Saturday, April 23, 2005

We do the Walk of Life

Spent the day walking round Oxford with the lovely Ruth from the lovely Edinburgh. Am taking the opportunity in the evening to blog a bit while the sky turns a moody grey. Then off to see Tom and Elaine who got married a couple of weeks ago. We're meeting in a pub called 'Far from the Maddening Crowd'. Why do Oxford pubs have such fine names? Some (like my father) might say 'Wanky', but I would say he's wrong.

Been doing all this while listening to Dire Straits' live album. Fine, fine music but a fashion disaster. Good grief, Mark what were you thinking?


Anonymous said...

The pub's proper name is "Far from the Madding Crowd". It is named thus because the owner used to run "Jude the Obscure" in Jericho, but didn't like the way the controlling brewery was taking the pub, so set up his own. The names of both form a Thomas Hardy theme.

richard said...

I stand corrected about the name, and thanks for the history!

Clearly I need to read some Thomas Hardy.