Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Sharing A Pint With Lyndon Baines Johnson


I seem to recall reading that, towards the end of his life, President Lyndon B Johnson grew fond of attending funerals. These were not necessarily funerals of people he had known nor were they the funerals of the great and the good in society. Many a lowly Texan family would be somewhat surprised to discover the Ex-President and his entourage gathered around a small family graveside. What, you may quite legitimately ask, has this got to do with pubs? Nothing other than the fact that I find myself drawn to dead and dying pubs and somehow compelled to take pictures of them. Here is a selection from the last few weeks.

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  1. At the rate they're going you are going to be very busy. I hope you are providing Uncle Frank like detail and cataloguing them for furture refence.

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    1. Indexed and saved to a beery database.

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  2. You are hilarious. :)

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  3. I can think of nothing more noble than attending a wake for a pub. If enough people did that, the pub might actually be waked from the dead.

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    1. What a nice thought - a kind of alcoholic resurrection.

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  4. I guess they're disappearing like our corner stores. Seven Eleven killed all the corner stores

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    1. And supermarkets selling cheap booze for home consumption are killing the local pubs.

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  6. A dying pub is a sad phenomenon to contemplate!

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  7. It seems extraordinary that a pub called 'Jacob's Well' could ever dry up. My sincere condolences.

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    1. Indeed, Martin. And it really should have been an "award winning pub" and it was situated right next to the National Media Museum. What is the world coming to?

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  8. I have an acquaintance who enjoys going to funerals...weird. What will happen to the buildings when the pubs die?

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    1. Some are being turned into flats, Diane. Some are demolished. Some are just left to crumble into archaeology.

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