Saturday, July 05, 2014

A Day at The Races

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I wake up because my bladder is full, and the determination against full bladder means if I don’t get out of my sleeping bag now I’m going to have a very wet sleeping bag.

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I decide to take my washing kit and head for the shower block 1. The more awkward block to get to. And this works out to my advantage as I’m the only person in there, so I get five communal showers to myself. It turn them all on and then race up and down through them all like a big kid.

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All cleaned up I go back to my tent and change my cloths to some fresh ones including my socks. Which is when my little toe nail drops off again. Its been a year since it last dropped off!

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Les and my brother get up, have a wash and then we make breakfast of cereal and bacon and sausage sandwiches before July-2014-0024 

leaving the football ground and heading to the train station.

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Notably Starbeck had won at some point some Bloom competition.

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Luckily the station was right next door, how convenient.

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I buy 3 return tickets to Leeds. Which is useful as I don’t really know where Starbeck is in relationship to either Leeds or Harrogate. I should have quickly looked at the map.

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A short wait and the train appears.

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Whilst me and Les look at the guide book to England and what Leeds has to offer my brother is entertaining himself some other way.

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We are in Leeds, will we see Jerds I consider and where are we heading other than in the same direction as everyone else.

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There is only one way to describe Leeds at this point and that was busy. Where had all these people come from?

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We walked a good distance out of town to find somewhere we could see the road.

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And this is where we pitch up. Now what were we actually going to see?

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Not a lot for a long time. At least the sun was shining.

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Then we saw many Skoda’s which made me happy.

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Then they were here…

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Lots of them.

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And then in twenty second they had gone!

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And there was lots more Skoda’s!

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And that was that, it was time to move on.

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And we moved with a thousand odd others.

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To explore the city of leads

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Through some of the various arcades.

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Full of character.

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And interesting things most people just walk by in their everyday lives.

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A bet they don’t even notice it and are just interested in shopping for stuff they don’t even truly need.

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I take us to a pub.

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The Whitelocks or previously know as The Turks head.

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We sit in the Alley as it seems to be the done thing.

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I have a pint of Dark IPA if you can do that.

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Believe it or not we do leave the pub. I’m not sure why or how and head to the…

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The Corn Exchange

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Rob and Les wander off, round the shops?? Whilst I just grawp at the roof.

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And the fact there is a gin festival on here later. Unfortunately they have sold out of tickets.

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We leave the Corn Exchange because there not really much happing in that building. As we walk past a fish and chips shop I get some chips and have extra extra vinegar on them along with extra extra salt. They make your tongue curl just like Asda’s salt and vinegars crisps. We watch some street entertainment and

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Wander the streets as they slowly quieten up.

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And then we enter some more arcades.

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where the roof s are beautifully coloured.

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And there is some elegance in here.

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And there we have it, all the elegance you need!

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And I consider where the bulls balls are…

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It is a nice enough tilted area though.

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And there we could spin spin spin baby.

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We notably only window shop in this arcade.

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Whilst I consider the ring I would buy the girl of my dreams.

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But lickily before I get my flexible friend out we are moving on.

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It is so good to see so much effort for such an event though.

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More wandering of the streets

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More arcades and tranquillity, if only Wolverhampton was like this.

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Even CEX had made an effort.

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We ended up where it all started, the race that is, where there where seating stands for the rich and Famous against the backdrop of the Town Hall and Art Gallery.

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I tried to persuade them in but they wouldn’t have it.

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Unimpressed they wanted to head back to the train station.

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The yellowness was dotted around everywhere.

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You just need to use your neck muscles a little to see some of it.

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We arrive at the Station rammed full of people mainly wandering like ourselves which is the next train to Harrogate and what platform. It looks like it was being kept a secret as all the other destinations had theirs displayed

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We waited by the platform it should have on, and eventually a assistant advised us there was a 3 hour queue outside the station round the side. However the train arriving on platform 11B isn’t advertised as going to Harrogate but will I suggest you try that one but I didn’t tell you.

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And so while its a secret there are lots of people already hanging around this platform.

 

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Once the door opens we all squeeze on. I’m lucky I get a seat. Rob and Les don’t, and its hot and a bit of a journey to Harrogate.

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We arrive and have a quick sit down while my brother finds the toilet and the crowd of people not wanting to go to Harrogate vanish.

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The station is quiet compared to this morning when the train travelled past it.

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In fact the streets of Harrogate where quiet too.

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And that's because they were all at the finish area and all along the streets towards it. Big crowds, huge crowds, more so than in Leeds.

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We wal past the church and I see a Tesco’s Extra, I pop in get some beers, water, crisps and sausage rolls. The others though did not stop for me but went on. When I come out of the shop the telephone system isn’t working? Too many people perhaps?

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Eventually after much wandering carrying heavy stuff we are reunited.

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And a walk for many miles out of the town we find somewhere appropriate to stop and make our spot.

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Oddly though I’ve got some beers, we have picked a spot

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directly opposite a pub. I feel Les is on a wind up.

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I lie back on the grass back enjoying a beer, sun and a sausage roll.

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Then we a have some vehicles coming down the road.

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an eye in the sky turns up

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Some Skoda’s

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The crowd goes mad

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And there are a hundred odd bikes which

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don’t blink…..disappear in nineteen seconds!

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Followed by many more Skoda with bikes on the roofs.

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And a lone rider some way behind.

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And just as quick as the bikes go by the crowd disperses. We get direction back to Starbeck. It sounds like a long long way!

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We start are walk and I get Google to direct us.

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At least I know its a 40 minute walk.

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But for some reason Les doesn’t trust Google or the fact I can see the map and decides to follow a sign pointing to Starbeck. Well I continue with Google. My feet are sore and tired already, I know where I’m going and how long for.

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Oddly we meet back at the main road junction to the football ground. Being that I’m such a slow walker I’m glad I followed Google.

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Les and my brother have a pizza whilst I live off the land with some venison burgers fresh from our cool box. They are defrosted that is for sure.

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I clean up the cooking gear, put some music on and enjoy the sun shine again.

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As it gets cold we venture into the bar.

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Enjoy some Heinekens

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And watch some football. Normally this would not excite me, but I’m gear for them to do well as I have got Holland in the sweep stake. Les tells me they should do well.

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So one ponders why they were not scoring?

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It tuned into extra time.

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Which turned into penalties.

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And Holland out goal the opposing team they are though. Yeah I’m going got be rich.

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And this is the team that play here.

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And so off to bed we go to our all out luxury tent.





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