Sunday, March 25, 2012

no proper philosophy

Posted by Picasa Definitely not.

A notice outside The Compasses proclaims its qualities - log fires, guest beers, home cooked roasts... It concludes with the aspirational   phrase  "A proper local pub". A risky claim  at a time when the nature of pubs has changed beyond recognition, to say nothing of so many closing for ever. This one belongs to the successful  Greene King chain, which may explain why it has survived.  But a proper pub? Not so long ago a proper pub smelled of beer and cigarettes; and children under the age of 18 were banned from the premises. This one swarms with children brought by their parents who are attracted by inexpensive meals, children's menus and space for push chairs. Cigarettes: perish the thought. It is difficult  to object of course. Cultures change. But a proper pub?

From the far side of  the fence child's voice reaches my ears: "Mummy, if you pick flowers will they die?" Mummy is occupied with another child or perhaps with Daddy. So the question has to be repeated even more loudly. I listen as the voices continue down  the hill, but in vain. I too long for an answer. Because for the life of me I don't really know.

1 comment:

marja-leena said...

Interesting word, 'proper'. Try saying 'proper pub' really fast.