What has your "friend" been up to?

What has your "friend" been up to?

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Chozza

488 posts

106 months

Friday 22nd May
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Dixy said:
My friend thinks that is a rather ungallant post.
My friend agrees - the three young men were obviously close protection and were there because they were being paid. They probably had a wager or something hence their close attention

Bill

41,421 posts

209 months

Friday 22nd May
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Bobberoo99 said:
My friend is a whisky bore and refuses to get involved with the current topic, he stopped counting at around 600 different whiskies some time ago, he's done over 20 distillery tours, several tastings and disagrees entirely with the post about Dalwhinnie Winters Gold as he finds it an easy drinking dram.
My friend has just found the remains of the bottle behind the Jura 10 year old he's currently drinking. He is a bit of a philistine but will re-evaluate. He has just found that the local brewery delivers and is trying to do his bit for local business so can't promise it'll be quick or coherent.

Breadvan72

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36,591 posts

117 months

Friday 22nd May
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A Rob Roy (a Manhattan made with Johnny Walker Black Label instead of Rye) is an OK drink.

Breadvan72

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36,591 posts

117 months

Friday 22nd May
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Dixy said:
Breadvan72 said:
Princess Margaret used to neck Johnny Walker Black Label like it was about to be abolished. I saw her do this at an adjacent table in a restaurant. The bottle was on the table and she started on a second one before the meal was over. She also chain smoked Benson and Hedges. She was loud, witty, very sweary, and not very pleasant. Three dapper young at the table men hung on her every word.
My friend thinks that is a rather ungallant post.
Mere reportage!

The Mad Monk

6,916 posts

71 months

Friday 22nd May
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Dixy said:
Breadvan72 said:
Princess Margaret used to neck Johnny Walker Black Label like it was about to be abolished. I saw her do this at an adjacent table in a restaurant. The bottle was on the table and she started on a second one before the meal was over. She also chain smoked Benson and Hedges. She was loud, witty, very sweary, and not very pleasant. Three dapper young at the table men hung on her every word.
My friend thinks that is a rather ungallant post.
My friend thinks that although some people may consider it to be ungallant, my friend would testify that it concurs with his own experience.

My friend went to the theatre in the West End, the play was "Racing Demon", it was performed in 'the round'. He realised that he was sitting opposite the afore mentioned Princess Margaret - he tells me that she looked very uncomfortable.

At the interval, my friend went to the bar where he had ordered drinks, they drinks were waiting on a marked table. He realised that the Queen's sister had taken the next table to him. Therefore he was privy to the conversation. It would be ungallant to say that she hogged the conversation. There were a number of men in attendance, principal among these was Billy Wallace. Billy Wallace pursued PM for many years. He had lots of money, but not much else. I can't find a Wiki entry for Billy Wallace, but this is his Dad's https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euan_Wallace

Billy was briefly engaged to PM. He married someone else and died before he was 50.


citizensm1th

6,173 posts

91 months

Friday 22nd May
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As an aside to royal shenanigans, my friend has just had a count up of the various bottles of spirits and liqueurs and he has the sum total of 28 plus various syrups,

I may have to report him for hording or encourage him to open a cocktail bar

Tyre Smoke

14,339 posts

215 months

Friday 22nd May
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My friend says he would love to hear more stories about Princess Margaret and her alcoholic tendencies and 60 a day habit. He is particularly interested in the incident on Mustique where she was severely scalded stopping into a hot bath, allegedly.

Breadvan72

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36,591 posts

117 months

Friday 22nd May
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Chozza said:
Dixy said:
My friend thinks that is a rather ungallant post.
My friend agrees - the three young men were obviously close protection and were there because they were being paid. They probably had a wager or something hence their close attention
They were not the muscle. The muscle was at the next table. They were admirers. Nowt wrong with that.

vaud

36,205 posts

109 months

Friday 22nd May
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Breadvan72 said:
They were not the muscle. The muscle was at the next table. They were admirers. Nowt wrong with that.
Having seen close protection they are very discrete. My friend saw Kate, George and Charlotte in a rural farm café a few years ago and the protection were in the same room but not that close (but pretty obvious)

My friend, having a child of similar age was amused that George also refused to eat his vegetables, even when coated in ketchup and instead just ate sausages with his fingers, much to the frustration of his mother and nanny, while pulling funny faces at my friend. To the point that George said to his mother, "look at that funny man there mummy, he's really funny", pointing at my friend. My friend had not been pulling funny faces back, honest. My friend now believes his humour has Royal appointment.

