Where Have You Just Been?

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Post by BillHowcroft » 05 Sep 2017, 21:38

Serendipitously today turns out to be the 90th anniversary of the first well logging by the Schlumberger brothers in Pechelbronn Alsace. I mentioned my holiday visit on the intranet and a nice Frenchman posted back a photo of the copper bath full of debris and electrical instruments. http://www.slb.com/about/history/1920s.aspx http://www.slb.com/about/history/1920s.aspx

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Post by Stanley » 06 Sep 2017, 03:32

:biggrin2: (Bill, in case you're wondering what I find funny in your reply the reason for the smiley is that I use it to signal that I have read a post but don't necessarily have a valid response.)
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Post by Bruff » 23 Oct 2017, 11:28

Porto, for the 20th wedding anniversary. Never been to Portugal before. Enjoyed the place very much. It rises steeply from the banks of the Douro River - very steeply! Derelict house blocks/tenements, pastel-coloured sit next to swish done up ones, all nested in a maze of alleys. Very atmospheric. There is for those who are interested, a H Potter connection: JK Rowling lived in Porto for 2 years as an English teacher. One particular bookshop influenced some of the Hogwarts descriptions – it’s an architectural gem, the shop. And the students in Porto wear a formal black with a black cape thrown over the shoulder. I would recommend the place. It was also cheap given £/Euro parity (more or less).

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Post by Tripps » 23 Oct 2017, 12:06

Are those little custard tarts as good as all the visiting celebrity chefs say? Did you hear any Fado - I think it's a bit of an acquired taste despite Rick Stein pretending to like it. :smile:
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Post by Bruff » 23 Oct 2017, 12:46

Tripps – I can say with certainty that the custard tarts are indeed as good as they say they are, and look. Delicious! They also have a good sausage called the alheira – smoked with paprika it’s almost paste-like and made from pheasant, chicken, quail, rabbit and the like. No pork as it was made by the Jews who during their persecution were identifiable by not taking sausages to the smokehouses. The Porto dish is francesinha, a sandwich of bread, steak, sausage and cheese all in a tomato and beer sauce with an egg (fried) on top. That’s right, it’s as daunting as it sounds! We had some elvers in one place, as we’d never had them, as well as goose barnacles (percebes), which Rick Stein had I think when he popped to Lisbon. They’re good.

Heard no fado, though there were flyers up for places that had fado evenings. But apparently, Porto has no fado tradition. It’s a Lisbon thing and so any evenings would lack authenticity (at least that’s what my guidebook said).

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Post by Stanley » 24 Oct 2017, 04:17

I can't help wondering what the equivalents are in Barlick Richard. Comparatively we are well down in the development stakes...... Perhaps too busy keeping warm!
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Post by Bruff » 24 Oct 2017, 08:53

Stew an’ ‘ard in Barlick I would have thought, Stanley. And mighty fine it is too. I do like a good stew, in this sense.

Back when I was living in London, I was a member of Harlequins Rugby Club. They contrived to get relegated from the top league during this time and in the lower league played Otley. On the supporter forum, folk were planning the trip to Otley and asking about routes there and where to stay and eat. I suggested that a good route might be M40/M6/M65 and over the top to the A59 at Gisburn. Because, as I noted, the Rising Sun at Blacko did stew and hard for lunch and this was a rare delicacy to be experienced. Some were rather taken by this, and I do wonder whether some time back a load of Londoners pitched up on a Saturday lunch wanting stew and hard on the recommendation of an exiled local.

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Post by chinatyke » 24 Oct 2017, 14:44

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Stew an’ ‘ard in Barlick I would have thought, Stanley. And mighty fine it is too. I do like a good stew, in this sense.

Because, as I noted, the Rising Sun at Blacko did stew and hard for lunch and this was a rare delicacy to be experienced.
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I didn't know that and my friend lives in the end house on the same block, about 4 doors away, so we usually visit The Rising Sun whenever I stay with him. It would be just like him to treat us to lunch and take us for stew and hard as a joke. We're both married to Chinese ladies so I wonder what our wives would make of that local delicacy?

Incidentally, I remember taking the MD of one of our suppliers to a pub lunch in Bury and ordering steak and cow heel pie. He wasn't amused and thought I was taking the mickey. Best pie I ever had! Next time we went out together he insisted he was choosing the lunch venue!

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Post by Stanley » 25 Oct 2017, 02:42

Richard, I doubt if you could find stew and hard in Barlick these days. See Jim Pollard in the LTP for oatcake bakeries using a bake-stone....
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Post by PanBiker » 27 Oct 2017, 19:23

Bremetenacum - Ribchester Roman Museum. We took the grandchildren down this afternoon. Ruby is studying the Romans at the moment at school. 30 years or more since we went last with our kids when they were small. The museum has been completely redeveloped since then and is well presented with time line presentations including an interactive 3D scale representation of the fort and adjacent Roman village that you can wander round. Outside you can visit the ruins of the grain storage buildings and the Roman Bath House down near the river. A good afternoon out, kids enjoyed it and hopefully learnt a little more.
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Post by Stanley » 28 Oct 2017, 03:03

Ribchester was a favourite retirement place for old soldiers who started farms there. There could be a genetic legacy in the area..... Interesting place.
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Post by Tizer » 28 Oct 2017, 09:51

When I was a child we used to go to Ribchester and play on a bit of pebble beach where a brook comes in opposite a small island. It was just upstream from where the museum is now.

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