Trip to The Pheasant

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pub sept 08 127 Ann and I decided to go to The Pheasant at Keyston to celebrate Ann’s new-found freedom! 🙂

Weather-wise, it wasn’t a particularly nice evening (it was raining again), but was good to mark the event!!!

We arrived just before 7.30 and unusually, it was difficult to find a parking space! Strange! When we got inside, it was packed! Luckily, we were soon spotted by the observant bar staff and shown to our table. Not long after, our glass of champagne arrived and we then perused the menu.

Since the last time we were there, they seem to have completely re-written the menu – and it ALL looked impressive. Spoilt for choice, we settled in the end, for a t-bone steak to share, (massive!!) followed by cheese (for Ann) and a baked banana tatin for me. Ann washed it down with a port and I had a sweet of dessert wine.

Given Ann’s new unemployed status we were remarkably ‘chilled-out’ and we really enjoyed the food and The pheasant’s good very good excellent customer service.

We got home around 9.30 and watched the Omid Djalili recorded earlier in the week.

Ann’s is redundant

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Well, here we are then. After a total of 27 years, 3 months and 7 days of ultra-loyal service, it all ended for Ann today. Next Monday, the new organisational chart will have been air-brushed in, and on paper, it’ll be as though she had never existed.

…as many have said before: ‘What price loyalty..?’

These lyrics by Eric Woolfson from the Album ‘Turn of a Friendly Card’ seem strangely appropriate…

Nothing’s good, the news is bad,
The heat goes on and it drives you mad,
Scornful thoughts that fly your way,
You should turn away, ‘cos there’s nothing left to say…

You gave the best you had to give,
You only have one life to live,
You fought so hard, you were a slave,
After all you gave, there was nothing left to save!

You read the book, you turn the page,
You change your life in a thousand ways,
The dawn of reason lights your eyes,
With the key you realise to the kingdom of the wise

Nothing ventured, nothing gained,
No more lingering doubts remain,
Nothing sacred or profain,
Everything to gain!

Download/Listen to the tune (7Mb mp3) HERE

Onward and upward then! One door closes and another one opens…