Turbobanana

2,111 posts

155 months

Friday 22nd May
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My friend's father was, for many years until retirement, an officer of the law.

On one occasion he and some chums had been detailed to protect the Royal Train as Liz & Phil were spending the night on board and had a short layover in a certain location before completing their journey.

The officers were diligently going about their job, patrolling up and down the ballast on which the track sits. Inevitably there was the sound of footsteps and at one point a carriage window opened and a plummy, elderly male voice invited them to "shut up, some of us are trying to fking sleep in here!".

AstonZagato

9,405 posts

164 months

Friday 22nd May
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slopes said:
RammyMP said:
bristolracer said:
My friend abhors all whisky.
My friend at the age of 14 decided that it may be fun to drink half a bottle of Teachers finest blended gut rot. After much illness he has never been able to tolerate the smell or taste of the stuff since.
My friend regrets this, as he found with increasing age, that drinking moderately can be quite pleasurable, and has, because of a youthful exuberance managed to exclude a vast array of what are doubtless decent drinks.
My friend has plenty of hindsight but alas no time machine.
We must have the same friend!
This friend must get around some
Indeed I must have the same friend.

This friend would dearly love to be able to drink single malts because it is exactly the sort of expensive, complex hobby about which he would enjoy showing off and being pretentious. Cigars are the same - he'd love to bore on about these but can't stand them.

Instead, he has to pretend he understands a bit about wine, while merely buying expensive French clarets that he has once heard are decent.

He is a bit of a pretentious tw@t really. I think he's only tolerated because people like to drink those wines.

In recent years, he was generously given a Linkwood single malt from a good friend who'd taken a barrel and bottled it. He thought it rude not to open it and was surprised that he could tolerate a small glass occasionally, as it is so soft. However, experiments on other single malts have not yielded the same results.

Justin Case

1,405 posts

88 months

Friday 22nd May
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AstonZagato said:
Instead, he has to pretend he understands a bit about wine, while merely buying expensive French clarets that he has once heard are decent.
My friend is also a wine expert. He has acquired this expertise by wandering up and down the wine aisles in Sainsburys and carefully studying the price labels. As he doesn't like wine and would sooner drink beer or whisky depending on the occasion, he is nevertheless able to maintain his reputation when invited out or having guests by matching the label (price not variety of grape) to the recipient. For example his cousin is a £6 man, but his relative who goes to France frequently merits a £10 bottle.

I wonder if my friend could apply this strategy to other products?

The Mad Monk

6,916 posts

71 months

Friday 22nd May
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vaud said:
Having seen close protection they are very discrete.
BreadVan said they were separate from the Royals?

Oh!

You aren't confusing discreet and discrete, are you?

Oh, sorry.

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mr mac i

152 posts

137 months

Saturday 23rd May
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My friend has only really begun to appreciate a nice whisky over the last decade or so having been of the generation where everyone drank Jack Daniels, Morgan Spiced, vodka or bottled nonsense like Moscow Mules, WKD or Hooch.

My friends affinity with Scotch grew during weekly visits to his wifes now departed Grandfather where they would share a wee dram or ahem two; not even his sons were invited to join him. Indeed my friend and his wife made sure Grandad got his last nip soaked into a sponge on his lips and enjoy it he did. My friend still has the remnants of that bottle and Glenlivet 12 will always be a fixture in his drinks cabinet.

As far as blends go Chivas Regal is really rather good, some of the older bottles are very tasty.

Last year my friend took his father to a whisky tasting evening with the local football club former players association for his birthday and was then asked to accompany his father to a whisky tasting that my friends sister had bought him tickets to; for the same birthday.

citizensm1th

6,173 posts

91 months

Saturday 23rd May
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mr mac i said:
My friend has only really begun to appreciate a nice whisky over the last decade or so having been of the generation where everyone drank Jack Daniels, Morgan Spiced, vodka or bottled nonsense like Moscow Mules, WKD or Hooch.

