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Wednesday, 30 December 2009
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it should be six geese a laying.
I have two geese, both from the Goose chain. Which is a nice enough sign the first time you see it, then you realise that every pub owned by the chain is now called the Goose or Goose and something and the only thing to distinguish each sign is the arrangement of bird proofing.
Top left is the Goose in Romford, which was previously the Morland Arms, although when I first knew the pub it it was the Sunrise Inn. Top right is the Goose in Walthamstow (or Goose and Granite)which was the Tower, then trendy (by the standards of 1975) Flanagans Tower, with Rapunzel waving hair and hanky just about where the goose sits now, which I think was the first home of the Tower Folk club, although there was such a thriving folk scene in the borough from 1967 that I can't remember every one.
Geese lay eggs, which is a foodstuff so below are two pub signs representing food.
The Ribs of Beef on the bank of the River Wensum in Norwich, which has as its sign a glass window featuring the Guinness Toucan (another bird. See how I justify everything) and a nice glass of the dark stuff.
The Cauiflower in Ilford, another music pub, recently restored to gin palace spendour. The owner noticed me taking the photo and was proud of his new, especially painted sign.

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Posted on 12/30/2009 4:45 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Wednesday, 30 December 2009
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Listen here.

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Posted on 12/30/2009 4:26 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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"I didn't know what day it was when you walked into the room," rasped Rod Stewart some time in the Seventies. Perhaps he was in the Phillipines,
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