Friday, October 04, 2019

London, again

We weren't in London for very long. Just an overnight stay this time. I think we dined at the hotel and of course we caught The Tube very early to Kings Cross for our train. When R gets stressed, I don't function so well. Someone should tell him. He is always needlessly worried about missing a plane or train, even though we are always so early.

We bounced our cases down the stairs at Old Street and were soon at the much more old person friendly Kings Cross Station, ready to catch our train north to Newcastle.

Specific information was not shown on passenger information boards until close to departure times.

Maybe the last time we travelled in a first class carriage. I am not sure. It was a terribly long way to walk to the buffet car for sustenance. There was the usual argy bargy over seats. Standing and those without reservations try to take seats. A young and polite person managed to kick a grumpy old Arab man out of his seat, that wasn't his seat as he hadn't booked a seat.

But the journey passed quickly and we were soon in Newcastle and met up with two of R's three sisters. There was a huge family get together, maybe twenty family at The Denton pub on this Sunday, and for the first time in the UK, I had a proper meal, roast beef with vegetables. Our roast beef cuts here we buy are rubbish compared to the roast beef in England. I won't even have roast beef here in Australia.


While they may not have air con, Boris buses are very quiet, I believe using electric motors and batteries to start off and then switching to the diesel motor. Here is a short video of a bus outside our hotel.


Around Kings Cross Station.

I think three times we have caught a train north from Kings Cross. It feels like an old friend.




30 comments:

  1. Ah, a good piece of beef! We're lucky here in the States. We really do get terrific steaks and roasts! I cook the odd Prime Rib, but one of my favorites is a Spoon Roast! Oh the taste is awesome and you can cut it with your fork! Not sure I could cope in a country with no decent beef!

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    1. Spoon Roast?

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    2. Maribeth, we do get good steaks but certainly in pubs roast lamb is better than roast beef. I expect the best is exported. I prefer lamb anyway.

      Me too River.

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    3. I should clarify. What is a spoon roast?

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    4. River, a Spoon Roast is a flavorful cut of beef from the sirloin and it is an excellent choice for roasting.It is tender and flavorful. And usually not that pricey!

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    5. I think we understand sirloin. River?

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    6. Sirloin, also known as Porterhouse is my favourite steak cut. I've never thought to roast a bigger piece. Usually I buy a Bolar (Blade) roast and do a potroast.

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  2. I love London. I can empathize with R. Meeting transpo deadlines stresses me to the max.

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    1. Sandra, no doubt London is a great world city and noticeably quieter than the during previous visits, with city car tolling and quieter buses.

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  3. great place love them

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  4. I am always early. For everything.
    LOVE your second to last photo in particular.

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    1. EC, we normally are too. Me personally, I am never late but I cut it a bit finer. Kings Cross Station has a very nice interior now. It wasn't always the case.

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  5. My nick on line for years was London - best city in the world :)

    The mid-late Victorian railway stations were built at the peak of the industry - we are fortunate the sites like King's Cross are still open, large and beautiful.

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    1. Hels, I think KC was in danger of demolition at some point. Thankfully it wasn't.

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  6. You do surprise me about Beef. My daughter used to live in Rockhampton, which I believe is called 'The Beef Capital of Oz'. My wife said she ate some wonderful steaks and joints whilst there.

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    1. Cro, maybe I have been unlucky. Steak is usually excellent, but not pub roast beef.

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  7. I loved the pubs in England, we met some friendly people from Newcastle in a London pub and I couldn't understand them very well, I do remember they said they were big fans of Neighbours though.

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    1. Cheryl, they are quite an institution and sadly many are closing. Novocastrians? sound like Scottish to our ears.

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  8. Train seats have to be booked? I thought that was only for long distance travel, such as the Ghan here. it seems Newcastle must be further from London than I imagine. I'll get out my Atlas and have a look. I guess it must be a fair distance if you need to visit the dining car along the way.

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    1. River, it is over two hours by high speed train, and some trains take longer because of different stopping patterns or they travel a partly altered route. Believe me, at our age we would not want to stand for the journey.

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  9. Oh, way up there. Huh. Gosh, even Liverpool is further away than I thought.

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    1. Yes, although it is a small country, there are still some decent distances to travel.

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  10. Do you ever look back at 'holiday' posts and wonder how you managed to cope with all that gallivanting about?

    Does R still speak like a Geordie? Each time we visited The Golfer's aunt in Nova Scotia (the one who left England as a war bride and spoke with a pronounced Canadian accent) I was surprised at how quickly they both lapsed in Essex speak. One who had been away since 1945 and the other who left home in 1954.
    Don't know if you've been over but I replied to your question about Wordpress.

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    1. Cathy, very much so. Thanks for the reminder about WP. To most people R speaks Australian, but there is his vowel sound 'o' and in no that I pick as not quite Australian. I doubt anyone else notices. He can slip straight back in to Geordie if he wants and does at time when talking to family. Most of his family aren't that broad, except for one brother in law who is very proud of his heritage.

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  11. I am the one who gets stressed if we are not early to the train station or airport, and my stress seems to be contagious.

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    1. Travel, the point of being early is reduce stress, and it does, but people shouldn't get stressed about being somewhere early when you know you will be early.

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  12. Your R is like my R, he makes me crazy when we have to catch a train or a bus ! He always fears he will miss it ! St. Pancras is like my Living room, I think I know every corner in this station, I have been countless times there, since it became the end station for the Eurostar. Before it was Waterloo station which was far more easier, you were directly in the city center.

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    1. It is a wonderful station Gattina. I don't think I've seen or used Waterloo Station.

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  13. Blimey that bus really did take off fast Andrew, had to be an electric start. It's hard not to get stressed when catching transport on holiday ✨

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