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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 8, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Pub craivling in London An experience you 11 never forget The English pub Is 'much more than a place to drink in a way of life. But what makes a London pub so different from "pubs" the world over? For they are different, despite the fact that the word "pub" En- glish slang for an inn or public house has become universal, lifetime. When Every pub is different, but opened it was they all have one thing in com- cobwebs and mon: an atmosphere of con- viviality. In all of them you will still sec the present day equivalents of great imbibers of the past like Sir John Falstaff, Samuel Pepys and Dr. Samuel Johnson. You may get. your first glimpse of an English pub in the last minutes before landing at London's Heathrow Airport, for London boasts some wimin a five-mile radius oJ Charing Cross. Some are new, others have been there for cen- turies. You could never visit all of them but some are just too good to miss. One is the Rose and Crown, the only pub in elegant Park Lane. Two hundred years ago it stood in a country field. Many criminals condemned to death (some for offences no more serious than sheep steal- ing) have spent their last hours incarcerated in the cellars ol this pub wliile on their way from Newgate prison to the gal- lows at Tyburn. Another is The City Barge, on the banks ot the Thames Strand-on-the-Green. It is dose to the river In fact they have a watertight steel door to keep out the floods. Though re- built in 1955, the original house dates back to the Middle Ages when Strand-on-the-Grecn wa a little hamlet known as Strond and there was open country be- tween it and London. In the city of London, now thi capital's financial heart, then is Dirty Dick's. Two hundrec years Nathaniel Bentley, I dandy who violently cbangei his habits, was dubbed Dirt Dick and gave the name to th establishment and to posterity Tho story goes that tho day be- fore Nat (or Dick) was due toj marry he invited his bride-to-be and a number of frier.ds to a "splendid entertainment" at tlu's hostelry. On the appointed day, however, Ms fiancee died and Dick ordered that the din- ing room should be shut and not opened again during his lifetime. When at last it was festoned although with since cleaned away the actual vaults where the banquet remained so stockbroker, army or navy offi-i cer, journalist, lax or truck driver, but for (he most part he will be a man devoted to "the business." Tiie guv'nor must be a dem- ocrat, an autocrat, an acrobat and a doormat. He must be able entertain prime ministers, pickpockets, pirates, philanthro- >ists and police and be on both sides of the political fence; a footballer, golfer, bowler, tennis player, dart champion and pi- geon fancier. As he has to settle arguments and fights he must be a qualified boxer, wrestler, weigh tlifter, sprinter and peace- maker. Whatever you do the next time you are in London, visit him In his pub and talk to his customers. It will be an expe- rience you will enjoy. ''Common permits visits to all islands A "common fare" plan which allows clients to visit all of the Hawaiian islands for each, is offered by Aloha Airlines. In connection with the pur- chase of a roundtrip Mailand- Hawaii ticket, passengers may include in their itinerary, inter- island trips for an additional 59 for each stopover, except for the gateway stopovers, when under four hours and at the outward destination, which are free. ____________________________Friday, September 8, 197Z THI 1ETHBRIDOE HERALD 25 Avoid Monaco and Macao UNITED NATIONS