I'm still rather drawn to The London Library but that costs, I do like the way the collection is shelved and pretty much all of it is on open shelves. However it's rather expensive and I don't think the business could cover the cost on account of not having made any money in the last two years, having the entire workshop in storage doesn't help ... may be I'll treat myself once I've sold the flat.

Yeah.... Selling the flat. That saga continues. Apparently (last I heard) it's all still on track, buyer's keen, I'm keen, the estate agent is keen. The solicitors seem keen, keen to drag it on as long as bloody possible! I'm going to spend tomorrow calling round and see WTF's going on assatain the situation. I'm worried the same thing has happened as when I bought the flat 25 yeas ago... that both solicitors thought they were waiting for a reply from each other, at least that was the story I was told. Also have to see what is happening with the mortgage arrangements for the new place. I mean... if I was doing the chain thing I'd be getting pretty blooming panicky by now. But I have yet to find anyone I know who has taken less than three months from accepting an offer to completion. 

Pah! Enough of that stuff.

I was early getting to Bloomsbury so dropped in on a friend the off chance she would, A be there, and B up for dinner. Both A and B worked out and we squeezed in dinner in Museum Street before she had to dash off to the theatre. I only had to walk a couple of doors down and settled in at the Museum Tavern to wait for Geoff. Rather a good evening and we later ended up in The Princess Louise (probably the best looking pub in London) still marvelling at the restored interior. Ventured up stairs for the first time since the restoration and was surprised to find the Lincrusta dado panels I coveted for so long have gone. Presumably because the design was Edwardian and not Victorian. Anyway missing Lincrusta aside always good to see Geoff.

Came home to a very demanding cat "Where have you been? Where's my dinner? Get off the computer and fuss me"... that sort of thing. He's asleep now so I may tiptoe out of the room and go to bed.


[User Picture]From: mrslant
2011-10-20 11:25 am (UTC)
The Princess Louise (probably the best looking pub in London)

Good old Sam Smith's. They do know how to not bugger up a pub.
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[User Picture]From: markrimmell
2011-10-20 11:41 am (UTC)
What's interesting is The Princess Louise has no music, no TV, it was a Wednesday night and it was packed with the 20-30 crowd, the exact demographic I keep being told the pubs are trying to attract with music and trendy makeovers. It was obvious the crowd in the Louise were there for the same things I was, chat with their mates, good beer, and very pleasant surroundings.
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[User Picture]From: mrslant
2011-10-20 12:00 pm (UTC)
I've never understood why marketers think people want to socialise in an environment where you can't hear what anyone's saying. I suppose they're aiming for the empty-headed people who just want to grin and grunt at each other.
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