Author Archives: Bob Hughes

About Bob Hughes

Ex railwayman, life long railway modeller, lover of real ale and spicy food.

Home time

“Reet,” says I, “home time, grumpy bitch.” “OK then” comes the reply from the very pretty, 19 year old, barmaid. If ever there was a time I wished I was forty years younger! Advertisements

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Nothing lasts forever

It’s twenty three years to the day since I migrated to Sandbach. It was another three weeks before I got a gas cooker fitted so I depended on the chippy or pub lunches or microwave meals for those first three … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, in the snug at the Rovers Return…

When I got out of the shower this morning, ears full of soap suds, I thought the bloke on the wireless was going on about Minnie Caldwell. I then wondered how long it would be before he brought Ena Sharples and … Continue reading

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Sounds foreign, but so does Salford Van Hire

Sorry, I thought everybody heard of the famous Dutch footballer, Salford Van Hire. Something else from Salford (give Hydes their due because they do claim to be made of Manchester, not made in Manchester, since moving from Moss Side). It … Continue reading

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Something is rotten in the state of Cheshire East

With apologies to Hamlet. The main sewer through Wheelock has finally given in to the continual pounding by heavy lorries that should be on the by-pass. Well, they are on the by-pass now and so is everything else, including the … Continue reading

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Taking Star to The Star

There were numerous reasons for Star being so named, the most obvious being the small patch of white fur on her chest. Not so obvious, unless you know my past, is her sharing her name with one of my favourite … Continue reading

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A local shop, for local people?

I wonder how the staff at the village shop answer the phone.

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Senior moment, far too soon!

I woke early this morning, treated myself to a leisurely breakfast while playing TrainStation on-line, then wondered why my alarm hadn’t gone off. Probably a flat battery on my phone, as usual. Never mind, if I got the nine o’clock … Continue reading

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Beans ‘n’ rice

My own variation on this nutritious combination, maybe a bit hot for some people’s breakfast preference but I like it. Half a pouch of pingable wholegrain rice (the other half was mixed into Star’s breakfast), a tin of baked beans, … Continue reading

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