Diary Wednesday 27th December 2017
December 28, 2017 2:21pm CST
Entering the weird limbo period between the Christmas and New Year holidays. Though officially a normal day, many shops and services stay closed or run a skeleton service during these days. After three day virtually house-bound due to the lack of public transport, and as today was dry, though freezing cold, I decided to head out with my camera to pursue my pub sign photo collection. I got a bus to the Lancashire town of Chorley which look lovely, and it is very spread out, a traditional town that now looks very modernized. It is the home of the Chorley Cake, a current filled pastry indistinguishable to the Eccles Cake from a rival town. There were lots of interesting pubs and signs to see. I had a quick beer in just one pub, The Malt & Hops, an award winning real ale bar with a great range to choose from. I settled for a dark mild, a rare sight nowadays in mot pubs. I was reluctant to leave the pub as it had a real fire burning in the grate. I got a very slow bus back to Preston, one that seemed to visit every housing estate I Lancashire. Once back, I chose to get some pub grub and a beer in a local bar, The Lane Ends. Arthur Chappell
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• Bournemouth, England
It is a quiet time. In 2016, for the first time ever, I had a speaking gig on 28 December (they usually don't restart until January). It was in Buckinghamshire and I was able to get a cheap advance first class early morning rail ticket the day before and travelled through London at 08.30 and 18.30 with no 'rush hour's going on at all. A lot of people seem to take the whole period off work.
• Preston, England
@Susan2015 not a chocolate cake - just pastry stuffed full of currents - they are very nice