They raised hundreds of thousands of dollars. The prosecution was, as they say, disarray.’ when the second verdict came down guilty, Carter and Artis went back to prison and everybody else went home. Nobody wanted the book.. It was followed by two red tailed hawks. After a pause, another red tail hovered for a few seconds and then flew on down the ridge, quickly followed by still another red tail. Next came two sharpies, one right after the other, and an immature red tail that performed a partial talon drop as if practicing for next spring courting..
Oh yes we had just had some salsify and realized our cocktails were, sadly, empty. So it was time for wine (while I was tempted by the wine pairing, I was nervous that I would be too drunk at the end to really enjoy and remember the meal so we went for a bottle instead). We told the sommelier that our favorite white wines were Vouvray and Russian River Chardonnay.
The common anglicisations of Urumqi are oor uum TCHEE ( oor as in poor not pour, uu as in book, tch as in church) and oor UUM tchi. The original Uighur pronunciation is closer to: ue ruem TCHEE ( ue as in French vu). The Mandarin Chinese form of the place name (Hanyu Pinyin: Wlmq), which is based on the Uighur pronunciation, is pronounced closer to: woo LOO moo TCHEE ( oo as in boot)..
After that a walk down to the Mullberry and then into Roxy’s!If you didn’t pull (really not difficult in Roxy’s 🙂 ) then it was down the ramp and into the Option for some snap, or upto greasy veras!I also remember Roxy’s sending me loads of free passes and a bottle of bubbly voucher for my 18th 21st birthdays.We always started out at the saddle, I can remember seeing Phil Oakey propping up the bar a few times too! And that space invaders machine in the corner was an addiction to the guys with us.Town just doesn’t seem to have that vibe any more 🙁 Not that I go down town anymore, it’s rare cos I feel way too old!I’m presently putting the call out for material for my new book, the ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1980s Sheffield’. I’m after memories, pics etc of what people were doing in this age of strikes, CND and Thatcher. Drinking in the city centre in those days was totally different to how it is now.On a Saturday used to start at the Mulberry then the Four restaurants / Claymore then to the High St and the Old Blue Bell then the Dove and Rainbow followed by the Pig and Whistle then Stonehouse, Hallamshire Hotel on West St, The West St Hotel, the Mail Coach then to Limit / Leadmill..