Thursday, 27 September 2012

BOLLOCKS TO THE VIEW THAT A GROUP OF REGULARS IS A CLIQUE!

OK, I have not had a rant for a while. So I am going to have one.They are usually quite well received anyway!
So here goes. It is regarding a misconception, in my opinion, what I have witnessed in a boozer, on quite a few occasions. This being, folk thinking a group of regulars, in a corner, is some sort of clique.
I am sure you have heard it said.''Look at that lot over there, think it's their sacred space''! Or, words to that effect. 
Err no, one thinks. It's more likely they are a friendly group of regulars, who like to sit in a particular area. And like a good natter and have some banter.
OK, I will be honest, there are some who congregate at the bar, and are reluctant to move. Aye, these types are an ignorant breed.However, I do not experience that often, thankfully.
Back to the main theme, and one classic example of some pillock getting the impression that a group of regulars had formed this so called 'clique'.
NEW INN BOOZER
He had walked into a pub in Clitheroe,Lancashire, and was so angered by the welcome, and so called attitude in the pub, he emailed his experience!
He had bleated on about being faced by this initial 'wall of silence' and then heard mutterings by a group of old codgers, as he got served. 
He continued banging on about this 'clique' at the bar, moaning on about em being some sort of elitist group!
Summat not right here, I thought. Sounds a bit odd. Was he a bit odd? Did he say hello to the group? So I took it upon myself to visit the boozer, at the first opportunity!
FRIENDLY OLD CODGERS!
There they were, this so called 'clique' at the bar.''Hello gents. It's been a while since I was here''. Ok lad, was the reply. Then one said, ''Can tell by ya t-shirt, ya like a pint t'real ale''. A chatty  bunch indeed. A group of friendly regulars, sat round a table, having a natter.
 It just kind of proved what I had said at the outset, where some folk seemed to think, a group of regulars is a 'clique'. It's a load of bollocks in my view. And felt the need to explain!
I know these 'cliques' do exist. However, in my experience they are a rare species. A group of regulars sat, or standing at the bar, usually means a friendly, talkative bunch. 
Rant over!.....Hope you agree. Well, with most of it anyway. :-)  

        

4 comments:

  1. It can also mean that the pub serves up good quality real ale, otherwise they would be somewhere else.

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  2. I agree, i was in a village just outside Brisol on tue evening, i walkied into a local pub and saw a few people stood around, i made an effort to talk to them and was soon in their conversation, if you make the effort most people are quite friendly and are willing to accomadate non regulars, i`ve found this time and time again, as i travel alot and have met some great people, but you have to make the effort.

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  3. see if you can spread yer charm on the afternoon clan in th'Red Lion, Earby.

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  4. Cheers for your response pal. I know lots of good folk in Earby.Steve Hipgrave follows my blog.Also, a friend of Ken Bland.I think he is a regular at the Red Lion.I may know you!Its not 'Crash' is it? :-)

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