My friends affinity with Scotch grew during weekly visits to his wifes now departed Grandfather where they would share a wee dram or ahem two; not even his sons were invited to join him. Indeed my friend and his wife made sure Grandad got his last nip soaked into a sponge on his lips and enjoy it he did. My friend still has the remnants of that bottle and Glenlivet 12 will always be a fixture in his drinks cabinet.

As far as blends go Chivas Regal is really rather good, some of the older bottles are very tasty.

Last year my friend took his father to a whisky tasting evening with the local football club former players association for his birthday and was then asked to accompany his father to a whisky tasting that my friends sister had bought him tickets to; for the same birthday.
I salute your friend and his wife, their action towards their grandfather has started off my hay-fever early today.

RammyMP

3,537 posts

107 months

Saturday 23rd May
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AstonZagato said:
slopes said:
RammyMP said:
bristolracer said:
My friend abhors all whisky.
My friend at the age of 14 decided that it may be fun to drink half a bottle of Teachers finest blended gut rot. After much illness he has never been able to tolerate the smell or taste of the stuff since.
My friend regrets this, as he found with increasing age, that drinking moderately can be quite pleasurable, and has, because of a youthful exuberance managed to exclude a vast array of what are doubtless decent drinks.
My friend has plenty of hindsight but alas no time machine.
We must have the same friend!
This friend must get around some
Indeed I must have the same friend.

This friend would dearly love to be able to drink single malts because it is exactly the sort of expensive, complex hobby about which he would enjoy showing off and being pretentious. Cigars are the same - he'd love to bore on about these but can't stand them.

Instead, he has to pretend he understands a bit about wine, while merely buying expensive French clarets that he has once heard are decent.

He is a bit of a pretentious tw@t really. I think he's only tolerated because people like to drink those wines.

In recent years, he was generously given a Linkwood single malt from a good friend who'd taken a barrel and bottled it. He thought it rude not to open it and was surprised that he could tolerate a small glass occasionally, as it is so soft. However, experiments on other single malts have not yielded the same results.
My friend can’t stand whiskey but doesn’t mind Asda Speyside Malt, I think he needs to take himself to the council thread!

P5BNij

5,365 posts

60 months

Saturday 23rd May
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When my friend first started working on the railway in the early '80s he and his very senior driver were booked to work the Royal Train from Paddington to Exeter, my friend recalls the severe bking he was given by Norman the foreman for not wearing a tie when booking on for the job. Before departure (now wearing a borrowed British Rail tie) my friend got down from the cab of the loco to go and fill the tea can in the mess room on platform 1 at Paddington, on the way back to his cab my 5'2'' friend was very slightly accosted by the 6'7'' protection officer bearing down on him, ushering him very loudly to ''get the fooook away from the coaches''. On arrival at Exeter my 5'2'' friend was too scared to alight from the cab until the 6'7'' protection officer had buggered off to somewhere probably very posh with Phil the Greek.


Garvin

3,426 posts

131 months

Saturday 23rd May
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RammyMP said:
My friend can’t stand whiskey but doesn’t mind Asda Speyside Malt, I think he needs to take himself to the council thread!
Not necessarily. My friend informs me that the Asda own label could, in fact, come from a rather nice Speyside distillery and be quite acceptable although own branded versions do not normally state the source distillery on the label. However, these own branded single malts are, like every other supermarket offering, bought on price which means that Asda could change to another Speyside distillery at any time and wouldn't need to change the label. Therefore, the quality etc. cannot definitely be guaranteed from one bottle to the next.

vaud

36,205 posts

109 months

Saturday 23rd May
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The Mad Monk said:
BreadVan said they were separate from the Royals?

Oh!

You aren't confusing discreet and discrete, are you?

Oh, sorry.
My bad. Too much vino at time of typing.

slopes

30,404 posts

141 months

Saturday 23rd May
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A friend of mine had been absent from ph for some time and upon his return, he was somewhat surprised to see a distinct lack of spelling police in action as it had been quite the thing the last time he had been a regular on ph.
This friend said he was quite heartened to see they were making a slow comeback as it stirred up fond memories of his previous tenure as a member of ph.