Posted in Updates on Friday 25th August 2006 at 10:01pm


A second attempt at Pathfinder's Rutland Renegade tour means another night in Warrington. Straight from work onto the train, and a fairly uneventful journey up - especially considering it was the start of a bank holiday weekend. Disembarked from the Voyager in a gloomy but not yet dark Warrington, and set off for the now familiar cross-town trek to the Travelodge. Varied my route a bit - getting closer to the town centre than usual, but still I don't think I met another soul the entire way. Checked in, disturbing a strange situation where the receptionist seemed to be illicitly distributing frozen ready meals to a favoured guest. Dumped my things, made a few calls, and headed out to find food - with the smell of molten plastic and cheap gravy from the ready meals still haunting the entrance!

Set out for The Blue Bell where I knew I'd find a fairly good pint from my last visit. Misjudged the extent of work on the new shopping centre, and had to take a torturous route alongside the main road, and out as far as Central Station to get into town. After a quick but fairly good pint of Youngs Special - not a favourite beer of mine, but welcome nonetheless - I headed back towards the town. Straying further into the centre than usual I discovered the carnage of a Friday night already in full effect, with ambulances and nightclub bouncers apparently in league - a case of "I'm about to give someone a kicking, can you park there and scrape him up when I've finished?"! Dodged the discarded kebabs and found a Subway, where I managed to get food and had a surprisingly engaging conversation about 'The Wicker Man' and films in general. Slunk back to my hotel to wait for morning, avoiding the centre of town as far as possible. Another Friday night in Warrington!

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I've had a home on the web for more years than I care to remember, and a few kind souls persuade me it's worth persisting with keeping it updated. This current incarnation of the site is centred around the blog posts which began back in 1999 as 'the daylog' and continued through my travels and tribulations during the following years.

I don't get out and about nearly as much these days, but I do try to record significant events and trips for posterity. You may also have arrived here by following the trail to my former music blog Songs Heard On Fast Trains. That content is preserved here too.

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