Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Directions by pub

It’s long been a British tradition to give people directions using pubs as landmarks. But, sadly, nowadays it’s more likely to be “turn left at the lights by the site of the Red Lion, then straight ahead by the boarded-up Dog & Partridge, fork right by the McDonalds in the old Crown, then left again at the block of flats where the King’s Head used to be”. I wonder what the record is for people continuing to refer to a road junction by the name of a long-defunct pub.

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