Friday, January 15, 2010

pub carpets

Am back, and the first thing I have to say is this:

I have swine flu. I've had it for almost three weeks now. Maybe because I've been travelling, but this pig flu has been sitting with me for too long. When I sneezed in Mexico in the train, people would disperse rather quickly and growl at me.

I also smacked some coral when snorkelling, and as a result, have this thing growing on my knee. I won't be suprised if a fan coral sprouts within the next few days. I'm riddled with tropical third world ailments. It's shweet.

I have a lot of things to organise over the next two months. Lots.
I'm pining like a bitch, good thing I'll be busy.

The second: if there is one thing I noticed about Brit pubs is this: they all have the same carpets. And they are always extended into the lavatory area.

I went to a few different pubs – as one does in the snow and ice – and noticed a startling resemblance in carpet choice. All pub carpets have three things in common:
1) They have eye swirling patterns, usually in red undertones
2) They’ve been there since the 50s
3) They carry on rolling into the bogs

Imagine the detritus on these bad boys. Take a sample of any one of these carpets and send it to the lab, please someone do it.

I mean:

The Bulldog’s Head:

The Queen & Ploughman:

The Queen’s Head:

The Duke & Plonker:

Lord Archer’s Fist: (Maybe not, but it was close, I assure you)

Speaking of cliché’s: last night, on my flight home, and wondering when the deep vein thrombosis would set in, I sat on the runway for 4 hours. Because of icy snowy weather. And because the French were striking.

No really. They had to de-ice the plane with a massive water blaster before we could take off, and then were informed the French air traffic team were on strike, so we couldn’t fly across French air space.

After 4 hours, the captain announced we had to fly around France. Seriously, the flight path on the screen looked a little like this:

I am trying to reflect on a simply amazing and hilarious experience I’ve just had with him in Mexico and the Ukes, and it’s really hard to. Simply because there’s so much and we did, saw and had a helluva time. I don’t even know where to start, or even if to.


tyrone said...


Glad you had such an amazing time. You needed it!

Peas on Toast said...

Hey Ty!
Thanks so much, and happy new year to you dude!

It's nice to be back for two reasons:
It's warm, and I don't have to live out of a backpack for a while :)

It's good to feel refreshed...Hope you had a good break too?

Secret said...

Thank godly youre back!!!! I got tired of reading your xmas post everyday! :P

Charmskool said...

Welcome home! Glad you had a great time, sad you had to leave you know who behind (I don't know who but you know what I mean). Carpets in the bog! Ewwwwwwww no but seriously NO! Glad you got back from Mexico safely - I just watched a documentary on Mexico City and it's the kidnap capital of the entire universe. Apparently kidnapping tourists is a growth industry. The taxi drivers even kidnap their passengers. Holy moley they make you keep drawing money each day up to your daily limit until there is none left and then they let you go....unless they kill you. Now you can see why I am glad you made it back safely.

Peas on Toast said...

Secret - hahaha why thank you! :)

Charm - seriously??? You know how many taxis we took?? Eeek a leek! I heard it was a crazy kidnap capital, but the whole withdraw money thing is a little scary. It's a crazy city for sure - so massively enormous and intense, but besides being stared at by every single person who walked past, luckily nothing bad happened. Phew!

totally cooked said...

start bint! :)

I like the Duke & Plonker, personally - perhaps as I seem to have an affinity for Plonkers

took your time getting back hey ;)

wozzel said...


Val said...

Welcome back!! Missed your blog and the smile you always place on my face. Sorry to hear you are not well. Get better soon!
Just loved the pics of the pub carpets. Eew!

twistygirl said...

hahaha you are so right about the carpets. I stayed in a Best Western in the UK and they had the whole apartment carpeted the same as your first photo!