Take me home please

Season 2005-2006
Manze's, 74 Chapel Market

ROUND 02
14.10.'05

Played
Eels
(5 pts)
Pie
(4 pts)
Mash
(3 pts)
Afters
(2 pts)
Liquor
(1 pts)
Subtotal
Total
TOM LEADER (points verified)
2
2
2
2
0
2
26
52
RICHARD LUCAS
2
1
2
2.5
0
2

22.5

43.5
NICK EVANS
2
0
3
1
0
1
16
42
JAMIE TANNER
1
           
17.5
BOB HOLLINGSWORTH
1
0
2
2
0
1
15
15
ALAN SMITH
1
1
1
1
0
1
13
13
BEN HAYES
1
0
2
1
0
1
12
12
MATTHEW LOWING
1
           
12
JILL CROPPER
1
0
1
1
0
1
8
8
CHRIS FAGG
1
           
8
GEETA MEHTA
1
           
8
NEIL BURKEY
1
           
5.5
CLAIRE KELLY
1
           
-8
GABRIELLA PAGE-FORT
1
           
-8

Signalling work on the Northern Line prevented precipitous passage to our planned pie shop, Castle's of Camden on Friday 14th October. So, a last-minute arrangement saw the club dining in tiled style at the ever-shiny Manze's of Chapel Market. The four people pictured left were well into their grub by the time your statistician and his colleague arrived.

However, word reached the redoubtable Tom Leader too late, and he dined alone at Camden. His stat's have been honoured above (I don't mean in heaven), and I have appended the requisite photographic evidence below. Excitingly, Tom is starting a web page dedicated to recording and food, which is 'just what the world has been waiting for and I cannot imagine why it has not been done before'. A quick 'google' on this theme summons a link to the Bristol Hippodrome ('recording and food are not allowed'). I hope this is not a bad portent for such an illustrious project.

Here is Mister Ben Hayes, imbibing a full-fat fizzy drink – not always the ideal accompaniment to a points accumulator. A lovely cup of tea (foreground) is the preferred refreshment. For tourists and newcomers, make sure you emphasize the word 'lovely' when you order it.

Manze's mirrors are buffed to the same ultra-high reflective index used by The Hubble Telescope. But as far as I know, the search for extra terrestrial pies has been fruitless. Indeed, on this occasion the search for terrestrial fruit pies was fruitless as well.

Manze's portions have long baffled the club: should one always order a large pie? does a 'double pie' count as double points? just how many scrapes are in a 'mash'? Mister Lucas's plate accommodated a veritable spud-Eiger, and all who gazed upon it considered it 'Mashion Impossible'. When the last of it avalanched down the Lucas gullet, it was agreed that this constituted a 'two-and-a-halfer'.

I spotted this smiley lady, Sarah, in the aft dining area, where she recounted happy memories of her first ever job – yes, as a pie and mash girl, in historic Cooke's of Dalston! I came over all liquor-eyed as I recalled the club's one visit to said establishment on 29th November 1996, just weeks before it disappeared off the pie-n-map to become a Chinese restaurant. Oh whelk, t.t.f.n, St@

(The pic's below show 'Goods Inward' at Castle's. Tom's pictorial evidence of his customary 'Noah's Ark' accumulator is exemplary. Castle's is an establishment which serves PG Tips, arguably the finest accompaniment to p-n-m.)