The Fife Circular (in Off-topic)
June 15 2006 5:59 AM EDT
Friday sees the annual Fife circular event with up to 20 of my colleagues and myself involved in this epic journey. GL and Johnny would love this I'm sure and perhaps some time in the future we can get you involved. Basically it's a team building exercise (ok, that was for benefit of wifey - it's really a piss up) that involves some light running and heavy drinking.
The Fife cirular is the train route through some of Scotlands prettier (and not so pretty) locations in what once was the Kingdom of Fife. At each stop we get off the train and make a dash to the local pub for a pint before dashing back in order to catch the train behind and head to our next location. The event has been held for many years and to date we've lost no one of real consequence along the way :)
Look out for some interesting chat as I pop into room Carnage at about 12:30am UK time.
Station Arr Dep Dur Pub Name
Haymarket 15:00 15:14 14mins Ale House
South Queensferry 15:25 16:00 35mins Hawes
North Queensferry 16:03 16:38 35mins Albert
Rosythe 16:46 17:13 27mins The Goth
Cowdenbeath 17:31 17:50 19mins The Goth
Glenrothes 18:12 18:54 42mins Corner Shop + chips
Kirkcaldy 19:03 20:42 99mins Whisky pubs
Burntisland 20:52 22:22 90mins The Port + Tassie
Aberfeldy 22:27 23:27 60mins Cedar
Oh, I think I recall your last tour! It was quite fabulous, if memory serves. I recommend chat presence for all available. ;-)
June 15 2006 6:29 AM EDT
Interesting! We have something similar in London. The Circle Line tour. For the benefit of anyone who has never been to London: the Circle Line is one of the lines on London's underground railway system. It goes - in a circle! - around Central London.
27 stops and the idea is to have a drink at the nearest pub to each stop. I've never ever made it past 14 stops and apart from a couple of - strangely enough - Scottish friends, I don't know anyone that has!
I've lost several people along the way on this one, especially when you get to Paddington and head for the favourite pub for the nurses from the nearby hospital...........
Best thing about the Circle Line tour? It involves no running.......
Worst thing? If you fall asleep on the train you can go around and around and around for hours before anybody wakes you up. But you're never more than two miles from where you started!
But 12:30 on Friday, I won't be able to get into chat... :(
Heh, in additon to the circle line tour is also the monopoly challenge, where you have to go round the London monopoly board, going to a pub at every stop! ;)
Oh and G, I hope there are loo's on the train! :D
That smiley is great! Like the /train emote from WoW. ;)
June 15 2006 7:07 AM EDT
Isn't that 12.30am? As in Friday night/Saturday morning?
I'll be on for that! :D
June 15 2006 8:50 AM EDT
The running part has not to be underestimated. It gets better as the evening progresses and we actually have time to taste some of our drinks (Kirkcaldy pub claims to have over 120 whisky varieties on offer for example) but the North and South Queensferry pubs are both ~1/2 mile from the station and at the bottom of very steep hills under a bridge. 35 minute turnaround can be a bit of a challenge if you're not careful. At least I won't be smoking 2 or 3 cigarettes at each stop this year. It's not so bad going down to the pub, but having a pint and making it back to the station is quite a challenge considering you've already had 2 or 3 at the Ale House in Haymarket before it begins.
Very pretty though if you take the time to view the scenery.
June 15 2006 9:00 AM EDT
How about train delays? or have the British Railways improved their service recently? ;)
June 15 2006 9:20 AM EDT
lol, no they haven't improved Bart.
That said, I can think of worse places to spend my time waiting on a train :) Last year one train was cancelled and one of the fitter members of the party ran to a local off licence to buy beer and we all sat with our carry-out on the platform waiting on the next one to come along. It all adds to the experience :)
June 15 2006 9:24 AM EDT
I can imagine the whole party run up the hill towards the station, there learn that the train is delayed, and then run down the hill towards the pub once more for a few more extra minutes ;)
>_< I know I would be busting for a wee just as the train is arriving!
June 15 2006 4:54 PM EDT
dang! a beer train tour of an old Scottish town, sounds fun! im jealous!
June 15 2006 7:11 PM EDT
Hrrmm, Team building indeed. Pray tell dear who is picking you up from Waverley as the last train to Bathgate leaves at 23.06? and who is walking the dog?
Ouch! Busted! :D
G, go do some grovelling! (Regretting letting Mrs Beee play now?) ;)
June 15 2006 7:23 PM EDT
Laughs! He will blame Bast for that.
:) I bet G's finger has hovered over the 'Banzored' button once or twice though! ;)
June 15 2006 7:30 PM EDT
We have a dog!?
June 15 2006 7:33 PM EDT
Yes! and two children. Oh but I have a dog and three children!
June 15 2006 7:39 PM EDT
I wanna go - I wanna go - have fun m8
I'm going to have nightmares of dogs from now on. And 200 of them, at least, are gnawing at my shoe.
June 15 2006 11:51 PM EDT
I'd like to point out that the photo G_Beee posted above is in colour. It's just that there isn't enough in Scotland to show up on the negative.
June 16 2006 10:33 AM EDT
Ahh, thanks for clearing that up Stephen, I had just assumed the Scots were still living in black and white, I'd heard they're a slow bunch. :O)
June 16 2006 7:38 PM EDT
the eagle has laanded !
Scots and Irish rule!
They own you all, you cannot beat us, we all rule.
June 17 2006 10:31 PM EDT
Aren't you a canadian?
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