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Wednesday, 30 December 2009
On the Sixth Day of Christmas,

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.

Posted on 12/30/2009 4:45 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
1 Jan 2010
Esmerelda Weatherwax

Idiot that I am - it was called the Rising Sun, not the Sunrise. Same sentiment.

31 Dec 2009
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Thanks for this post - most interesting.

The Sunrise Inn - wonderful, and probably one of the most ancient titles for a hospice ever, porting in its name the coming of light, warmth and new understandings.

I wouldn't be at all surprised to learn that there has been an Inn on that site since well before Roman times - but, of course, the name is still popular today: see, and lots of others if one cares to use a well known search engine.

However, thank-you for this sixth post. Going well so far and much appreciated. I am deriving great enjoyment from these post - and a great itinerary as well!