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The Rock-itt : February 2010
history both in and around it. In All Saints Street in the centre of the town there are still houses in use which were built in 1450! Its road and rail connections with London are not as good as it's neighbours and I assume, because of this it has become a little run down. Hastings is one of those places that will come back into fashion, it's quite charming and is surrounded by beautiful countryside; so buy now! It's also home to Auntie Beryl so we'll never abandon it! Family tree sorted we took a circuitous route back towards London and managed a glass of the local Ale 'Harvey's' in the Elephants Head, Lamberhurst, Kent. Just over the County border from West Sussex. The UK definitely has some of the best pubs in the World, not always spectacular outside but great for a beer and a yarn. The Pub theme carried on for a few days after our return to St.Albans. The very enterprising landlord of the Blacksmiths Arms had decided on a Beer festival in his Garden. At the equivalent of $4 a pint there was no way it could be turned down, so we didn't! My joy continued at the end of the week, my UK football team is Watford who play in the Championship League, one tier down from the likes of Man Utd and Arsenal. They had a home friendly against Parma who had recently been promoted to the Italian Serie A. I had already missed a couple of season warm up games so to be able to get to this one was a real treat. I am a bit of a Watford nutter and in the late 80's spent a couple of seasons as Harry the Hornet, Club mascot!! The Parma game gave me a chance to see the development work being done on Vicarage Road, Watford's home ground. Very impressive but still a fair way to go. The game itself was excellent, I think Parma were a little rustier than Watford and my boys finished the game 3-2 victors. This wasn't my last opportunity to see the Hornets but more of that later! Next issue, I explore the delights of New York on a side trip with my daughter. It was brilliant! See you in March. ... .. .. Malcy. The spectacular but ghostly spectre of Brighton's West Pier Elephants Head, Lamberhurst another great English pub. Why would you call a pub the Elephants Head?? Shop in Hastings, a long shot but I would say he sold fish! East Hill lift in Hastings, Opened in 1902 it is still the steepest funicular lift in the UK with an angle of 38 degrees. So there! The evidence, me as Harry Hornet in the late 80's! Watford's Adrian Mariappa (black shirt) closing down Parma's striker.